“The official said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel decided to put off the long-planned Minuteman 3 test until sometime next month because of concerns the launch could be misinterpreted and exacerbate the Korean crisis”
Does not seem consistent with:
“ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which have included a broad show of force ranging from stealthy B-2 bombers and F-22 fighters to a wide array of ballistic missile defense-capable warships.”
I don’t think the U.S. has any concern of how North Korea interprets the missile test. I wonder what the real reason is.
I have been to 1 concert in my life. It was at a concert venue jest west of Kansas City. I don’t remember when it was, maybe between my sophomore and junior years of high school. I also don’t remember the who the bad was. Obviously it did not leave much of an impression and as time has past my interest in listening to music much less going to a concert has decreased to near zero.
Gangnam style, I find this interesting for many reason. The music seems to barrow and mix a lot from other songs. The video is funny. Planet Money had a podcast episode on talking about the Korean music industry and this song. Reading about the Gangnam district is interesting.
So I was watching the music video for Gangnam Style and the went to the official YouTube channel to listen to other music by PSY and came across the live concert recording video of Gangnam Style in Seoul Korea (below). I would like to see that. Not really for the music or performance but more that it looks so completely different from what I think of as a concert.
There seem to be no good and simple solutions to this. WordBook works well but only posts from your blog to Facebook. Other apps that promise more or better integration seem to be a real hassle to get working. I am sure it is one of those things that once you do it it is easy. I am just not sure I care to spend my time figuring it out.
I have been playing with a new helmet camera. At it’s best it will record 1080p at 30fps there are many other recording options. Below are a few videos, I haven’t edited them much or at all except for clipping them. One problem with HD is editing is really slow. I tried to do an image stabilization on a 2 hour video and let it run for 2 days and still had more that 96hour left. It was not on a slow computer. I wonder if it has something to do with how much movement there is in the video. Obviously a helmet cam has lots of movement.
Lisa got an email about a month ago from the Leadville 100 organizers (medical) seeking doctors who where interested in volunteering at the medical aid stations. Lisa ask if I was interested in riding the Leadville 100. It’s been on my to do some day list, I guess it will be 2011. Lisa had to be at the start for a 6:15am meeting but the finish line medical (where she is) opens at 1:00pm.
We had a good time in Leadville this morning. There is a 12mile bike bath around the town and we have been wanting to ride it since it was built. But it is hard for me to justify an hour dive to ride 12 miles. Today was the day. I pulled Pascal in the trailer and Lisa road here new bike. It is a really great ride, I wish it was 100 miles. It is really amazing how much mining has been done in Leadville. There are mines and equipment everywhere. If you have ot read any of the history it is really amazing. I think around 1900 there where more Millionaires in Leadville than any other city in the USA. We (Pascal and I) hung out until Levi, Jeramey and Todd finished and then left. Levi set a new course record of ~6:16 with is about 16mph. I think you get the buckle it you can finish in under 9hr, 11mph that seems very doable. I think you are considered a finisher if you finish in under 12hr 8.3mph. The Leadville 100 running race in next weekend they start at 4:00am and you must finish before 10:am the next morning. They are really wanting Lisa to help out for that. I guess after about midnight medical gets really busy. Looks like the running course record in 15 hours and 42 (about 9.3 min miles)
I was watching this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8 and dell clams it has made over $3 million from twitter posts. There appear to be 6 million active users, $2 per user. I find that hard to believe. I know that might be lots more hearing about the tweets but. Make me wonder what they are tweeting? Maybe it’s $2 coupons.
Econtalk.org had another good podcast today. One of the parts I liked best was a short statement about why the rate of inflation or deflation is not what matters, but rather unexpected changes in inflation/deflation. If only this more widely understood. In fact, I would argue that high rates of inflation are correlated with bad economies and not the cause of bad economies. It is more likely that the high inflation is caused by the government printing too much money.
“If everybody knew that prices were going to grow at 2% a year, everybody would factor that into interest rates. Value of the money changing hands a year from now goes up. Inflation would be irrelevant; deflation would also be irrelevant. People have this bizarre fear of deflation; unusual in our lifetime. If everybody understood that prices fell 2 or 3% a year, they would factor that into wage expectations, their borrowing and interest rates. Where you get real effects is when outcomes don’t mirror very closely your expectations. If I lend you $1000 and expect to get $1100 back, and prices are stable; if suddenly prices went up in a way that wasn’t anticipated at the time of the loan, those swings in reality versus expectations discourage economic activity.”
I have been thinking about how many bad policy decisions are made because the good option is not politically feasible. The exmple I have been thinking of recently is Health care. I am going to simplify the current debate. Democrats, need to have more health care, taxing to get it is ok, government can allocate (ration) the spending. Republicans, We need to do something, Taxes are bad, we want a free market, lets get employers to pay for it. Remember I am simplifying. The key to both of these solutions is that they would like to hide from you (we the people) what you are paying. They are ding this by making businesses, pay the cost. I would like to point out that all businesses are owned by people. I hope to show that my guidelines for a solution are better but politically difficult.
Make the individual cost transparent. Government provided or free market insurance, Make the cost to the individual completely transparent. i.e. paid by the individual directly. I’m ok with income transfers/subsidies but don’t hide the costs.
Medical conditions fall into to categories. Those with rapid feedback and those with long term. Playing sport is a rapid feed back, you know that you could get injured and you try not to. I see little reason to add a cost penalty to “risky sport” Pain seems like an adequate deterrent. Smoking, obesity, and other life habits have a much more delayed feedback. These types of habits should be penalized. It does not seem that the future risk of cancer, heart disease is an adequate deterrent. I think the cost of there health insurance should be adjusted so that there is a real time cost. I would also not allow the adjusting of cost based on past care. If the incentives are right don’t penalize for bad luck.
Let patients choose there quality of care. The current system tries to provide the best care standard of care to everyone. I am sure you re asking why would you not always want the best. Well if you are asking that you are not the one paying. My example is; I had a mole on my face. I didn’t really care who removed it. I didn’t need a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist to do it so that there would be no scar. I am not that concerned about my appearance. I would have chosen to have my GP do it. But no I had to see another Doc. I had to see a dermatologist. Well I wasn’t paying. Even if I was under our current system it is unlikely the GP would do it. Not because they can’t but because the standard is that a dermatologist removes facial moles. Next time I am doing my own.
Point 1 is clearly not political practical, We what to think health care is like Manna from the sky. Point 2 is not political practical because we don’t ike the ide of being told what to do, or eat or …. and I don’t think the AMA would support point 3 for a lot of resons I wont’ go into now.