A short note on MS Surface Win 8RT: Real Life Test

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A week or so, at the request of some long time friends and readers, I wrote a review of Windows 8.  I wrote the review not only because they had asked my opinion but also because I was disgusted by the lack of real work in using and understanding the system by the many so-called reviewers I had read.

I briefly spoke of the MS Surface RT.  While I have been using the RT since it first came out, having given my Apple iPad to my 14 year old son, and I have not looked back, this week I had to go to Boston for the week for work.  It portended to be a fairly complicated endeavor, one that in the past I would have brought my fairly Continue reading

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A Republic: If we can Keep it!

Constitutional Republic

Constitutional Republic

Unfortunately for all of us, we are now faced with a huge crisis. The crisis is viewed differently on either side. Yet, it is a crisis all the same. On the one side, the crisis is seen as the final crusade to be able to assure that everyone in the U.S. is mandated as equal. Not equal in opportunity but equal in outcome. The key to this ideal, is the completion of a federalist agenda and the expansion of federal power to supplant most states control.  The opponents to this desire have painted the promoters as wanting to create a socialist or fascist state eliminate all personal holdings and remove profit from any equation creating methods to redistribute wealth to the poor and eliminate any that have been able to accumulate more than another. Much of the Continue reading

More Challenges to the ACA (Obamacare)

No Taxation Without Representation!

No Taxation Without Representation!

From Boston Massachusetts

By now, we all know that the Supreme Court upheld the insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare.  To recap, 26 states brought action to have the mandate, declared as an unconstitutional expansion of federal power under the commerce clause, the necessary and proper clause, and as a minor point its taxing authority.  The Supreme Court agreed with the states and found the mandate unconstitutional under the commerce clause, and the necessary and proper clause. However, in what many felt was a stunning decision by Justice Roberts­—and judicial over reach, the court upheld the mandate as a Continue reading

Exploring Windows 8: Why most tech reviewers are getting it wrong!

Hey people! Meet the new Windows 8 Start Button!

Hey people! Meet the new Windows 8 Start Button!

Authors Note:  While the main purpose of this blog is to discuss healthcare and related issues like the economy, and political implications and drivers, I have had a long history in the PC industry going back to the dawn of what we call the modern pc era.  As such I have had more than a few people asking me what I think of the new computing trends for touch-based tablets and pcs as well as Windows 8.  Please forgive this digression to my past life.  Indirectly the trend toward individual personally centered transactions systems is key to our future healthcare needs.  Perhaps I will write an article on that as well in the near future.  Regardless, I hope most of you will appreciate this article and forgive its intrusion into the healthcare dialog.

I have been both fascinated, and appalled, at the recent reviews of Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system.  I have been fascinated by the continuation of the journalistic trend to initially bash anything from Microsoft or at a minimum begin reviews with lead lines about where or how their products simply Continue reading

Opting Out of Natural Selection

Now Crabs feel pain - what will PETA say!

Now Crabs feel pain – what will PETA say!

A recent article in Discovery News reports that lobsters and crabs feel pain.  While this has been suspected for quite a while, due to the primitive nature of their nervous system, it has been very difficult to quantify or qualify what their sense of the pain would be. Recent research at Queen’s School of Biological Science, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, under the title, “Painful Feelings in Crabs,” tested crabs and showed that when shocked at a specific desirable location, soon they modified their behavior to avoid that location.  The Discovery article, Continue reading

Treatment-resistant bacteria threat rises: What are the options?

Treatment-resistant gonorrhea threat rises in North America

Treatment-resistant gonorrhea threat rises in North America
By Julie Steenhuysen – Reuters.Com Jan. 8, 2013

Treatment-resistant gonorrhea threat rises in North America | Reuters.

A Reuter’s article today again illustrates the disturbing trend in our biochemical battle with other species, like the bacteria mentioned in this article–we are losing this war!  In the last few weeks, we have seen a number of articles outlining the discovery, or at least public disclosure, of new superbugs. Here is just a recent listing of articles on some superbugs: Continue reading