Vancouver Sun - According to City Farmer, 44 per cent of
The Hill - In a significant change, the Obama administration will now allow lobbyists to meet and have telephonic discussions with government officials regarding economic recovery projects. The lifting of the ban comes after
We've started posting the latest polls again and it does't look all that good for the Democrats. As things now stand, they may lose two governorships and one Senate seat with another up in the air.
Green Party Watch - In the German city of
Nation - Since 1940, Republicans have controlled the White House for thirty-six years; Democrats for thirty-three. Yet Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that almost two-thirds of new jobs were created during Democratic administrations.
Monte Ladner MD, NY Times - I quit practicing medicine in 2003 at the age of 43. Burned out. Like most doctors I went into medicine with a lot of idealism. The first half of my medical career was in the Army (they paid for my medical education). The second half was in private practice.
In the Army system, a single payer system, I was free to focus my attention on patient care, as were my colleagues. Conversations between doctors revolved around the latest medical research on how to best care for our patients. I never thought about how much money a particular treatment option for a patient would earn for me - I was paid a salary and it was the same no matter what treatment options I chose. I never had to deal with getting an insurance company to pay me for my medical services after I had already given them. I never had to argue with an insurance company after they denied my treatment plan for a patient as "medically unnecessary."
In private practice I was horrified to see how money was the driving force behind everything doctors did. Doctors talked with each other about opening their own specialty clinics to capture fees that had previously gone to hospitals. Over the years the discussions at medical conferences began to devote less time to the science behind new innovations and more time to teaching doctors how to make money with the new innovations.
Worst of all, I saw patients routinely suffer from unnecessary, expensive, and often harmful treatment interventions that were clearly chosen because they earned the most money for the doctor and the hospital. . .
It used to be government and universities with an interest in advancing medical knowledge. Today most medical research is financed and directed by pharmaceutical companies and their main objective is getting research data that can be used to market their products - whether the products are really useful or not. . .
There is no place for "free market ideas" in medicine - at least not if you want your doctor to actually take care of you.
Washington Examiner - Shirts advocating the legalization of gay marriage sparked vandalism and violent threats this week at two American Apparel clothing stores in the
FREEDOM & JUSTICE
Reason - "Legal Age 21 has not worked." Of course, any 20-year-old could, and probably would, tell you that. But the quote in question was written by Dr. Morris Chafet, a psychiatrist who served on the presidential committee that pushed to have the legal drinking age raised to 21. That push paid off on July 17, 1984, when President Ronald Reagan signed the new drinking age into law. Since that time, however, Chafet has apparently had a change of heart. The Los Angeles Times reports that in an editorial that has yet to be published, Chafet describes his effort to raise the drinking age as the "single most regrettable decision" of his career. "To be sure, drunk driving fatalities are lower now than they were in 1982," Chafet notes. "But they are lower in all age groups. And they have declined just as much in
Today's taser story comes from
Seattle Weekly - Ever sit and chat in a parked car? That may warrant a 911 call for suspicious activity. So says a post on neighborhood blog Phinneywood, where a resident recounts witnessing a drug transaction in front of his house. He called the police, who he says told him: "Do call 911 immediately if you see a car with people sitting in it apparently going no where. They are waiting to make a drug connection.". . .
Unsilent Generation -
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Progressive Historians features a video of Robert Oppenheimer, the person most responsible for the success of the atomic bomb after Albert Einstein. The date is 1965. "We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.'"
Yesterday we ran the above as an example from a gallery of confusing warning signs. Reader Davers offers an explanation: "It means stop rolling over and letting Republicans stomp all over you
Another reader says of Twitter journalism: " Andy Warhol said everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. It seems that in the age of twitter, it has become 140 characters of fame."
Headline of the week (from Digg): John Barry, inventor of WD-40, dies. Rust in Peace