summer haiku July 14 – all blue white and red = haiku d’été le 14 juillet – bleu blanc et rouge all blue white and red on Bastille Day – flypast plumes tout bleu blanc et rouge le jour de la Bastille – défilé aérien Richard Vallance
summer haiga d’été – in southern France = dans le midi swirling heat in southern France – so sumac thrives la chaleur accablante dans le midi – le sumac partout Richard Vallance
Universal Medicare rankings by country, with Canada near the top, and the poor performance of the United States:
In the first chart here, we can see the world nations with Universal Medicare, with Canada in third or fourth place, at least according to two sources (although we sometimes rank around tenth):
In the second chart, we see cost expenditures and cost benefit analyses:
The United States has the worst performance of all developed nations in the world, and sometimes worse than in third world countries. People without private insurance in the USA are stuck. Even people with private insurance more often than not are not covered for pre-existing conditions. For instance, I had my cataracts removed from both eyes at the cost of only $2,500 C per eye (C$ worth about 78 cents US$), whereas in the USA the cost is $4,500 US per eye, and sometimes insurance companies will only pay for the operation, and not the lenses if you are insured.
I am astonished by the magnificent costumes of Louis XIV, le Roi Soleil, even though this blog is about Linear A B & C: Part 3
I am astonished by the magnificent costumes of Louis XIV, le Roi Soleil, even though this blog is about Linear A B & C: Part 2
I am astonished by the magnificent costumes of Louis XIV, le Roi Soleil, even though this blog is about Linear A B & C: Part 1
I am astonished by the magnificent costumes of Louis XIV, le Roi Soleil (the Sun King), although this blog is about Linear A B & C. Unlike the male costumes under Louis XV and Louis XVI of the 18th. century, which were effete, effeminate and decadent, those of the young Louis XIV of the 17th. century were truly magnificent. I am posting several photos and one painting of Louis XIV in this and the next few posts for you to feast your eyes on. Some of these photos are from the movie, The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), starring Leonard di Caprio as Louis XIV, while others are from the magnificent series, Versailles (2016-2017), starring Alexandre Vlahos (Canal + and Téléfilm Canada). Strangely enough, the latter series is in English, though entirely sponsored by French TV and movie companies. Comments are welcome.
Je suis Charlie - in French, English & Greek + 11 modern languages & 3 ancient Greek dialects! I beg you, please be sure to RETWEET this, folks! As a polyglot Canadian, fluent in English and French, conversant with both modern languages and ancient, especially ancient Greek, with some 20 dialects under my belt, including Mycenaean Linear B & Arcado-Cypriot Linear C, I hope to reach not only everyone alive now, but as many of our ancestors as possible. I do this out of love for all the millions upon millions of people who have been slaughtered by warmongers, manaics, religious fanatics & terrorists, past, present and... God forbid... future! Je vous prie de tout mon coeur de faire des RETWEETs de ce message des plus urgents! Tout en étant canadien parfaitement bilingue, je suis également polyglotte, connaisseur de plusieurs langues modernes et anciennes, dont une vingtaine de dialèctes grecs tels que le mycénien en linéaire B et le chypro-arcadien en linéaire C. Dans ce but, j’espère communiquer ce message de solidarité bienveillante à tous ceux qui sont encore vivants autant qu’à tous nos ancêtres, dont d’innombrables millions qui ont perdu la vie, tous massacrés par des bellicistes, des maniaques, des fanatiques religieuses et des terroristes d’antan, de nos jours et... à Dieu ne plaise ... incontournablement à l’avenir. Richard Vallance Janke, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada