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In Support of Social Justice
Author: BobR    Date: 03/14/2013 13:00:40

The biggest story of the day yesterday of course was the selection of a new pope for the Catholic church. Approximately one hour after the white smoke rose from the chimney, Pope Francis I (nee Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appeared before a cheering crowd. It was a bit of a surprise on a couple accounts: He is a Jesuit and he is from South America.

Immediately, his past record was put to intense scrutiny and a mixed bag was the result. He carries on the tradition of previous popes and the Catholic church in his disdain of abortion and LBGT marriage and adoption rights. There was some controversy regarding the imprisonment of a couple priests way back in his younger days which has never been reconciled, There are other tinfoil hat theories regarding the "Illuminati" which I won't even bother with.

On the plus side, he is known for advocating for the poor, and walking the talk. He has always lived an austere existence, eschewing the rich trappings that come with a man of his position in the church (not unlike the kindly bishop in Les Miserables). That comes from being a Jesuit, who advocate for social justice and helping the poor. I have had the opportunity to meet several Jesuits who were protesting the SOA in southwest GA with us. They are a large part of that yearly protest. I find his membership in that order and his history of working with the poor to be encouraging.

While I understand that there was some hope that a more "progressive" pope would be chosen who would usher in more liberal values within the church (particularly regarding sexual morals), the church has been the longest continuously running government on the planet. Change will happen at a glacial pace. The fact that the new head of the church wants to focus on lifting up the poorest among us says that at least that progressive/liberal value will be embraced.

The other big story yesterday is that the secret videographer that recorded Mitt Romney's "47%" comments came forward and discussed it on the Ed Show last night (Ed Schultz's show on MSNBC). He revealed that he hadn't made up his mind who to vote for prior to that, and was interested in hearing what Romney had to say. It was after hearing just exactly what he had to say (and how it differed from what he said in public), that Mr. Prouty decided to release the video. In particular, it was Romney's description of a Chinese sweatshop that made Mr. Prouty realize that Romney's true feelings needed to be heard by - as he put it - those who cannot afford a $50k/plate dinner.

It took some courage to put the tape out initially, because he could have lost his job (as a catering company bartender). It is taking courage coming forward now because he will become an instant target of right-wingers who hate the fact that Obama is a two-term president. Kudos to him. He took a chance with his life and livelihood because he felt that social and economic fairness and honesty were too important to let this remain hidden.

Ultimately, all it takes for the advancement of social justice is for people to make it a priority. Martin Luther King Jr once said "The moral arc of the universe is long, but it always bends toward justice". Scott Prouty is a person who stepped up and shone a light to help illuminate the dark heart of economic injustice. The new pope is a member of an order that includes social justice as one of its main precepts, and has made it his life's work.

We should all look to these good works and take inspiration from them. We may not be able to make grand changes individually. But together, we can move that arc towards a place that's more fair for all.

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Comment by wickedpam on 03/14/2013 13:14:02
Morning

Comment by BobR on 03/14/2013 13:17:20
blog is up


Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 13:28:22
Raine,

you said you didn't understand my comment yesterday about "The Guardian" and anticlericism. This requires a brief history lesson. When the the paper was first started it was backed by nonconformist mill owners from Manchester. Nonconformists in England at that time were people who weren't member of the Church of England, Presbyterianism, or Puritans as well as other faith groups. Traditionally, these groups are strongly against the trappings of the English high church, especially the power of bishops and other members of the clergy. As the Guardian grew as paper it became more identified with the Labour Party which has its roots as a socialist party. So, we have the traditional English dissenter dislike of clerical authority and the socialist secular bent against organized religion in the editorial stance of The Guardian.

That is what I was talking about.

Francis does seem to have some stink on him from The Dirty War. How much? I don't think we'll ever know.

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 13:33:02
Food for thought, Bobber.

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 13:41:27
Comment by Raine on 03/14/2013 13:53:58
Quote by Mondobubba:
Raine,

you said you didn't understand my comment yesterday about "The Guardian" and anticlericism. This requires a brief history lesson. When the the paper was first started it was backed by nonconformist mill owners from Manchester. Nonconformists in England at that time were people who weren't member of the Church of England, Presbyterianism, or Puritans as well as other faith groups. Traditionally, these groups are strongly against the trappings of the English high church, especially the power of bishops and other members of the clergy. As the Guardian grew as paper it became more identified with the Labour Party which has its roots as a socialist party. So, we have the traditional English dissenter dislike of clerical authority and the socialist secular bent against organized religion in the editorial stance of The Guardian.

That is what I was talking about.

Francis does seem to have some stink on him from The Dirty War. How much? I don't think we'll ever know.
Thanks for explaining that, Mondo.



Excellent post Bob.

Good morning!





Comment by Raine on 03/14/2013 14:17:58
You know, on reading the wikipedia entry on Dirty War -- It seems like a big horrible mess.

ETA: It doesn't seem like anyone had clean hands. Not even the USA or Britain.



Comment by TriSec on 03/14/2013 14:21:29
Morning, comrades.

<-- TriSec struggling with what has evidently become the "New Normal".

Guess it beats dying of cancer, though.

:kickcan: <-- again.



Comment by wickedpam on 03/14/2013 14:41:28
lovely, coming down with either a new cold or allergies and I have a dentist appointment tomorrow -

Comment by BobR on 03/14/2013 14:42:35
Quote by TriSec:
Morning, comrades.

<-- TriSec struggling with what has evidently become the "New Normal".

Guess it beats dying of cancer, though.

<-- again.


I am struggling with the effects of getting older. Perhaps that's what's going on with you.

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 14:44:06
Quote by Raine:
You know, on reading the wikipedia entry on Dirty War -- It seems like a big horrible mess.

ETA: It doesn't seem like anyone had clean hands. Not even the USA or Britain.




I remember after the junta fell, reading about the atrocities they had committed and the complacency of the Reagan administration about the horror committed on the Argentine people. Read Jacobo Timmerman.

Comment by TriSec on 03/14/2013 14:44:54
Quote by BobR:

I am struggling with the effects of getting older. Perhaps that's what's going on with you.


Well, it's premature aging, that's for sure. I feel like an arthritic old man right about now.



Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 15:02:31
I've been cruising through da news this morning. How is it that so many people don't know shit about the Jesuits? I learned about them in Western Civ for fuck's sake. They were the point men of the Counter-Reformation. Kind of important, doncha think?

Comment by BobR on 03/14/2013 15:10:41
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by BobR:

I am struggling with the effects of getting older. Perhaps that's what's going on with you.


Well, it's premature aging, that's for sure. I feel like an arthritic old man right about now.


welcome to my world. Apparently, the psoriasis that turns my elbows into skin flake factories can (and often does) affect the joints as well. That, and low thyroid levels (which I also have) can cause joint pain. Have you had your thyroid levels tested? Perhaps the chemo affected your endocrine system.


Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 15:13:14
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by BobR:

I am struggling with the effects of getting older. Perhaps that's what's going on with you.


Well, it's premature aging, that's for sure. I feel like an arthritic old man right about now.



Tendinitis still lingering in my left Achilles tendon. Weird pain in my back from pulled muscle.


Comment by Raine on 03/14/2013 15:14:44
Quote by Mondobubba:
I've been cruising through da news this morning. How is it that so many people don't know shit about the Jesuits? I learned about them in Western Civ for fuck's sake. They were the point men of the Counter-Reformation. Kind of important, doncha think?


Anything involving reformation and catholicism is a mystery to me.

Comment by wickedpam on 03/14/2013 15:21:36
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by BobR:

I am struggling with the effects of getting older. Perhaps that's what's going on with you.


Well, it's premature aging, that's for sure. I feel like an arthritic old man right about now.



Tendinitis still lingering in my left Achilles tendon. Weird pain in my back from pulled muscle.


guess we'll have to turn the blog commune into the blog senior living center soon


Comment by TriSec on 03/14/2013 15:30:28
Quote by BobR:

welcome to my world. Apparently, the psoriasis that turns my elbows into skin flake factories can (and often does) affect the joints as well. That, and low thyroid levels (which I also have) can cause joint pain. Have you had your thyroid levels tested? Perhaps the chemo affected your endocrine system.



Hmm. Hadn't thought of that, and Thyroid disease runs in the family. I will ask next time around.



Comment by TriSec on 03/14/2013 15:31:54
HIGGS BOSUN!


A newfound particle discovered at the world's largest atom smasher last year is indeed a Higgs boson, which plays a role in giving other subatomic particles their mass, scientists reported Thursday at the annual Rencontres de Moriond conference in Italy.

Physicists announced on July 4, 2012, that, with more than 99 percent certainty, they had found a new elementary particle weighing about 126 times the mass of the proton that could be the long-sought Higgs boson. The Higgs is sometimes referred to as the "God particle," to the chagrin of many scientists, who prefer its official name.

Advertise | AdChoicesBut the two experiments, CMS and ATLAS, hadn't collected enough data to say the particle was, for sure, the Higgs boson, the last undiscovered piece of the puzzle predicted by the Standard Model, the reigning theory of particle physics.

Now, after collecting two and a half times more data inside the Large Hadron Collider — where protons zip at near light-speed around the 17-mile-round (27-kilometer-round) underground ring beneath Switzerland and France — physicists say the particle is "a Higgs boson." But they can't yet rule out the possibility that other Higgs bosons exist as well.

"The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson, though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is," CMS spokesperson Joe Incandela said in a statement.


The day after a new pope. Galileo's Revenge, anyone?

Comment by Raine on 03/14/2013 15:42:34
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by BobR:

I am struggling with the effects of getting older. Perhaps that's what's going on with you.


Well, it's premature aging, that's for sure. I feel like an arthritic old man right about now.



Tendinitis still lingering in my left Achilles tendon. Weird pain in my back from pulled muscle.


guess we'll have to turn the blog commune into the blog senior living center soon
I was thinking the same thing!!! All the guys hanging around talking about the good old days and playing dominos...


Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 15:43:53
Comment by trojanrabbit on 03/14/2013 15:43:57
uggh

Started a new diabetes medicine that I have to take 30 minutes before I have breakfast. Yesterday at this time I started feeling really lousy, shaking and rubber-legged. Suspecting one of the side-effects (low blood sugar) I ate a little candy bar and I felt better. Today, same thing. This time I had my blood tester. Yup. sugar low.

I guess the fix is a larger breakfast, or a little snack around 10AM.

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 15:44:54
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by BobR:

I am struggling with the effects of getting older. Perhaps that's what's going on with you.


Well, it's premature aging, that's for sure. I feel like an arthritic old man right about now.



Tendinitis still lingering in my left Achilles tendon. Weird pain in my back from pulled muscle.


guess we'll have to turn the blog commune into the blog senior living center soon
I was thinking the same thing!!! All the guys hanging around talking about the good old days and playing dominos...


:adjust cardigan: Shut up you whippersnappers.


Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 15:49:14
Quote by TriSec:
HIGGS BOSUN!


A newfound particle discovered at the world's largest atom smasher last year is indeed a Higgs boson, which plays a role in giving other subatomic particles their mass, scientists reported Thursday at the annual Rencontres de Moriond conference in Italy.

Physicists announced on July 4, 2012, that, with more than 99 percent certainty, they had found a new elementary particle weighing about 126 times the mass of the proton that could be the long-sought Higgs boson. The Higgs is sometimes referred to as the "God particle," to the chagrin of many scientists, who prefer its official name.

Advertise | AdChoicesBut the two experiments, CMS and ATLAS, hadn't collected enough data to say the particle was, for sure, the Higgs boson, the last undiscovered piece of the puzzle predicted by the Standard Model, the reigning theory of particle physics.

Now, after collecting two and a half times more data inside the Large Hadron Collider — where protons zip at near light-speed around the 17-mile-round (27-kilometer-round) underground ring beneath Switzerland and France — physicists say the particle is "a Higgs boson." But they can't yet rule out the possibility that other Higgs bosons exist as well.

"The preliminary results with the full 2012 data set are magnificent and to me it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson, though we still have a long way to go to know what kind of Higgs boson it is," CMS spokesperson Joe Incandela said in a statement.


The day after a new pope. Galileo's Revenge, anyone?





Comment by TriSec on 03/14/2013 15:49:36
Quote by trojanrabbit:
uggh

Started a new diabetes medicine that I have to take 30 minutes before I have breakfast. Yesterday at this time I started feeling really lousy, shaking and rubber-legged. Suspecting one of the side-effects (low blood sugar) I ate a little candy bar and I felt better. Today, same thing. This time I had my blood tester. Yup. sugar low.

I guess the fix is a larger breakfast, or a little snack around 10AM.



Fast-acting insulin? (Humalog) Papa TriSec uses that - it's done wonders compared to the old regimen.



Comment by Raine on 03/14/2013 15:50:16
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by BobR:

I am struggling with the effects of getting older. Perhaps that's what's going on with you.


Well, it's premature aging, that's for sure. I feel like an arthritic old man right about now.



Tendinitis still lingering in my left Achilles tendon. Weird pain in my back from pulled muscle.


guess we'll have to turn the blog commune into the blog senior living center soon
I was thinking the same thing!!! All the guys hanging around talking about the good old days and playing dominos...


:adjust cardigan: Shut up you whippersnappers.

:smiles politely: Sets a glass of ensure down on the table.

Here ya go, Mr 'Bubba. Can I get you any sunscreen?





Comment by Raine on 03/14/2013 15:51:53
I read the first story last night -- the second one has me thinking Scott has an even sweatier bald head than usual...


Comment by Raine on 03/14/2013 15:58:07
It looks like the guy who talks with his hands is replacing Ed Shultz on MSNBC.
Chris Hayes will take over the 8 p.m. time slot on MSNBC in the next month, the channel is planning to announce on Thursday morning, hours after the current host of that hour, Ed Schultz, said he was moving from the weekdays to the weekends.

Mr. Hayes, a liberal intellectual who has hosted a well-regarded weekend morning program on MSNBC for the past 18 months, is a protege of Rachel Maddow, the highest-rated host on the channel. He will become the lead-in for her 9 p.m. program, “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

The change is predicated on the belief that MSNBC can win a wider audience with Mr. Hayes than it did with Mr. Schultz, a champion of the working class whose bluster didn’t always pair well with Ms. Maddow and the channel’s other prime time program, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Mr. Hayes, on the other hand, is just as wonky as Ms. Maddow and Mr. O’Donnell, and is a regular contributor to both of their programs.







Comment by wickedpam on 03/14/2013 15:59:50
Quote by Raine:
It looks like the guy who talks with his hands is replacing Ed Shultz on MSNBC.
Chris Hayes will take over the 8 p.m. time slot on MSNBC in the next month, the channel is planning to announce on Thursday morning, hours after the current host of that hour, Ed Schultz, said he was moving from the weekdays to the weekends.

Mr. Hayes, a liberal intellectual who has hosted a well-regarded weekend morning program on MSNBC for the past 18 months, is a protege of Rachel Maddow, the highest-rated host on the channel. He will become the lead-in for her 9 p.m. program, “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

The change is predicated on the belief that MSNBC can win a wider audience with Mr. Hayes than it did with Mr. Schultz, a champion of the working class whose bluster didn’t always pair well with Ms. Maddow and the channel’s other prime time program, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Mr. Hayes, on the other hand, is just as wonky as Ms. Maddow and Mr. O’Donnell, and is a regular contributor to both of their programs.








why is Ed moving to weekends anyway? thought he was doing well in that time slot

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 16:04:29
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by BobR:

I am struggling with the effects of getting older. Perhaps that's what's going on with you.


Well, it's premature aging, that's for sure. I feel like an arthritic old man right about now.



Tendinitis still lingering in my left Achilles tendon. Weird pain in my back from pulled muscle.


guess we'll have to turn the blog commune into the blog senior living center soon
I was thinking the same thing!!! All the guys hanging around talking about the good old days and playing dominos...


:adjust cardigan: Shut up you whippersnappers.

:smiles politely: Sets a glass of ensure down on the table.

Here ya go, Mr 'Bubba. Can I get you any sunscreen?






Well played youngun!

Comment by trojanrabbit on 03/14/2013 16:05:32
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by trojanrabbit:
uggh

Started a new diabetes medicine that I have to take 30 minutes before I have breakfast. Yesterday at this time I started feeling really lousy, shaking and rubber-legged. Suspecting one of the side-effects (low blood sugar) I ate a little candy bar and I felt better. Today, same thing. This time I had my blood tester. Yup. sugar low.

I guess the fix is a larger breakfast, or a little snack around 10AM.



Fast-acting insulin? (Humalog) Papa TriSec uses that - it's done wonders compared to the old regimen.



It's not insulin, but something that's supposed to increase insulin production (and the name of it escapes me for the moment)

Comment by Raine on 03/14/2013 16:10:49
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
It looks like the guy who talks with his hands is replacing Ed Shultz on MSNBC.
Chris Hayes will take over the 8 p.m. time slot on MSNBC in the next month, the channel is planning to announce on Thursday morning, hours after the current host of that hour, Ed Schultz, said he was moving from the weekdays to the weekends.

Mr. Hayes, a liberal intellectual who has hosted a well-regarded weekend morning program on MSNBC for the past 18 months, is a protege of Rachel Maddow, the highest-rated host on the channel. He will become the lead-in for her 9 p.m. program, “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

The change is predicated on the belief that MSNBC can win a wider audience with Mr. Hayes than it did with Mr. Schultz, a champion of the working class whose bluster didn’t always pair well with Ms. Maddow and the channel’s other prime time program, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Mr. Hayes, on the other hand, is just as wonky as Ms. Maddow and Mr. O’Donnell, and is a regular contributor to both of their programs.








why is Ed moving to weekends anyway? thought he was doing well in that time slot
There are lots of theories out there. This article is yet another:
The change is predicated on the belief that MSNBC can win a wider audience with Mr. Hayes than it did with Mr. Schultz, a champion of the working class whose bluster didn’t always pair well with Ms. Maddow and the channel’s other prime time program, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.”
I don;t watch regularly watch Ed. Not my style -- that said I don;t often watch BOTH Maddow and Lawrence on the same night because they are really rather similar in content. So I am mixed on this. Ed was different and served a purpose for a lot of people.

He just said on his radio show that 13-15 hour days is a lot of time. So this I can understand. (and now I have to turn his show off -- )

I can't handle the first hour of his show as it has been nothing more than a promo for his MSNBC show.


Comment by wickedpam on 03/14/2013 16:14:46
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
It looks like the guy who talks with his hands is replacing Ed Shultz on MSNBC.
Chris Hayes will take over the 8 p.m. time slot on MSNBC in the next month, the channel is planning to announce on Thursday morning, hours after the current host of that hour, Ed Schultz, said he was moving from the weekdays to the weekends.

Mr. Hayes, a liberal intellectual who has hosted a well-regarded weekend morning program on MSNBC for the past 18 months, is a protege of Rachel Maddow, the highest-rated host on the channel. He will become the lead-in for her 9 p.m. program, “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

The change is predicated on the belief that MSNBC can win a wider audience with Mr. Hayes than it did with Mr. Schultz, a champion of the working class whose bluster didn’t always pair well with Ms. Maddow and the channel’s other prime time program, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Mr. Hayes, on the other hand, is just as wonky as Ms. Maddow and Mr. O’Donnell, and is a regular contributor to both of their programs.








why is Ed moving to weekends anyway? thought he was doing well in that time slot
There are lots of theories out there. This article is yet another:
The change is predicated on the belief that MSNBC can win a wider audience with Mr. Hayes than it did with Mr. Schultz, a champion of the working class whose bluster didn’t always pair well with Ms. Maddow and the channel’s other prime time program, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.”
I don;t watch regularly watch Ed. Not my style -- that said I don;t often watch BOTH Maddow and Lawrence on the same night because they are really rather similar in content. So I am mixed on this. Ed was different and served a purpose for a lot of people.

He just said on his radio show that 13-15 hour days is a lot of time. So this I can understand. (and now I have to turn his show off -- )

I can't handle the first hour of his show as it has been nothing more than a promo for his MSNBC show.


yeah, I'm listening to him now - that is a very long day, heck I get bitchy when I have to work more then 8 hours


Comment by livingonli on 03/14/2013 16:20:48
Good day, everybody. I believe Argentina under the Junta was referenced in the Shock Doctrine as one of the early examples of that philosophy being put to work just like Chile under the Pinochet dictatorship. Some of the documentation does suggest people in the Liberation theology movement were targeted for prosecution since the Church establishment never seemed to like those advocates even if its practitioners were within the church.

Comment by TriSec on 03/14/2013 16:22:08
New strategy for Mass GOP Senate Candidate?



BOSTON —Massachusetts Republican U.S. Sen. candidate Gabriel Gomez touted his past support of Democratic President Barack Obama and said he backed Obama's positions on gun control and immigration reform in a January letter to Gov. Deval Patrick.

Gomez now says he opposes reinstatement of an assault weapons ban, which Obama has been pushing.

At the time, Gomez was trying to persuade Patrick to appoint him on an interim basis to the Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of John Kerry.

In the letter, Gomez cast himself as a "moderate Republican" whose appointment would be good for Democrats and said he supported Obama in 2008. An aide said Gomez was referring to a donation he made to Obama's campaign in 2008, but that he voted for Republicans John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012.

"This appointment would be the ultimate demonstration of bipartisanship," Gomez wrote.


Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 16:23:17
Quote by Raine:
I read the first story last night -- the second one has me thinking Scott has an even sweatier bald head than usual...



Yup he did look extra shiny.

Comment by TriSec on 03/14/2013 16:35:52
The next "Colony Collapse Disorder"?


The number of Monarch butterflies making it to their winter refuge in Mexico has dropped 59 percent this year, falling to the lowest level since comparable record-keeping began 20 years ago, according to scientists.

It was the third straight year of declines for the orange-and-black butterflies that migrate from the US and Canada to spend the winter sheltering in mountaintop fir forests in central Mexico. Six of the last seven years have shown drops, and there are now only one-fifteenth as many butterflies as there were in 1997, experts said on Wednesday.

The decline in the Monarch population now marks a statistical long-term trend and can no longer be seen as a combination of yearly or seasonal events.

But they differed on the possible causes.

Illegal logging in the reserve established in the Monarch wintering grounds was long thought to contribute, but such logging has been vastly reduced by increased protection, enforcement and alternative development programs in Mexico.

The World Wildlife Fund, one of the groups that sponsored the butterfly census, blamed climate conditions and agricultural practices, especially the use of pesticides that kill off the Monarchs' main food source, milkweed.

The butterflies breed and live in the north in the summer, and migrate to Mexico in the winter.


For the Record, I haven't seen a Monarch in this neck of the wood in ages. We still have plenty of milkweed around.

WHen we were kids, we'd usually have dozens in the backyard. Cool caterpillars, too.



Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 17:49:38
Hey guys and gals, did you know that while St Ronnie of Santa Barbara was the president of SAG he was also an informant for the FBI? Yup The Gipper was snitching his union brothers and sisters out the feds as subversives. Another reason to hate the guy.

Comment by TriSec on 03/14/2013 18:10:05
Attention healthcare wonks. I shall now say something that should strike fear into your hearts.

ICD-10.

The current codeset, or ICD-9, dates back to 1977 and is quite obviously obsolete. There is a massive project afoot to modernize healthcare claim coding....deadline of 10/01/2014.

Hold onto your butts!

(BTW, your loyal TriSec is organizing the EDI effort here at ol' FCHP. Hello, job security?)


Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 19:32:48
Quote by TriSec:
Attention healthcare wonks. I shall now say something that should strike fear into your hearts.

ICD-10.

The current codeset, or ICD-9, dates back to 1977 and is quite obviously obsolete. There is a massive project afoot to modernize healthcare claim coding....deadline of 10/01/2014.


Hold onto your butts!

(BTW, your loyal TriSec is organizing the EDI effort here at ol' FCHP. Hello, job security?)



And this would be the codes for?

Comment by TriSec on 03/14/2013 19:43:11
Quote by Mondobubba:



And this would be the codes for?



Everything.

Diagnosis, Surgical procedures, Drugs, Medical Equipment, Therapies, you name it.

Two exceptions - DSM-V (Behavioral Health) was already updated 2 years ago, and CPT codes (physician office procedures) are constantly renewed and generally don't go stale.


Comment by Raine on 03/14/2013 20:17:56
The invitations have been mailed!

I have to do a few more for my sister as a keepsake, and then I will take proper photos of them.

Comment by Raine on 03/14/2013 20:24:48
Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 20:26:00
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by Mondobubba:



And this would be the codes for?



Everything.

Diagnosis, Surgical procedures, Drugs, Medical Equipment, Therapies, you name it.

Two exceptions - DSM-V (Behavioral Health) was already updated 2 years ago, and CPT codes (physician office procedures) are constantly renewed and generally don't go stale.


Wow. That's well, wow. 33 years, huh?

Comment by wickedpam on 03/14/2013 20:26:38



I wish she hadn't apologized to him

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 20:26:54
Quote by Raine:
The invitations have been mailed!

I have to do a few more for my sister as a keepsake, and then I will take proper photos of them.



take a you've had your

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 20:29:00



Used to be junior senators were seen and not heard. Not as much as junior congressmen, but same sort of rule applied.

Comment by Mondobubba on 03/14/2013 20:31:20
Comment by Raine on 03/14/2013 20:31:26
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by Raine:
The invitations have been mailed!

I have to do a few more for my sister as a keepsake, and then I will take proper photos of them.



take a you've had your
I have 3 more to hand cut, but they can be sent out later. I was surprised at how long it took to Stamp the envelopes and RSVP returns then load the invite RSVP and directions into the envelope. I used a sponge to seal everything up.

Best thing I ever did was invest in a paper trimmer. That saved HOURS. I feel a big relief right now.


Comment by Raine on 03/14/2013 20:32:39
Quote by wickedpam:



I wish she hadn't apologized to him
I agree, on the other hand, it shows that she has more class than a little boy trying to mansplain things to a woman.