Archive for March, 2009

The End of Excess: Is This Crisis Good for America?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Following is an essay on the recent history and status of the United States of America.  I found it to be well written and I agree with, and have been personally espousing, most of the observations and conclusions it contains.  Source (of all places): Time  http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,1887728,00.html  Author: Kurt Andersen  The End of Excess: Is ...

Social Friction

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

What’s wrong with this picture? The following news story is about a community seeking to redress its loss of civility. While admirable, this, in and of itself, is not newsworthy in today’s largely brusque and inconsiderate American society. What makes it newsworthy and significant, what makes it a milestone in the downward ...

Lessons from the past – 1979 Valedictory

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

The Economist recently posted a 1979 Valedictory from Sir Nicholas Henderson, Britain's retiring ambassador to Germany and France.  I found it fascinating, not only as a revealing window into a period of history often underserved, but as premonition of the ever turning wheel of geopolitical evolution. It is lengthy and sometimes fraught ...

Health Care Reform: $2.4 Trillion and $85.6 Trillion

Friday, March 20th, 2009

  The web site pagetutor.com put up an excellent illustration of what 1 trillion dollars looks like. The original site is here: http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/index.html I excerpted the post here to help illustrate how much the United States spends on health care. What does one TRILLION dollars look like? We'll start with a $100 dollar bill, currently the ...

Health Care Reform: The Cost Drivers – One Academic’s View

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

What drives the rapidly escalating increases for the cost of health care in the United States? The following are the views of one PhD on that topic. Key excerpts: 80% of total health care spending linked to chronically ill patients Rise in obesity prevalence in the US accounted for 27% of the growth in ...

Health Care Reform: The Options

Friday, March 13th, 2009

. There are a plethora of plans and proposals for the reform of the U.S. health care system being promoted by every imaginable interest group, vested interest and limelight seeking politician. I have gathered a few repsentative samples here to give you an idea of what is being offered. It is very ...

Health Care Reform FAQ

Friday, March 13th, 2009

  A PDF file version of this post is available here: http://www.hackneys.com/docs/healthcarereformfaq.pdf =================================================================== Q: Why should I care about health care system reform in the United States? A: Because: The nation can no longer afford the current system, not on an individual, family, business, state or national level. Left unchecked, health care system spending will reach ...

Thoughts on Health Care Reform

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

I was recently asked by our friend, Gary DuBois, to join a conversation of Americans, ex-patriots and citizens of other countries about the state of the health care system in the United States and prospects for meaningful reform. Gary asked me to participate based on my work in the health ...

Server Rebuild Complete

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

As reported here, the night after the frame on the truck broke our server was mysteriously wiped out. The hosting company said they didn't know how it could have happened and also reported the backups were also gone. We have now completed rebuilding the server from our off-site backups. If you find ...

Straight in the Eyes

Friday, March 6th, 2009

. 6 March 2009 Amazon Basin Rainforest . The trip into the Amazon basin begins by air, but must end on the water because there are no roads.   Click here for the rest of the story: http://www.hackneys.com/travel/ecuador/straightintheeyes.pdf .