Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rewarding Incompetence

Despite the mismanagement of veterans health care,
Every one of the almost 500 senior executives at Veterans Affairs has been rated “outstanding,” “exceeds fully successful” or “fully successful” since fiscal 2010....

Those ratings were used to help dole out more than $14 million in bonuses since 2010.
[T]he Phoenix VA Health Care System paid out roughly $10 million in bonuses during the past three years, when some staff manipulated patient wait-time records to trigger bonuses as veterans died awaiting care.
An analysis of more than 3,000 counties revealed that Obama's health insurance scheme increased the premiums for individual health insurance plans by 49%.

In Britain, land of the National Health Disservice (NHD), plans are underway to allow new medical students to treat patients that will place more patients' health at risk. As a demonstration of the NHD's priorities, a woman received a breast enlargement operation costing more than $10,000 courtesy of British taxpayers.

Is Russia Behind the Polish Affair?

One can't help but suspect that Moscow might be behind the recent Polish leaks as they have the effect of isolating Poland from their most important allies. While Foreign Minister Sikorski is no doubt right about worthless ties with the Obama regime, to have such sentiments openly aired will only serve to isolate Poland and the country that has the most to gain from Poland's isolation is Russia especially in light of Poland's active opposition to Russian aggression. This leak also follows a previous leak of a confidential conversation from the Obama regime, also suggesting that the Snowden affair was carefully orchestrated by Russia to first isolate the US on the eavesdropping issue thus providing cover or at least distraction for Russia's own efforts in this area.

Section 215 Program Extended

I am pleased to report that the FISA court granted a 5th extension to the NSA's program to collect telephone metadata.

Alcohol can Prevent Sight Loss

Those who consumed alcohol, but had less than one drink per week, were 49 per cent less likely to develop vision problems within a 20 year period, than those who never drank.