You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.
~Norman Douglas, South Wind, 1917
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
~ Adlai Stevenson, campaign statement in Fresno, California (10 September 1952)
Friday, August 24, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Rep. Todd Akin, on pregnancy due to rape:
"I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."
uh, and what is the raped woman in this scenario? Besides inconvenient.
Rep. Todd Akin, on selective fact finding:
"First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,..."
A 1996 study by the American Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found "rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency" and is "a cause of many unwanted pregnancies" — an estimated "32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year."
Rep. Todd Akin, on raped women getting pregnant:
"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Dude, if it were that easy to not get pregnant, we wouldn't need to have conversations about birth control and abortions
War on women? Nah. just screaming abysmal ignorance of how things really work. Which just turns out to look like a war on women. Or, to quote my late father in law, "that difference which makes no difference is no difference."
Read the article on Rep. Todd Akin's views on rape.
Monday, August 13, 2012
I made a pilgrimage to the University of Vermont Middlebury's Morgan horse farm on 8 August. It was just a bit hot and humid, so I didn't stand outside much. And the pictures in the barn didn't come out too well. Gee, I guess I'll have to go back.
Statute of Morgan, given in memory of Justin Morgan
Monday, August 06, 2012
Stealing the first few paragraphs:
At the end of the article, a climatologist from NASA and a scientist from the University of Alabama Hunstville, disagreeing on whether we have global warming, both agree we need better models.
An interesting look at the problem, without a lot of nasty adjectives.
Summer of 2012
Friday, August 03, 2012
According to the July/August 2012 AARP bulletin, "the Department of Veterans Affairs is making it easier for vets to provide medical information supporting their disability claims. Veterans' medical care providers can now download any of 71 forms for specific conditions..."
WaitWhat? 71 forms? Good grief! I supposed allowing the forms to be downloaded is an easing, but really... 71? Checking out a few of them, they seem to run 4 to 8 pages each, and ask extremely detailed questions. They remind me of the questions asked by outsourced tech support who really have no clue what's going on, but want you to go away.
For arthritis for example, does the veteran have pain? Uh, no, we thought we'd tie up the medical system with stupid visits. This question and checkbox is followed by "If yes, indicate affected joints (check all that apply):" and a detailed list of the joints available to be arthritic, incl a list for each of the left and right sides. This is followed by a substantial box "For all checked joints, describe involvement (brief summary). Also complete a questionnaire for each affected joint, if indicated."
The next question is "does the veteran have any limitation of joint movement attributable to this arthritic condition?" See sarcasm above. Again we have "If yes..." and a list of boxes to be checked for "all that apply" and a substantial box "For all checked joints, describe limitation of movement (brief summary). Also complete a questionnaire for each affected joint, if indicated."
This goes on for 5 pages, and includes sections for "systemic involvement other than joints", "incapacitating and non-incapacitating exacerbations", "other pertinent findings, complications, conditions, signs and/or symptoms", "assistive devices", "diagnostic testing" and lots more. For each and every question, there is a box for details, and in some cases a requirement for additional questionnaires to be filled out.
Looking at all this, I realized the problem is not getting care to vets, or getting vets in to see a doctor. It's processing the damned paperwork.
If you want to see the list, go here: Disability Benefit Questionaire.