Birth Day for brother and niece!

For my little brother (who's taller and smarter than me, thank goodness I'm better looking): He's a touch older than in this picture (he was the lead mechanical engineer making this thing fly, in one year):   And, to my niece Annie! … [Continue reading]

Joy to The World, USAF Band style, at the Smithsonian

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Pearl Harbor

If you meet a Pearl Harbor vet, thank 'em. They're pretty rare (an 18 year old then would be 94 now...). Thanks to our Pearl Harbor vets. … [Continue reading]

Hilarious Tamiflu side-effect

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Okay, it's not hilarious, it's funny that it's included as a side effect of Tamiflu (treatment for influenza): I'm not a huge fan of Tamiflu (for the neuropsychiatric side effects), but I saw this last night on my pocket brain, and had to look … [Continue reading]

Why the Zero Defect mentality will never work

At least, not in real life: ... The idea that “failure is not an option” is a fantasy version of how non-engineers should motivate engineers. That sentiment was invented by a screenwriter, riffing on an after-the-fact observation about Apollo 13; … [Continue reading]

Happy Birthday USMC!

SemperFi I post this every year, and I still enjoy it... … [Continue reading]

Grading a Physician’s Value — The Misapplication of Performance Measurement — NEJM

NEJM realized the PQRS Emperor has no clothes. Perhaps the only health policy issue on which Republicans and Democrats agree is the need to move from volume-based to value-based payment for health care providers. Rather than paying for activity, the … [Continue reading]

Spin in the cancelled-policy articles

All the articles about cancelled Individual Insurance plans have some variation of this spin in them: For some who have received the letters, the new plans being offered are more expensive, but for others — especially those who qualify for a federal … [Continue reading]

AAPS Sues to Stop the Unlawful Revisions to ObamaCare

A constitutional argument. From docs: The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) has filed a lawsuit today in federal court to halt the unlawful revisions to ObamaCare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The … [Continue reading]

Obamacare Is the Worst-Case Scenario | National Review Online

I'm not usually up this early. Ate a lot of carbs last evening, paying the price all night. And today. Probably tomorrow, from the course of events.   Enough about me. This is a nice summary of thoughts on Obamacare: ...What do we have to … [Continue reading]

Obama’s Broken Promise of Better Government Through Technology – Businessweek

The top part of the article is typical Klein (intent is all that mattered, not execution, which he only allows to one party), but his writing about government in general and government IT in particular is interesting: The saga of healthcare.gov has … [Continue reading]

Peter Schiff Blasts “The Website Is Fixable, Obamacare Isn’t!” | Zero Hedge

Wait, wait, this was supposed to bend the cost curve Down... It is also ironic that high-deductible, catastrophic plans are precisely what young people should be buying in the first place. They are inexpensive because they provide coverage for … [Continue reading]

The Onion to the Rescue

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Remember this? (From this blog): Heroic State Attorneys General band together to force lawful commerce to stop, because they don’t like it. July 13, 2013 by GruntDoc ... So, 22 State Attorneys General sent a letter to Urban Outfitters … [Continue reading]

Assessing the Exchanges | National Review Online

Read and weep. My comments in [brackets]: ...[interviews with medical insurance policy-type reps in Washington] One key worry is based on the fact that what they’re facing is not a situation where it is impossible to buy coverage but one where it … [Continue reading]

Why we should be very wary of using clot busting drugs in CVA

Why we should be very wary of using clot busting drugs in CVA. A concise treatise on the problems with TPa. Well Done! … [Continue reading]