America’s Fattest States – 2009

Mississippi had the highest rate of adult obesity at 32.5 percent, making it the fifth year in a row that the state topped the list. Colorado continued to have the lowest percentage of obese adults at 18.9 percent.

Mississippi also had the highest rate of obese and overweight children (ages 10 to 17) at 44.4 percent. Minnesota and Utah had the lowest rate at 23.1 percent.

According to this report, Eight of the 10 states with the highest rates of obese and overweight children are in the South. Adult obesity rates now exceed 25 percent in 31 states and exceed 20 percent in 49 states and Washington, D.C. Two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight.

CBO Analysis shows that the House Health Reform Bill clicks in at $894 Billion over 10 years and adds a $30 billion surplus at the end of that 10 year period.

According to CMS:

Growth in national health expenditures (NHE) in the United States is projected to be 6.1 percent in 2008. National health spending is expected to increase from $2.2 trillion in 2007 to $2.4 trillion in 2008. Average annual NHE growth is expected to be 6.2 percent per year for 2008 through 2018.

Over the full projection period (2008-2018), average annual health spending growth is anticipated outpace average annual growth in the overall economy (4.1 percent) by 2.1 percentage points per year. By 2018, national health spending is expected to reach $4.4 trillion and comprise just over one-fifth (20.3 percent) of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Therefore, the US will spend $34.1 trillion on healthcare in the next 10 years. At a cost of $894 billion with a reduction in the federal deficit by $104 billion and $9 billion alone in 2009??? This sham/corporatocracy isn’t providing real solutions. Our leaders have been bought by profiteers who spend $1.4 million a day to purchase them. And we’re all going to pay for it in the end with our inability to compete in the global economy. Sad…





Now, Sen. Joe Lieberman, what exactly is your problem again? Cost? Your argument is invalid.

This is so incredibly wrong and inaccurate.  Stop spreading false propaganda.  Look at the newly updated information rather then the OLD inaccurate facts.  Also, the “new” updated version of the Healthcare Reform bill came out today.  Don’t worry, it’s only 1,990 pages long.

Actually you’re right. It’s a cost of $894 billion over 10 years with a net reduction of the federal deficit of $104 billion over the 2010-2019 period, $9 billion alone coming in 2019.
The person I originally heard this from must have confused the $104 billion in savings for the expanded coverage of over 30 million currently uninsured Americans.

There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter—the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. Of these three trembling cities the greatest is the last—the city of final destination, the city that is a goal. It is this third city that accounts for New York’s high-strung disposition, its poetical deportment, its dedication to the arts, and its incomparable achievements. Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion. And whether it is a farmer arriving from Italy to set up a small grocery store in a slum, or a young girl arriving from a small town in Mississippi to escape the indignity of being observed by her neighbors, or a boy arriving from the Corn Belt with a manuscript in his suitcase and a pain in his heart, it makes no difference: each embraces New York with the intense excitement of first love, each absorbs New York with the fresh eyes of an adventurer, each generates heat and light to dwarf the Consolidated Edison Company.

Here is New York, E. B. White, 1949 (via cdixon)

One of my favorite pieces on the incomparable NYC.

(via mokoyfman)

I wonder what the world would look like today if Apple hadn’t invented the iPhone/App Store how and when it did?

What would exist today vs what would have been delayed for years? At the pace of mobile development prior to the iPhone, how long would it have taken the mobile world to produce the world in which we live today?

The iPhone leapfrogged our world just a few years back and made it infinitely more interesting. I’m glad to be alive to witness this unprecedented revolution in what it means to be a human. Cheers!

iRobot will watch over your grandma

iRobot has just announced that their next product will be a home robot that watches over independent older people.

I love my Roomba. It vacuums my apartment, makes cute noises, terrorizes my dog, and makes me feel like I’m living in the future.

I have high hopes for iRobot. An affordable cute little robot that can sense if grandma is in distress, can remind her to take her pills, and can alert the authorities if something is wrong? Awesome.

I can’t wait to get this for my grandma.

iRobot will watch over your grandma

Get vaccinated to help your friends.

Equal rights for all races, genders, and sexual orientation. Do not litter. Don’t drink and drive. Give money to charity. Etc, etc, etc.

Why do these things? Because it’s the right thing to do as a society. The vast majority of us do these things because we care about other people. We want to help others. We don’t litter because it makes the world ugly. We don’t drink and drive because we could kill ourselves and others. We eat local and buy Priuses because it helps the environment.

There is a strong history of branding an individual problem in order to change our behavior to benefit society. The Don’t Mess With Texas campaign is credited with reducing litter on Texas highways 72% between 1986 and 1990. Smoking in public has been markedly reduced because it harms other people. Just watch Mad Men to see how society has changed. We now look at the world in a more connected way. We behave differently because, through marketing, we now know that the way we behave makes a difference in the world.

Vaccines work because of herd immunity. In diseases passed from person-to-person, it is more difficult to maintain a chain of infection when large numbers of a population are immune. The higher the proportion of individuals who are immune, the lower the likelihood that a susceptible person will come into contact with an infected individual.

Not getting vaccinated is therefore a social problem, like driving drunk, littering, equal rights, and smoking around children. For every person who does not get vaccinated, more people in our society are at risk of serious illness or death.

In 1904, there was a Supreme Court case called Jacobson vs. Massachusetts. Massachusetts at the time had a law mandating smallpox vaccination. Jacobson didn’t want to be vaccinated. He sued. The court ruled against Jacobson:

“in every well-ordered society charged with the duty of conserving the safety of its members, the rights of the individuals in respect of his liberty may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations as the safety of the general public may demand.”

They ruled it was in the public’s interest for the state to enforce the law. It was a top down, creepy implication that in order for the public to be protected, we should all be required to risk death as a complication of a vaccine. While I don’t agree with this top-down approach, we’re smarter today. And vaccines are much, much safer today than injecting powdered smallpox scabs. They ruled properly, but mandates aren’t the answer.

Making vaccination a social cause is the answer. Doing things for others makes us feel really good. Getting vaccinated not only protects me, but it protects the herd of awesome people around me, so none of my friends or strangers die a preventable death.