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Posted: September 13, 2011 - 8:31 pm
I am not a journalist. There is no journalism department at Dartmouth. It is the home of oldest college newspaper in the United States. It also has the most infamous off campus paper in the United States. It also has one of the few college radio stations with a commercial license.
Posted: September 10, 2011 - 12:38 pm
Ten years ago I flipped the switch on my alarm clock on a Tuesday morning and jumped in the shower. I dried off, got dressed, and jumped in my car.
I turned on KUDO which at the time had Rob Black talking business. There was no business being talked about that morning. Mr. Black was describing commercial airliners crashing into the World Trade Center.
Posted: September 6, 2011 - 9:39 pm
If I can remember I plan on putting up picks for NFL games this year. This week I will also go way out and predict division winners and wild cards along with super bowl picks. There is a reason I never bet money as you will see.
Posted: September 4, 2011 - 1:38 pm
A letter to the editor during the health care debate claimed doctors had million dollar homes on the Hillside and $60K cars. It is a bit of a paraphrase because I cannot remember the exact numbers that were used.
Liberals hate stereotypes unless they are engaged in class warfare. I remember wishing the writer was correct because I would love a million dollar home and at the time I was driving a 1996 Toyota Corolla. I have since moved on to a 2009 Honda Accord because the Corolla was just too stereotypical of granola chompers.
Posted: August 28, 2011 - 3:36 pm
It has been a little over a year since Obamacare became law. In that time we have seen the Democrats lose the US House and some ground in the US Senate. A mere two years prior there were Democrats on these pages celebrating the death of the Republican Party. If only there was a way to terminate both parties.
Posted: August 21, 2011 - 5:54 pm
Once when I was a medical student one of the residents was complaining about a patient he was sure was faking an injury to his back. As he was talking he caught a glimse of his patient through the window. He was scurrying across the back parking lot and quickly leaped over a 3 foot wall.
In 2011 I suspect someone would have broken out their phone to get video of the incident. Instead the resident wanted everybody in the room to note the incident. The man was in the process of obtaining disability.
Posted: August 6, 2011 - 12:39 pm
All of my liberal friends have an economic hero. His name is Paul Krugman. His scripture is available for their review in their bible, The New York Times, on a periodic basis.
They will throw his pieces up on facebook. They will often say he is to be free of criticism because he has received awards from all of their elitist left wing organizations.
Posted: July 24, 2011 - 5:19 pm
It was a rainy day so I actually took the time to watch some of the Sunday morning talk shows today. And yes that included watching the evil power in all of television, Fox News.
Timothy Geithner, a fellow Dartmouth alum, was dispatched to try and slay the dragon Chris Wallace for the Obama administration. Wallace, to his credit, is one one of the best hard ball interviewers in television. He goes after all of his guests and Geithner was no exception. John Boehner was also in the crosshairs when he followed Geithner.
Posted: July 12, 2011 - 10:03 pm
Back in 1997 I attended Digestive Disease Week for the first time in New Orleans. It was in the days before limits on the pharmaceutical companies. There was a party every night but the excess was best demonstrated when one company sponsored a Ray Charles concert with catering by Chef Paul Prudhomme.
Over the years I have collected a variety of drug company toys. One of my favorites was a Viagra flower pot that was supposed to produce a plant when watered. The plant never did rise.
Posted: July 3, 2011 - 9:58 pm
The tools used to evaluate data and determine statistical significance are essential in moving medicine forward. Most doctors understand what the statistics mean and have spent time studying how the numbers are crunched.
One of my favorite courses in college was one on probability. It was fascinating to prove that if there are 22 people in a room there is a 50% chance two of the people have the same birthday.
Posted: June 26, 2011 - 12:04 pm
It is a monthly ritual to read through the journals I get every month. I cannot claim to be The Palin and read all of them. I read most of the The Anerican Journal of Gastroenterology and Gastointestinal Endoscopy. I read clinically relevant articles in Gastroenterology but the bench level studies on miniscule receptors in the colons of rats I usually skip.
Posted: June 19, 2011 - 7:23 pm
The only time I have attended religious services in recent years is funerals and weddings. It has not always been that way. I was an altar boy in early elementary school. My family moved around a lot but I spent most of my time through 7th grade in Catholic schools.
The United States has had one Catholic president, John F. Kennedy. In 2011 his religion is not the first topic when his name is mentioned. It certainly was a hot topic when he was running for president and when he got elected.
Posted: June 14, 2011 - 11:59 pm
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) ran an ad in Austrailia a couple of years ago where a white man hands out fried chicken to some black fans at a cricket match. The commercial was used by KFC to try and take advantage of a big match coming up with a team from West India.
The ad did not raise any eye brows until it made it to the United States via the internet. The backlash in the US caused the ad to be pulled.
Posted: June 4, 2011 - 9:11 pm
Medicare and Social Security are heading for financial failure. It is not question of if, it is a question of when.
The problem is less acute for Social Security. Still, the program is now paying out more than it is collecting. The descent has begun. Theoretically, it will be able to fund itself at 100% through 2036. That is one year sooner than was projected last year.
Posted: May 30, 2011 - 12:29 am
My grandfather graduated medical school in 1947. He served as a surgeon in the United States Navy during the Korean War. There were a lot of stories told at his funeral about World War II and Korea by friends and family.
My father turned to the US Navy when he had to come up with a way to pay for medical school. He barely missed the Vietnam War finishing his residency in Internal Medicine in 1977.
Posted: May 25, 2011 - 10:59 pm
I started college in the midst of the federal law that caused all states to move their drinking age to 21. As a young member of my class I was one of the few not grandfathered in the next door state of Vermont. Establishments in Vermont regularly checked identification.
When I eventually did turn 21 I was not carded in New Hampshire. It is likely I could have been buying alcohol for years and would have never had my identification checked.
Posted: May 17, 2011 - 9:57 pm
The Palin Posse was out in full force in 2008 when the Denali project was started. The claim was that it was proof that the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) had forced the evil oil companies to finally take action.
Conoco Phillips and BP knew well before Denali was formed that the gasline across Canada was not economically feasible. They also knew that Alaska politicians were in a delusional rage led by The Palin and her socialist ways.
Posted: April 29, 2011 - 11:50 pm
One of the problems back during the health care debate was irresponsible use of statistics. A commonly quoted statistic was life expectancy which it was argued was lower in the United States.
It turns out that if you correct for homicides, accidents and suicides a legitimate argument can be made that the US has the highest life expectancy in the world.
Posted: April 23, 2011 - 3:22 pm
When I was a junior in high school a travelling band of politically correct psychobabblers came visiting. They were given an hour of time to push their ideas upon the student body.
Most of it was based on your typical feel good "be nice to each other" vibe. There is nothing wrong with the message but it is not one that most people truly take to heart. That is especially true in the world of teenagers where almost nobody has learned the social skills to appropriately deal out and deal with criticism.
Posted: April 14, 2011 - 7:10 pm
The Alaska Senate has produced a $2.9B capital budget as the end of the legislative session nears. The House is upset saying they have not had time to look at it. They are also lamenting that it is too big already and does not allow them to put in more pet projects.
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