Unaired Scene From Lost

A previously unaired clip from Season One of Lost revealing more secrets of the island, such as the Man in Black’s real name.

Game of Thrones Comic Con Panel

Game of Thrones panel from San Diego Comic Con

SciFi Weekend: San Diego Comic Con 2011

This week’s installment of SciFi Weekend was originally planned to be a compilation of news and clips from Comic Con, but there is too much material for a single post. In addition, there would continue to be new material after this was posted. Therefore I’m going to have a series of separate posts, and add links to the other posts on SDCC here. These will include panels on various shows, interviews, and preview clips for shows presented at Comic Con. This starts with a clip already posted on Friday:

Torchwood: Miracle Day Comic Con Preview

Game of Thrones Panel

Unaired Scene from Lost

Cast interviews from Doctor Who and the big news that Karen Gillan says she will be returning for Season 7

Merlin Renewed For Fifth Season

Doctor Who: The Second Half of Season 6

Doctor Who Panel (Post also includes link to the interview in which Karen Gillan stated she will be returning for Season 7.)

Matt Smith and Karen Gillan on Craig Ferguson

Video of Karen Gillan on Craig Ferguson

Torchwood: Miracle Day Comic Con News & Episode 3 Comments Videos include the Torchwood Panel Discussion and a link to the sex scene shown in the U.S. on Starz but cut on BBC.

Craig Ferguson Interviews The Doctor

Fringe (And Peter Bishop) At SDCC

Dexter at San Diego Comic Con

The Thursday Night Genre Comedies: Big Bang Theory & Community

Increasing Age For Medicare Eligibility Is A Terrible Idea

I’ve noted my distaste for Paul Krugman’s often hysterical attacks on Barack Obama many times in the past, including as recently as yesterday. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t areas where I agree with Krugman and disagree with Obama. One of these was the topic of a blog post today. I totally agree with Krugman that raising the Medicare eligibly age is a terrible idea under our current health care system.

One of the biggest problems with the current system is that people with pre-existing medical conditions have difficulty obtaining private health insurance. As the risk of pre-existing medical conditions increases with age, the individual insurance market does a terrible job of providing an affordable product. During the efforts to pass health care reform, I was actually more interested in the  short-lived effort to offer a Medicare buy-in for those under 65 as opposed to the already watered-down public option.

If we had a working health care system as envisioned by Obama in place, then it might be all right to increase the Medicare eligibility age. However, the Republicans are now doing everything they can to undermine this system. Until we have  a system in place that ensures that people in their 60’s can obtain affordable health care, increasing the Medicare eligibility age should be off the table. Actually, at the moment, I still don’t think that lowering this age would be a bad idea.

Quote of the Day

“The Republican presidential candidates held a debate on Twitter. It combined the excitement of C-SPAN with the suspense of typing.” –Jimmy Kimmel