Life in a small town

SpaceX, … and another take on Canadian Health Care …

Morning Dew”, Adrian von Ziegler, from the album “Wanderer”, 2011

Ledger Hauptbuch der Gemischtwarenhandlung Hochstetter, vor 1828

Mostly these few days I am buried in Year End accounting which is  mindnumbingly boring and I won’t share that with anyone.

The result of the numb mind is a very slow day for thinking and opinionating. Here is just some stuff that popped up today in my inbox.

The inbox occasionally gives some uplifting distraction for a moment or two. So here are a couple of things relating to some of my recent posts and interests.

The items below relate to that post where I was talking about “Beautiful Technology as an Idol”, and the general Idols of “Goods” we think of as “ends in and of themselves”, the “Good” in this case being the “Free” Health Care we take for granted in Canada.


SpaceX is targeting Wednesday, April 10 for a Falcon Heavy launch of the Arabsat-6A satellite from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The primary launch window opens at 6:35 p.m. EDT, or 22:35 UTC, and closes at 8:32 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 10, or 00:32 p.m. UTC on Thursday, April 11. A backup launch window opens on Thursday, April 11 at 6:35 p.m. EDT, or 22:35 UTC, and closes at 8:31 p.m. EDT on Thursday, April 11, or 00:31 UTC on Friday, April 12. The satellite will be deployed approximately 34 minutes after liftoff.

Following booster separation, Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters will attempt to land at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2 (LZ-1 and LZ-2) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Falcon Heavy’s center core will attempt to land on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.​

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Vehicle

The live launch webcast will begin about 20 minutes before liftoff at

Now it seems that the healthcare article I was going to refer to was on “Quora Digest” but it disappeared over night, which annoyance has prompted me to get rid of my Quora digest account since this website is THE MOST ANNOYING website I have ever encountered since the web was invented.

Anyway, I will just get to the point, and that is that every Province has a different health care system, controlled by each province and there are certain national commonalities resulting from the Federal Funding Model which supports each province’s health care system.

Staffing levels and availability of service (The source  of the unhappiness for the Texas born nurse living in a small town in Ontario) are a provincial issue and vary widely from East to West across the country. Alberta comes out pretty good in certain areas compared to Ontario or Nova Scotia for example.

The differences are the direct result of provincial government priorities and policies. We still have the most expensive health care on the planet, and it is an open question whether it is a “good” system depending on how your experience has been over the years in your jurisdiction. It is really a crap shoot and what ever you get it still costs bazillions in tax dollars.

The grass is always greener, right?



ISS Astronaut on the end of the Canadarm. No trust issues here.

Have you heard about “The Web Of Trust“? I guess parachutes are not required in space.

NO, it is not the left lib internet content rating agency which exists solely to block access to anyone who doesn’t agree with the Progressive Left Wing meme-du-jour.