What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Linkee-poo, when Irish eyes are smiling

The Pencilsword comic "On A Plate." How privilege works, or doesn't. (Grokked from practically my entire twitter feed)

Consumer Reports video on effect mosquito repellent. The mosquitos around here can sense my sweet New Jersey blood (note, actually born in Pasadena, but grew up in Southern Jersey until 6th grade) and so while my wife and other friends can go unmolested for a long time while I'm being drained like a Gelfling. (Grokked for the Slactivist)

"Actually, I don't know whether or not he wanted that. That's not the point. The point was nobody could talk about it." On how medical people talk in code when we can't legally talk openly. It sucks, but remember, it's our livelihoods at stake. One ethical misstep and we can be excluded, for life, from working not only in the jobs we've trained for, but in the healthcare field as a whole. And now, sometimes it means never working anywhere again. For example, everyone will ask us if we see anything on the x-rays we take. We can tell you we took good x-rays, we can tell you they're diagnostic quality, and that the radiologist will read them and then call their doctor (or the ER doctor). We can't tell you, "Damn, but you really broke that good" or "Yep, there's a big honking kidney stone right there." That's practicing medicine by diagnosing you. It makes for awkward conversations, but that's the game we must play. (Grokked from Janiece)

NPR wants to know what's on your road trip playlist.

It's noctilucent cloud season in the Northern Hemisphere. More about them here (note SpaceWeather completely replaces their home page with every update, so this is time limited). Now that we're observing them closely, they aren't behaving as we expected.

When I was a kid, parents started worrying about the kids learning on the street about sex. I'm not sure they meant this. Former teacher sets up a cardboard sign offering to talk about sex.

"It's easy to get cynical about politicians. Remember the story of Andy Dinniman when people tell you that none of them are worth a damn or make a lick of difference." Sen. Dinniman of Pennsylvania helped push a rule forward that allowed PA firefighter, EMS, and police to be trained on how to administer Naloxone (Narcan). I can't imagine the shit he is taking for that from people who believe our War on Drugs is still winnable. But I see heroin overdoses almost every weekend I work at the hospital. I typically have to take a chest x-ray to make sure they didn't aspirate something while they were going down. None of them are people you'd expect (given popular culture). None of them behave the way the TV and movies portray. Most of them are very depressed. And I watch the parents and love-ones come in and cry and lose their shit. I wonder how many of them quit (relapsing increases your chance of overdose), and how many times they tried. And I wonder how many of those overdoses were accidents, and how many were done in the hope to finally get away from the drug. Naloxone saves lives. Allowing first responders to both have and be able to administer the drug (it comes in the same form as an EpiPen) is, IMHO, what governments are supposed to do. Now we need to expand our rehab centers to deal with everyone who wants to leave the drug. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

Sure, it's only radical Islamic extremists that commit acts of terror. A list of some of the other people who have committed acts of terror, recently. (Grokked from Janiece)

Just how scared is the right of a Hillary Clinton presidency? This scared. "Impeach Clinton" feels almost nostalgic.

Sweet Zombie Reagan, asked the question, "Who is the greatest living president", most of the current batch of GOP hopefuls answer "Reagan." (Grokked from the Slactivist)

"Also, it makes you the rudest Canadian we've ever run across." Hahahaha. A humorous Pentagon response to Sen. Cruz and the Jade Helm hysteria. (Grokked from Janiece)

Why are Israeli settlements a problem for future peace? "Settlement construction in E1 would effectively divide the West Bank and make the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state… almost impossible." And now you know why there are "settlements" (like the West Bank is the Wild Wild West of America, with the same irony). (Grokked from the Slactivist)

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