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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Linkee-poo thinks about what to give up for Lent

"List of anatomical variations." No situs inversus? Inconceivable! These are some of those things in radiology that we deal with all the time. Not to mention cysts. Lots of people have various cysts and growths in their bodies which do absolutely no harm. This is why when health fairs were offering "full body CT scans" the medical industry was up in arms. There's a lot of shit that shows up, and if someone is not fully trained they could be egregiously wrong. I've read way too many radiological reports that conclude with, "clinical correlation is necessary." Or, if it ain't bothering them, it's not a problem. And I'm forever explaining sesamoid bones. (Grokked from Annalee Flower Horne)

"Two weeks after SpaceX launched the first private lunar lander toward the moon, the Israeli spacecraft sent back a stunning selfie of itself with Earth in the background (above)."

"Japan's space agency completed a complicated touchdown maneuver at a distant space rock last month, and it has now released an incredible video from the spacecraft's point of view."

"'The take-home message is basically that you can’t make up for abusing your sleeping clock by sleeping a few more hours on the weekend,' says Paul Shaw, a neuroscientist at Washington University in St. Louis who was not involved in the study. 'It’s not as simple as saying, "Oh, if I sleep in on the weekends, I’ll be better."'" We're boned. But, again, small study. Some of the results were unexpected, the the overall "sleeping in on the weekends to make up for lost sleep during the week doesn't work" matches to other studies.

Per my point on the recent "Socialism" poll, a tweet thread… "'Socialism' right now for young people does not mean the Soviet Union or Cuba. It means 'You don't lose your house when you kid gets cancer' or 'You don't have to sleep in the parking lot and pee in a jar at work'… Who told them that's "socialism"? *Conservatives* did." (Grokked from Cherie Priest)

Billionaires on why capitalism is great. "If such a term conjures Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, two of capitalism’s visionary saints, so be it. Entrepreneurial capitalism remains, objectively, the best system ever invented to create and distribute prosperity, and if you look at the billion-plus people in China, India and elsewhere who were lifted from extreme poverty in the past two decades, it remains easy to sing its praises. The dynamism remains true in the U.S., too. Of The Forbes 400 list of richest Americans, 67% are self-made and 11% are immigrants. 'America works, and it works now better than it ever worked,' Buffett says." China? Also that 67% is self-reported. And while reading this I kept thinking of the axiom, "Sincerity. If you can fake that, you've got it made." I think this is more some people are realizing all the guillotine jokes in January aren't so much a joke. Small business development is at historic lows. Capitalism is not some manna from heaven, it's barely 150 years old (most writers like this include capitalism's antecedents of mercantilism, empire, and feudalism to make it appear that it's been here all the time). Capitalism's logical outcome is monopoly and Plutocracy (or at the very least Particracy). The 2007 "Great Recession" showed Capitalism's growing age. The continued inequity feature of capitalism (it's not a bug) will be its downfall. (Grokked from someone, sorry, lost the link)

"A court in Tokyo has granted bail to former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn after he spent nearly four months in jail awaiting trial on corruption charges."

"With businesses struggling to fill job vacancies amid low unemployment and fewer available workers, many are adopting a new strategy: They’re stockpiling the most talented employees in fields such as information technology, social media and engineering on fears they might not be around when an opening arises. Worker shortages have led to prolonged searches and lost revenue." While it's good for those people looking for jobs, this is an exceptionally bad way to run a business. If you want to look at it as lowering the stress of on boarding, reducing crushing workloads on existing staff, and training/grooming new hires for positions this can work. But that's a whole different mindset away from "OMG we might not be able to find people when we need them, we'll find something to keep them busy." Because that means you expect other workers to leave and you don't have a retention or continuation strategy, or you're letting your company be driven by the market. With this strategy expect to hear about layoffs as soon as the economy hiccups, and you've both drained your resources and pissed off the current staff in the mean time. With just hiring them in without a position, those employee's skills can degrade quickly, they'll be used to the workflow they had when they initially were hired, and you'll still be in a pinch when more experienced employees leave because they'll be taking specific job knowledge with them. Also, yeah, saw this a lot in the 80s as well.

"The Shawnee Mission school board at a special meeting Tuesday night agreed to a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union over a lawsuit alleging the district violated students’ First Amendment rights during a protest against gun violence." (Grokked from Brent Bowen)

Say, how's that idea about making coming to the US such a hellish prospect that it'll discourage migrants working out for us? "The number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has once again broken records, with unauthorized entries nearly doubling what they were a year ago, suggesting that the Trump administration’s aggressive policies have not discouraged new migration to the United States." The numbers are about at the point they were for the Obama administrations and far below the GW Bush years. The differences is how we lock them all up and how we haven't dealt with the backlog of cases. A wall won't help either problem (or stop them from coming). "The main problem is not one of uncontrolled masses scaling the fences, but a humanitarian challenge created as thousands of migrant families surge into remote areas where the administration has so far failed to devote sufficient resources to care for them, as is required under the law."

So the group Moms Demand Action went to the New Hampshire legislature to testify in favor of a "red-flag law", that's where guns can be temporarily removed from people who may be a threat to themselves or others (including domestic violence complaints). "Some male members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives made a controversial sartorial choice Tuesday morning at a hearing on a proposed gun control measure: pearls… The jewelry, donned by at least six men on the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, angered many of the volunteers present from gun-control group Moms Demand Action, according to founder Shannon Watts." Some also wore gun pins. What a bunch of jackasses. (Grokked from Dan)

"Russia's government on Wednesday denied any knowledge of the detention of two American Mormon church "volunteers." Family members and officials from the church, officially called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), have said the two men were detained Friday during a church meeting in Novorossiysk, almost 1,000 miles south of Moscow in the Krasnodar region."

"New York State regulators have issued an expansive subpoena to the Trump Organization’s longtime insurance broker, the first step in an investigation of insurance policies and claims involving President Trump’s family business, according to the company and a person briefed on the matter… It came just days after Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former fixer and lawyer, indicated in congressional testimony that the Trump Organization inflated the value of its assets to insurance companies." (Grokked from Dan)

Related. "Donald Trump says he received a $17 million insurance payment in 2005 for hurricane damage to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach. But The Associated Press has found little evidence of such large-scale damage… Two years after a series of storms, the real estate tycoon said he didn’t know how much had been spent on repairs, but acknowledged he pocketed some of the money. He transferred funds into his personal accounts, saying that under the terms of his policy 'you didn’t have to reinvest it.'" (Grokked for Kathryn Cramer)

"Intelligence within the South Korean government reported Tuesday that North Korea had begun to reassemble launch sites for long-range missiles. Just days after President Donald Trump’s Hanoi summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Yonhap News Agency reported new activity at a North Korean nuclear launch site."

"Michael Cohen was supposed to report to prison Wednesday to begin serving a three-year sentence for tax crimes, tax evasion and lying to Congress. Instead, President Donald Trump's former lawyer will be on Capitol Hill talking about the crimes he is now accusing Trump of committing." His report date was moved almost a month ago, people. Let's keep up.

"The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, first mentioned the idea of a pardon with the Trump legal team in the weeks after the April raid on Cohen’s home and office, and that the president’s lawyers, including Jay Sekulow, Rudy Giuliani and Joanna Hendon, dismissed the idea. But at least one of them, Giuliani, left open the possibility that the president could grant Cohen one in the future, the Journal reported."

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