Saturday, August 30, 2014

Doctors are Sick of their Profession

In the not too distant past (pre-HMOs), many doctors were autonomous professionals, often with their own private practice, who made their own decisions regarding their patients’ health.

In his book, Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar says that doctors today are mired down in a bureaucratic system that undermines their confidence and creates disillusionment leading to a collective malaise.

The Wall Street Journal

“American doctors are suffering from a collective malaise. We strove, made sacrifices—and for what? For many of us, the job has become only that—a job.

That attitude isn't just a problem for doctors. It hurts patients too.

Today medicine is just another profession, and doctors have become like everybody else: insecure, discontented and anxious about the future. In surveys, a majority of doctors express diminished enthusiasm for medicine and say they would discourage a friend or family member from entering the profession.

In a 2008 survey of 12,000 physicians, only 6% described their morale as positive. Eighty-four percent said that their incomes were constant or decreasing. Most said they didn't have enough time to spend with patients because of paperwork, and nearly half said they planned to reduce the number of patients they would see in the next three years or stop practicing altogether.

Consider what one doctor had to say on Sermo, the online community of more than 270,000 physicians:

‘I wouldn't do it again, and it has nothing to do with the money. I get too little respect from patients, physician colleagues, and administrators, despite good clinical judgment, hard work, and compassion for my patients.’ ”
Sandeep Jauhar

Continue reading at The Wall Street Journal.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bob Dobbs Interviews Lyndon LaRouche | 26 August 2004


Bob’s Media Ecology

In 1992 Time Again Productions produced two CDs—Bob’s Media Ecology and Bob’s Media Ecology Squared—compiled from Bob Dobbs’ radio broadcasts.

The producers were Bob Dobbs, David Newfeld and Nelson Thall.

Bob’s Media Ecology, Track 9, The Wizard of Ecology

“I run the solar government…the more you find out that I’m running the show, then we can implement my policies because you will be able to match with them.”

Bob’s Media Ecology, Track 10, Grammar Rap [BOB RAPS!]

Listen to all of the audios from both CDs.
Read the liner notes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

From Babylon to Bobylon

“Ed, we haven't corrected Bobylon yet - I just got home - please take it down until we correct it” —Bob

Bob Dobbs & Eben Rey | 2003

22 May 2003
22 July 2003
28 August 2003

25 September 2003
An explanation of 2 of Bob’s charts

28 November 2003
Charts continued

Bob’s Formula Chart
Bob’s Tiny Note Chart

The Department of Sudden Departure

The Washington Post

In episode 6 of The Leftovers, Nora Durst lands a job in the Department of Sudden Departure.

She interviews people who have filed claims (if you lost someone, you get money) and digs into the life of the Departed with 150 deeply personal questions.

If you want the cash, you have to answer. Did your loved one drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day? Did they eat sugar cereal? Did they ever attempt suicide? After all, the department is trying to find patterns about why some disappeared and why some were left on Earth, and Nora fulfills her responsibilities by asking them all.