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Title: all that's best of dark and bright
Fandom: Leverage
Summary: A brief history of Sophie Devereaux. mild Sophie/Nate
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~1200
Spoilers/Warnings: Spoilers for 2.07 "The Two Live Crew Job"

She was Alyson in Las Vegas, Veronika in Minsk, Lorelei in Hong Kong. )
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Finally watched last week's Psych and...


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I also watched yesterday's Leverage, which was fun and nice and continues to make me :D. But I just realized I really want an Ocean's 11/Leverage crossover where Rusty and Sophie occasionally meet up to pull cons and drink cocktails and bemoan the clueless men in their lives (Danny Ocean and Nate Ford, respectively).

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And here are some articles on language. The topic tonight was going to be torture because I am still upset about Obama continuing Bush's policy of extraordinary rendition, but I felt so happy after watching Psych, I decided to go with something lighter.

Hangman Spare That Word: The English Purge Their Language

Time Magazine, October 2008

"The available lexicon may soon get slimmer. The lexicographers behind Britain's Collins English Dictionary have decided to exuviate (shed) rarely used and archaic words as part of an abstergen"t (cleansing) process to make room for up to 2,000 new entries."
Short, interesting look at some rarely used and endangered words. I especially like "skirr" and "fubsy."

A Brief History of the F-Word
Time Magazine, April 2008

"Take away the right to say 'f___' and you take away the right to say 'f___ the government..
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A short, entertaining look at one of my favorite words, with some thoughtful discussion of the First Amendment thrown in.

Excuse me, do you speak Klingon?
Salon, June 2009

"Despite being unremittingly mocked by journalists and linguists over the past 120 years, Esperanto
has innumerable advantages over every other proposed universal language. You've actually heard of it, for one thing."
Technically a book review, but also a fascinating look at invented languages. Well worth the read.

Why Swearing Helps Ease Pain
Time Magazine, July 2009

"According to a new study by British researchers, saying the F word or any other commonly used expletive can work to reduce physical pain — and it seems that people may use curse words by instinct."
Weird and wonderful and a great excuse for screaming out "Fuck!" next time you stub your toe. Also, it quotes Steven Pinker, and, boy howdy, do I have a mindcrush on Stephen Pinker.

Have a good weekend y'all.

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Leverage!

 

Thoughts under cut. )

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It seems like the LibDems and the Blue Dogs have reached a compromise of sorts on healthcare. It bothers me that they've dropped the public option, but this proposal still has to be melded with last month's measure that did include a public option. C'mon Rahmy, get in there and fight!

Seems to me like there's two big problems with healthcare in this country:

1) Too many people are not covered by insurance.

2) Healthcare and healthcare insurance are really freakin' expensive.

 

Cut for rantiness )

And here are some links to articles about healthcare by people much more intelligent and informed than I.

Disruptive Innovation, Applied to Health Care
New York Times, January 2009

"Hospitals and doctors are paid by insurers and the government for the health care equivalent of piecework: hospitals profit from full beds and doctors profit from repeat visits. There is no financial incentive to keep patients healthy."

Heading for the Emergency Room
The Economist, June 2009

"Comparisons with other rich countries and within the United States show that America’s health-care system is not only growing at an unsustainable pace, but also provides questionable value for money and dubious medical care."

Hold the Mayo
Slate, July 2009

"It has been documented time and again that private insurance is much costlier, much less efficient, and much less able to boss doctors around. Altering fee structures in any meaningful way therefore requires expanding government's role in the medical economy beyond anything contemplated in the various health reform bills."

Health Reform Can Pay for Itself
Slate, July 2009

"The Senate bill, as passed last week by the health committee, would cost about $600 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office's most recent calculation. The health committee proposed no offsetting taxes. But that's because the health committee can't propose any taxes: Taxation lies outside its jurisdiction. "

And if you really get on a health care binge, my delicious account is here.

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