Torrential rains in my neighborhood

Something about the high winds blowing in the background, and the seasons changing so suddenly made me just slump over in my chair around noon, listening the sounds of nature outside.

Finally I dragged myself out of my slumber and shook myself awake, figuring I ought to do some grocery shopping. But… what was that sound? I looked outside and saw this (click to see video – expand to full screen for best effect). Huge, torrential, sweeping rains. An umbrella won’t help here.

Well, I hope anybody who is out and about are managing to find a snug, dry place to hole up until this passes by.

doug

Spring winds

Since yesterday there have been extremely strong, balmy winds blowing through Tokyo. They were strong enough to keep you awake at night, and are still swirling around and howling outside.

This happens every year, and seems to mark the true beginning of spring in Japan. So except for pollen sufferers, most people seem really happy that winter is finally over.

I am looking forward to a very low electric bill next month!

doug

Obamacare, the mandate, the Commerce clause and the single-payer option

I agree with Eugene Robinson’s column. If Obamacare is ruled unconstitutional the only real alternative is a single-payer system. That is clearly constitutional (see Medicare).

But I hope the argument which was made at the end of the 2nd day of Supreme Court deliberations, that health insurance is inseparable from health care and everybody does use health care, is sufficient to convince the course that the insurance mandate falls well within the Commerce clause.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/supreme-court-could-open-door-for-sing…

doug