I haven’t been posting a lot lately because I want to not turn this blog into a re-blog wonderland or a second youtube favorites playlist, but this one was too good:
“We spent weeks trying to figure out what you call this… if it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cell phone.”
Oh, Newt, I’m sad the effort to Santorum-ize your name never really took off.
I really hope Colbert addresses this tonight.
Back before my fake freelance writing gig fell through, I tried to maneuver into a niche as a healthcare writer.
One of the articles-for-moms I wrote was about how pharmacists are vastly underutilized as health care providers. (Tl;dr-Lifehacker edition: If you have a medical question or want a second opinion on meds, you should just go up to the counter at a store pharmacy and ask. Pharmacists have 7 years of medical education and they’re free.)
I found a TedxTalk by a pharmacist that addresses this exact underutilization issue:
Pretty good, although dry to watch if you’re not also a provider.
Pharmacists are important because doctors make mistakes. Doctors make prescribing mistakes at alarmingly high rates. If patients asked more questions and pharmacists spent more time on each individual, it would probably save a lot of lives.
One of the aspects of the profession I noted that the lecturer didn’t address is that the way corporations run retail pharmacies makes the kind of access he idealizes impossible. With immunizations and peripheral paperwork, pharmacists simply don’t have the man-hours to counsel every new patient. Any intern who has done a rotation at a high-volume chain knows this already. But I guess the Talk was already too long to go into a tangent about how for-profit-healthcare is fucking awful.
Footnote on my ventures in my fake freelance writing career: I was interviewed a few months ago by a health care education group for their company’s blog. They wanted my “expert” opinion on formal education and training for pharmacy technicians.
My answer was, “Don’t go to school because you will be automatically less hireable than precocious college kids willing to work for near-minimum wage.”
They thanked me and then totally did not publish the interview.
Hirsute leaders with high office aspirations rejoice.
The paperwork has been filed with the FEC on Wednesday to establish The Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy, a bi-partisan political action committee whose purpose is implicit in the name.
“It’s been 125 years since our last bearded President, Benjamin Harrison, was elected,” BEARD PAC Communications Director Andy Shapero said in a press release. “We’re hoping that with our support, bearded individuals will shrug off over a century of political irrelevance and start running for office again.”
So why have beards gone out of style for politicians over the last century? Slate speculates that besides solidarity with soldiers, who were forbidden to wear beards that interfered with gas masks in WWI, it was later to avoid association with “communists and hippies.”