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Price Gouging By Hospitals Needs More Airing

A physician visiting the sick in a hospital, G...

A physician visiting the sick in a hospital, German engraving from 1682 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Murky World of Hospital Prices – NYTimes.com.

 

“The price for a joint replacement with artificial hips or knees ranged from a low of $5,300 in a hospital in Ada, Okla., to a high of $223,000 at a hospital in Monterey Park, Calif., a 40-fold difference that cannot be explained by regional differences in wages, the sickness of the patients, or a hospital’s teaching responsibilities. The charge for treating heart failure patients in hospitals in Jackson, Miss., ranged from $9,000 to $51,000.”

 

 

 

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We will not solve our climate problem by adjusting the width of streets.

English: Collateral Damage Affinity Group

English: Collateral Damage Affinity Group (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will not solve our climate problem by adjusting the width of streets. Incremental changes will not save our cities. Cities will be saved by designing car free areas of areas up to a mile square.  Cars and trucks will be relegated the periphery of future communities. Transportation within future communities will be mainly be by foot and bike. Vacant and wasteland areas can become new car free communities. Car free communities need have no stairs. Most future residences will be one level. Graded ways can easily enable transit between levels. A max of four levels is adequate to support a car free community of 5-10K.  Thinking outside the box is the only way forward. Car free communities will be forced on us by climate change. Even if climate was not a problem, car free communities would make complete sense.

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Baseball is continuous. Society is not. Cyber will change all metrics once it gets past the infantile gadget stage.

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Identifying the “Sabermetrics” of Urbanism | PlaceMakers http://buff.ly/1938esZ

Well now er um. As an old Doxiadis auditor, I am familiar with this thinking in a younger iteration. As a born and raised New Yorker, I know what a block is. But as one who has thought for a lifetime about cities and particularly about metrics, come to think of it, I believe this suffers from a failure to see the self-evident. What is self-evident but missed? The answer is: The imperative to separate oil and the automobile from its central control of everything else. Once make these things peripheral, and the scales will fall from our eyes. We will not lose these anymore than we lost horses, But they will no longer influence all else we do and think. My metric is drawn from my reading of Christopher Alexander coupled with my own evolution of his thinking. It arrives at the concept of the cyber-community which is 10,000 persons of all sorts living by choice in a community that is car free, no more than four levels high, stairless, lego-like and so on and so forth. I see it all. It does not exist. Neither did the car once. I outline it in my largely-ignored book, Triadic Philosophy.

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Jesus favors proactive help, justice, fairness and tolerance.

1051. Jesus favors proactive help, justice, fairness and tolerance.

1051b. Jesus favored community organization. By his own example.

1051c. Jesus believed we could do what he did.

1051d. Jesus did not respect property over human rights.

1051e. Jesus was about turning this world around, not making us other-worldly.

1051f. Jesus was executed for doing things priests claimed were divine functions.

1051g. The church turned Jesus into a messiah and thus avoided the responsibility he tried to engender in all.

This is another excerpt from the continually growing book Triadic Philosophy.

The Jesus I infer wanted to go viral, but because of Abba’s way, not special effects or miracles. He came to show a way we could achieve,  a world based on the willed values of non-idolatry, tolerance, helpfulness and democracy.

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Nothing is LESS free market than our military-industrial, oil-car-corporate, bank-on-dole economy

Nothing is LESS free market than our military-industrial, oil-car-corporate, bank-on-dole economy the GOP sucks up to.

I tweeted this following a long – for Twitter – discussion that typically pitted reason on the left against smoke from the right. It is time to start framing our rhetoric accurately. None of the freedom conservatives say they want is in today’s economy. Conservatives are defending the most government-centric society you can imagine. They simply want to cherry-pick who gets the gravy. If it’s military-industrial, oil-car corporate and bank-friendly, it gets a pass. That is where GOP pay comes from. If it is the result of this huge welfare capitalism, a mass of Americans reeling and on the hook to these very same forces, well, the devil take the hindmost. The last laugh will be administered by an impatient Deity who is stretching at the moment in preparation for another summer and fall of gorgeous weather that the media will describe as once in a century. We would not want to get Chevron’s nose out of joint now, would we? Oppose!

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The Pattern Language Collection Why The Housing Crisis Is Not Over

The Pattern Language Collection.

The detached home will be less and less a staple of community design. We need integral communities where everyone can walk to what they need, work, education, play, residence.

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ShortFormContent Recent Tweets #ryanfails

Recent Tweets Mostly #ryanfails 10:21 AM ET 2012 | ShortFormContent at Blogger.

Paul Ryan has mesmerized the media because intelligence is so lacking in Congress that its appearance alone induces interest. But Paul Ryan is if anything a more facile and worse liar than Romney. He has virtually no explanations for his draconian budget and his criticism of Obama is a lie whole cloth. This page of tweets is a good introduction to Ryan as an apostle of untruth.

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