October 9th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
Harry Reid's black bodyguard was having none of it, when reporter Jason Mattera calmly asked the Senate Majority leader how it is that a government salaried Senator somehow managed to attain over $6.7 Million in wealth in only a few years.
The stocky bodyguard, apparently in a fit of irritation, grabbed and jammed Mattera against a wall and then swung him back into the corridor, probably reminding Mattera of his high school days at the mercy of thugs who thrive on violence.
The guard repeatedly asked Mattera "are you press?" When Mattera responded the guard then stated " I don't care."
So, what was Reid doing while his bodyguard was assaulting a member of the press?
Pretty much what he always does when Americans are being misused by out of control government agents.
Reid calmly strolled down the corridor paying no attention whatsoever to what his bodyguard was doing to a member of the media, and on behalf of Reid himself.
Similiar incidents have occurred numerous times before, with other elite politicians who claim to be "of the people" when in fact, their true designs are anything but.
Many have lost their jobs as a result, but fear not because that could never happen to Sen. Harry Reid.... but his thuggish guard will do, at least for starters.
October 9th, 2014
New York Post / Michelle Malkin
A Dallas hospital’s bizarre bungle of the first US case of Ebola leaves me wondering: Is someone covering up for a crony billionaire Obama donor and her controversy-plagued, taxpayer-subsidized electronic medical records company?
Last week, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital revealed in a statement that a procedural flaw in its online health-records system led to possibly deadly miscommunication between nurses and doctors.
The facility sent Ebola victim Thomas Duncan home despite showing signs of the disease — only to admit him with worse symptoms three days later.
Hospital officials, who came forward “in the interest of transparency,” initially cited workflow and information-sharing problems for the botch.
“Protocols were followed by both the physician and the nurses,” the statement noted. “However, we have identified a flaw in the way the physician and nursing portions of our electronic health records interacted in this specific case.”
Mysteriously, after taking special care to get its facts straight before releasing the statement, the hospital backed off a day later.
The very specific communications flaw in the medical-records software — which apparently had prevented some staff from accessing Duncan’s travel history from Liberia — suddenly disappeared.
What really happened?
Here’s what I can tell you for sure:
Texas Health contracts with Epic Systems for its electronic-medical-records (EMR) system — and the Dallas hospital isn’t the only client that has complained about its costly information-sharing flaws and interoperability failures.
Epic was founded by billionaire Judy Faulkner, a top Obama donor whose company is the dominant EMR player in the US health-care market.
The firm’s Top 10 PAC recipients are all Democratic or lefty outfits, from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (nearly $230,000) to the DNC Services Corp. (nearly $175,000) and the America’s Families First Action Fund super-PAC ($150,000).
Faulkner, an Obama campaign-finance bundler, served as an adviser to David Blumenthal.
He’s the White House health-information-tech guru in charge of dispensing the EMR subsidies that Faulkner pushed President Obama to adopt. Faulkner also served on the same committee Blumenthal chaired.
Cozy arrangement, that.
Epic and other large firms lobbied aggressively for nearly $30 billion in federal subsidies for their companies under the 2009 stimulus package. The law penalizes medical providers who fail to comply with the mandate.
Epic has been the subject of rising industry and provider complaints about its antiquated, closed-end system.
When Texas Health released its first statement on the software glitch in the Ebloa case, Jack Shaffer, a health-care-IT guru, quickly snarked on Twitter: “Guess Epic can’t share data even with itself!”
Until recently, health-care providers say, the company refused to share data with doctors and hospitals using alternative platforms. Now it charges exorbitant fees to enable the very interoperability the Obama EMR mandate was supposed to ensure.
In July, The Boston Globe reported that there is still “no safety oversight of the vendors who sell” EMR and EHR systems.
One malpractice-insurance group revealed that it found 147 cases “in which electronic health records contributed to ‘adverse events’ that affected patients” — 46 resulted in death.
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) cited criticisms of Epic at a congressional hearing this summer and asked: “Is the government getting its money’s worth?
It may be time for the committee to take a closer look at the practices of vendor companies in this space, given the possibility that fraud may be perpetrated on the American taxpayer.” Not to mention the possibility of an impending Ebola epidemic.
The AMA president-elect, Dr. Steven Stack, told Modern Healthcare magazine this month that Epic’s software architecture “often leaves out key information and corrupts data in transit.”
Yikes. Imagine if some of that key data had to do with an Ebola carrier’s travel history. Oh, wait.
*Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital says the deputy under their care is in good condition and isn't showing symptoms of Ebola at this time.
October 9th, 2014
China just overtook the US to become the world's largest economy, according to the International Monetary Fund.
Basically, the method used by the IMF adjusts for purchasing power parity, explained here.
The simple logic is that prices aren't the same in each country: A shirt will cost you less in Shanghai than in San Francisco, so it's not entirely reasonable to compare countries without taking this into account. Though a typical person in China earns a lot less than the typical person in the US, simply converting a Chinese salary into dollars underestimates how much purchasing power that individual, and therefore that country, might have. The Economist's Big Mac Index is a great example of these disparities.
So the IMF measures both GDP in market-exchange terms and in terms of purchasing power. On the purchasing-power basis, China is overtaking the US right about now and becoming the world's biggest economy.
We've just gone past that crossover on the chart below, according to the IMF. By the end of 2014, China will make up 16.48% of the world's purchasing-power adjusted GDP (or $17.632 trillion), and the US will make up just 16.28% (or $17.416 trillion)......
October 8th, 2014
Mars Curiosity Rover yesterday uncovered yet more compelling evidence of life on Mars – with a strange rock formation which looks eerily like an 18th Century naval cannon.
The intriguing discovery comes in the wake of several sightings spotted in Curiosity’s photo stream by ‘enthusiasts’ – which appear to show a traffic light, football and a kestrel on Mars. The terrifying evidence is pictured below.
While HG Wells has little to say on the subject of kestrels, he seems to have predicted the discovery of guns on Mars in the chilling prologue to War of the Worlds, where he speaks of a ‘huge gun, from which their projectiles were fired at us.’
While the identification seems closest to being a gun emplacement, the simple fact is that the object does not appear to be anything which can occur naturally on a planet assumed to be forever without life
Martian kestrel attack
UFO enthusiast site UFO-Blogger said of the kestrel-like bird pictured hovering above Mars’s surface, ‘This is an actual object in 3 dimensions out there in the background. Look at the shading around its edges.
‘The shading gets lighter at the edges indicating this is a real object out there with sun light reflecting more on its top than on its bottom.’
Or it could just be a dot. Scientists have yet to clarify the origin of this new mystery of the Red Planet.
October 8th, 2014
FRISCO (CSBDFW.COM) - First responders have transported a Dallas County Sheriff’s deputy to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to be monitored as a possible second case of Ebola.
The patient, Michael Monnig, was transported from a Frisco Care Now facility where he was complaining of “stomach issues,” according to sources.
According to CBS 11’s Andrea Lucia, Monnig’s children said he woke up this morning feeling sore and a little nauseated. He went to clinic as a precaution.
“We were told by federal officials, county officials that you would have to come in direct contact with Duncan or direct contact with bodily fluids, and he did not,” said Monnig’s son, Logan about the possibility of his dad contracting Ebola.
Monning was not one of the 48 people being monitored by federal, state and local health officials because he never had direct contact with the patient. Monnig did enter the apartment where Duncan stayed after Duncan had been admitted to the hospital.
“He was in the apartment for 30 minutes, which we were told is no chance to contact the virus,” said Logan.
First responders transported Monnig from the Care Now located at 301 W. Main Street in Frisco. The clinic reported that he was “exhibiting signs and symptoms of Ebola.”
CBS 11 has confirmed with Care Now that the facility is in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and is holding everyone in the facility until receiving clearance from the CDC. The patient has been transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital by Frisco firefighter-paramedics, the same hospital where Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with the virus on American soil, was admitted. Duncan died earlier today, after spending more than 10 days in isolation at that hospital.
Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas confirmed the patient’s arrival to the Emergency Room in statement, which reads in part, “Right now, there are more questions than answers about this case. Our professional staff of nurses and doctors is prepared to examine the patient, discuss any findings with appropriate agencies and officials. We are on alert with precautions and systems in place.” The hospital is still admitting and caring for other patients at this time.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy “expressed concern and we directed that deputy to the Dallas County Health & Human Services for care.”
Meanwhile, first responders are also examining clinical staff and other patients at the Care Now facility....