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Effects of the 2010 US Health Care Bill Explained – Gulf Stream Blues

// March 29th, 2010 // No Comments » // Health, Learning, Sign of the times

So, we’re pretty much at the beginning of this health care reform thing here in the United States.
Here’s an incredibly well written, layman’s explanation from a person that seems to have a solid bead on the ways of the world…

The US healthcare bill explained – Gulf Stream Blues

Chrysler Sues High School Over Mascot Logo

// February 20th, 2010 // No Comments » // Cars, Sign of the times

One of my high school alma maters was harassed by Chrysler over the symbol of the ram (animal). Random trivia: I attended three high schools.

Read the absurd story here…

Pragmatic P.O.T.U.S. inaugurated today

// January 20th, 2009 // No Comments » // Science, Sign of the times

Now, here’s the part I’m interested in (lifted verbatim and without permission from whitehouse.gov/agenda/technology):

Employ Science, Technology and Innovation to Solve Our Nation’s Most Pressing Problems

21st-century technology and telecommunications have flattened communications and labor markets and have contributed to a period of unprecedented innovation, making us more productive, connected global citizens. By maximizing the power of technology, we can strengthen the quality and affordability of our health care, advance climate-friendly energy development and deployment, improve education throughout the country, and ensure that America remains the world’s leader in technology. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will:

  • Lower Health Care Costs by Investing in Electronic Information Technology Systems: Use health information technology to lower the cost of health care. Invest $10 billion a year over the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to broad adoption of standards-based electronic health information systems, including electronic health records.
  • Invest in Climate-Friendly Energy Development and Deployment: Invest $150 billion over the next ten years to enable American engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs to advance the next generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, accelerate the commercialization of plug-in hybrids, promote development of commercial-scale renewable energy, and begin the transition to a new digital electricity grid. This investment will transform the economy and create 5 million new jobs.
  • Modernize Public Safety Networks: Spur the development and deployment of new technologies to promote interoperability, broadband access, and more effective communications among first responders and emergency response systems.
  • Advance the Biomedical Research Field: Support investments in biomedical research, as well as medical education and training in health-related fields. Fund biomedical research, and make it more efficient by improving coordination both within government and across government/private/non-profit partnerships.
  • Advance Stem Cell Research: Support increased stem cell research. Allow greater federal government funding on a wider array of stem cell lines.

“Smartest Jeb of the Year” 2008 Award Winner

// September 29th, 2008 // No Comments » // Sign of the times

His comments were regarding the ‘‘Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008″ (a.k.a. “The Bailout Plan”) that failed to pass today.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a conservative Texas Republican, said before voting, “The relevant test is, when you look at the good in the bill, when you look at the bad in the bill — does it take America in a direction that you believe America should go? By that test, Madam Speaker, I will vote no on this legislation.”

Update (10-14-2008): This unfortunate legislation passed when presented to the House later in that week with an extra $150B of special interest program funding. 

CompUSA to close all of its 103 stores

// December 8th, 2007 // No Comments » // Sign of the times

Read the story (obsolete)