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Seriously BT?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I was having trouble accessing my Burlington Telecom account online to pay my bill, and I don't seem to have any paper bills for the last couple of months, so I filled out their online "contact us" email form, and instead of emailing me back- they called my wife at home and talked to her. What is that? I don't even think I left my phone number on the contact form. I left my email. If I write to them, they should write back to me. Am I wrong?


posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 8:35 PM   5 comments
The Irony of Fate
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
When I was a kid my greatest fear was getting nuked by the Soviet Union. They used to blare the air raid sirens as a weekly test at the Staniford Road fire station when I was a toddler. It scared the shit out of me. The cold war was strong stuff. Even as late as my freshman year of high school I remember being paranoid about Nicaragua becoming the latest domino to fall to the Soviet Empire.

My wife tells me that when she was a kid in the Soviet Union, her greatest fear was of getting nuked my America. As a very small child she waved the red flag at parades.

When the Soviet Union, which was supposed to be godless, fell apart, my wife's city of Baku Azerbaijan was besieged by roving gangs of young Muslim men intolerant of her family's Christian religion and ethnic Armenian heritage. Her family had to flee. First to Armenia, then Russia. Then here to Burlington.

Nearly six years ago now, I placed an ad seeking a roommate in the Seven Days classifieds. My wife took the apartment, and we were engaged within three days. Her family watches this old Russian movie called "The Irony of Fate" at Christmas time.

The irony of fate. You can't make this stuff up.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 5:29 PM   1 comments
The Health Care Vote
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The Tide of History

Any federal public option would presumably be recognized nationwide, which would be a tremendous advantage in a system where one state's private or public policies might not be recognized in a different state. Without to mobility of Medicare, there would probably be fewer retirees in Florida.

Any viable, low-cost public option will of course destroy all but a few exclusive private insurers with astronomical rates covering things like elective rhinoplasty. But that's fine. That's optimal. The more people in the system the lower the percentage dedicated to administration.

Republicans know people will vote with their feet en masse for the public option. Many people would do so automatically having no other prospects of health coverage now. And they are right to say the government is an unfair competitor in the "health marketplace." But that's fine because "Health Care" is not a commodity like gold or sugar. There is no dollar value for a human life. It's the private insurers who attempt to assign a dollar value when they deny coverage for "pre-existing conditions" and many other made-up reasons.

The number of Americans who desperately need the public option to pass (whether some of those dummies know it or not) is in the range of several scores million.

If I were a senate Republican I would be seriously considering the tide of history and my own legacy in it. To kill the public option is to literally kill any number of Americans who will die without it.

If we don't control costs America will decline. There's two ways to control costs. We could go with the public option, or start turning people away at gunpoint at emergency rooms.

Some things are not about money. It's a moral responsibility to care for the sick. It's very immature and self-defeating for public policy not to recognize that.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 10:01 AM   2 comments
Barack Obama is Smarter Than You
Friday, August 21, 2009
"What went wrong with the president's sales job on health care?"
"Obama sold us out on the public option!"
"Why is he praising Chuck Grassley?!"
"Why is single payer off the table?!"

Blah blah blah. Will you people relax? Obama knows what he's doing.

You want him to denounce and reject? Fine.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 5:32 PM   1 comments
Tyranny on The Caspian
Thursday, August 20, 2009
It's very repressive to investigate people because of preferences in pop music. It's repressive and in this case it's also discriminatory. Thank you Dr. Maddow for reporting this last night.


MADDOW: In this country, we have “American Idol,” and its many spinoffs like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “America‘s Got Talent” and “Nashville Star,” et cetera. In Europe, they have “Eurovision” which, believe it or not, is a way bigger deal.

“Eurovision‘s” been broadcast every May since 1956. It‘s one of the longest running TV programs of all time. Each of 43 countries picks a musical act to represent that country and then millions of people vote for the winner. We have “Eurovision” to thank or blame, depending on your perspective, for Abba, for Celine Dion, for Julio Iglesias, for Cliff Richard and even for the poor river dance who can‘t move their arms.

Although only Europe participates, “Eurovision” has gained fans and grown its audience worldwide because it frankly is an Olympic-grade display of truly over-the-top, “I can‘t believe this is really happening” kitsch.

But there‘s no news about this year‘s Eurovision contest that is way darker than your usual, you know, Belgium versus Holland, sequins versus satin shriek-off. Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a war 15 years ago over a region called Nagorno-Karabakh - don‘t worry, there‘s no spelling test here.

The important point is that both countries are still really sore about it. And they‘re right on top of each other and there‘s an Azerbaijan enclave right in the middle of Armenia, everything that is a sore issue between these two.

In the “Eurovision” contest this year, both of these countries did pretty well. Azerbaijan came in third. Armenia came in 10th. Here‘s Armenia from this year.


Now, you see why I‘m into this. All right. This was the Azerbaijan entry.


MADDOW: So good. Sorry. Which of those would you vote for? Hard to choose. But the BBC reports today that now, three months after “Eurovision” - because remember, it happens in May, police in Azerbaijan have called in for questioning people who live in Azerbaijan but who voted for Armenia, the country‘s archrival.

Apparently, they know for sure somehow that 43 people in Azerbaijan voted for the dreaded Armenians. You vote by text message. And the Azerbaijani national security ministry has been calling people who voted for Armenia in for questioning.

The national security ministry has confirmed that they‘ve done this to Reuters. They have confirmed that they are questioning Azerbaijanis for the crime of voting for the wrong song, which is, of course, another reason why “Azerbaijani Idol” is going to stink.



posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 11:23 PM   0 comments
Katy Weber's Prom Date
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Katy Weber Abram was my date for the senior prom.

I just saw Lawrence O'Donnell sitting in on Hardball try to give Abram a hard time and get her to denounce Medicare as socialist. She did well not to bite, and he blew an opportunity to follow up on something she had just said which was incredible. That war is so common that it hadn't occurred to her to feel political about it. She said it seemed we were always having conflicts.

Incredible. The treasure and blood spent on war making is so much the background noise of existential hum in our country, as to not elicit a blip from this woman. She's obviously telling us the truth. War is normal. It's health care that's got her riled up.

But is it really? What do you think?
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 5:33 PM   3 comments
Eunice Kennedy
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
"Sister of John F. Kennedy dies." How does Ted Kennedy feel when he hears that? Did Joe have any other kids, or is Ted now the last? If he succumbs to brain cancer will Ted be remembered first as the brother of a president, or as a senator? I'm sure it's already been decided and written.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 7:05 AM   1 comments
Old vs. Young
Friday, August 07, 2009
It's too bad I had to go straight back into my life after my trip to Armenia. I haven't had time to do the pure, immediate post journey things that would be ideal. A forenzinc documentation and duplication of every photo and video I took. A lot more writing about it while it's still fresh in my mind. Oragnizing and contacting my contacts there. That sort of thing.

Instead interrupting between Armenia and me now are Morning Joe, the unkempt people on Church Street. My job of course. And all the things about my regular life here in Burlington. And there is something different about everything now, almost as if everything has been replaced with an exact replica of itself. It's the same but different.
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 6:47 AM   0 comments
Family Portrait By Ash
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posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 6:09 AM   0 comments
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I just took my first to Armenia. It was a familial and religious pilgrimage, so it gets its own blog.


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