December 21, 2009

Republican Fillibuster Blocked

1 Senate Health Care Bill Passes Late-Night Hurdle

A roll-call vote held just after 1 a.m. on Monday morning allowed Senate Democrats to block a Republican filibuster of health care legislation. The vote went down on strict party lines, 60 to 40, and several more votes of that sort will be required to clear procedural hurdles in the next few days ahead of the final vote on the legislation, which is expected to happen in the evening on Christmas Eve. While Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee called all the late night and early morning votes -- some happening this weekend during the biggest one-day snowstorm in Washington, D.C. history -- a way for Democrats to keep the public from knowing what's in the bill, Democrat Chris Dodd from Connecticut heralded the vote as a step toward making healthcare a right rather than a privile

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When Technology Attacks!

2 Photoshop Diet Horrors

Website Jezebel has complied a funny and horrifying collection of magazine photos and adds illustrating the point that the Photoshop Diet can be taken too far. There's the case of Martha Stewart's head being put on a model's body for a Newsweek cover, the slimming of Kim Kardashian and Kate Winslet, making Beyonce's skin lighter and Keira Knightley's chest bigger. And of course the worst example of Photoshop gone awry in recent memory: the Ralph Lauren ad so retouched that the model's head is bigger than her waist. In defense of such alterations, the editor of Self magazine says Photoshopped images are only a fictio

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3 Wait Time Displays Appearing in Emergency Rooms

Hospital emergency rooms around the country are beginning to experiment with various methods to disclose the length of wait times to patients. A study in the November 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine found that the median wait time in an emergency room was 33 minutes, up from 22 minutes 12 years ago. Among the ideas being tried out by emergency rooms are video monitors showing the current wait time in the emergency room, and in some cases in emergency rooms of nearby hospitals; live wait times on hospital Web sites; and even a fee-based online reservation system developed by start-up company InQuickER that allows patients to wait at home and jump the queue when they arrive at the hospital. Despite increasing wait times, hospitals stress that acutely ill patients are dealt with imme

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 8 years ago by Mink Zollinger

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