Thursday, August 28, 2014

JUST POTPURRI



Too much of my free time has been taken up with a dialog with a commentator to my blog “JUSTICE”. I was tempted to copy all and use it as the basis for this posting, but decided if you had any interest you could read that blog.

Therefor today’s blog will be a little bit of potpourri; a little bit of knowledge that will not affect any of our lives but I would bet that none of you know that there are still Chaldeans (Babylonians) and Assyrians living in this world.

Believe it or not the Yazidis are not the only religious sect in Kurdish Iraq that are endangered by ISIS. Both groups are Christians although they belong to separate churches. The Assyrian Catholic Church is oriented towards the Antiochian tradition, whereas the Chaldean Catholic Church along with the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of India follow what is known as the East-Syrian tradition. Neither recognizes the Pope as their head.  

Their worshipers claim direct descendancy from the ancient inhabitants of the Fertile Crescent.

ISIS with its advanced around Mosul has already given those who had not been able to flee a "Convert within 24 hours or Die ultimatum. In  one village they killed  all the men and enslaved the women and children.

This info is from a letter printed last week in either the Times or WSJ.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

COLLEGE SPORTS ARE HERE


After months of less than interesting professional athletic events the good seasons are here starting with professional armature college football . Can the best College Basketball  be but two months away?

 NEWS NOTE TODAY

ATLANTA (AP) -- Welcome back, college football!
The season begins Wednesday night with a game that won't have any impact on the national championship race: Georgia State, starting its first year as a full-fledged FBS member, takes on Division I newcomer Abilene Christian at the Georgia Dome.
It will be the first of three games in four days at the stadium in downtown Atlanta, the others having a bit more curb appeal. No. 18 Mississippi faces Boise State on Thursday night, then No. 2 Alabama meets West Virginia on Saturday.
Georgia State was forced to move its opener to the middle of the week to accommodate the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games, but at least that gives the school a little something to brag about after going 0-12 a year ago.
The Panthers were one of only two FBS teams that failed to win a game, joining Miami of Ohio.
Now, they're hosting the very first game of the season.

HEALTH CARE COSTS



The Times and the WSJ continual to run frequent articles about what is bad in the ACA created Health Care System.
For this blog forget about the too often long delay to see a doctor or to have tests or procedures. All of which is becoming the norm often to the point of endangering the life of the patient.

Forget about the fact that there is now a new layer of care givers who more often than not are the only ones in contact with a patient. Despite this the bills are as if a physician rendered the service.

One of the focuses of the news media is the extraordinary costs that ae now prevalent in the system. Much of this lies in the fact that Hospitals, Nursing and rehabilitation facilities and doctor practices have learned how to game the system.

Tuesday’s Times had a detailed article on how nursing homes/rehab facilities were gaming the system by supplying adulterated data about care, accidents, staffing, patient outcome to Medicare to get a better Star Rating and higher payments.

Almost all of the data used for the ratings are supplied by the facility and are rarely checked. Indeed one chain in California would supply higher staffing statistics to Medicare than the more accurate ones to State supervised Medicaid. Medicaid makes more inspections, several in a year.

Other gamers reported include PT facilities, laboratories and doctors. Medicare has broken down the reporting on a visit to many small detailed sections which have been subject to false reporting of being done or justified.

Too many claims have had the number or need for the service falsely reported.  

This type of fraud has run into multimillions. With large sums being paid on padded claims, there is less left to improve the quality of care or the lessening of waiting for care.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

JUSTICE



 An essential part of Jewish tradition is to read a portion of the Torah-the first five books of the Old Testament at each Sabbath so that the entire Torah is read each year. This starts with Genesis on the first Sabbath right after the holiest day in Judaism, Yom Kippur.

This coming week’s portion is from Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9 in part: “You shall appoint magistrates and officials for your tribes, in all the settlements that the Eternal your God is giving you, and they shall govern the people with due justice”. - Deuteronomy 16:18

I mention this in view of the need to find true justice in the cases of 18-year-old Michael Brown., and 400-pound asthmatic Eric Garner. In both cases an impartial non bias investigation must take place before judgment can be decided. We must trust that Americans do follow the teachings of the Bible.




One translation of the passage is: “If you find an individual who does evil in the eyes of God and transgresses God’s covenant, then you shall make careful inquiry. If it turns out to be true according to the word of two or three witnesses, then that person shall die. No one shall be put to death on the basis of the word of only one witness.
“If the matter is too difficult for you to decide, between blood and blood, between right and right, between damage and damage, then you shall come to the priests for judgment.”


Neither Caucasians nor Blacks should make a biased decision. Hard as it may be. Most times Justice is just, and the last thing we need are white or black lynch mobs.

As an example one must consider if Gardner was really in a “choke hold” when taken down, or if the video just shows arms around the body above the shoulders. Could a person being choked, cutting off the passage of air be able to, repeatedly scream “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” as has been reported.

Yes the arrest and the violence of it may well be a contributing caused of Gardner’s death, but his poor health was probably the major factor.

As a matter of interest this is from a USA article last week:”Nearly two times a week in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012, according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI.
On average, there were 96 such incidents among at least 400 police killings each year that were reported to the FBI by local police. The numbers appear to show that the shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., last Saturday was not an isolated event in American policing.

The reports show that 18% of the blacks killed during those seven years were under age 21, compared to 8.7% of whites. The victim in Ferguson was 18-year-old Michael Brown. Police have yet to identify the officer who shot him; witnesses have said the officer was white.
While the racial analysis is striking, the database it's based on has been long considered flawed and largely incomplete. The killings are self-reported by law enforcement and not all police departments participate so the database undercounts the actual number of deaths. Plus, the numbers are not audited after they are submitted to the FBI and the statistics on "justifiable" homicides have conflicted with independent measures of fatalities at the hands of police”

A major flaw in such a report is that Florida and perhaps other states will not participate in the reporting.