Given Russia’s control over the vast natural gas resource in the region, turning off all of Germany’s nuclear power by 2034 sounded a bit drastic — or is it optimistic? Later, I mentioned to another energy official that France seems comfortable with their nuclear power — the country’s main source of electricity. Well, the official joked, who can explain how France thinks? France, like Wyoming, is a net exporter of electricity.
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The idea of cash negotiation for medical care came from a physician friend. While antelope hunting a few years ago, we got in a discussion about healthcare. He encouraged me to start a health savings account. I had to do some research, and I had to get over the “MDeity anxiety” that prevents most patients from trying to negotiate with doctors. But I was able to whittle down the total cost of my recent foot surgery 32 percent — a savings of roughly $2,250.
Hollis Voiles, Steve’s dad, was a sturdy fellow with an efficient multi-tasking manner and a gruff demeanor. He ran the place like a grumpy proprietor of a Jewish deli. No matter; It was absolutely worth standing in line for his burgers and hash browns. I would go there at 11:30 a.m. to avoid the rush, except that the other people doing the same thing were already making up the rush. People crammed into the space, waiting for a stool. At least it was a social opportunity. Hollis perceived no need to moderate his opinions, be politically correct, or even be polite.
Diplomats from the U.S., Germany and the European Union seemed to agree that 99 percent of what came out in the latest Wikileaks purge came as no surprise, but it was a source of great embarrassment. Getting beyond such tensions is exactly what diplomats are supposed to do. “We will continue the best work we can do,” said Bastian Hermisson, head of the European Union/North American Department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. The Heinrich Böll Foundation is among many German and European Union organizations calling for a renewed trans-Atlantic relationship, fearing that the United States seems to have shifted focus toward the Pacific where China is the rising power.