Stop SOPA and PIPA

This site has not gone dark today, but our mothership has in support of those whose rights will violated by passing of the current SOPA AND PIPA under consideration by the US House of Representatives and Senate, respectively.

A Tale of Two Systems

The base salary of US representatives/senators is about $14,500 per month. One of the typical health plans they may choose is Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Their premium is about $430 per month, which is about 3% of their salary. This includes family coverage.

The average Social Security recipient receives $1177 per month. Their cost for Medicare Part B is about $100 per month, which is about 8% of their monthly income from Social Security. This is single coverage.



Disclaimer: Any misrepresentations are due to ignorance rather than malice aforethought. Please feel free to let me know if I have indeed misinterpreted the reference data.

First Snow

first snow - 2012We had our first snowfall of the year yesterday.  It didn’t amount to much, but in this area it doesn’t take much snow to wreak havoc with the normal flow of things.


Many people here in the Washington, DC Metro area are originally from parts of the country that typically have substantial snowfalls each year.  However, it seems that once they arrive here, they immediately lose their ability to drive when snow is falling, no matter how sparse the resulting ground cover may be.