Friday, June 5, 2015

Squeezin'

***Well, my hospital connection is down, so I'm gonna take a few minutes to blog while they're working on it. I know you've missed me. :-)

***If Electronic Health Records are so great...

This is so true. The government shouldn't be telling doctors how they must run their practices. Everything they are mandating increases cost and reduces productivity. Pretty much what the government does to everything they put their hands in, come to think of it.

Physicians who responded tended to agree with my claim that doctors are being driven out of the profession by the intrusions, interferences, regulations, mandates, constraints, and sundry other degradations of their vocation that are the result of the bureaucratization of medicine. Chief among them is the imposition of electronic health records (EHR). I’ve also heard from people who notice how much attention their doctor must devote to filling out EHR boxes on a computer screen rather than to engaging with them during an office visit. To the point where a heretofore unheard of profession has been invented — the “scribe” who just enters the data so the doctor can actually do doctoring.

  I see so many mistakes in the records I deal with. Not sure if it's the doctor, nurse, or scribe making them, but it's mostly because of their time constraints rather than inability to get it right, I would bet. I type so many lines such as, "Insurance wants such-and-such medicine changed to such-and-such." Really? Since when do insurance companies know better than the doctor what the patient needs? No wonder so many are retiring early. 

***Great, now liberals think gender identity is oppressive. What a bunch of busybodies and wusses liberals are!

At a moment when many on the left are desperately trying to conjure up enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton’s bid to become the first woman president, others on the left want to turn the word “woman” into a term of exclusion and oppression. This is just one of the more amusing ironies on display as what passes for liberalism today eats itself. No doubt you’ve heard: Bruce Jenner has become Caitlyn Jenner. I can’t muster much outrage about this. If someone born a man wants to live as a woman, or vice versa, they are free to do so as far as I’m concerned. What does bother me is the way everyone is expected to celebrate Jenner’s decision and courage. Why can’t I just not care? Or, maybe I just don’t want to be part of a massive public-relations effort tied to the rollout of yet another reality show?
 
I'm sick of the whole thing. Bruce Jenner has a Y chromosome. He's male. End of story. He can mutilate himself and play dressup all he wants, but that will never change what he is. "Courageous?" Gimme a break.
 
 
Medical researchers have long warned that prolonged sitting is dangerous, associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems. Some have gone on to say that the office chair is worse for your health than smoking and kills more people than HIV. Even working out vigorously before or after work may not compensate for extending sitting.

Oh come now, worse than smoking or HIV? I question that, but I don't question that sitting for extended periods of time isn't good for you. My back and swollen ankles will attest to that.

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mom made pizza rolls


***It's National Donut Day!!

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Someone in Galveston, Texas has a serious problem with palm trees. This bizarre crime spree started in May of 2009 when someone began setting fire to palm trees for some reason no one has quite figured out yet. By July of 2009, 34 palm trees had burned and the person (or people) responsible was still at large. Fast forward to September of 2011 when the fires started again. No one knows why this palm tree arsonist decided to start burning trees again or why he or she stopped in the first place but the whole thing has left authorities baffled. In each case, the arsonist has sprayed the tree with some kind of flammable liquid on the tree before lighting it on fire so it is likely that the 2009 fires and the 2011 fires are, in fact, connected but authorities are no closer to finding the culprit, at least as far as I can tell. While the crime may seem harmless and a bit quirky at first glance, it’s actually quite troubling. The 2011 fires were set when Galveston was experiencing record drought which created especially dry conditions. That could easily allow the fire to spread. In addition, if the tree fell on a structure, it could cause that structure to catch fire and lives could be lost. 

Somebody has way too much time on their hands.

***Young supermarket employee leaves his register to walk a senior home.

The 18 year-old walked a 95 year-old customer home after he told Christian he was afraid of walking alone in strong winds.
The photo of Christian walking hand-in-hand with the man was taken by Samantha-Jayne Brady. She shared the photo on Facebook with the following caption:
"Need to share this, whilst working earlier we watched this lovely lad walking this little old man home. He wasn't very agile, nor fast but Christian walked with him ever so patiently and slowly, chatted along with him and carried his bag for him. It was a lovely thing to witness and they seemed to be having a good chit-chat along their way. High 5 to Aldi for letting him do this and high 5 to Christian from Aldi in horwich for his selfless, thoughtful and caring gesture! I desperately want this lad to get some kind of recognition from his workplace so if this gave you a little more faith in mankind PLEASE share! Good people still exist."
 
That's a feel-good story. :-)
 
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AAACK!  Brain freeze! Brain freeze!
 


***Have a great day!

Someone in Galveston, Texas has a serious problem with palm trees. This bizarre crime spree started in May of 2009 when someone began setting fire to palm trees for some reason no one has quite figured out yet. By July of 2009, 34 palm trees had burned and the person (or people) responsible was still at large. Fast forward to September of 2011 when the fires started again. No one knows why this palm tree arsonist decided to start burning trees again or why he or she stopped in the first place but the whole thing has left authorities baffled. In each case, the arsonist has sprayed the tree with some kind of flammable liquid on the tree before lighting it on fire so it is likely that the 2009 fires and the 2011 fires are, in fact, connected but authorities are no closer to finding the culprit, at least as far as I can tell. While the crime may seem harmless and a bit quirky at first glance, it’s actually quite troubling. The 2011 fires were set when Galveston was experiencing record drought which created especially dry conditions. That could easily allow the fire to spread. In addition, if the tree fell on a structure, it could cause that structure to catch fire and lives could be lost. This is one of those bizarre news stories I can’t quite wrap my head around but this one isn’t the only one as we’ll discuss in a moment. - See more at: http://www.listsworld.com/the-10-most-bizarre-news-stories-ever-covered-by-the-mainstream-media/#sthash.7PDgbY7Q.dpuf

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