Friday, March 6, 2015

The Lattanzi Ten - 3/6/15

A wrap up of a week that included more snow days than actual days of school...

Harrison Ford crashed a small plane out on the west coast. He's ok, but we know that he didn't crash because Jock accidentally had his pet snake in the plane. Once it was discovered that he survived without any kind of serious injury, the jokes began flying in. In that spirit, this pic has been making the rounds on Twitter. It made me laugh, and it should make you also:

The story about Mrs. Bill Clinton keeps getting worse and worse. Honestly, I don't think anything is going to happen to her, at least from a criminal point of view. I do think there is some credence to the theory that this is the way of pushing her out from running for president in 2016. How else to explain all of the now-glowing stories we are starting to see about Martin O'Malley? Mrs. Bill Clinton has all the charisma of a trash bag; O'Malley has the charisma of a ripped trash bag. 

I was not among those who shed tears over Jon Leibowitz Stewart "retiring" from The Daily Show. He was not much of a "newsman," if one could even credibly use that term with him. All he is particularly good for is mugging for the camera, using expletives as a punchline, reading a teleprompter efficiently, and parroting talking points. He is good as a water-carrier, and so none of this surprises me in the slightest.

John Boehner has no interest in governing for the voters that enabled him to become the Speaker of the House. 2016 will be a debacle for the nation, no matter what happens.

I'm not trying to be flippant here, but this goes to show that evil individuals will find a way to carry out their deeds. South Korea has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world, and so the would-be assassin used a long blade to slash the Ambassador. It's about the person, not the tool. 

Why the hell am I linking to a story about Yoga instructors in Colorado? Because it swings back around the bend to regulation on things such as Net Neutrality. Many people tend to have linear and tunnel vision with regard to these kinds of rules. It's ok when the government wants to stick it to big corporations, insurance companies, and whatever I don't like; God forbid, however, if the tentacles of the regulatory state should step into the Yoga school or (fill in the blank) thing I like. Can't have it both ways, I'm sorry to say. What is that expression again? Oh yeah: what's good for the goose is good for the gander. 

I found this column to be entertaining and completely geekerific. I am not a Star Trek fan, but the analysis of Mr. Spock was pretty in-depth.

We may well be in a tech bubble once again, as Cuban states. We are also going to re-enter the housing bubble in the next few years as the rules for lending that were instituted after the 2008 crash were once again relaxed. What could possibly go wrong there?

The number one reason why costs of everything in medicine are so high and out of whack is...

Third party payment.

The way to get it under control is to deal with the patients as customers; there would be better accountability and, as the expression goes, "skin in the game." As long as a third party (whether an insurance company, the state government, or the Feds) is paying, said skin will never be there and we'll continue down this death spiral of costs until we get to full-blown rationing, and yes, deciding whether one person's life is more valuable than another's.

MLB is instituting rule changes to shorten the games. There is one rule that would guarantee a shorter game - elimination of the Designated Hitter. The ugly secret is that American League games take longer because managers can change pitchers 43 times in the last four innings without worrying about burning pinch hitters and where the lineup is. So when Joe Girardi has four pitchers come in for a single inning because of "matchups," that's as much a problem as David Ortiz spitting on his gloves and clapping his hands after every pitch. 

The rest of the stuff is just common sense - one foot in the box, timely delivery of pitches, and starting the inning in a punctual fashion. I have no issue with that whatsoever. 

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