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  • Ben Carson, or the tale of the disappearing cabinet secretary.

    02/11/2018 7:41:38 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/11/2018 | Ben Terris
    Carson is an acclaimed neurosurgeon who oversees a large government agency for which he has no particular qualifications and in this way represents the grand theme of the Trump administration. He, like the president, came to power by promising that an outsider would have the "common sense" it takes to cure what ails us. And so, while conservative gadfly Armstrong Williams played host to this party at the Monocle restaurant, it was Carson everyone came to see. "There's never been a time in the history of the world where a society became divided like this and did well," Carson said...
  • Medicare Access CHIP Reauth Act MACRA

    10/11/2016 7:40:23 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 4 replies
    Fewer than half of physicians are aware of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), and most of those who do know about it probably wish it would go away. Nevertheless, this law will determine how Medicare reimburses doctors, starting in 2019. ... CMS won’t release its final MACRA rule ... CMS recenty changed the timeline ...
  • Controlling Blood Pressure Requires an Irreducibly Complex System

    09/23/2015 8:15:42 AM PDT · by fishtank · 15 replies
    Evolution News ^ | 9-22-15 | Howard Glicksman
    Controlling Blood Pressure Requires an Irreducibly Complex System Howard Glicksman September 22, 2015 12:32 PM | Editor's note: Physicians have a special place among the thinkers who have elaborated the argument for intelligent design. Perhaps that's because, more than evolutionary biologists, they are familiar with the challenges of maintaining a functioning complex system, the human body. With that in mind, Evolution News & Views is delighted to present this series, "The Designed Body." Dr. Glicksman practices palliative medicine for a hospice organization. The body is a multi-cellular organism that requires the circulation of blood within its cardiovascular system to give...
  • "Absent legitimacy it's a sprint to whatever irreducible power center presents itself."

    07/23/2014 7:31:57 PM PDT · by JoanVarga · 11 replies
    The Woodpile Report ^ | 7/22/2014 | Uncle Remus
    We're no longer a nation of laws, we're a nation of men, specifically those men who were the first to figure out legitimacy is no longer a serious constraint, and there are no other constraints. Absent legitimacy it's a sprint to whatever irreducible power center presents itself. As in any other no-rules fight, the violent prevail over the peaceful and the homicidal prevail over the violent. This isn't mere looting, major assets, even national assets, are in play. Mexico for example, one of the most violent countries on earth, is conquering—not merging with, conquering—the southwestern US. National borders are always...
  • Gene Complexity Eludes a Simple Definition

    06/05/2014 8:54:03 AM PDT · by fishtank · 30 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | June 2014 | Jeffrey Tomkins PhD
    Gene Complexity Eludes a Simple Definition by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * In the early days of molecular genetics in the 1960s and ’70s, it was widely held that a gene could be defined as a single entity that encodes the information to make a protein. However, as genetic studies have progressed, our understanding of what defines a gene has become incredibly more complicated.1 We still hear evolutionists claim “this and that creature have the same genes and are therefore related through common descent in evolution,” but in light of recent genetic studies, this claim is grossly oversimplified.
  • Mind-Boggling Complexity in the Fruit Fly Transcriptome

    03/27/2014 11:31:20 AM PDT · by fishtank · 18 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 3-26-2014 | Jeffrey Tomkins PhD
    Mind-Boggling Complexity in the Fruit Fly Transcriptome by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * The humble fruit fly that has been at the heart of genetic studies for nearly 100 years continues to amaze scientists and defy simplistic evolutionary predictions. A research team recently evaluated the diversity of gene expression across the insect's genome in much greater detail than previous studies, and the results revealed incredible complexity and design.1 One of the key features that is emerging across the spectrum of research in plant and animal genomes is the fact that nearly all DNA is expressed (copied into RNA).2 This expressed RNA...
  • Chapter 1 - What is the 29th day? (Updated)

    06/28/2010 7:51:24 AM PDT · by Pete · 2 replies
    Chapter 1 - What is the 29th day? Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. Dwight D Eisenhower (1890 - 1969) - Military Leader, President of the United States This above all: to thine ownself be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. Polonius' advice to Laertes, in Hamlet William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English playwright Something has happened in the 21st century which has never happened before. It is...
  • It's Complicated

    06/11/2010 5:45:12 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 400+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 11, 2010 | Randall Hoven
    Jon Stewart pointed out something interesting: how often President Obama or his underlings tell us how complicated or complex the job is. So I did some searching on the White House web site to see how often such words appear in various speeches and remarks. Below is a partial summary, going back only through April. (Emphases added.) "There are some complicating factors... That is very, very complex... It's the breadth and the complexity of the disaggregation of the oil, which I don't think was accounted for and anticipated in any plans. It's very complex. It's one of the hardest things...
  • Chapter 1 - What is the 29th day?

    06/08/2010 9:01:36 AM PDT · by Pete · 3 replies · 29+ views
    Chapter 1 - What is the 29th day? Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. Dwight D Eisenhower (1890 - 1969) - Military Leader, President of the United States Editorial (unpublished) Something has happened in the 21st century which has never happened before. It is as significant as the Scientific Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. It is frightening us because we do not know exactly what it is or why it has happened. What is worse, nobody else seems to...
  • Officials Explain Afghanistan’s Complexity

    04/13/2010 5:40:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 148+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 13, 2010 – The hurdles to be overcome in Afghanistan are no simple matter, the director of communications for NATO and U.S. forces there told reporters traveling with Navy Adm. Mike Mullen when the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited earlier this month. “Afghanistan is a complicated place,” Navy Rear Adm. Greg Smith said. Smith and others working in Kabul spoke of the complex “human terrain” of Afghanistan and the challenges facing the coalition as forces work to provide security and to train Afghans to take over responsibility for the mission. Knowing the players and how...
  • Tax Complexity Adds Pain to Cash Drain (America has one of the world's most complicated tax code)

    04/13/2010 7:04:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 229+ views
    National Review ^ | 04/13/2010 | Deroy Murdock
    If the tax code were straightforward and simple, April 15 would be just another lovely spring date. But as April 15 approaches like an incoming monsoon, millions of Americans brace for the pain of writing checks to the IRS. Even worse, this annual discomfort begins even earlier, as taxpayers generate a cyclone of documents just to calculate their tax liability. America’s excruciatingly complex tax-compliance regime deepens the aggravation of sending hard-earned cash to Washington for virtual incineration by Congress. Completing tax forms required 7.75 billion hours of human labor in fiscal year 2008, according to the latest RegInfo.gov data. That...
  • Complexity Can Be Dangerous

    02/21/2010 9:21:25 PM PST · by stolinsky · 15 replies · 328+ views
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 02-22-10 | stolinsky
    Soon - if it hasn’t happened already - the lines will cross. Increasing complexity will cross decreasing time to master it. As a result, cars will accelerate uncontrollably, airliners will crash, our phones will reveal our location, and our health care will be managed by computers.
  • The future of investing: academics predict more complexity

    10/13/2009 4:32:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 463+ views
    FT ^ | 10/11/09 | Maik Rodewald
    The future of investing: academics predict more complexity By Maik Rodewald Published: October 11 2009 10:21 | Last updated: October 11 2009 10:21 “A theory should be as simple as possible, but no simpler.” If one applies Albert Einstein’s words to a colourful basket of theses from leading US academics about the future of investing, it could look like this: Andrew Lo of MIT’s Sloan School of Management provides the foundation of the theory. For one of America’s current academic superstars, it is pretty clear how the future must look: “We need to solve investors’ biggest problem – uncertain outcomes...
  • Is Modern Society Too Complex to Understand?

    04/19/2009 7:28:41 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 27 replies · 753+ views
    PajamasMedia ^ | 4/19/09 | Matt Peterson
    The late great astronomer Carl Sagan was once famously lampooned by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show for saying “billions and billions” on the hit PBS show Cosmos in a unique voice when describing astronomical distances. Well, we are beyond astronomy now, beyond billions and billions and into the unreal realm of trillions. The Federal Reserve recently announced that it was injecting another $1 trillion into the financial system. China owns U.S. Treasuries to the tune of 1.4 trillion rapidly weakening dollars. On April 2, Congress approved President Barack Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget. New estimates from Congressional Budget Office project...
  • Mending America’s broken tax code

    04/14/2009 5:53:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 546+ views
    FT ^ | 04/13/09
    Mending America’s broken tax code Published: April 13 2009 19:16 | Last updated: April 13 2009 19:16 The approach of tax-filing day on April 15 invariably lowers spirits in the United States. Many taxpayers expect a refund when they have finished their calculations, but even this does little to improve the mood. The system’s surreal complexity is enough to defeat candidates for senior positions in the Treasury, let alone Joe the Plumber. Struggling with it arouses the suspicion that the income tax code is chiefly an instrument of political repression – a reminder of who is in charge. Ceaseless meddling...
  • Motive Mongering: Does It Belong in Science?

    02/26/2009 8:22:42 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 87 replies · 1,889+ views
    CEH ^ | February 26, 2009
    Motive Mongering: Does It Belong in Science? Feb 26, 2009 — Amanda Gefter, a book reviewer and science editor, felt the need to warn the world about the creationists. She wrote a blog entry at New Scientist called “How to spot a hidden religious agenda.” In addition, Gefter listed concepts and emphases that she felt betray a hidden agenda: an emphasis on complex molecular machines, the reference to quantum physics in support of free will, and calls for “academic freedom” (which she says can be translated as “the acceptance of creationism”). Lastly, she disclaimed any connection between the truth of...
  • Darwinists Topple Darwin’s Tree of Life (it's about time!)

    02/20/2009 8:35:49 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 60 replies · 1,339+ views
    Darwinists Topple Darwin’s Tree of Life Darwin’s “Tree of Life” is a myth. It’s based on circular reasoning. It is a pattern imposed on the data, not a fact emerging from the evidence. We should give up the search for a single tree of life (TOL) as a record of the history of life on earth, because it is a “quixotic pursuit” unlikely to succeed – and the evidence is against it. Who said this? Not creationists, but a new member of the National Academy of Sciences in his inaugural paper for the academy’s Proceedings.1 W. Ford Doolittle and Eric...
  • Why the Failure to Understand the Global Financial System?

    02/20/2009 2:15:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 484+ views
    Why the Failure to Understand the Global Financial System? Some readers may take issue with the headline, but bear me out. /snip Contrast the 1987 panic with our credit meltdown. The 1987 crash was a single country event, in transparent markets (equities and equity futures). This crisis revolves around multiple over the counter markets (asset backed securities, including securitized auto, student, residential and commercial real estate loans, CDOs, CLOs, CDS) that were originated and sold around the world. The authorities have an weak to non-existent picture of trading volumes and prices. In addition. they also do not have a good...
  • Wall Street crisis: Is this the death knell for derivatives? (good read)

    09/15/2008 8:08:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 136+ views
    Guardian ^ | 09/15/08 | Nils Pratley
    Wall Street crisis: Is this the death knell for derivatives? On page 62 of last year's accounts, under the heading "off balance sheet arrangements" Lehman had derivative contracts with a face value of $738bn Nils Pratley guardian.co.uk, Monday September 15 2008 09:18 BST If this is the death of Wall Street as we know it, the tombstone will read: killed by complexity. Derivatives in their baffling modern forms – collateralised debt obligations, credit default swaps and so on – lie at the heart of the failure of Lehman, Bear Stearns, Fannie and Freddie, and even our own Northern Rock. The...
  • Understanding of Dark Pools is Elusive, Reports Traders Magazine Survey

    07/13/2008 10:12:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 148+ views
    Traders Magazine ^ | 06/17/08 | Nina Mehta
    Understanding of Dark Pools is Elusive, Reports Traders Magazine Survey June 17, 2008 By Nina Mehta The dark pool landscape is changing so rapidly that a large portion of buyside traders can't keep up with some of the developments. According to a Traders Magazine electronic survey, 38 percent of buyside traders said they were not aware that some dark pools send out or receive information about resident orders. Nor were they aware that some dark pools send and receive electronic immediate-or-cancel orders from other venues. Dark pools are now stepping up efforts to cater to different buyside constituencies through their...