A Holly Jolly Linkfest
■ Camp Fire kills carrier:
“The local Merced County Insurance Company — whose client base is overwhelmingly located in the wildfire-prone Sacramento Central Valley area — announced this week that it was closing shop because it can’t pay out the expected fire-related insurance claims.“
Facing at least $64 million on claims, and with only $23 million of available assets, the company sought – and has received – bankruptcy protection. Fortunately for their clients, the California Insurance Guarantee Association (sort of like FDIC for insurance companies) will step in and cover their losses.
■ In an interesting twist, Dutch medical authorities have discovered medical ethics. Readers may recall our recent post about a Dutch doc in the dock:
Well, it seems that another of the country’s traditions is about to expire:
Parts is parts, as the saying goes, but apparently this practice was a bridge too far for even the Dutch:
“The move comes amid investigations by U.S. law enforcement into some so-called body brokers – companies that obtain the dead, often through donation, dissect them and sell the parts for profit. “
More details at the link.
■ The Much Vaunted National Health Service© is also in the news for coming clean on their own little shanda:
The 29 year old paratrooper, Aidan Knight, had served in Iraq for half a decade. He finally bailed, having “seen too much death.” He’d been trying to get professional counseling for two months, unsuccessfully. In a case of “too little, too late,” the MVNHS© has apologized and cut a cheque.
Better than nothing, one supposes.