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Thursday, May 23. 2013
Do you want your medical records in the Cloud?
Or, for that matter, in the hands of the IRS?
I can report, first-hand, that electronic medical records double the doc's time doing "paperwork," and thus halve their time with patients. There is only so much time in a day. As a private Psychiatrist, I have thus far been able to avoid it. Who would speak freely to me if my notes went into the cloud? I was offered a $40,000 check by the government to go to electronic records linked to the hospital and thence elsewhere, and I refused the offer even though the money would come in handy.
Obama’s Medical-Records Crony - Electronic medical records are being heavily subsidized — to one Democratic donor’s benefit.
Also, The Obama crony in charge of your medical records.
If you have a problem with this government-subsidized trend, ask your doc whether he, she, or it - or they - puts your records on the internet. Most hospitals require it, nowadays, as it is required of hospital-employed physicians. FYI, you may not know whether your doc is a hospital employee or not because many are selling their practices to hospitals in anticipation of Obamacare. Times are changing.
Ask, just so you will know.
By the way, I am not stupid but I cannot understand this: Yet Another Obamacare Design Flaw
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects, Our Essays at 16:25 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
How far can you bend over?
How far can you bend over to make it convenient to have your head cut off? English Flag Might Offend Muslims
Related: The Great Liberal Death Wish, London Edition
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:08 | Comments (2) | Trackback (1)
A language change whose time has come
As for coyotes, he seems to think they're a cute, cuddly bunch, but a Google search proves otherwise:
Well, this menace to society is back in the news, again preaching his particular brand of anarchy, this time against the very foundation of our language, and thus society, itself:
I've been using "they" in this regard for over 20 years.
In fact, you could even say that the subject is a part of blog history. As I note in my bio, I was 'blogging' on a daily basis on my BBS a decade before the word was coined. In one of the first pages I wrote for the board, the 'Welcome' page, I told everyone that they'd see two variations from standard English in my articles; using 'they' for 'he or she' and putting punctuation outside of quote marks. (I'll cover the latter some other time.) So it could be said that one of the first blogs in history mentioned this very subject. Twenty-two years ago.
Here's the famed James Taranto quoting other people in his daily column. James is a stickler for following the rules.
What this is really saying is, Broken is okay. I'm sure James and associated sticklers would like to fix every other broken thing on the planet, but for some reason they happily exclude this one obvious blow-it from their agenda. The question for James is, Are you planning on doing this for the rest of time eternal?
Here's the bottom line:
They does not necessarily equal plural. And I can semi-prove it.
My very first week in the South, I was alone in a diner. The waitress walked up and asked, "How y'all doin' today?" The exact same thing happened at a different diner a few days later.
That's when I realized that y'all doesn't necessarily equal 'plural', and 'they', in this context, is no different. To refine it even further, you could say that 'he or she' is the they, because more than one person is involved.
Coyote got it exactly right. Unlike any other language on the planet, English was built; constructed; formed from a collage of many languages, even varying forms of English, itself, and is thus designed to change with the times as the building process continues. While a total bitch for the outsider to learn, we who are fluent in it are offered an immense, descriptive vocabulary that no other language comes close to. In many, if not most languages, the exact meaning of a spoken word is based upon inflection. In English, we have a whole different word for every single variation, and then we still have inflection for the nuance.
Put another way, using 'they' for a singular person might feel a little awkward, but [sic]'ing every use of it for the rest of time eternal sounds a lot more awkward.
Posted by Dr. Mercury in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:00 | Comments (33) | Trackbacks (0)
Mead's proposals for an American future
Posted by The News Junkie in Politics at 11:51 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Thursday morning links
Baby Breastfed By Vegan Mother Dies
The LA Times notices the lack of conservative commencement speakers
The Irreversible Decline Of Sears Can Be Blamed On One Thing
Blue Cities Declare War on Popular Services
News flash: Al Gore still trying to get everybody to panic
Some People Don’t Need to Go to School
Gallup poll on moral issues: social conservatives are going away
Oversight from Washington, All Along - IRS specialists in Washington were closely involved in the Cincinnati office's scandalous behavior.
Obama Didn't Need to Order IRS Crackdown on the Tea Party
Rush Limbaugh Does Live in Obama’s Head
Who Thought What about the Arab Spring
How Mothers from Hell Raise Their Boys to Do Evil - Zubeidat Tsarnaeva is all too typical of a Muslim world where children drink in conspiracy theories with mama's milk.
Report: 'Rogue' IRS Agent Claim Unraveling
IRS tea-party bloodbath continues in Congress
Terror: British soldier reportedly beheaded by two men in attack on London street
Stockholm is burning
As Sultan says:
AND BACK IN GUN-FREE CHICAGO: Murder Capital of the United States Now Running Hotter Than 2011
IRS Scandal: Stage Managed To Leave President Obama In The Dark
Yet Another Obamacare Design Flaw
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:28 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
Wednesday, May 22. 2013
Forbes Magazine has hailed it as the most lovely campus in the US. Maybe so. That's a tough call. It's a tiny campus on a hill in the middle of a very pleasant and serene rural "nowhere." Feels more like a New England prep school than a college. One thing I can say is that the kids they admit are committed to the life of the mind, and the faculty is committed to each kid in a personal way. A good combination indeed.
Rigorously-demanding, too. While most famous for their literary and theatrical pursuits (The Kenyon Review, plus Paul Newman and Jonathan Winters at the same time), Kenyon has the highest graduate admit rates to medical school in the US.
My pupette's poetry prof, to my delight, knew Elizabeth Hardwick who was one of my poetry profs (along with the brilliant and inspiring...wait for it...Edward Said. He was not doing Palestinian politics then). Cool.
Posted by Bird Dog in Our Essays, The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 23:47 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
Political Operative Says the Politicization of Politics Has Become Hopelessly Political
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 19:30 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Memory is flawed
Psychiatrists and Psychoanalysts know how to listen stories and information as "memory data" with all of the selection, distortion, factual accounts, mental constructions, etc. which are part of memory. We are trained to listen as if watching a movie. Since we are not judges or juries, "truth" is not necessarily our pursuit although we can be quick to call "bullshit" when needed because people lie and manipulate too. We are not truth-relativists, but our focus is elsewhere.
One of the fascinating things about Psychoanalysis is to see how memory narratives change during the process.
Even recent memories are subject to distortion: Trust your memory? Maybe you shouldn't.
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Our Essays, Psychology, and Dr. Bliss at 15:32 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
The plight of the Northeastern WASP elitists
From the article:
Posted by Bird Dog in Our Essays, The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:26 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
NGC Update: The 'We've got 10 years left' edition
Pic: This week's issue of Time also covers the subject in depth
So that's about as sobering as it gets, folks. Ten years really isn't a very long time.
I originally spotted this alarming article on a very cool AGW site called Real Science.
The original article is here.
Posted by Dr. Mercury in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 12:30 | Comments (22) | Trackbacks (0)
Even the NYT is upset
New York Times: Obama Leak Investigations 'Chilling,' 'Threatening'
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 11:29 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Weds. morning links
My photo: student detritus in dorm hallway after the kids have decamped in their parents' vehicles.
The Average Salary of a Military Helicopter Pilot
I'd pay them to do it
Sperry Topsiders: Made in Maine
Nearly 19 feet! Longest Burmese python captured in Florida
Remarkable footage of the big tornado
Wallace Stegner is a wonderful wordsmith
Homeownership, Unemployment and Economic Growth: Looking at the Trends
Obama and Elizabeth Warren Feed the College Beast
Cost of Coverage – The Real Measure of Health Reform Impact
Rand Paul Stands Up Against Government Greed
Blue State CT: State Revenue Surge A Bad Reason To Spend More
Unions break ranks on ObamaCare
Top IRS official will invoke the Fifth Amendment in congressional hearing about tea party targeting program
Time for a team huddle: Lefty bloggers/journos head to the White House
Why is the White House Having a Secret Meeting with a Bevy of Lefty Columnists?
The Arab collapse - Middle East a vulture’s feast
Driscoll's Quote of the Day:
Russia: Playing a Losing Hand like a Winner
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:26 | Comments (10) | Trackbacks (0)
Those darn Mennonites
Commencement Weekend, and those darn Mennonites hog all the best parking spots in front of the pubs. People tell me they are Amish, others say these people are Mennonites. Same idea.
These people believe our ordinary lives are foolish, vain, Godless, and empty. I can't swear that they are wrong, but they are just ordinary people too.
Posted by Bird Dog in Our Essays, The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 04:48 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, May 21. 2013
Krauthammer On IRS Scandal: "This Is Going To Go On And It Could Be Fatal"
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 21:37 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Gaia caught a cold
Posted by Bird Dog at 18:56 | Comments (34) | Trackbacks (0)
Psychiatry's New Diagnostic Manual, the DSM 5: "Don't Buy It. Don't Use It. Don't Teach It."
Related, from Dr. McHugh: DSM-5: A Manual Run Amok - It's time for psychiatry to drop its field guide and try to
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in Our Essays, Psychology, and Dr. Bliss at 16:47 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Nobody in my family, or any of my friends' families, is graduating from college this year. I have a few high schools graduations to attend, but another month before that occurs.
Yet it is the commencement season. I was cruising the web recently and stumbled on two commentaries which I thought were excellent. One was a commencement speech redone as a 10 minute video. The other was from NPR which published snippets of graduation advice from economists. Both are linked here.
This video was based on a commencement speech from Kenyon College, several years ago. (my apologies, the original link was removed by the author's trust due to copyright issues, but the version I linked to does still work).
The letter to graduates (with link to original) is below the fold.
Continue reading "Commencement"
Posted by Bulldog in Education, Our Essays at 14:21 | Comments (15) | Trackbacks (0)
Paying for the Party at State U
A Revealing Look at a State Flagship - Paying for the Party confirms many of your worst fears about big state universities
Posted by The Barrister at 13:43 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
A Crisis of Authority
Taranto: "The administrative state, in thrall to a decadent cultural elite, has lost the consent of the governed."
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 10:30 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Finally! Equality comes to women in NYC (rest of country sure to follow)
I have tremendously good news.
It must be awful constantly being treated as a second-class citizen in a male-dominated society. We all know about the inequalities in the job market, corporate structure and politics, but it's exceptionally cruel when even something as simple as sports needs an official Act of Congress (Title IX) just so a college can have a girls softball team.
But perhaps the biggest reminder of your lowly status is that even your clothes are regulated. Wear this, don't wear that. Do you see men going through any such restrictions? Of course not. Your being told what to wear based on your gender is the moral equivalent of being told which bathroom you can use based on the color of your skin.
And the great progressive city of New York has decided to address this hideous injustice, once and for all.
No longer will you be castigated and restricted and confined merely because of your gender. No longer will you be forced to wear the shackles that the male-dominated society has placed upon you.
Because of the grand farsightedness of the great city of New York, you no longer have to wear the shackles at all.
Topless Women in Public Not Breaking the Law, Says NYPD
Progressivism isn't always bad.
Posted by Dr. Mercury in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 10:30 | Comments (20) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday morning links
Cool reconstruction of von Richthofen's death
Fixed - how to sell a boat to the guys
Harvard students denounce academic freedom
Israel’s Other Enemy: The Blue Social Model
Climate slowdown means extreme rates of warming 'not as likely'
But they insist that someday it will be terrible...maybe.
Loneliness and social isolation are bad
That's news? But is it cause, or effect?
The danger of asking a gal for a date, on campus:
Three FoxNews Reporters Spied on by DoJ
It keeps getting worser and worser
A Do-Nothing Congress Won’t Surprise These Beltway Insiders
The White House’s shifting IRS account
PJM EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Diplomats Report New Benghazi Whistleblowers with Info Devastating to Clinton and Obama
Andy Borowitz writes satirical columns for The New Yorker, His point of view is reliably liberal. But...
BACKGROUNDER: Palestinian Arab and Jewish Refugees
The game of chicken over Syria with dangerous consequences
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 05:56 | Comments (25) | Trackbacks (0)
He claims 12-15 mpg. He has driven it cross-country twice, just for fun. He refused to tell me whether he had a firearm somewhere in there. It would be stupid not to.
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Monday, May 20. 2013
Pics which will make your stomach drop
Here's one of them. More here.
Posted by Gwynnie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:23 | Comments (6) | Trackback (1)
Demand that colleges live up to the new speech codes!
Not that it is possible to do so.
Posted by The Barrister at 16:15 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Orwell, Huxley and the Emerging Totalitarianism
Posted by The Barrister in Our Essays, Politics at 14:42 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
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