Capital to Burn

22 03 2017

Washington, D.C.

It’s time for OCGE to quit letting someone who was one of his avowed political enemies as late as November 7, that being Paul Ryan, to guide him down a path where OCGE is needlessly burning through political capital.

Remember my previous piece of advice on health care reform:  Just use the pen and phone to suspend the enforcement of ObamaDontCare’s unpopular provisions, and then do the “where do we go from here” thing slowly and rationally.  This issue is not the sort which will cause the world to end if not dealt with immediately.

Same goes for tax reform.  We can afford to slow down, take a deep breath, and think things through.

OCGE should be spending most of his public energy on his politically popular agenda items and existentially important agenda items.

Remember, the 2012 Presidential ticket with Paul Ryan on it not only did not carry Wisconsin, it didn’t even carry Paul Ryan’s own Congressional district.  Trump carried both.  So it’s not as if Paul Ryan is some great political genius.





SLU Med On Probation

14 03 2017

Tiffany

The voluntary organization that various medical schools belong to that serves to police all its members has put SLU Med on probation.

From what I read, it’s for a lot of technicalities.

However, I remember a few years ago that this little scandal broke.  While it got some national coverage, it was an unstory locally.

I’d like to think this is related, but even Harvard Med practices affirmative action.





Same as the Old Bill

7 03 2017

Washington, D.C.

Looks like the insurance lobbyists finally got done writing an ObamaDontCare replacement bill.

Of course, since ObamaDontCare was written for the benefit of that industry, it has that sort of same-as-the-old-boss kind of feeling.





Cutting Off Your New Nose to Spite Your Old Face

27 02 2017

Tiffany

Mockups and drawings of the new major additions to SLU Hospital, to go on the mostly cleared out space in the rectangle of Grand, Chouteau, Spring and Rutger.   P-D, and NextSTL.

Here’s my WTF moment.

They’re going to demolish the 1988 annex to Desloge, the Bordley Tower, but not Desloge itself.  I can definitely understand why any talk about demolishing Desloge was shut down, because of its historical nature and unique and iconic appearance.  But what’s the matter with Bordley?  By the time all these new buildings open, Bordley will only be 32 years old, and as I can attest, because most of my health care happens at SLU, it’s a very nice and functional edifice.  I also don’t think that Bordley has to be demolished to make either the construction of the operation of the new buildings feasible.  It could just as easily continue to stand.  If anything, since Desloge is a 15-story masonry structure in a high risk seismic zone, and Bordley was designed and built with quakes in mind, Bordley could be renovated, and all the crucial operations in Desloge could be moved over to Bordley.  Because the about-to-be built structures will be used for, among other things, admitted patients, which is what Bordley hosts now.

If this winds up happening as-is, it’s just going to seem so weird seeing Bordley, which I saw being built, (my mother went to SLU for as long as I can remember, and as a boy, I went to next-door Glennon), all of a sudden being wrecked.

And in spite of all this, SLU’s ER, which will also be moved into the new edifices, will still be the preferred destination for Federally incarcerated pimps and local dindus.

UPDATE 2/28

As it so happened, my mother was supposed to have a medical test at SLU today.  Her assisted living transportation took her there, and when she got there, she found out that someone mixed up the scheduling, so she wasn’t actually on the docket for the test in question today.  She would have needed to wait awhile for the return trip, so instead, she called me, and as luck had it, I was very close when she did.  So, I made a little side diversion.

First off, Bordley is also a masonry structure.  Second, before fetching mom, I went to someone in administration and asked her about Bordley being demolished, and she, as someone who said she knows about the plans, heard nothing about it.  She shifted me around to three other very similar people, none of them had the foggiest either.  So this gonna-demolish-Bordley thing turns out to have been a rumor.

 





Easier Than That

26 10 2016

Tucson

Biological proof that Patient Zero wasn’t patient zero.

I already knew that, and I didn’t even need to run an evolutionary biology lab at a major university.

How did I know it?

Two words that very literate St. Louisans know:

Robert Rayford.

Since he died in May 1969, and now it is known he started showing symptoms as early as 1966, and it wasn’t until 1987 that it was proven that AIDS complications did him in, it means that the hypotheses in this article need to be questioned, because they are all after 1966.  Since he had never left St. Louis, especially not for the big cities full of gays which we’re supposed to think was the big vector transmitters in the next decade, this means that AIDS existed in the black ghettos of St. Louis no later than 1966 and probably earlier.

The commonly accepted official theory is that the pathogen made the jump from chimpanzees to humans in the early 20th century, but then we’re also told that before AIDS spread to the United States, it was already present in black Africans and black Caribbeans.  The problem is this:  How would it have been transmitted from black Africans to black Caribbeans in the early 20th century?  I am not aware of any significant population movement between black Africa and the black Caribbean in the early 20th century, either one group or the other going one or both ways, or some other group of people going back and forth between the two places.  Are we to think that there were enough gay white men from the United States going back and forth between the Congo and Haiti to have sex with men?  Did Congolese gay men go to Haiti to have sex with Haitian men in the 1920s?  Did Haitian men go to the Congo to have sex with Congolese men in the 1920s?  Crazy, yes, but that’s what we have to believe in order to believe the official story about when and how this pathogen spread from chimps to humans and then among humans.

Try this on for size:  Negro peoples already had AIDS when they were taken as slaves from west Africa and transported to wherever in the New World.  That’s the only sensible explanation for blacks in both Africa and the Caribbean having AIDS at the times in the 20th century when it has been proven that both groups were so infected.  It also means the (documented*) SIV to HIV jump happened at least centuries ago, not one century ago.  The only open question is the precise mechanics of the SIV to HIV jump.  Was it a matter of chimps biting humans, or humans eating chimp meat?  Or was it something a little more taboo?

* – What I mean by that is that we know for sure that humans of some sort first got the disease from chimps.  The reason I state that is because there’s a fashionable theory among some of us that the UN cooked up AIDS in a lab for the purposes of population control (either general population control or black population control, depends on who is telling you the theory).  Of course, that “effort” has obviously been so successful.





“Condom Desert”

20 10 2016

Downtown

P-D:

St. Louis is still the sexually transmitted disease capital of the U.S.

Okay, that’s just the headline.  I bet that at some point in this article, we’ll read the same argument we read when St. Louis is at or near the top of violent crime rankings:  ZOMG WE CAN’T ANNEX IT’S AN UNFAIR COMPARISON LOL~!!!!1, or some variant thereof.

St. Louis again takes the title for the country’s highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, in a year of record high numbers nationwide.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reached about 2 million reported cases nationwide in 2015, according to an annual report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I thought Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis were the names of DOR clerks.

St. Louis city topped the list for chlamydia and gonorrhea cases per capita. The rankings are skewed partly because the city is mostly compared with counties in the data. If the entire metropolitan area is included, the St. Louis region ranks eighth for gonorrhea and 17th for chlamydia.

There it goes.  It only took to the third paragraph.

“While it is disheartening that we are still number one, I’m encouraged by efforts to pull together a regional response group,” said Dr. Bradley Stoner, infectious disease specialist at Washington University. “We need greater access to widespread STD testing.”

Why bother with that? We were just told that the stats are illusory and deceptive because zomg 1876.

“Unfortunately our state doesn’t fund comprehensive sex education in a way that we should,” he said. “We have to ensure people have the education and primary preventative health care followed by access to testing and treatment.”

And because of that, people don’t understand the correlation between sex, especially promiscuous sex, and STDs, they have no way of finding out otherwise, as they’re not walking around with almost 100% of all information humanity has ever curated at the ready at their demand in their pockets.

A few new campaigns were offered in the last year, including 4,000 safe-sex kits from Planned Parenthood that were passed out in bars the night before Thanksgiving, a popular social occasion for young adults.

The night before Thanksgiving is a big jiggy night?  I was a young adult, once, a long time ago, and I don’t remember that.  And now that I’m no longer that young, the night before Thanksgiving is now for Puggg and I our Backstoppers night, (and look at the calendar, we’re barely more than a month away), and then off to Joanie’s in Soulard afterward, because that’s where Knockout Martin Luther King victim Matt Quain works.

In September, the St. Louis city and county health departments held a free STD testing event that included raffles for free tickets to a Beyoncé concert.

This so wants a punchline that it’s too early in the morning for me to come up with.  Damn it, man.

St. Louis qualifies as a “condom desert” according to a recent study from St. Louis University. There are fewer stores that sell condoms in the city compared with other areas, and more barriers that make them difficult to get.

Condoms are more likely to be behind the counter or locked up, and they are often sold individually, making them more expensive at about $1.25 each.

Condoms should be made more accessible by selling them in larger packages and placing them on shelves to reduce embarrassment, wrote author Enbal Shacham, associate professor of behavioral science and health education.

Condom desert.  There’s a new one on me.  Which means we’ll probably hear it over and over again.  The irony is that a research study done at a Jesuit/Catholic university informs us that the city it’s in is a “desert” for a type of contraceptive.  As far as this bit about behind the counter and locked up, isn’t that what we are told to do with adult items?  Firearms, pseudoephederine cold pills, porn magazines, cigarettes.

It’s a factually challenged argument anyway — The racial demographic in this town almost entirely responsible for the city’s high STD rate is the same one that seems to be allergic to contraceptives, prophylactics and birth control.





Surgeons Are From Mars, Psychiatrists Are From Venus

12 10 2016

New Haven, Connecticut

Not really hard.

All we need is Steve Sailer’s axiom that people who battle nature are markedly different than people who battle other people.

While both surgeons and psychiatrists deal with people, surgeons deal with people in the most dispassionate way possible and the most scientifically pure and objective way possible.  (Remember, many times, surgery patients are unconscious.)  Psychiatrists, OTOH, deal with people in the most people-y way possible, they deal with the most uniquely human feature of the human species, and the medical science of psychiatry is one of the most subjective gray area ridden disciplines of medicine.