A nurse said, "I watched the video 6 times just in case I missed something coherent; I though John McCain could not leave me speechless, but he did": Instead of Emergency Room, Go to WalMart Did somebody take this guy off his medication?
Here's the transcript of the video:
" . . . cost of health care in American today in the emergency room. Emergency room health care is the most expensive. We should have a WalMart or another large place that has a walk-in clinic that has a physician and a pharmacist right there. And you're sick and don't feel well you oughta be able to go to that clinic and the doctor prescribes and the pharmacist provides. And then you can leave and not have to stand in line for hours in the emergency room"
John is moving the long line from the emergency room to WalMart. WalMart!! John, have you seen the lines at WalMart? But that's not the PROBLEM. John, do you understand the concept of a STERILE emergency room? Or do you think everyone who goes to the emergency room just has a sniffle? "Emergency rooms" carry the word "emergency" in the title for an excellent reason. HINT, John: think "gun shot wounds" and "heart attacks" and "child birth" and "surgery" for starters. At WALMART JOHN!!?? Do you think Ted Kennedy would have been better off going to a Walmart, John?
THIS IS McCAIN's solution to the health care crisis!?! Who is this guy? Is he functioning? Republicans, behold your leader . . . .
Categorization of speech by infants: Support for speech-sound prototypes.
Grieser, DiAnne; Kuhl, Patricia K.
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Developmental Psychology. Vol 25(4), Jul 1989, 577-588.
This study tested 6-month-old infants' categorization of speech stimuli to investigate whether infants organize speech categories around "prototypes." In Experiment 1, infants first discriminated single "good" exemplars from two different vowel categories. They were then tested with 64 novel exemplars, 32 from each vowel category. The test stimuli varied in the degree to which they conformed to adult-defined prototypes of the two categories. The results showed that infants correctly sorted the novel stimuli over 90% of the time. In Experiment 2, we trained two groups of infants, one with a good (prototypical) exemplar from a vowel category and the other with a poor (nonprototypical) exemplar. Then we tested both groups with 16 novel exemplars from that same vowel category. Generalization to novel members of the category was significantly greater following exposure to the prototypical exemplar. Results are consistent with a model of speech perception that holds that young human infants organize vowel categories around prototypes. This may contribute to their seemingly efficient processing of speech information, even in the first half year of life. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserve
I've been following the newspaper stories in which Seattle homeless have been kicked out of the one hundred pink tents donated by the Girl Scouts. (The encampment was known as Nickelsville, in honor of our Lord Mayor.)
This is the latest version of Homelessness in America, as written up by the BBC. This photo shows car sleepers in California. One of the women interviewed is a former real estate agent. Car sleeping - something that is only possible in warm climes so this winter should be dreadful in some parts of the US. There is an effort afoot also to prevent those whose homes have been foreclosed on from voting.
This article was sent me by Alan C in Seattle, who also indicated that Operation Nightwatch has a group working on a 'car corral' for Ballard homeless car campers. (For non-Seattle readers, Ballard is a neighborhood in Seattle.) The website is SeattleNightWatch .
"'Will you walk into my mortgage ?" said the spider to the fly;
"'Tis the prettiest little mortgage that ever you did spy.
The way into my mortgage is up a variable rate,
And I have many curious things to show when by these rules we skate."
"Oh no, no," said the little fly; "to ask me is in vain,
For who accepts your variable rate can ne'er be out of debt again."
Let me cut to the chase. The biggest robbery in the history of this country is taking place as you read this. Though no guns are being used, 300 million hostages are being taken. Make no mistake about it: After stealing a half trillion dollars to line the pockets of their war-profiteering backers for the past five years, after lining the pockets of their fellow oilmen to the tune of over a hundred billion dollars in just the last two years, Bush and his cronies -- who must soon vacate the White House -- are looting the U.S. Treasury of every dollar they can grab. They are swiping as much of the silverware as they can on their way out the door.
Wall Street and its backers created this mess and now they are going to clean up like bandits. Even Rudy Giuliani is lobbying for his firm to be hired (and paid) to "consult" in the bailout. NOTHING in this "bailout" package will lower the price of the gas you have to put in your car to get to work. NOTHING in this bill will protect you from losing your home. NOTHING in this bill will give you health insurance. This bailout's mission is to protect the obscene amount of wealth that has been accumulated in the last eight years. It's to protect the top shareholders who own and control corporate America. It's to make sure their yachts and mansions and "way of life" go uninterrupted while the rest of America suffers and struggles to pay the bills. Let the rich suffer for once. Let them pay for the bailout. We are spending 400 million dollars a day on the war in Iraq. Let them end the war immediately and save us all another half-trillion dollars!
What did Garrison Keilor Have to Say?
Poor Larry Craig got a truckload of moral condemnation for tapping his wingtips in the men's john, but his party proposes to spend 5 percent of the GDP to buy up bad loans made by men who walk away with their fortunes intact while retirees see their 401K go pffffffff like a defunct air mattress, and it's business as usual. Mr. McCain is a lifelong deregulator and believer in letting brokers and bankers do as they please -- remember Lincoln Savings and Loan and his intervention with federal regulators on behalf of his friend Charles Keating, who then went to prison? Remember Neil Bush, the brother of the C.O., who, as a director of Silverado S&L, bestowed enormous loans on his friends without telling fellow directors that the friends were friends and who, when the loans failed, paid a small fine and went skipping off to other things? Mr. McCain now decries greed on Wall Street and suggests a commission be forme d to look into the problem. This is like Casanova coming out for chastity.
Confident men took leave of common sense and bet on the idea of perpetual profit in the real estate market and crashed. But it wasn't their money. It was your money they were messing with. And that's why you need government regulators. Gimlet-eyed men with steel-rim glasses and crepe-soled shoes who check the numbers and have the power to say, "This is a scam and a hustle and either you cease and desist or you spend a few years in a minimum-security federal facility playing backgammon." The Republican Party used to specialize in gimlet-eyed, steel-rim, crepe-soled common sense and then it was taken over by crooked preachers who demand we trust them because they're packing a Bible and God sent them on a mission to enact lower taxes, less government. Except when things crash, and then government has to pick up the pieces.
I'm thinking and reading some about the financial crisis. There are a lot of suggestions about what to do - contact Obama with your opinions, contact your Representatives, take to the streets, etc. Locally, Washington Mutual has collapsed. Personally, a friend may have a job in jeopardy. Others have accounts they want to be reassured about or investments that are down the tubes. National Review's Mark Krikorian now has a post titled "Cause and Effect?" on the collapse of Washington Mutual. The implied cause is a news release from Wamu which says "Company ranks in top ten of Hispanic Business' Diversity Elite and earns perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index" - See National Review". So the scapegoat is minority lending? Sounds like a cop out. As Michael Moore points out, one of the actual main causes of foreclosure is medical bills incurred by those without health insurance who have something catastrophic happen. Remember the bankruptcy bills and the stories of those with huge medical bills? Doesn't every candidate encounter such people on the road?
At our house, we don't know where to start but one place is belt cutting, which we were already starting before this banking thing completely hit the fan. We want to make permanent changes and drive less, not because gas is high, but because every tank of gas has a history. We want to eat less processed food, not just because it's more expensive, but because it's unhealthy. It not only hurts us and puts us more at risk (and we don't all have health insurance!) but we don't know it's history either! We don't intend to rush out and buy gold, nor do we know of a magic change in investments that will cut risk of loss of retirement funds. We do see a connection between the war costs and Wall Street greed so continue to support neither. We have probably never felt so powerless, and an election in less than 40 days is a first start. What are others thinking out there? (published today in similar form at Democracy Cell Project) - Slugbug
This comes from Pamela Kealey, who wrote to us about the Obama fundraiser she and Fay Jones organized and held at the Catherine Person Gallery in Seattle. Over two dozen Seattle artists donated hand-painted and custom designed T-shirts, which sold out in just minutes. The event raised $5,558 for the Obama campaign. I have included a few photos, to give an idea of the variety. Wish I'd known about the event! Slugbug link to all the photos