Linky Friday #54


Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar James K says:

    MANTIS huh? That takes me back.Report

  2. Avatar Kazzy says:

    H2: This is exactly what Zazzy does for work. Having heard her reflections on her work, having worked with a doctor ahead of the curve with EHR, and having worked with doctors in the midst of transitioning over, the process is even more complicated than the article lays out. That said, any argument that the program should be abandoned because of some struggles in the very, very, very early goings is remarkably shortsighted.Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      I totally agree. I work for a HUGE healthsystem, so of course we’re chasing Meaningful Use (part 2). But once we get the tech developed, we’re likely to sell it to docs, even if they don’t work for us.

      Also, some part of this is hard because the government has been creating regs really close to implementation dates (yes, a year out is really close. you gotta code, and then test, and then roll it out to prod).Report

  3. Avatar Rod says:

    H1: A relevant anecdote: My first job out of college, in 1994, featured health coverage with a 5% copay, IIRC $200 deductible, and zero employee contribution to premiums. My wife had a kidney transplant in 1995 that cost about $30,000.Report

  4. Avatar Bert The Turtle says:

    [A2] sounds…implausible to me, and not just because it’s in the Daily Mail. There are some fundamental limits to wireless bandwidth based on transmission wavelength. Basically, you can have higer data rates with a shorter wavelength but the tradeoff is that the signal can’t penetrate through walls/trees/etc as well. The article says that Samsung used 64 transmitters over 2km, which is an antenna station every 100 feet or so. Still, it’d be cool if they get it to work.Report

  5. Avatar NewDealer says:

    J2: Maybe for campaigns but how does it translate to non-elections? I would want to see a study of businesses owned by Democratic people vs. businesses owned by Republicans in terms of number of employees, wages, and benefits. The businesses should not be publicly traded.Report

    • Avatar zic says:

      Good question.

      Also, since the story does not give an indication of actual wages paid for working on a campaign, it only notes two weekly-earning differences between parties, ranging from the of $478 to $224, but not if that amount was actually a ‘living wage.’ Additionally, the difference in staffing numbers, R- 3,600; D- 8,800, suggests that Republicans felt the work of a few top managers worth more money, and that the greater mass of foot soldiers should work for free.

      So the consolidate the wage at the top of the food chain ethos reigns red.Report

  6. Avatar North says:

    E2 Tidal power, as with every power source, has its environmental opponents. Tidal stations allegedly increase erosion and disrupt the habitat of aquatic wildlife. Le sigh.Report

    • Avatar NewDealer says:

      One my of frustrations with the environmental movement and one that brings out my centrist streak is that they are seemingly opposed to everything that is not a return to the shire. Not all of them of course but a good number. Erik Loomis on Lawyers, Guns, and Money seems opposed to everything and offering of no solutions. He likes to make posts about how “Everything in the Ocean is Dying” but he opposes desalination because of the brine byproduct, he opposes tanks and pipeline for oil but can come up with no alternative energy source.

      But some concerns are valid and erosion and acquatic wildlife are two valid concerns. We need to design safeguards.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy says:

      It would seem to me that energy solutions are always going to be a matter of choosing the least bad option. Environmentalists are good at making the perfect the enemy of the good, eh?Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      I have some environmentalist friends who seem triumphant about the fact that we’re going to run out of recoverable fossil fuels sooner rather than later. The thing is, there is a good chance (though not an absolute one) that the more difficult it is get to fossil fuels, the more we’re likely to wreck our environment in doing so. We’re far more addicted to energy than we are to the environment.

      The solutions, of course, are renewables and nuclear. The latter of which should provide something of an upper limit to how much we’re going to spend to recover fossil fuels and how deep we’re going to go. If we allow it. Which we might not, because of… the environment.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:

        I don’t know all the science, but I’ve talked to a few different people who work in various sectors of the nuclear energy community (one for the NRC, one for a local nuclear plant) and both have said that their exist methods to responsibly and safely use and repurpose nuclear material, notably what the French are doing. When I asked them why we didn’t do that, they mentioned three interrelated factors: government regulation; the environmentalists; and a refusal to adopt anything connected with France because of how French it will be.

        I’m not sure if the last one is a joke or not.Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain says:

        With tongue only partially in cheek, big dams kill fish, wind turbines kill raptors, and the best places to put utility-scale solar are chock-full of endangered desert species. Unfortunately, micro-hydro, backyard wind turbines and rooftop solar don’t scale to the degree needed to support industry.

        People who think Carter didn’t make any long-lasting policy decisions haven’t looked at the US nuclear industry. We’re still living with his choice that US commercial nuclear would use a once-through fuel cycle and just bury the left-overs. And since it seems to be a big deal this week, he did it by executive order!Report

    • Avatar zic says:

      I would think, like sinking a ship, tidal structures (or their anchoring bases) would also provide habitat.Report

  7. Avatar Kolohe says:

    E4: The Anti-Burns!

    “It’s not very big,” she says, “but it is enough when we are sharing.”

    That’s what she said.Report

  8. Avatar Chris says:

    [B3] I wish walkability were more important to more people. For me, it is currently the most important thing about a neighborhood, and I really think high walkability vastly improves quality of life. That doesn’t mean transportation isn’t important — it’s never going to be easy to find work and a home in the same area, without increasing population density dramatically — but it does mean that transportation and walkability don’t have to work against each other.

    [E1] That first link, the 10 myths one, is a mess. Some of them are straw men that nobody actually believes (e.g., “Most soldiers died”), some of them are ignorant of what people actually beleive (e.g., the argument in the article against “Lions led by donkeys”), and some border on offensive (and are well past stupid, e.g., ” Everyone hated it”; I mean, sure, we saw unprecedented numbers of psychological casualties, and had physical casualty rates in the 50s through the 70s, but some folks had fun hanging out in France or Central/Eastern Europe, so not everyone hated it!).Report

    • Avatar NewDealer says:

      I also like walability but public transportation is also really important to me. I work from home now but when I worked downtown or was in grad school in NYC, I preferred public transport to biking because it allowed me to read a book or the paper and that was good for my day prep.

      I’m not a everyone should bike to walk person.

      But for daily living, I love being able to walk to the grocery store and back and such and to bars/restaurants/the movies/the library.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        Right. I take the bus to work, and walk almost everywhere else. I like the bus for the reasons you mentioned, and for the people watching/meeting, and I would feel disconnected if I didn’t take it regularly as a result, but man does being able to walk everywhere else do wonders for the psyche.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:

        We totally screwed the pooch with where we live now and walkability. We don’t even have sidewalks! There is a shopping plaza about a mile away and a big park and what passes for a “downtown” area about a mile past that but both involved walking along a fairly fast road (40MPH speed limit) with a walking lane but no curbed sidewalk.

        When I was home with Mayo over the summer, we would walk anywhere. I needed to get out of the house and interact with adults and it was good for him to get the fresh air. I’d walk a mile to the bank and go inside to deposit a check with a teller — even though I could have used an iPhone app to deposit it from home. I needed the air, I needed the exercise, I needed the human interaction! One day we walked seven miles running whatever errands I could think of. I actually got to become friendly and familiar with some of the local workers… the bank tellers would always gush over the baby and a grocery checkout woman now excitedly waits to see if I have him in tow when I pull up.

        Having spent the entirety of my life previous to this in highly walkable places, where we live now is torture. This is something we hope to remedy with the move we are planning.Report

      • Avatar zic says:

        I live in a ‘rural’ place, but my neighborhood has an incredibly high walkability score. I, too, love being able to walk to the market, post office, etc.; and places that are walkable have been a driver of our living choices since long before ‘walkability scores’ were handed out.

        I admit, this stems in great part from a life-long affliction with migraine that makes driving difficult some days; and a style of cooking, used to be called ‘European,’ that often begins with a trip to the market to fetch the ingredients for the days meal that aren’t already in the larder.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:


        When I lived in Manhattan, I walked past a Fairway Market twice a day. Fairway was one of the best grocers in Manhattan that didn’t cost an arm and a leg, especially for produce and proteins. Coupled with the fact that I lived alone and cooked for one AND had just a mini-fridge in my studio apartment, I would stop by the market twice a day. On the way to work, I’d grab a piece of fruit or two… whatever looked good and caught my eye. On the way home, I’d wander the aisle until I was motivated for dinner. I spent more aggregate time in the market than I would have with a single weekly trip, but I had virtually zero food waste, a pretty varied diet for someone who skews towards the regimented side when meal planning, and developed a better relationship and appreciation for fresh food.

        I recaptured some of that over the summer. I’d walk to the Stop&Shop (fairly standard major grocer chain) two or three times a week. “OOO, fresh corn in from Jersey? Let me grab those. Hey, those tomatoes look great. And now I’m halfway to fresh salsa so tacos it is!”

        The weird thing is, even though the store is just a 3 minute drive from the house, it feels like such a hassle to repeat that process now that I’m back and work full time. But if it was a 3 minute walk? I’d be more likely to repeat it. Hard to put a finger on why. There is just a visceral pleasure I experience from getting up and walking somewhere. I don’t mind driving (I delivered pizzas for a time) but it seems like a chore in a way that walking doesn’t.Report

      • Avatar zic says:

        Seems I’m not the only one who appreciates the walkability of my neighborhood. My back yard is filled with moose tracks that weren’t there yesterday. Walked right under my bedroom window while I was sleeping.

        I assume it’s the market I run; I try to maintain a lot of edge habitat so that there’s always something good to eat in the neighborhood. Cats like it, too. There are several neighborhood cats that sun on my front porches after their adventures in the back yard.Report

      • Avatar ScarletNumbers says:

        @kazzy 12:28

        Did you hear that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is going to work with local supermarkets in order to bring fresh produce to rest areas on the Turnpike and the Parkway.

        It will be a joint venture between Stop&Shop and A&P. It is going to be called “Stop & P”…Report