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Tag Archives: Washington Post

40 Maps Which Explain the World

This is an extremely well done article from The Washington Post. Maps can put things into perspective. They help us make sense of the world around us. Knowing where The Crimea is for example is probably a good thing these days as politicians rattle sabers and jockey for position. If things were to get hot it is our sons and daughters after all who would find themselves in harm’s way. Might be nice to know where they are going (or aren’t).

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AP: Report, “Obama brings chilling effect on journalism.”

This president and his administration have sought to chill dissent. Like the political correctness fanatics which now run our universities (a movement from which Obama it should be noted emerged) who chill speech at every turn in the name of “tolerance and diversity” this president uses similar newspeak when he calls for transparency and “freedom.”

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Pharmaceutical firms paid thousands to attend meetings of panel that advises the FDA on pain killers

Again, marijuana or cannabis, for many an effective, non-opiate (non-physically addictive), nearly free treatment for pain is widely illegal in this country. One can however get a prescription for Oxycodone, aka hillbilly heroin, which is viciously addictive and expensive no problem.  Such opiates are profitable so long as the effective, largely non-addicting, non-stupefying, nearly free option is kept out of the hands of those who want to obey the law.

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The AMA sets surgery rates which are way above the market rate

How a secretive panel uses data that distorts doctors’ pay

Credit where credit is due. Good job Washington Post, good job.

The American Medical Association is setting the cost of surgery at rates which are way higher than what some people (you know, you, me, anyone who believes in honest pricing) thinks they should be.

And guess what? The rate the AMA sets is the rate at which Medicare pays.

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