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Tuesday, June 27. 2017
It is not just the compensation that discourages physicians, especially internists and pediatricians, from working for the government (eg Medicare, Medicaid). A major issue is the paperwork burden. The government paperwork requires a specialized back office staff which only large practices can afford.
A recent sample of the bureaucratic mess doctors are supposed to figure out. A Medicare billing error is a potential felony, even if inadvertent.
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The $100 billion per year back pain industry is mostly a hoax
For a daily testosterone fix I get my kicks on Sociopathic Boys 66
Cool hot rod video
The War on Work—and How to End It - An agenda to address joblessness, the great American domestic crisis of the twenty-first century
Buffett’s Vice Chair – Al Gore Is ‘An Idiot’ Who Just Got Lucky Obsessing About ‘Climate Change’
Affirmative action in med school admissions
Mansfield speaks: Venerable Harvard professor laments the ruination of higher education
UC San Diego Students Actually Protested Dalai Lama Over His Lack of Tolerance
Dallas city councilcritter:
Feminist Mag Calls on White Women to Fight Supremacy by Aborting All of Their White Babies
Seattle's Painful Lesson on the Road to a $15 Minimum Wage - The experiment has hurt low-wage workers, cutting their earnings by $172 a month.
Amazon Robots Poised to Revamp How Whole Foods Runs Warehouses
A Truck Stop Teaches Mark Zuckerberg That Politics Is Hard
CNN producer says Russia story is bullshit
Byron York: On Russia, a senator's deception and a timeline of Trump frustration
Three CNN Employees Resign Over Botched Trump-Russia Story
Fired by CNN for fake news? Really?
Sketchy Media Now Retreating From Sketchy Russian Conspiracy Reports…
Central European Nations Unite Against EU on Migrants
Sold their sovereignty for a bowl of lentils
Monday, June 26. 2017
I had never heard of Zaz before now. Cool gal, but I do not believe a word of what she is singing. What normal gal does not want some Chanel in the closet?
"Like a bearded nut in robes on the sidewalk proclaiming the end of the world is near, the media is just doing what makes it feel good, not reporting hard facts. We need to start seeing the media as a bearded nut on the sidewalk, shouting out false fears. It's not sensible to listen to it."
Michael Crichton, as quoted in Continetti's They’re Wrong About Everything: More evidence the political class doesn't know what it's talking about
Pronghorn were almost perfectly fitted to the West Texas landscape. And then people started building fences.
Pronghorns don't jump
Life Before the Internet
Administrators at diversity conference: Require implicit bias training on campus
White women are the worst
People Are Starting To Catch On To The "100% Renewable Energy" Scam
Aussie Government Broadcaster Gives Climate Skeptics Airtime
Is This Uber's "Theranos Moment"?
Detroit Council Dunks on Taxpayers, Will Use School Funds for Basketball Arena - This is why Detroit can't have nice things.
Bread and circuses for the masses
Without illegals, who will clean our toilets?
Faith Leader Urges Trump to ‘Guarantee’ Rights of Refugees to Enter U.S.
Woman Totally Loses Her Mind Over Confederate Flag-Adorned Dukes Of Hazzard Car
Tactics of Cultural Marxism’s Brownshirts
Black Trump Supporter Goes Nuclear on Maxine Waters ‘You Have Destroyed the Black Community With Illegal Immigration!’
The Unbearable Smugness Of Being…A Democrat
It's the presumption of moral superiority
For The NYT, only one party "seizes control"
Blinded by bias
Similarly, WaPo: The terrifying and terrible prospect of Justice Kennedy retiring
The Republican Health-Care Mistake
President Trump Calls For Enforcement Of Immigration Laws Restricting Welfare For Immigrants
Same as Australia
Simon: Trump Derangement Syndrome Has Become the New Plague
President Trump Has Now Signed 40 Pieces Of Legislation As He Moves To Enact His Agenda
Obama knew about Russian tricks, did nothing
Shadowy Firm Behind the 'Trump Dossier' Refuses to Cooperate With Congress
Biggest news today: DEMOCRATS, FBI COLLABORATED ON TRUMP SMEARS
EUROPE IS STILL AILING - A glimpse into the dark malaise behind the EU project.
Sunday, June 25. 2017
While enduring an implant at the dentist ("implantologist") the other day I was distracting myself by contemplating similar situations of shame, vulnerability, or potential humiliation in which we sometimes must put ourselves. Usually, at the dentist, I distract myself with thoughts about sex or politics, so this was a different approach.
I'll lreveal some of my moments of unpleasant self-revelation or exposure:
- the Dentist. You sit or lie there helpless while some guy struggles with the most disgusting things he can find in your oral cavity
- annual physical. Take your clothes off while some guy or gal tries as hard as they can to find defects. Not to mention a Gyn exam...
- Pooping in a public bathroom. Sooner or later in life you just have to stop caring about your noises.
- Disrobing with a new lover. I can vaguely remember that.
- Psychological nakedness, as with a Psychiatrist. "Now, why not tell me the things about yourself that you don't want to tell me? It might save a lot of time." That is like "Take all your clothes off and the doctor will be with you shortly."
- Oral examinations. Not dental, real oral exams as in college or grad school. Being quizzed by a panel of profs is far more daunting than a paper exam because it's personal and feels - is - more exposing. In med school orals, they just pushed you on every topic until you said "I don't know." Their goal was to discover your limits.
With trail reviews, at AllTrails. Just punch in a general area.
They have the trail maps too.
It's about School, Inc:
The Atlantic Cod population of the western Atlantic was essentially extinct from overfishing. With a moratorium, it has recovered a bit but I have not seen a Cod from Cape Cod in many years.
From today's Lectionary: "Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it."
Saturday, June 24. 2017
Side note: This is Saturday, which means three of the best shows on TV are on tonight on Fox. 'Watters World' at 8 (EST), 'Justice With Judge Jeanine' at 9, and, especially, 'The Greg Gutfeld Show' at 10. If you don't have a TV (like me), all three will have been posted to YouTube by tomorrow. If you haven't seen a Judge Jeanine opening monologue, buckle your seat belt.
Following is a review of four movies.
I'll put the whole mess below the fold.
Continue reading "Movie Review: Four great flicks"
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Hank Shaw finally caught a couple of large California Halibut. Good for him.
Fishing for bottom-feeders is not the most challenging fishing, but Halibut is, in my view, the tastiest seafood. Simply broiled with salt, pepper, and some butter. Overcooking fish is a crime.
Atlantic halibut can grow over 6' long.
What are your favorite seafoods?
Such things should only be planted where they can be mowed around because they spread underground, or just spread, to the point of overwhelming everything in their vicinity:
I had a few more on my list, but I can't remember right now.
Why We Love The Color Green: It's The Color Of New Life
KIDS TODAY: THEY DON'T WORK SUMMER JOBS THE WAY THEY USED TO (h.t Insty)
Want to Feel Like a Man? Then Start Acting Like One
I love my factory job, but I don't want my kid to do it
Good, Thick, Strong Arctic Ice Is Totally In-line With ‘Climate Change’ Or Something
IEA Official Says Green Goals Doomed Without Nuclear
Why people prefer unequal societies
It's called freedom
Canadian elite special forces sniper makes record-breaking kill shot in Iraq
An un-equal sniper
Robert Franks makes the case that you're rich because of luck, so they should tax the heck out of you for equality
I thought "equality" was about clearing the way for people to move up economically. As if money were everybody's life goal...
“Man who jumped from ambulance says it’s New York City’s fault”
He'll get a settlement
The Rise and Fall of Uber's Travis Kalanick
We love Uber.
Uber is evil
Drivers do it voluntarily, we use them voluntarily. What's bad about that?
CALIFORNIA PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC BANS TRAVEL TO 8 STATES THAT HAVE FREEDOM
What happened to the traditional role of skepticism in climate science?
McDonald’s Hits All-Time High As Wall Street Cheers Replacement Of Cashiers With Kiosks
Church of Sweden's First Lesbian Bishop Wants to Remove Crosses, Add Muslim Prayer Spaces To Church
Sounds like the UCC
OBAMACARE: WHAT WOULD REAGAN DO?
Republican Health Care Plans Don’t ‘Steal’ From the Poor
Meet the Jones Act: A 97-year-old regulatory relic that’s costing you money
Government rules have no expiration dates
Shouts and Protests on Campus Are Signs of a More Pernicious Problem
Supreme Court Deals Blow to Property Rights - Chief Justice Roberts: “Today’s decision knocks the definition of ‘private property’ loose from its foundation.”
President Trump is now in a death struggle with Robert Mueller and James Comey.
Mueller legal team approaching size of entire US Attorney’s Office for Rhode Island
Diversity is strength: Paris police attempt to patrol Muslim neighborhood
The FBI’s Briefing On The GOP Baseball Shooting Couldn’t Have Been More Bizarre - The FBI tried to claim that the shooting at the baseball field was spontaneous and had no target, despite all evidence to the contrary.
Senate to Probe Loretta Lynch Efforts to Shape FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton
Trump Aides Respond to His Latest Conspiracy Tweets: ‘FML.’ As in, ‘f*ck my life.’
Friday, June 23. 2017
They are welcome to use me as an example. Meanwhile, I wonder how all of this nonsense does college kids any good. I had some blue-collar white privilege, but I did learn stats, calc, and physics. It was not easy but I earned my stripes. If you go to college today, you had best take on the hard stuff or nobody cares.
It's an optimistic article. However, there are really no solutions. Modern societies will always have populations who will not or can not function very well. As far as the guaranteed government income idea goes, forget it. People too low-functioning to hold a job probably could not handle money well. The only thing that saddens me about American state and federal welfare programs are the numbers of potentially-functional people who settle for life on the dole and/or the underground economy instead of a life of dignity and self-reliance.
Good conservation news: Trump administration removes protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears
The Sikhs who saved Parmesan
Taiko drummers in NYC this week (video)
Kodo, the preeminent taiko drumming ensemble from Japan, is currently playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Why Wonder Woman Gal Gadot Actually Gained Weight for Her Role
Four Reasons Why College Degrees Are Becoming Useless - College dropouts are doing just fine, bucking the stereotype.
Feminists scared to critique Muslim misogyny
Hasbro CEO: ‘We Eliminated Gender’ for Our Toys
iPhone Manufacturer Foxconn Plans to Invest $10 Billion on U.S. Plant
Ann Arbor Teacher Making $77k Complains His Salary Is 'Embarrassing'
Why The Liberal Elite Will Never Check Its Privilege
Students launch libertarian club at small Oregon college and get harassed, investigated, condemned
FREE SPEECH? NOT IN MINNEAPOLIS!
Los Angeles Times Provides Comical Yet Disturbing Pretexts for Censoring Speech
Baltimore Businesses Sue The City Over Damage Done In Freddie Gray Riots
Just like in the 1850s and 1860s, the Democratic Party Embraces Political Violence in Response to the Election of a Republican President
Senate Republicans Offer a Bill to Preserve & Expand ObamaCare
Senate Healthcare Bill Seems Less Repeal And More Tinker
Most Americans (On All Sides) Now Agree Bias Infects The Media
Congressional Black Caucus expected to decline Trump meeting
Planned Parenthood spent $734,000 in failed Georgia race
Good riddance to the Russia myth — and blame Team Obama for promoting it
Thursday, June 22. 2017
Kweskin has exactly the right voice, assuming that's Kweskin. But where's the jug?
Dr. Mercury, checking in.
For you Maggie's newcomers, I blogged on this site about every other day for five wonderful, tumultuous years. This was through the heady election days of 2008 and 2012, so there was obviously a lot to talk about.
Then a bunch of things happened.
- Helped with the construction of four 2-bedroom cottages — built from kits, no less — in a Colorado forest, as well as installing a large wind & solar installation to power them all. I was there for over two years.
- Helped birth a baby and whelped four litters of puppies.
- Lost my beloved to a brain aneurysm.
- Had a heart operation.
- Bought an extremely cool sports car that I didn't even know existed until an hour before I handed over the bread.
- Have lived in four states since the last time I blogged here, surrounded by champion show dogs.
Busy, busy, busy.
I'll relate the whole story below the fold, but for now I wanted to give a shout-out to a number of old friends who I see are still here.
Texan99 - My wonderful Texas belle.
GoneWithTheWind - Always one of the great voices of reason on this site.
Zach - Dude, you're the very definition of fortitude.
Dr.Torch, mudbug, Gringo, jma, bob sykes, Assistant Village Idiot, Sam L, JTW, rhhardin, JC, IdahoBob, Apple Pie, Clovis, Agent Cooper, Old Codger, BillH, Dorf, The Distributist, Claritas, Ben David, SgtBob, NJSoldier, faculty wife, Ken in NH, JLawson, BillH - Hey, doods and doodettes! It's nice to be back.
Side note: Boy, imagine how ol' Zach's going to feel when I pull out my (hold on a sec: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5...) 213 anti-AGW links. It won't be pretty!
And, of course, my best bud, feeblemind - By the way, guy, I noticed that some of your recent comments have actually made lots of sense. We'll have to work on that.
Bird Dog, Barrister, News Junkie, Gwynnie, Dr. Bliss, Bulldog - I'm honored to be back among such distinguished peers.
If you're curious, my main web site is here. The whole mess is comprised of 1,204 posts, 1.1 million words, 2,856 pics and 640 vids.
Busy, busy, busy.
So, on with the story...
Continue reading "Return of the Wayfaring Wanderer"