Umm, can you please reattach these? I'm a golfer?

After a freak accident last fall in which Brant Jobe had a broom cut off the pads of his thumb and forefinger, he’s ready to return to professional golf. This poor guy has suffered two major distal upper limb injuries. If he’s able to return from this with any success, it will really speak volumes to his athletic skill and work ethic.

Star-Telegram 03/05/2007 Jobe faces a new test on the tour

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Is God an "Agent"?

The New York Times Magazine had a piece right up my alley. Darwin’s God.

“Religious behavior may be a misfiring, an unfortunate byproduct of an underlying psychological propensity which in other circumstances is, or once was, useful,” Dawkins wrote.

I like to read and participate in debates that include both spirituality and science. I really like evolution. This is a really good read, but make some coffee, its a little long!

Bonus Points for anyone who can leave a comment that can answer these two questions about the late evolutionist, Stephen Jay Gould:

  1. What was his favorite sport?
  2. What is the name of his Theory of Evolution? (Important as we now consider that theory and not Darwin’s to be how things really work.)

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Thoughts on Eliot, the Fierce…

Today’s New York Times had this article about Eliot Spitzer:

Health Care Lobby Is Served Bagels and a Scolding From the Governor – New York Times

The low-down for non-readers: The governor called out 2 leaders of very powerful health care lobbies in New York, unexpectedly, during a conference at which he was speaking. The leaders who were in attendance, were “stunned” as the governor served up a slide with their logos entitled, “Guardians of the Status Quo.”

These two companies are largely credited with running ads responsible for driving down Pataki’s approval ratings before he left office when he attempted reform of the medical system. Now, here they are running even more personally attacking ads to suggest Spitzer is no good. “I don’t understand why Gov. Spitzer is attacking me and my hospital,” proclaims one of the ads. Perhaps the nurses in these ads could take up that question with one of the doctors who work there, or better yet, one of the CEOs of these non-profit facilities making over $20 million a year!

These unions/lobbies exist to preserve large amounts of spending in the health sector and have no interest in reform of the system. The NYT article has some pretty staggering stats about how much cash these lobbies have hold of.

Kudos, Eliot Spitzer, for a bold move. You’re growing on me.

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Healthcare Guarantee

This article in the New York Times suggests most Americans are willing to pay some more taxes for the promise of free healthcare, as much as $500 more.

Let’s think about this…

  • premiums for most health policies are well over $500 a month.
  • The cost of Healthcare will not be dropping any time soon.
  • Of course Americans are in favor of guaranteed anything!
  • Will $500 more in taxes actually pay for anything…an MRI costs $800!

This survey is simply stating the obvious. Especially taking into account my previous post on science illiteracy, how can Americans truly know what they want if they can understand the media reports about it? This doesn’t look good as we roll upon a new election cycle in which healthcare reform “ranked far more important than immigration, cutting taxes or promoting traditional values.”

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Planet of the Apes, here we come!

Every so often, I read something that makes me all kinds of excited. Today, I learned of chimpanzees using a spear to hunt.
It seems this group of chimps, specifically, the younger females, cleared a branch of leaves, fashioned the end to a point, and hunted some little lemur type creatures by spearing them on the stick. This is the first time non-humans have been shown to use tools for hunting. Wow!
Planning for the Future
It seems the Srub-Jay, a small bird, has an awesome memory. It can store and keep track of over 30,000 different caches of food. It can even plan ahead to meet its food needs by re-arranging it’s food storage patterns if it expects to be in a location that was previously either devoid of food or had food of non-desirable quality.
This week’s tally: Animal Kingdom: 2 Mankind: 0
Here is a video at National Geographic, it’s only a little cool, but it reminded me to mention this point: It is the weaker, less dominant individual that has developed a new skill. This skill has propelled them higher up the dominance ladder in that they are now able to aquire more food. Hmm.


Can I have 20 Cents?

This article in Health Affairs, estimates that national spending on health care will grow in the next 10 years to a level for which it will account for 20 cents of every $1 spent.

If you make $60,000, then you will spend $12,000 on healthcare.

I spent less than $100 on health care in 2006.

I lived.

Perhaps my knowledge of Physical Therapy has something to do with this.

Perhaps PT’s need to market their services better and everyone will save $$.

P.S. Currently, we spend $1 for every $6 on health care….

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Chiropractors Turn State's Evidence!

In my Shared Items list you will find a blog entry, “Chiropractors Named in Jim Black Case.” This article outlines the details of the case.

Here is the deal: Three chiros payed $$ to a legislator in NC for the passage of 3 initiatives. One of the three passed, to allow lower co-pays for chiropractic services. It is now law.

The legislator is in big trouble, but the chiros are off the hook. They cooperated.

To me, they are just as dirty. Perhaps the bad press will hurt them, but perhaps not.

Drives me Crazy!

Court documents on Tuesday detailed illegal payments fromthree chiropractors to Jim Black:
Fletcher KeithCharlotte: Gave $8,000
Steve WillenGreensboro: Gave $11,000
Tom Brown,Charlotte: Gave $10,000

(Tom Brown served on the NC Board of Chiropractic Examiners until yesterday)

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Hold on Whalers, Greenpeace is coming to help?

Here is an interesting situation. The Japanese whaling ship, Nisshin Maru, located just off the coast of Antartcica has a fire on board. The ship is disabled and carrying a lot of fuel. They fire is continuing to burn, and could ultimately purge its fuel oil out into the pristine arctic sea, the breeding ground for whales and over 100,000 penguins. The ever-knowledgeable Wikipedia site can tell you about the area where the ship is disabled.

Not by chance, the Greenpeace vessel, Esperanza was nearby. In fact, they had been searching for the Nisshin Maru in an attempt to harass it. Now, they can help it. I’m sure they will be happy to tow it all the way to an angry mob of Greenpeacers ready to do some spearing of their own!

This, just 3 days after Japan threatened to pull out of an anti-whaling treaty and resume full-scale, commercial whaling for profit. In making the situation more complicated, Japan has issued a refusal of help from the Greenpeace vessel, because they are “terrorists.” The images above show both Greenpeace’s fanatical and dangerous tactics to block the catch of a whale, and an oddly placed English sign, “Greenpeace misleads you.”

The actual threat of imminent oil leakage is debatable and as of this post, some reports have suggested the ship is contained and being towed by support vessels. These reports came from Japan.

Here is what I know:

  • Don’t trust people who resort to fanatical tactics.
  • Don’t like people who kill whales.
  • Those penguins have no idea what’s happening.

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Snowed In! In Augusta?

There were travel issues yesterday. I never thought I’d get stuck in Augusta due to snow. Leave it to their airlines.

They were even nice enough to offer me a re-scheduled flight taking off 180 miles from my home, which subsequently was cancelled when Boston-Logan shut down. Oh well, who has plans anyway?

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