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Spinal Reflexes and Brain Dead People

Published on January 3, 2014 By bmagnus

In a recent post, I mentioned having learned that “There’s an area of your brain that handles a reflex to turn your head and look before you even form the question ‘What was that streak of orange and roaring noise?’” While this is true, it’s a relatively complicated reflex. There are some reflexes so important that they […]

Return to BloodShorties Lake

Published on September 4, 2013 By bmagnus

You can thank Drew for the title inspiration. It’s sometimes tough to keep thinking of Shorties titles! Beating the same drum: so here’s today’s tab dump on the freaking mess that continues to be the NSA, DEA, FBI, and Edward Snowden. And now for something completely different: a nice selection of  health, health insurance, and healthy […]

Back to School Time is Back to the Vaccine Debate Time

Published on August 2, 2013 By bmagnus

So my local CBS affiliate is trying real hard to do the fair-and-balanced two-sides-of-every-issue thing. In one corner, we have a highly respected local pediatrician who works in a local hospital pointing out that he’s seen 4 cases of whooping cough in the last 2 months, adding “Vaccines are one of the most important advances in […]

I Think my Hair Dryer is Trying to Kill Me

Published on June 7, 2013 By bmagnus

  Go ahead, reach right into the water immediately… Muahahahahaha! In Closing: Newer doesn’t mean better; a few items about today’s labor report; so students can fail on a grander scale; and passwords.

Medical Problem: the Law of Supply and Demand is Still in Effect

Published on April 2, 2013 By bmagnus

As we all know, all too soon we Americans will be required to purchase health insurance from the highly profitable corporations that got us into the health insurance “reform” debacle. Even people who should know better think we just have to have mandatory insurance to abolish pre-existing conditions because after all “people would buy insurance on […]

Music Monday: He would have turned 257 yesterday

Published on January 28, 2013 By bmagnus

Rock me, Amadeus.   In closing: as true as this is, the other half of the solution involves prison time for supervisors and managers that ignore the law; facts can be twisted; work out before breakfast; how to cancel almost anything; hahahahahaha what planet are they from that they think doctors set their own prices??; […]

No Reason to Subscribe to Fortune

Published on January 16, 2013 By bmagnus

Let’s cut to the meat: [I]f America fails to enact historic, structural reforms in spending, an entirely new source of revenue will be needed. And it’s likely to be enacted in haste and near-panic, as the only option to forestalling a crisis. “The gap between revenues and outlays will be simply too large,” says J.D. […]

Gridlock and Opportunity

Published on December 22, 2012 By bmagnus

The next session of Congress is either going to be complete gridlock, or an era of great bi-partisanship. I say this based on this chart from Nate Silver. In case you’ve forgotten, that’s Nate “the man who got all the numbers right when everybody else got them horribly wrong” Silver:   Let me point out […]

Turkey Sandwich Wars

Published on July 15, 2012 By bmagnus

As nearly as I can tell, it started with a regional chain called Capriotti’s and a sandwich known as The Bobbie. It’s basically “Thanksgiving Dinner on a sub bun”: Turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo. Delicious if a bit carb-heavy. Then a local sandwich shop called Eddie D’s threw down with their own version. As Eddie […]

I Don’t Know Where to Start

Published on February 25, 2012 By bmagnus

Alright, so we had an interesting local news story. Most of the news stories were based heavily on what was in the local paper: A North Las Vegas man was arrested last week after being accused of posing as a doctor, sedating victims and then [sexually] assaulting them when they were unconscious. Now, that’s bad […]