John McCain: A Tragic, Shakespearian Figure

John McCain via Wikipedia

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OMG.  Come to terms with reality John.  You’re never going to be president.  Let.  It. Go.

McCain Sets Meeting to Discuss Re-Election

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has scheduled a breakfast meeting for Nov. 6 in Arizona where he will discuss with supporters his “thoughts” on seeking re-election in 2016, the Arizona Republic reports.
Earlier this month, McCain told reporters that the odds of him running again in 2016 “are pretty good.”

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Poor John.  At 78-years-old (he will be 80 in 2016), he’s still trying to impress, and be accepted by, his father and grandfather who were both four star admirals in the United States Navy.

October 21, 2014 at 7:10 PM 2 comments

Obama Caves, Appoints an “Ebola Czar,” and Hours Later…

Czar via Wikipedia

Remember when Republicans were screaming about all the “czars” President Obama appointed?  No?  Good.  That’s what they’re counting on (and don’t expect the “liberal media” to remind you of it).

Fast forward to the last few days during which Republicans have been beating the drum for Obama to do just that again…appoint another “czar:”

GOP senators who opposed Obama ‘czars’ now want one for Ebola

Obama caved today — still hoping for bipartisan reconciliation or what; I don’t know — and he appointed an Ebola “czar.”

Three hours later, this is where we are:

Obama appoints Ebola czar… and we are so screwed

Obama Bows to Pressure, Appoints Ebola Czar

GOP blasts Ebola czar pick

Google “Obama appoints Ebola czar” and you’ll see links to hundreds of critical articles.

Nothing like Mr.-Cave-to-Republicans-Since-Day-One to go into the November election caving again.  Way to rally the base, huh?

As Jeff Sacks wrote today:

There is no case for an American Ebola czar, least of all another political “fixer” who has no expertise in public health. This is just another case of the Obama administration putting politics before substance, and cowering at the idiocy and vileness of the Republicans in Congress.

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The CDC is the world’s pre-eminent public health institution, and Tom Frieden is a consummate professional. And yes, the CDC is overstretched in this epidemic and under-funded, given the relentless attacks on “government” by the Republicans in Congress. And yes, a hospital in Texas performed poorly. These are not signs of disaster; they are signs of the suddenness and unusual circumstances of the Ebola epidemic.

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The sad reality, however, is that during his administration, Obama has been so insecure, so incapable of bold leadership, that he has, in the end, sided with the Republicans on the budget cuts that have put the CDC, USAID, and even the World Health Organization (WHO) in danger —the latter because of the U.S. unwillingness to fund the UN properly. Therefore, when the crisis hit, the U.S. and the world were not ready for it.

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This is just downright painful to watch.

Oh, and P.S.  – I heard on CNN about an hour ago that banning flights is now “on the table” in the White House, something Obama was adamantly against:  Ebola: Obama will increase airport screenings, won’t ban West Africa flights.

Expect another cave even though no public health expert says a flight ban would be a good idea.  Why? Because Obama = ring in nose led by Republicans.

 

 

October 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM Leave a comment

For-Profit Hospitals Don’t Want to Spend the Money Preparing for Ebola

Betsy McCaughey via Wikipedia

(Betsy McCaughey via Wikipedia)

The Ebola scare is exposing the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into here in the U.S. with the privatization of our hospital system:

Dr. Betsy McCaughey, the CEO of Defend Your Healthcare and former Lt. Governor of New York, appeared on Fox just after she had attend a CDC conference call with hospitals this afternoon.

Host Stuart Varney asked her what it would take to set up 50 hospitals to be ready for Ebola.

McCaughey’s answer is stunning.

According to her, after the CDC outlined its preparation strategy, one hospital administrator responded, “What you’re telling us would bankrupt my hospital!” She said that that administrator represents a Southern California hospital.

McCaughey noted that there was no word on the call of who would pay for hospitals to get themselves ready for Ebola patients.

And then she added: “Treating one Ebola patient requires, full time, 20 medical staff. Mostly ICU (intensive care unit) people. So that would wipe out an ICU in an average-sized hospital.”

In the case of Texas Presbyterian, McCaughey says that the hospital cordoned off its ICU to care for Thomas Eric Duncan and sent the rest of its ICU patients to other area hospitals. She added that many communities will not have multiple hospitals to choose from, so one Ebola case could cripple ICUs in small towns.

“But the most important thing,” McCaughey said, “is that doctors and nurses are not ready for the challenge of using this personal protective equipment even if you see them with the helmet, the respirator, the full suits, as the CDC said on the call today, even all that equipment is not enough to guarantee the safety of health care workers because it is so perilous to put it on and particularly to remove it once it’s become contaminated.”

McCaughey said many of those on the call were “daunted by the expectations, the separate laboratory next to the isolated patients, all kinds of — all kinds of adjustments, where to put the waste. Many states won’t even let you dispose of this waste from such a toxic disease.”

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So, the next time some guy from the CDC hems and haws about why mandatory procedures aren’t being implemented across the country, let’s remember that behind that hemming and hawing is his inability to say outright that the hospital system is privatized and the CDC has no authority to force them to do anything.

Geezus.

Ah yes, the “best health care system in the world.”

 

October 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM Leave a comment

Visualizing The Thickness of Ice During the Ice Age

I had no idea any ice anywhere on Earth ever got this thick.  Ever.

Wow.

Ice Age Ace via Robin Whlie on Twitter

(Image via Robin Wylie on Twitter)

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October 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM Leave a comment

What Happens When Six Second Graders Are Served a $220 Meal at a World Class Restaurant

Oh my God, this is delightful!

Second Graders via NY times .com

(Image via NYTimes.com)

One Saturday afternoon last month, six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn got a head start on the fine-dining life when they visited the acclaimed French restaurant Daniel. There, five waiters presented them with a seven-course tasting menu (after the trio of canapés and an amuse-bouche, naturellement). The meal was overseen by the star chef and eponym himself, Daniel Boulud, whose goal was, he says, “for the children to really discover a lot of flavor, a lot of layers, a lot of texture.” These discoveries included Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi (the “most-foreign thing for them,” Boulud says), Crispy Japanese Snapper (“which they loved to see”) and Wagyu Beef Rib-Eye (“a big success”).

GO HERE to watch the video.

October 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM Leave a comment

Itty-Bitty Baby Gorilla Reacts to a Cold Stethoscope

Look at that face! This little guy reacts just like you or I would:

Via Science Porn

(Image via @SciencePorn on Twitter)

October 10, 2014 at 8:05 PM Leave a comment

Drone v. Hawk (Hawk Wins)

We humans think we’re so cool but maybe we’ve got a thing or two coming (love this):

On Oct 8th, I was flying my quadcopter at Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, when a hawk decided he wasn’t too happy with my invasion of his airspace…

As far as I could tell, the hawk came out unscathed, and having defeated his prey, was happy to retreat. (As soon as he flew at me, I throttled down the props to try to minimize any harm to the bird.) The quadcopter came out unscathed as well.

(Via.)

 

October 9, 2014 at 6:05 PM Leave a comment

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