Links 5/26/14

Links for you. Science:

Strange Findings on Comb Jellies Uproot Animal Family Tree
America is fat because we exercise a little more and eat a lot more
Overselling the microbiome award – many – for stories about placental vs. oral microbiomes
Yelp Reviews: A Weapon Against Food Poisoning?
My No-Soap, No-Shampoo, Bacteria-Rich Hygiene Experiment


Geithner’s Stress Test Failure (excellent and accessible; must-read)
Dear Graduates: Don’t Follow Your Dreams (A Commencement Speech For the Mediocre)
An Expert Responds to Ta-Nehisi Coates on Reparations
Single Payer Advocates: How Do We Defeat Health Care for Profit?
Macho Bullshit and Bailouts
San Francisco Cityscapes Reflected in Fragmented Puddles
Bad Medicine: The Obama administration prescribes pay-for-performance for doctors. What could possibly go wrong?
Frank Lloyd Wright Tried to Solve the City
Global Warming’s ‘Useful Idiots’: Why do ideologues who would leave the country vulnerable to catastrophe enjoy prestigious posts in journalism?
In the Real World, the So-Called ‘Boy Crisis’ Disappears
Gun Nut Group Backs Down
What broke Washington
Elliot Rodger And Men Who Hate Women
5 Alarming Facts About the Racial Wealth Gap: A new report paints a disturbing picture of our unjust economy.

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4 Responses to Links 5/26/14

  1. Horace Boothroyd III says:

    Single Payer Health Care is a great idea. It works, as I can attest having lived in a number of civilized countries.

    We don’t have SPHC in America, and getting there is a big political problem. One of the components of that big problem is that so many SPHC enthusiasts are bomb throwers at heart who are perfectly happy to sabotage the incremental reforms that are leading us to SPHC, out of sheer spite that they are not getting everything they demand right now.

    Grow up.

  2. Bayesian Bouffant, FCD says:
  3. hipparchia says:

    of the 200 pages, or 1200 pages, or however many pages it finally turned out to be, in the “health” “reform” law that so many progressives supported, and still support, only about 200 of them have to do with the exchanges. and there are some changes to the indian health service.

    then the whole rest of the law is basically all of the same crap that’s straight out of the education reformers’ handbooks. pay-for-performance (there’s lots of that). rewards and carrots for privatization, especially of medicaid, but it’s happening faster in medicare now too. rewards and carrots for the general de-skilling of doctoring and nursing. corporatization of health care in general. lots of measures included based on the dartmouth atlas project, which is utter crap “research.” the off-loading of risk from insurance companies onto doctors and hospitals (and with the ridiculously high deductibles and out of pocket expenses and the ridiculously narrow networks, significant risk has been offloaded onto patients too).

    that last item means lots of taxpayer money going into the coffers of the insurance companies, all of which are busily off-loading insurance risk onto everybody else. and while the insurance companies are busy getting out of the risk business, they’re being given lots more latitude, and money, to get into the business of practicing (unlicensed) medicine.

    a great deal of administrative complexity has been baked into the system from beginning to end, increasing costs for everybody. this means that “bending the cost curve” is going to come out of only one area – actual amount of care provided to patients (because the dartmouth atlas “research” says that some people are getting the right amount of care and everybody else is getting too much care).

    the list goes on, but it’s past my bedtime….

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