the sixteenth weekly digest post
i have used glucosamine for years to repair torn rotator cuffs, it works well. Chrondroiton sulfate is pretty useless. just a suggestion, the journal studies on it are pretty good and it does often avoid MD visits.
Am also 40, fell three feet off a scissor lift in January, caught myself badly and fucked up my right wrist such that I only have about 45 degrees of vertical range of motion with it even now, 7 months later. In other words, I can’t flatten my right palm against anything, for example doing push-ups I have to do then on my fists like a dumbass. Getting old is weird.
> If I ever feel organically moved to write about Israel but decide it’s not worth it, I’ll know it’s time to hang it up.
If that day comes, ask the rest of us to pay more! I'll cover 2 departed Zionists.
I find the whole getting a referral to a specialist thing really odd and extremely inefficient. Who is it designed to benefit? The GP or the specialist? Cuz it’s not the patient, and insurance has to pay for an extra visit.
I didn't comment on it, but I love your anti-Zionist posts. Keep it up! I'm also in favor of Palestinian rights and skeptical about aspects of identity politics; that's why I'm here.
Where is John Donne?
Tree of Smoke was great. It's been a while, but I remember it for its Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now vibe and Faulkner-like prose. Unfortunately it's a pretty polarizing book; people either hate it or love it. I imagine the distinction has a lot to do with patience.
Lots of doctors do video appointments these days. That might be an efficient way to get a referral?
Uh oh, sad song. Are you and your girlfriend breaking up?
I'm going to recommend today's post by Heather Cox Richardson on what it took historically to improve conditions for workers, as a model for what it will take today. Let's get more people into positions of power like those she discusses, because nothing will happen without that prequisite: https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/august-14-2021
Thanks for sharing the link to that trades post!
The status of this is very speculative, but it seems to me like in the UK at least, STEM is the new trade school - lots of former polytechnics that are now universities-in-name, not near the top of the league table (and so definitely not attracting "the brightest and the best", whatever that means) are still turning out people with passable on-the-job skills, especially in areas with "Engineering" in the name - sometimes including Software Engineering. We even have an odd beast called a Degree Apprenticeship which tries to emulate the German apprenticeship model, except that we give you a Bachelor's degree at the end for credentialism's sake.
I didn't realize we could "like" your posts. I'll hit like now, but it won't be very useful feedback, since I like all of them.