I have a professional exam on the 6th of November, so I won’t be posting until after that, but expect an update soon after, I still have lots of extra video to post.
Archive for October, 2009
This trailer’s been up for a while, but I want to point out how excited I am to see the video. The last Presence video was awesome, and this one should be even better.
These remain the best trails I have ever been to. Seen on Red.
Just a reminder that the Anchorage premiere of two thirds of no bikes seven is tomorrow. That may seem a bit strange, but David and Dane rented out an arena to do a demo and video premiere, so I wanted to give them what I have done at this point. It should be a really fun day. The bmx demos are at noon and 3:00, and there is a combined demo at 6:00. The video plays at 8:00. Everything costs $5 according to ADN, and it’s at the AT&T Pavillion, which is the arena by O’Malley and Old Seward.
I’ve been really busy lately, but as the video gets closer to completion I’ll try to post lots of leftover footage here. This edition consists of three clips of me from the trip this summer. The first clip is from a spot that Brent and Nick took us to in Squamish, it’s apparently the only street spot in town, but there’s a few versions of those ledges around the building and it’s a really fun spot to ride. That was my first sprocket grind down a stair ledge and I was really stoked on it. The second clip was also a first for me; Travis took us to this really awesome wallride in Vancouver and we sessioned it for an hour or so. The last clip is from the Igloo – somewhere I had always wanted to go, and it lived up to my expectations. Considering the bowls around Vancouver, the locals have high standards, and this place is especially amazing for the small amount of space they use.
This post is a response to this blog post on the come up.
“And just for the record, the reason why people like Ben have such a hard time in situations like this is because we’re one of the only country’s fucked up enough to not have public health care. If you oppose Obama’s health care reform plan you should kill yourself.” -Adam Grandmaison
I appreciate the bmx community taking an interest in politics (although on this particular issue it may come off as a bit self-serving), but if you make a remark as strong as that one, you should at least get your facts straight. First, Obama does not have a health care reform plan. At this point, the Obama administration has not submitted a plan to congress – read through this article for some good discussion on that issue. Second, the plan that is currently making the rounds in the senate does not include any version of public health care. It is nowhere near the single payer system used in other Western countries, and at this point it still has co-ops in the place of a government run insurance company. The only plan that it really resembles is the one currently in place in Massachusetts, which is “an incomplete result for an unsustainable cost”.
I would love to launch into a full-scale healthcare debate on this blog and bum you all out with seriousness, but it would be nice to keep things relatively fun here. I will say this – of you want to talk single payer health care, research the good and bad things about it. Also note that the United States faces the additional challenge of having healthcare costs that are significantly higher than the rest of the world, and we don’t have unlimited resources. Many of the reasons for this are legit, and some are unfotunate, but I’ll give you a hint – it doesn’t have much to do with insurance company profits.
Also, I think it’s awesome that the rider in question had his bill waived. I know some hospitals will set up fairly generous payment plans, but I’ve never heard of them waiving fees almost entirely.
Update: I spoke with a guy a while ago and it shed a bit of light into why this bill may have been waived. Previously, if a bill hadn’t been paid after a certain period, hospitals would forgive the debt and write it off as a charitable donation. This is beneficial for tax purposes – they wouldn’t get the money from the bill, but by writing that amount off they saved an amount equivalent to 35% of it in taxes. Now, due to revisions in the tax code, they can only write this off as charity if they forgive the bill immediately, they are not allowed to wait and see. The guy I talked to was working with a hospital to develop a model that calculated the probability that someone would pay their bill based on a number of factors. They run the numbers, and if it seems like someone won’t pay the bill, they forgive the debt in the beginning. Unfortunately, the costs of fogiving these bills are factored in to what everyone else pays, so those who don’t have their debts forgiven are even more screwed. As with most government regulation, some people win, and some people lose.