executioninprogressThe TSA caught an agent for smuggling illegal immigrants. It gets worse: They were carrying liquid containers exceeding 3oz in volume.

A Southern Miss football player’s facemask had to be removed from his opponent’s jersey with a screwdriver. Article has a video.

The debate continues as to whether or not insurance will be cheaper or more expensive in the PPACA regime. The government says cheaper! National Journal says not. As does Avik Roy, of course.

To add to the list of potential concerns for the future of our health care system we’re having physician burnout. The article is a year old, but the situation hasn’t exactly gotten better and PPACA is not poised to help or send in enough reinforcements.

People are having dinner parties… UNREGULATED! Okay, that’s not quite a fair characterization. But many of the reasons we regulate restaurants don’t really apply here.

A long time ago in a land far away (1961, North Carolina) we almost detonated a nuclear bomb 260x the power of the one that took out Hiroshima.

Mollie Hemingway on the forces against kids mowing the lawn. This sort of thing is evidence of a culture and class divide that transcends – though does not avoid – politics.

Privacy advocates (which I have been increasingly sympathetic to, as of late) have pointed to Brazil’s decision to try to bypass the US for its internet as an example of what happens when we don’t respect privacy. It turns out, Brazil has privacy issues of its own.

Relatedly, Nob Akimoto explains why the United States must take the lead in preserving Internet privacy, looking back at Britain’s push for freedom of sea navigation.

Minnesota Gopher head coach Jerry kid had another seizure on the sideline, and at this point the only weird thing is how normal it has become for the players. Greg Couch argues that people need to just deal. Here’s more.

Human? Robot? Dogs don’t discriminate.

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9 Responses to Linkluster Southwestern Ontario

  1. Peter says:

    I was intrigued about that story of the almost-atomic bombing of North Carolina when it got a lot of attention a week ago, and decided to read more about it. What I quickly realized is that while it certainly would have been a very bad thing had the bomb detonated, it would not have been some changing-the-course-of-history Armageddon. According to this blast-effects calculation site, the death toll would have been around 3,000 had the bomb exploded on impact with the ground, to around 8,500 had it exploded in the air. Fallout would have been an issue only with the former type, and might have required evacuating or at least a few days’ sheltering in northeastern North Carolina and possibly in the Norfolk area. While detectable radiation might have reached cities such as Philadelphia and New York it wouldn’t have been significant enough to pose a threat.

  2. says:

    I am deeply skeptical of a progressive outfit like The Atlantic making a big deal about physician burnout. I work in an already over-subscribed specialty, and the related lack of job security has had significant negative effects on my life. I’m scared to purchase real estate because I could lose my job at any time, worried about the risk of marrying or attempting to support a family for the same reason, and worried that I will never be able to fund a reasonably secure retirement. I am also concerned about the impact of reimbursement cuts and technology on my field in the future, which only underscores the importance of trying to save money in the present. It would be quite easy for the progressives to overestimate the number of “reinforcements” needed and make the job markets for other specialties as awful as the job market for mine. While the market might correct, in that fewer graduates would pursue training in the oversaturated fields, the people already in those fields are out of luck. There is little money to support retraining, and it’s just plain miserable to contemplate the older one gets (not to mention that retraining means a financial nightmare of several years’ duration). My outcome doesn’t justify the immense amount of time and energy that went into producing it, and I hate to see others subjected to a similar fate.

    • trumwill says:

      Fair enough. It is, of course, going to vary from specialty to specialty and region to region. Being married to a primary care physician in ruralia, I get to see where the shortage is causing burnout is causing further shortage and further burnout. Even Dr. Hercules, Clancy’s former coworker with the work ethic that the hospital used to try to convince everyone else that they needed to work more to pull their own weight, has announced that he is going on an 8-month sabbatical.

      (I know I still owe you a post on my wife’s career trajectory. I promise I will do so at some point! Let me know if you want me to email you when it’s finally up.)

  3. says:

    Please don’t feel pressured about the career trajectory post. My interest remains, but you should post what you want when you want. I usually stop by every few days or so unless work is crushing, so I’ll definitely see it.

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