The Vortex of Circular Logic

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Fat Dutch Man - Google Video

Fat Dutch Man - Google Video

God bless the Internet and for creating Internet video. This one's almost better than the two Chinese guys singing Backstreet Boys songs. I can't help but feel...glee...when I watch this video.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Study: Health Care Costs Worry the Wealthy - Yahoo! News

Study: Health Care Costs Worry the Wealthy - Yahoo! News

We're headed for the $2 trillion mark this year. Health care costs SHOULD worry the wealthy. Afterall, when the poor can't afford the care, hospitals and doctors write it off...sort of. Guess who gets passed the bill to offset the loss? The healthy (insurance) and the wealthy (big bills). From a certain point of view, we ARE practicing socialized medicine. From a certain point of view. Don't get me wrong, it's not the fault of the poor. They didn't set up this system. The fault is in:
1) The healthcare field for promoting themselves a little too successfully and thus setting up unattainable expectations of perfection.
2) The public who actually buy into the image of miracle workers and thus, sue doctors/hospitals for a bad outcome regardless of whether it really was anyone's fault or not (and sometimes, it's just out of plain old greed).
3) The insurance companies who can't get their act together enough to reduce administrative costs (like using a universal claims form) for everyone including themselves. Approximately $600 BILLION goes towards these costs every year. That's nearly a third of the all costs folks.

Saltzman vote gives OHSU tram plan a lift

Saltzman vote gives OHSU tram plan a lift

I feel bad for Dan Saltzman. The man is absolutely doing the right thing, but he's very likely to pay a heavy political price in doing so. Meanwhile, the lynch mob over at Jack Bog's blog are already screaming for the man's head. It doesn't matter that their anger is irrational. They just want to be pissed at someone, so since Dan was the third person, that's who all the "fault" lies on. As for me, Dan's got my vote. It takes guts to throw yourself on the grenade like that and know that people will still accuse you of pulling the pin in the first place. What is it about mob mentality that just makes people throw all sanity and common sense out the window?

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Treehugger: Common Eco-Myth: Wind Turbines Kill Birds

Treehugger: Common Eco-Myth: Wind Turbines Kill Birds
A good article that dispels the myth of wind turbines being a danger to birds.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Are you sure you want that bypass operation? Are you really REALLY sure? This is a well written editorial. Not so much from an evidence point of view (that's not the purpose), but to present the ugly side of what's often cited as the crowning jewel of modern medical marvels. And yet, there hasn't been a dent in the mortality rate due to heart disease in this country. One more piece of evidence of the obscene overtreatment of the American public.

Bush Was Set on Path to War, Memo by British Adviser Says - New York Times

As if we didn't already know. Here's the passage that REALLY makes me mad:
The memo also shows that the president and the prime minister acknowledged that no unconventional weapons had been found inside Iraq. Faced with the possibility of not finding any before the planned invasion, Mr. Bush talked about several ways to provoke a confrontation, including a proposal to paint a United States surveillance plane in the colors of the United Nations in hopes of drawing fire, or assassinating Mr. Hussein.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Pulling the plug on standby power |

Fascinating post about wasting energy in a way that most of us, even the most environmentally conscious, never give much thought to. I really have no idea how to unplug my microwave though since it's built INTO my cabinets.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Compelling arguments for why you should vote for John Kerry even if you don't like him:

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Yes, it's true. The U.S. knew that Saddam was going to attack Kuwait and even told him that we would do...NOTHING. Don't believe it? Ask yourself if Hussein was really dumb enough to attack Kuwait if he thought the U.S. would come to their defense.
A Meeting Between Saddam and U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie

A well thought out article on the mass psychology behind war: The Press and the Myths of War.

Monday, April 12, 2004

An example of the intelligence level of the people put in charge of Homeland "Security". Who the hell's going to look at a sign if there's a terrorist attack?

What to do in a Terrorist Attack