Archive for 4, July 2008

Happy (belated) 4th of July

Posted in Uncategorized on 4, July 2008 by chockblock

hmm… 4th of July? hmm…

From wikipedia:

  • 1054 – A supernova is observed by the Chinese, the Arabs and possibly Amerindians near the star ζ Tauri. For several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula.
  • # 1634 – The city of Trois-Rivières is founded in New France, later to become the Canadian province of Quebec.
  • City of Providence, Rhode Island forms.
  • American Independence Day: The United States Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress declaring itself free of British rule.
  • Oh yeah.. that little date.. Have a happy and safe 4th of July. Use a designated driver, be safe with fireworks and enjoy those freedoms we in uniform work to protect.

    And I thought that stuff like this only happned in movies…

    Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 4, July 2008 by chockblock

    Source: CNN.com: Woman who died on hospital floor called ‘beautiful person’

    To people around the world who have seen the video, Esmin Green is a symbol of a health-care system that seems to have failed horribly.
    Surveillance video shows Esmin Green on the hospital floor for more than an hour before anyone helps her.

    Fellow churchmembers say they served as a family for Esmin Green, shown in 2007, after she left Jamaica.

    Green, 49, is shown rolling off a waiting room chair at King County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, on June 19. She lands face-down on the floor, convulsing.

    I was a clerk at my local mental health clinic. When I was not handeling patient records I was fighting the Medicaid SALUID! for patient benefits. Each claim form hace a 4″ by 4″ square. In the square I had to write about the problems patients had, theraputic goals set by our therapists and problems that would block those goals. In a 4″ by 4″ square.
    Srsly. There was the client who was court-ordered into therapy and case management. A therapist treats problems, case managers follow up and make sure clients are ok. That costs lots of money. We were not paid by the state for three monts, to the tune of over $20,000. That was for therapy, calls to his parole officer, employers, family and medications. Turns out that they believed that he was in another city, 100 miles away. I said that if that were turn, the judge would have had the client arrested, becasue there was a VERY good reason he was in therapy. Another time the Medicaid office was off for lunch. I need to resolve four claims, confirm two more and process three new clients. The Medicaid office chose that day two take a 3 hour lunch. Needless to said I was one the phone first thing the next day.

    Canada is NOT the model or solution to any of our health care problems. I am ashamed to call myself a health care professional after hearing about Esmin Green death. Yes I was not a provider, but part of the health care machine. The problems start that the private insurance companies and work their way into government. I only hope that horro stories prompt calls for real reform

    60′s blowin (away) in the wind…

    Posted in rankers with tags , , , , on 4, July 2008 by chockblock

    Looks like radical 60′s prof are leaving and no one is trying to replace them. The New York Times reports:

    …already there are signs that the intense passions and polemics that roiled campuses during the past couple of decades have begun to fade. At Stanford a divided anthropology department reunited last year after a bitter split in 1998 broke it into two entities, one focusing on culture, the other on biology. At Amherst, where military recruiters were kicked out in 1987, students crammed into a lecture hall this year to listen as alumni who served in Iraq urged them to join the military.

    I had a prof tap dance around the issue of U.S. support for Israel, another argue for drug legalization. However only the students at my undergrad college were openly anti-military because NMT got huge grants from the Dept. of Defense. The University of North Florida was a surprise, some professors back in 2003 opposed the Iraq war and the troops even as sailors from NAS Jacksonville were going to war. UNF is only 10-15 miles from the naval base.

    I suppose I should go back to college and get a masters. However I want to study psychology, counseling or social work. I’ll never go for indoctrination or “social justice” (communist brainwashing under a different label). It’s too bad that those 60′s profs can take their failed ideology with them. Especially in social work, their world view has done more harm than good.

    Last fall, he taught Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in American Education, which he introduces in the syllabus: “Schools in the United States promise equal opportunity. They have not kept that promise. In this course, we will try to find out why.” Like many sociologists and education researchers, Mr. Olneck said that today both the kinds of analyses and the theories that prevailed when he was in college have changed. Overarching narratives, societal critiques and clarion calls for change — of the capitalist system or the social structure — have gone out of style. Today, with advances in statistical methods, many sociologists have moved to model themselves on clinical researchers with large, randomized experiments as their gold standard. In their eyes, this more scientific approach is less explicitly ideological than other kinds of research.

    Ms. Goldrick-Rab has embraced such experiments. A graduate course she created — partly based on her research of community colleges — focused on “educational opportunity and inequality” at community colleges, with an “emphasis on the critical evaluation and assessment of current up-to-date research.”

    Another Wisconsin professor, Erik Olin Wright, a 61-year-old sociologist and a Marxist theorist, described it this way: “There has been some shift away from grand frameworks to more focused empirical questions.

    Yep, a funny thing happned on the way to the revolution. Statistics, computer models and science showed that the country was not as f**ked up as they thought it was. it was easier to work inside the system than try to bring it down.

    Go a head boomers, retire. Us Gen-Xers (I do hate that term) will take over.

    h/t: Jawa Report

    p.s. I am not a Gen-Xer, I am a child of the 80′s.

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