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Writer Beware has some good links on how not to get taken by vanity publishers, both by Marian Perera:
Five Misconceptions About Vanity Presses
and:
Justifying Upfront Fees:
I soon found Tate Publishing, which charges $4000 and still has authors willing to defend the practice of charging fees. Tate doesn’t count as many victims as PA does, but the correspondingly larger cost makes up for this.


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News from the hurricane front continues bad:

From AP:
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, a teaching hospital severely damaged by Hurricane Ike, will lay off about 3,800 workers - nearly a third of its work force - because it is running out of money.
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Ike caused nearly $710 million in losses to the hospital when it struck the Texas coast in September and officials have said insurance covered only about $100 million of that.



And the fallout from this at the Beaumont Enterprise:
"Medically speaking, we have a lot of serious cases that cannot be seen because of this problem with UTMB, and I don't see it being corrected in the near future," said Dr. Cecil Walkes, director of the Jefferson County Health Authority. "If UTMB cuts back to just a community hospital, it's going to be a disaster for those counties that refer patients down there."

UTMB will release next week what positions will be cut. The obstetrics ward, which treats high-risk pregnancies from across the state, has continued to operate, as well as the research portions of the complex.

For poor Texans considered "indigent," 160 of the state's 254 counties use the UTMB system for affordable health care.
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"This is going to be devastating to every county, not just to our county," Alfred said.

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Okay, you'd think that a hospital would get immediate attention when it comes to disaster relief. Especially as it seems like that hospital isn't exactly superfluous in the area.

Yeah, it's a miserable situation, and the national news so obviously can't give a crap. All these links I've posted are to local papers.

One thing I didn't link to really got me. They recently found another body (they've still been pulling bodies out of the debris all this time) of a woman, and she was wearing a t-shirt and Joe Boxer shorts, and I thought that had to mean she was dressed for bed. It caught her completely unprepared, probably because they kept saying up until the last minute that it was a category 2. It just makes me sick.

Am I misremembering? I thought it did stay at a Category 2. I gather the upper end of 2 and the lower end of 3 aren't that different anyway. But I guess mentally people don't think "evacuate" when they hear "2".

Sigh.... This stuff makes me feel so helpless. I mean, the loss of jobs just happening because of the economy is staggering, and affecting friends already. And now this.

There's an article about that here, on the Galveston News. Basically that scale doesn't work for a hurricane of Ike's (or Katrina's) size.

God. That's just. Horrible.

I feel a bit embarrassed here, because I'm a subject in a foreign country (the UK) but I'm deeply shocked that a hospital, of all places, should be left in such a dreadful situation following a natural disaster, especially when so many people depend on it.

Thank you for keeping people posted on what is still happening as the result of Hurricane Ike. I can do nothing more than pray that things will improve: but at the very least, I hope that if you and others are keeping the consequences alive it will encourage those with some power to improve things for those who are suffering.

Thank you for reading my posts. :) It's just very frustrating to see nothing about it in the national or international news.

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