Archives By Month: May 2017

The Voice of Viet Nam

Posted on May 30, 2017 6:55 am By Del Meyer in In Memoriam

Trinh Thi Ngo (“Hanoi Hannah”), broadcaster for Voice of Vietnam, was 87 THE voice was faint, for the signal was weak between Hanoi and the Central Highlands. The Economist | From the print edition | Oct 13th 2016 Nonetheless, at 8pm Saigon time, after a day spent avoiding mantraps and pursuing the ever-elusive Vietcong, GIs […]

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Aphorism

Posted on May 30, 2017 6:54 am By Del Meyer in Words Of Wisdom

Government is in an endless pursuit of new ways to tax. It’s tough enough to pay taxes but making out the income tax forms seems to make it worse. They use to say that the only thing the government didn’t tax was taxes. Then President Johnson invented the surtax. . . , the power to […]

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Sinking California

Posted on May 30, 2017 6:53 am By Del Meyer in Hippocrates and His Kin

The leaning tower of San Francisco is not the only part of California that is sinking. More than 7 million acres (28,000 km2) of the Central valley are irrigated via an extensive system of reservoirs and canals. After a five-year drought, the reservoirs are drying up. The farmers in the central valley, the bread basket of the […]

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Death by Government

Posted on May 30, 2017 6:52 am By Del Meyer in Book Review

by R.J. Rummel Democide: Mass Murder by Government The line, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you,” takes on new meaning after reading R.J. Rummel’s devastating Death By Government. This century, estimates the University of Hawaii political scientist, the State has killed almost 170 million people. Death by Government is a compelling study of […]

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The Political Pattern – 2016

Posted on May 30, 2017 6:50 am By Del Meyer in Overheard in the Medical Staff Lounge

Dr. Rosen:      We have just survived an historic election. There was a lot of name calling and confrontation. The looseness of Mrs. Clinton’s management of classified and top secret security information was well delineated by the Mr. Comey of the FBI. He declined to prosecute her. Do we understand why? Dr. Edwards:  I think Mr. […]

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CMS Paying Doctors Based on Quality is counter-productive

Posted on May 30, 2017 6:48 am By Del Meyer in Medical Myths

U.S. Officials Finalize Rule for Medicare Payments to Doctors By Melanie Evans | WSJ | Oct. 14, 2016 Federal health officials on Friday finalized a new rule for how Medicare pays U.S. doctors, part of a broader push by the White House to overhaul federal health spending. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released […]

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Medicare Spent $359 Million on Unnecessary Chiropractic Care in 2013

Posted on May 30, 2017 6:45 am By Del Meyer in Medicare Review

By MELANIE EVANS | WSJ | Oct. 19, 2016 More than 80% of the money that Medicare paid to chiropractors in 2013 went for medically unnecessary procedures, a new federal audit found. The federal insurance program for senior citizens spent roughly $359 million on unnecessary chiropractic care that year for treatment of strains, sprains or joint […]

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Canada Ranked 3rd Highest in Spending in Developed Countries

Posted on May 30, 2017 6:44 am By Del Meyer in International Medicine

Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2016 by Bacchus Barua, Ingrid Timmermans, Ian Nason, and Nadeem Esmail Comparing the performance of different countries’ health-care systems provides an opportunity for policy makers and the general public to determine how well Canada’s health-care system is performing relative to its international peers. Overall, the data examined suggest […]

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The Leaning Tower of San Francisco is outperforming the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Posted on May 30, 2017 6:42 am By Del Meyer in In The News

San Francisco’s newest high rise has tilted 6 feet in 6 years. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is more than five meters off perpendicular after 800 years. The leaning tower of Pisa is located next to the Cathedral of Pisa, in Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of miracles) in the city of Pisa, Italy. It was […]

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Sexism largely manifests itself in people acting rationally

Posted on May 30, 2017 6:41 am By Del Meyer in Feature Article

Why Patriarchy once made economic sense By Cathy Reisenwitz PATRIARCHY IS ACTUALLY A REALLY IMPORTANT CONCEPT FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN ECONOMICS Patriarchy describes the way ideas around gender, specifically performance and expectations inhibit economic, educational, and personal growth. In other words, patriarchy is the word for systemic sexism. Okay, but sexism works both ways. Actually, […]

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