I strongly suspect that non-specific post titles such as “Wandering Wednesday” have a negative effect on the number of blog views. Many days, though, I cannot think of anything with a stronger hook.
<Rant> It is difficult to write a cogent post almost every day and think of a title without an editor or someone else providing ideas. If you don’t think so, try it yourself for just a month. <End Rant>
I am not a fan of the world and the feeling is mutual.
The author of this article argues that those of us who want to see the United States dissolve are “wrong.” Well, I don’t want to live in a country where the last two candidates for President were…how can I write this? How about I don’t want to live in a country where my choices are between the Lunatic Left and the Ridiculous Right. How about I don’t want to live in a country where both Schmocasio Schmortez and MoronToGo are serving in one of the two federal legislative bodies.
The political and social divide in the US is intractable, in my opinion. Whether it is “wrong” or not, to quote Abraham Lincoln, a house divided against itself cannot stand. I won’t live to see it, but I would bet a large amount that the US as we know it will not exist to celebrate its 300th “birthday” in 2076.
This Free Press article reports on an illness that’s engulfing America and how it’s ruining the practice of medicine: DEI. Of course, I define DEI as Deny Excellent Individuals. This remark by Stanley Goldfarb, former associate dean of curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, is spot-on:
“For better or worse, I have had a front-row seat to the meltdown of twenty-first-century medicine. Many colleagues and I are alarmed at how the DEI agenda—which promotes people and policies based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation rather than merit—is undermining healthcare for all patients regardless of their status.”
In the constitution for “my” successor country, including or excluding a person from consideration based on any reason other than merit would be illegal. First earn, then receive.
Here is a link to a post from Why Evolution Is True. The first (title and link below) begins,
“Is a turning point really being reached in the War Against
Wokeness? [my mark] Every time I read a piece in the mainstream media decrying the pernicious antics of the Authoritarian Left (one of the terms I use for “the woke”), I think to myself, ‘Is the tide really turning at long last?'”
Based on what I have just written, you can surmise I think
wokeness is just as pervasive as ever, if not more so.
The Washington Post decries the suppression and deplatforming of speech by students
Here are references or links to three pieces from CNBC:
Supreme Court to consider weakening power of federal agencies in fisheries case
I think most Americans have absolutely no idea how much “legislation” is created by un-elected bureaucrats.
Phil LeBeau covers the automotive and airline industries for CNBC. As part of a recent story, here is what he wrote: “EV adoption was expected to soar this year, but the latest report on car buyer sentiment shows a growing percentage of people say they have zero interest in buying an electric model.”
In places like the US and Australia, the push to EVs is turning out like the rejection of an organ after a transplant. Most of the people don’t want them despite the years of hype and propaganda and despite being told we must have them for “our own good.”
The third CNBC piece is titled, “‘Godfather of A.I.’ leaves Google after a decade to warn society of technology he’s touted.” Here is a scary comment by Geoffrey Hinton, the Godfather of A.I.:
“I now think the digital intelligences we are creating are very different from biological intelligences. If I have 1,000 digital agents who are all exact clones with identical weights, whenever one agent learns how to do something, all of them immediately know it because they share weights. Biological agents cannot do this. So collections of identical digital agents can acquire hugely more knowledge than any individual biological agent. That is why GPT-4 knows hugely more than any one person.”
In my opinion, I think it’s too late to “save” us from A.I.; the cat is out of the bag. Like virtually everything else, A.I. has the potential for good and bad, but I think it’s an asymmetric paradigm in that the bad can literally be an existential threat.
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2 thoughts on “Wandering Wednesday”
I’ve tried to post a response to Dr. Stanley Goldfarb’s position, but I keep accidentally deleting it. In summary, if he believes DEI is even close to being in the top ten reasons why medicine sucks in the US, then I have a bridge to sell him.
>Cost of med school
>Corporation medicine limiting appointment times
>Cost of prescriptions and PBMs
>Lack of significant post training education for physicians to keep up; new standards of care documented by clinical trials can take up to seventeen years before widely adopted
>Healthcare worker shortages up and down the skill spectrum
Poor Dr. Goldfarb got butt hurt after a fifty year career when his female boss did not share his vision. Maybe he should realize we don’t use bloodletting as a way of treating all diseases anymore…
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Doc.
I am not qualified to rank the factors that have caused the decline in the quality of healthcare in the US, but DEI–which explicitly excludes merit–has to be a factor, if even just a minor one.