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Unknown meaning of the number 11: Examiner Sunday Reflections by Glenn Harlan Reynolds: Obama presidency turns government up to 11 | WashingtonExaminer.com

Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Instapundit

It is inspiring to know that President Gutsy has figured out the unknown meaning of the number 11 and has turned up the amps to 11.

Examiner Sunday Reflections by Glenn Harlan Reynolds: Obama presidency turns government up to 11 | WashingtonExaminer.com.

You have to laugh.

Except that he simultaneously sliced $716 billion from the third-rail Medicare program so that Ezekiel Emanuel can have a steady job supervising comparative effectiveness rationing on the Death Panels.

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The Jerusalem Post: The Europeans’ skewed view of circumcision

The Jerusalem Post: The Europeans’ skewed view of circumcision.

The Chief Rabbi presents an interesting way to analyze this as “justification by the highest source of authority in the culture at any given age.”

I agree with you, Chief Rabbi. In every age they try to destroy the Jews, but usually by some new strategy —

This time it is just to persecute and destroy them because of _______.

— and you fill in the blank with the highest source of authority in the prevailing culture.

And it makes one wonder: what other grinning works of violence do they seek to establish under color of law or justice?

Ezekiel Emanuel

A Former Radical Goes Back to the Future at the 9/12 March

Super article from an experienced protester who dates back to the 1960s. It’s graceful and links to many photos she captured from among the marchers.

A Former Radical Goes Back to the Future at the 9/12 March

In 1967, I was the radical Alinsky wrote the rules for. On the political cutting edge, I’d been arguing with fellow students and coworkers for years about Vietnam, and my growing disgust with my country led me down many winding roads of anti-American thought. I was counterculture before there was a name for it, skipping my prom and graduation as “bourgeois,” going barefoot, braless, and unshaven, and collecting tattoos at the only place in town those days — a crummy hole-in-the-wall next to downtown D.C.’s Greyhound station.

…On the morning of September 12, I left for the march with my camera. Since every picture’s worth a thousand words, I thought that would be the easiest and fastest way to communicate what really took place.

But what was going to take place? How many people would show? Though in my gut — with the latest victories of the new media over the old (Van Jones, ACORN) — I felt momentum building, I was really just one person going without a group, a strategy, or a plan…

All seemed informed and concerned, but cheerful and optimistic. I knew this feeling from before — it begins when you move from concern to action.
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The best sign in the gallery

The best sign in the gallery

Something I noticed from her photos: There were no black bloc of people wearing the black garb and black masks.

Clueless goombah Moe Greene senators

These goombah representatives and senators duck the town hall meetings. Advanced cluelessness. They do not see that the town hall is the exact antidote to what troubles the President’s health care takeover plans.

Explaining Town Hall Protests (John C. Goodman)
…there is no way the kind of spontaneous outpouring we’ve witnessed could be bought or organized by anyone.

Why are they so angry? The reasons are manifold, but the single biggest reason is the arrogance of our elected officials in Washington. Think about it. For the past seven months a small group of politicians has been meeting behind-closed-doors with powerful special interests to decide whether you will be able to keep your current insurance, where you will be directed to get new insurance and at what price, what fines you and your employer will have to pay if you don’t conform, and how they’re going to get your doctor to change the way he or she practices medicine. In the process, they never asked you what you thought about anything. If you are not mad about this, odds are you don’t understand the situation.

If they could work through the town hall meeting process, with as many town hall meetings as they can squeeze in, and stay late after each meeting to talk to every last voter that wants to, they would modulate a lot of the anger people feel. That is the way it goes on the street.

Do you know who I am?

Do you know who I am?

But these guys are suits, not street-level activists.

They have that Moe Greene outlook:

You don’t talk to me, I talk to you! Do you know who I am? I am Senator Barbara Boxer. Do me a favor, say "senator" instead of "ma’am." I made my own latté to get that title.

Meet Rahm Emanuel’s Brother: Dr. Zeke the Bleak

Tom Blumer gives a good rundown on Ez. Emanuel’s charnel house, including the oxymoronic "whole lives" ethical system, the fig leaf to be used by these guys for rationing.

Meet Rahm Emanuel’s Brother: Dr. Zeke the Bleak
Zeke recently embarked on a reputation rehab tour and now squeaks that he’s no longer so bleak. You can tell that the administration knows it has a serious problem on its hands, because the doctor even found time in his interview rounds to get with the lefty-despised Washington Times.

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Another telling detail is the emergency visit to the Washington Times by Ez. Emanuel for an interview. Highly unlikely in fat times, but necessary this month.

President’s new pain pill

PainCor-B

PainCor-B

There is an announcement on http://www.conversation.gov just minutes ago, introducing the new federal pain pill recommended by your president.

Here are some specs:

Trade name: PainCor-B
Generic name: I-taxubeyonddeathformyjet

Once you have been Pelosified in this way, and Nancy gets into your head, your aches and pains will disappear and you will finally believe everything you read in the news papers.

So forget about the pacemaker your doctor wants for you. Just go with the red pill.

Do it for Nancy.

Ezekiel Emanuel and his charnel house

Ezekiel Emanuel’s infamous advocacy of death panels, under color of a "complete lives ethical system," results in a decision curve that the death panel would likely have in mind as they decide our health care rationing choices. Here is the lone figure from a recent article by Emanuel in the British journal The Lancet. It is a decision curve for the death panel, displaying their age-based priority for receiving scarce medical interventions under the complete lives system.

Dworkin's curve.  Click image to view full size.

Dworkin's curve. Click image to view full size.

● We recommend an alternative system—the complete lives system—which prioritises younger people who have not yet lived a complete life, and also incorporates prognosis, save the most lives, lottery, and instrumental value principles…

● Rather than saving the most lives, prognosis allocation aims to save the most life-years. This strategy has been used in disaster triage…

● We consider several important objections to the complete lives system.

The complete lives system discriminates against older people. Age-based allocation is ageism. Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years. Treating 65-year-olds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not…

article summary and subscription link to The Lancet
Figure, cf. RM Dworkin, Life’s dominion, Knopf (1993).

Back-of-the-envelope estimate of national health cost per age group

Back-of-the-envelope estimate of national health cost per age group

What the authors, Ezekiel Emanuel, Alan Wertheimer and Govind Persad leave out of their article is a curve that expresses the relative fraction of the national health care bill that each age group generates. It might look something like this back-of-the-envelope estimate (at left). We all know that a large fraction of health care costs go to helping our seasoned citizens …perhaps not 65% as shown but still a relatively large percentage.

This large percentage is what the complete lives system targets for elimination. This curve is what motivates the intellectual gymnastics of the complete life rationing system, and it will surely be on the table at the meeting of each death panel convened by the Health Choices Commissioner, which will use both curves to decide which health care choice you get.

The Emanuel article claims as an advantage his "intuition that death of adolescents is worse than that of infants or elderly."

That is the intuition of a charnel house.

I do not consent to that intuition. I am a humanist, advocating the incomparable value of every human person.