Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I actually do not have a problem with Berwick head of CMS. He speaks truth whether we like it or not. He knows how to take care of the low hanging fruit of costs without worsening quality. He is a quality guru. I've heard him speak and have frankly always been inspired by him.
We ration care now - we will ration it more. Berwick at least understands that one does not have to cut quality to cut costs and is good at looking at what we need to do with our systems to cut costs
Senate candidate Alvin Greene (D-SC), on solving the unemployment problem:
“Another thing we can do for jobs is make toys of me, especially for the holidays. Little dolls. Me. Like maybe little action dolls. Me in an army uniform, air force uniform, and me in my suit. They can make toys of me and my vehicle, especially for the holidays and Christmas for the kids. That’s something that would create jobs. So you see I think out of the box like that. It’s not something a typical person would bring up. That’s something that could happen, that makes sense. It’s not a joke.”
Now Johnston, apparently sadder and wiser, has admitted that much of what he told the liberal media about the Palin family was untrue:
"Last year, after Bristol and I broke up, I was unhappy and a little angry. Unfortunately, against my better judgment, I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true," he tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I have already privately apologized to Todd and Sarah. Since my statements were public, I owe it to the Palins to publicly apologize."
As president and commander in chief, President Obama leaves something to be desired. As therapist in chief of the Muslim world, he also leaves something to be desired.
So what if the Muslim contribution to science, math and engineering, whatever it was, occurred in the distant past? Given the position of these contributions in the recesses of time, prominently placed Americans can exaggerate them without fear of contradiction. Brilliant!
But let us not get lost in the mists of the distant past. The contemporary Muslim world has made its own contribution to civilization. It has given us the explosive vest.
It has also given us the improvised explosive device. It has not ceased in its efforts to perfect the destructive power of these devices.
And to go along with these accomplishments it has given us new twists in the field of suicide bombing that have inflicted great damage on Muslims and infidels alike. Who needs NASA when you have this kind of material to work with?
Gender Gap Persists at Highest Levels of Math and Science Testing, 30-Year Study Finds
ScienceDaily (July 6, 2010) — A study that examined 30 years of standardized test data from the very highest-scoring seventh graders has found that performance differences between boys and girls have narrowed considerably, but boys still outnumber girls by more than about 3-to-1 at extremely high levels of math ability and scientific reasoning.
At the same time, girls slightly outnumber boys at extremely high levels of verbal reasoning and writing ability.
Except for the differences at these highest levels of performance, boys and girls are essentially the same at all other levels of performance.
Cancer Deaths Continue to Drop
ScienceDaily (July 7, 2010) — The continued drop in overall cancer mortality rates over the last 20 years has averted more than three-quarters of a million (767,000) cancer deaths, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society's annual Cancer Statistics article reports that the overall death rate from cancer in the United States in 2007 was 178.4 per 100,000, a relative decrease of 1.3 percent from 2006, when the rate was 180.7 per 100,000, continuing a trend that began in 1991 for men and 1992 for women. In that time, mortality rates have decreased by 21 percent among men and by 12 percent among women, due primarily to declines in smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection of cancer.
RACISTS: Hey, Rhode Island Already Checks Immigration Status At Traffic Stops. “Step up to the plate, Messrs. Obama and Holder, sue Rhode Island. Because we don’t have enough problems.”
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the New York Times: 0.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program in the Washington Post: 0.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on NBC Nightly News: 0.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on ABC World News: 0.
Total words about the NASA Muslim outreach program on CBS Evening News: 0.
Unemployment has shifted from a lagging indicator to a leading one and is warning government policymakers to confront problems in an economy mired in slow growth, Pimco co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian told CNBC.
The consideration of unemployment as a lagging indicator is a favorite mantra among economists who believe the rate primarily looks at the past rather than what is to come.
But the internal details of current trends paint a different picture: More than half the labor force out of work for more than 26 weeks, the average length of unemployment at greater than 35 weeks, and the unemployment rate of 25.7 percent for 16- to 19-year olds.
"These are structural aspects which cannot be solved overnight, cannot be solved with a cyclical mindset," El-Erian said. "And they are worrisome because they make the unemployment rate not only a lagging indicator but also a leading indicator."
Crack the Code in Cyber Command’s Logo
The U.S. military’s new Cyber Command is headquartered at Ft. Meade, Maryland, one of the military’s most secretive and secure facilities. Its mission is largely opaque, even inside the armed forces. But the there’s another mystery surrounding the emerging unit. It’s embedded in the Cyber Command logo.
On the logo’s inner gold ring is a code: 9ec4c12949a4f31474f299058ce2b22a
“It is not just random numbers and does ‘decode’ to something specific,” a Cyber Command source tells Danger Room. “I believe it is specifically detailed in the official heraldry for the unit symbol.”
“While there a few different proposals during the design phase, in the end the choice was obvious and something necessary for every military unit,” the source adds. “The mission.”