How doctors’ pay was established. It’s notable that it was not done through market forces. This means that the normal rules of the market (ie more doctors will dilute doctor pay) do not necessarily apply. The article points out on how few people are behind the decision-making process. Some people want to make it fewer.

Kevin Smith’s quest to ruin his own career.

I know this will come as a shock, but the American Lung Association might be exaggerating the claims of what pollution does to our lungs. That being said, even if pollution doesn’t cause childhood athsma, the fact that it inflames it is not insignificant.

The case against Julian Assange.

I am skeptical, but the future of cloud computing is often discussed as the future of computing itself. Less often discussed are the implications of this. Everything we do relies on the good graces of someone else. Often free services that can go away.

If I worked in the airline industry, this would be on my wall.

The Oxford Comma Cartoon. I use the Oxford Comma, though it has been brought to my attention that it sometimes makes things more misleading than leaving it off. This is why language should have been designed by engineers. Our sentences would have all sorts of parentheses and blocks and pipes, but you would know exactly what a sentence means whenever you read it.

According to Farhad Manjoo, it’s the highest-paid doctors that are the most vulnerable to automation. It actually makes some sense, though I don’t expect to see it happen any time soon. At least as far as the Truman-Himmelreich house is concerned, she is not among the most high-paid doctors and her job is not as vulnerable to outsourcing.

For David Alexander: Pornography leads to warped standards of attractiveness.


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5 Responses to Linkluster Saizeci Si Sase

  1. rob says:

    I don’t know if it still exists, but I was a member of the facebook group “Let’s eat Grandma! or Let’s eat, Grandma! Proper punctuation saves lives.”

  2. ? says:

    It would be difficult to convince anyone other than a total idiot to accept greater than $100k of post-undergraduate education costs and a total of 7-12 years of no or minimal earnings that do not permit accumulation of savings if they could only expect to make a training-level salary thereafter. It’s flat-out not worth it. Doctor incomes are already decreasing, which raises the further point that one cannot explain rising health care costs solely as their doing (or solve it be slashing the payments).

    One problem with the bureaucratic fiat method by which rates are set in the system is that they can be arbitrarily and capriciously penalizing. A majority of hospitals actually lose money on Medicare patients, but there is no serious attempt at redress. Rather, Medicare has found new ways to stick it to providers, for example establishing a rule that there will be (essentially) no payment for care related to hospital- acquired infections. Minimizing such infections is a worthy goal, but it is insane to expect that they will never occur. The hospitals don’t have the authority or even desire to take some of the draconian precautions that would be necessary to even approach achieving that standard (e.g. no visitors bringing their nasty germs from outside, more liberal use of quarantines in-house, etc.). Yet they are penalized anyway.

    Please forgive my ranting, but after losing a decade of my life to medicine with nothing (as yet) to show for it, I’m more than a little bitter that so much effort is being exerted to ensure that I never do garner any financial security.

  3. David Alexander says:

    For David Alexander: Pornography leads to warped standards of attractiveness.

    And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Increased standards benefit everybody!

  4. trumwill says:

    Please forgive my ranting, but after losing a decade of my life to medicine with nothing (as yet) to show for it, I’m more than a little bitter that so much effort is being exerted to ensure that I never do garner any financial security.

    No problem. I find these responses interesting.

  5. trumwill says:

    And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Increased standards benefit everybody!

    Except for those that want people to actually get together and be happy.

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