Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Quote of The Last 146 Years: SCOTUS Justice Scalia on Upholding Mich. Ban on Affirmative Action University Admissions

For those who don't know what this SCOTUS decision is about:

The Washington Post
Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Racial Preferences In University Admissions

google search results: affirmative action+weaselzippers.us

And the SCOTUS release:

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-682_j4ek.pdf

pg 27:

JUSTICE SCALIA, with whom JUSTICE THOMAS joins, concurring in the judgment. 
"It has come to this. Called upon to explore the jurisprudential twilight zone between two errant lines of precedent, we confront a frighteningly bizarre question: Does the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment forbid what its text plainly requires? Needless to say (except that this case obliges us to say it), the question answers itself." 

California Diversion Programs (7)

Thank You Justices Scalia and Thomas.

Graph: Reagan's Recovery Vs, Obama's Recovery

weaselzippers;
Graph: Reagan's Recovery Vs, Obama's Recovery




It’s almost like conservative economic policies work.
Via IJ Review:
. . . Consider these three important comparisons of economic indicators, then and now:
- Unemployment was at 10.8% versus 7.7%
- Inflation (Consumer Price Index) was at 13.5% versus 2.7%
- Interest rates (prime rate) was at 21.5% versus 3.25%
In other words, Reagan inherited a bigger mess.

Thank You IJ Review and Zip.

Hmmm,  . . . Economic Depression, . . . . Psychiatric Depression, . . . . but it's Genetic, or a Brain Chemical Imbalance, . . . 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day From Penn & Teller: Recycling Is Bullsh*t

HT to DefendWallStreet at weaselzippers
Happy Earth Day From Penn & Teller: Recycling Is Bullsh*t

Krauthammer: Disclosure Is Now Used To Construct "Enemies List" Against Those With Contrary Views

weaselzippers;
Krauthammer: Disclosure Is Now Used To Construct "Enemies List" Against Those With Contrary Views


If you question this administration or the progressive world view, you are the enemy, and the power of the government or the mob may be set upon you.

Via WaPo:
The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.
On the one hand, of course money is speech. For most citizens, contributing to politicians or causes is the most effective way to augment and amplify speech with which they agree. The most disdainful dismissers of this argument are editorialists and incumbent politicians who — surprise! — already enjoy access to vast audiences and don’t particularly like their monopoly being invaded by the unwashed masses or the self-made plutocrat.
On the other hand, of course money is corrupting. The nation’s jails are well stocked with mayors, legislators, judges and the occasional governor who have exchanged favors for cash. However, there are lesser — and legal — forms of influence-peddling short of the outright quid pro quo. Campaign contributions are carefully calibrated to approach that line without crossing it. But money distorts. There is no denying the unfairness of big contributors buying access unavailable to the everyday citizen.
Hence the endless law-writing to restrict political contributions, invariably followed by multiple fixes to correct the inevitable loopholes. The result is a baffling mass of legislation administered by one cadre of experts and dodged by another.
For a long time, a simple finesse offered a rather elegant solution: no limits on giving — but with full disclosure.
Open the floodgates, and let the monies, big and small, check and balance each other. And let transparency be the safeguard against corruption. As long as you know who is giving what to whom, you can look for, find and, if necessary, prosecute corrupt connections between donor and receiver.
This used to be my position. No longer. I had not foreseen how donor lists would be used not to ferret out corruption but to pursue and persecute citizens with contrary views. Which corrupts the very idea of full disclosure.
It is now an invitation to the creation of enemies lists. Containing, for example, Brendan Eich, forced to resign as Mozilla CEO when it was disclosed that six years earlier he’d given $1,000 to support a referendum banning gay marriage. He was hardly the first. Activists compiled blacklists of donors to Proposition 8 and went after them. Indeed, shortly after the referendum passed, both the artistic director of the California Musical Theatre in Sacramento and the president of the Los Angeles Film Festival were hounded out of office.

Thank You WZ and Nickarama. 

RWJF, AGAIN! GAO Report: Sebelius Personally Pressured Liberal Philanthropy Group Into Donating $13 Million To Pro-ObamaCare Group

weaselzippers;
GAO Report: Sebelius Personally Pressured Liberal Philanthropy Group Into Donating $13 Million To Pro-ObamaCare Group




Via Daily Mail:
Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius maneuvered one of America’s richest liberal philanthropies into contributing $13 million to Enroll America, a group founded by a former Obama White House staffer to drive up insurance enrollment numbers under the Affordable Care Act.
A report issued Monday by the Government Accountability Office shows what Republican members of Congress ave anticipated learning since 2013: that Sebelius called a total of five organizations a year ago and urged them to help Enroll America reach its goals.
One call went to the CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which made $3 million and $10 grants to the group after hearing her request. That amount was a dramatic increase from the $150,000 it had contributed the previous year.
The foundation, known for bankrolling gun-control, diet-control, anti-alcohol and anti-tobacco campaigns, improbably insists that that the decision to award the money was ‘not made in response to the Secretary’s call.’
Sebelius also asked the tax-preparation giant H&R Block for funds, but that company decided against giving.
Three more calls from Sebelius went to Kaiser Permanente, Ascension Health and Johnson & Johnson – all companies HHS regulates.
The independent GAO report concluded that Sebelius sought ‘nonfinancial support’ from them for Enroll America, ‘such as technical assistance.’
Texas Sen. John Cornyn told MailOnline that ‘Kathleen Sebelius’ shake-down of the very health companies her department regulates is a gross abuse of government power.’
Thank You Zip and Daily Mail.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "known for bankrolling gun-control, diet-control, anti-alcohol and anti-tobacco campaigns, improbably insists that that the decision to award the money was ‘not made in response to the Secretary’s call."

California Paying Planned Parenthood $58 For Every Person They Enroll In ObamaCare

weaselzippers;
California Paying Planned Parenthood $58 For Every Person They Enroll In ObamaCare

Via Daily Caller:

California’s Obamacare exchange Covered California is paying Planned Parenthood employees for each person that they enroll in Obamacare.
“Certified Enrollment Entities are paid a flat-fee of $58 per successful application and $25 per successful annual renewal. The Enrollment Entities compensate the individual Enrollment Counselors,” according to California Health Benefit Advisers.
Thirty-eight different Planned Parenthood clinics in the state are listed as certified enrollment entities, according to state exchange records.
Twenty-three affiliates of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Inc. are certified to earn money for enrolling people in Obamacare. Eight affiliates of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino are also certified, in addition to five affiliates of Planned Parenthood of SB, Ventura and SLO Counties, and two affiliates of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest.

Thank You Daily Caller and Zip.

From May of last year via CBS Sacramento;
California's actual Debt at least $848 Billion,; Could Pass $1.1 Trillion
 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Nurse Stabbings Raise Questions On Hospital Violence

fiercehealthcare;
Nurse Stabbings Raise Questions On Hospital Violence
April 21, 2014 | By 

Violence against workers continues to plague U.S. hospitals, with two separate stabbings injuring two nurses in Los Angeles, one of them critically.

Police said Romero Carnalla of Los Angeles allegedly bypassed the weapons screening area at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar and stabbed a nurse several times in the torso, according to the Associated Press. Police took Carnalla into custody and recovered the knife used in the stabbing. The nurse is in critical condition at the hospital, according to the article.

Later that morning, another man, Thomas Fredette of Santee, walked into Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, grabbed a nurse and stabbed her in the ear with a sharp object, which police later determined was a pencil, the Associated Press reported. The nurse was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Police are still investigating the motives for both attacks but don't believe the incidents are linked, according to the article.

Only a handful of states require that employers run workplace violence programs, study the issue or report incidents, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Washington, according to NursingWorld.org.

Twenty states increased penalties for assaults on nurses, while Hawaii even passed a resolution urging employers to develop and implement standards of conduct and policies for managers and employees to reduce workplace bullying, according to the website. NursingWorld also provides states with a model state bill for violence prevention in healthcare facilities.

Earlier this month, two nurses in New York City were assaulted, leaving one of them with a critical head injury, prompting a call for further nurse education and training on recognizing potentially violent patients, FierceHealthcare previously reported.

To learn more:
- here's the 
article
- read the 
NursingWorld statistics
- check out the 
model bill


Thank You FierceHealthcare and Ms Sullivan.



And the Winner IS: (Italic Emphasis is In the original)
"People who are classified as SMI i.e. with schizophrenia or bipolar often experience violent incidents following a diagnosis of SMI, even though they don’t consume alcohol or use street drugs, nor having a past history of violence or command hallucinations to harm others."
Yes, you read that Right. The violence erupts Following the Diagnosis, from people Without a previous history of violence.
Observations in prison have also associated neuroleptic treatment with increased aggressive behaviour. Inmates were better able to control their aggression until they were prescribed neuroleptics and then the aggression rate almost tripled.12
If we weren't so busy Selling mental health we'd have a lot less 'Mental Illness' and its akathisiac concomitant, Violence.

Docs Make 12 Million Outpatient Diagnostic Errors Every Year

fiercehealthcare;
Docs Make 12 Million Outpatient Diagnostic Errors Every Year

AHRQ study finds misdiagnosis a growing problem in ambulatory settings

Researchers examined three studies through chart review and found missed opportunities to make a timely and correct diagnosis based on the available evidence. They used the findings from one study to estimate the diagnostic error rate for acute conditions and the results from the other two studies to estimate the rates of missed colorectal and lung cancer diagnosis.

About half of the 5.08 percent of diagnostic errors could be potentially harmful, lead researcher Hardeep Singh, M.D., chief of the health policy, quality & informatics program at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, based at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas, and an associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, concluded.

The research team said the healthcare industry should focus on other areas of care, such as "ambulatory settings, where many types of health conditions or illnesses are often first diagnosed," according to an announcement about the study, which was sponsored in part by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

"Misdiagnosis is clearly a serious problem for the healthcare field," said Singh in the announcement. "This population-based estimate should provide a foundation for policymakers, healthcare organizations and researchers to strengthen efforts to measure and reduce diagnostic errors."

Diagnostic errors are the leading cause of successful medical malpractice claims, and are the most common, most costly and most dangerous of medical mistakes, according to BMJ Quality & SafetyFierceHealthcare previously reported. Researchers analyzed 350,706 paid claims from the National Practitioner Data Bank from 1986 to 2010 and found diagnostic errors represented 28.6 percent of the claims and accounted for the highest proportion of total payments--35.2 percent or $38.8 billion.

To learn more:
- check out the 
study abstract
- here's the 
announcement

Related Articles:
Diagnostic errors: Most costly, common malpractice claim Study: EHRs can help pinpoint potential diagnostic errors Doctors' offices vulnerable to diagnostic errors

Thank You FierceHealthcare and Ms Sullivan.