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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Linkee-poo is not in the swing

Ferret Steinmetz would "like to hire someone who is wheelchair-enabled who can tell me whether I’m making any obvious insults and/or errors to wheelchair-enabled users." See post for details.

"Over the past few months, Black Twitter has noticed an increase in the number of white trolls creating fake Twitter accounts." Yes, Virginia, there are poser trolls out there. They're organized and have a mission. And it's not just Black Twitter.

"Cementing her role as a powerful White House influence, Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee, according to an attorney for the first daughter." Note Ivanka Trump has not really divested or handed off her responsibilities in the Trump Organization (although there appears to be more light between her and the organization than her father). Although, in truth, this is the role of the First Lady. And someone has got to keep an eye on Daddy so nobody else realizes he has emotional and memory problems. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"According to the rules newly issued by President Trump's administration, passengers must check most electronic devices — including laptops, cameras and tablets — into their checked baggage. Travelers will still be allowed to carry their mobile phones in their hand luggage." I guess we've forgotten about altitude and pressure triggers.

The problems with false attribution mostly stem from an ignorance of people. "Among the people who enrolled in Medicaid under the expansion, about 13 percent might be considered able bodied but not working right now. Of those, the great majority said the reason they weren't working was because they were taking care of family members. If you look across the nation, it might be millions of individuals who receive Medicaid benefits at the moment but potentially could be required to work under the rules Congress is considering."

America's opioid problem is more economically widespread than most people think. "Milford had endocarditis, which is essentially an abscess on one of his heart valves. He spent seven weeks in the hospital on intravenous antibiotics. Eventually, he went back home. But he kept injecting drugs, and he got endocarditis two more times." A hospital considers the ethics of treating patients with drug addictions. This is why insurance needs to be more than catastrophic care. If we had a robust addiction therapy response, we would save millions. Note, the patient above had to have heart valve replacement three times at a cost of about a half-million a throw (and that's not the only health issues these people have). By treating drug addiction as only a criminal offense, and making a paltry effort to show compassion and get these patients the treatments they need, we are costing ourselves billions more than running needle exchanges and getting more facilities and doctors in the drug rehabilitation field.

"At an hours-long public hearing on Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that his agency is investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, and he pushed back against President Trump's allegations that he was wiretapped by former President Barack Obama." Imagine how different the world would be if that was the letter Comey sent to Congress the weekend before the election.

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