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Medical Cost-70,000 Reasons Why It Will Go Up

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 28, 2015

If after reading this you still want the UN and US government involved in medicine you had better see a doctor.  When insurance rates go up (again) and your doctor retires early you now know why.

A few excerpts from the comments on medical ailment coding:

V97.33XD: Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter. (subsequent encounter?  (you mean the individual survived the first encounter?)

W55.41XA: Bitten by pig, initial encounter​. (I’m waiting for the TV series, “The Dead Walking Pigs”)

Z63.1: Problems in relationship with in-laws. (Do we really need a code for this?  Can’t we just assume everyone who is married suffers from this?)

W55.29XA: Other contact with cow, subsequent encounter. (Exactly what kind of contact are we talking about?  Isn’t that illegal in most states?)


Macaw? You think it’s a joke? Check this out:

W6111XA – Bitten by macaw, initial encounter

W6111XD – Bitten by macaw, subsequent encounter

W6111XS – Bitten by macaw, sequela

W6112XA – Struck by macaw, initial encounter Read the rest of this entry »

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WSJ Loves Its Fed Enabler – Readers Don’t

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 26, 2015

These are 25 Sep 15 comments from Wall Street Journal readers after Yellen says she will raise rates ‘later this year’.

Hopefully these same readers will realize the WSJ part of the problem.

Be seeing you

After 7-8 days down, this seems to be just a bounce….

How ridiculous. We can’t raise rates now but can in 3 months? What is going to be different then?

And look at this trollish hack of a human being. She doesn’t even possess enough physical strength to stand up and talk for an hour, but she’s strong enough to lead the Fed? Why on earth do we give power to such weak bureaucratic hacks? Our government is littered with such women now, little fireplugs of nothingness, flabby, sagging, flaccid and weak. Yet they have so much power.

What happened to my nation? I don’t recognize this country anymore. 9 years of decreasing rates, 7 years of ZIRP – if anyone ever told you in before 2008 that this was “good” policy, you would have been laughed out of the room. But now I’m supposed to clap like a seal and declare victory with the basketcase of an economy we now have? If they manage to raise rates by .25 I’m supposed to get in line and say Keynesian economics work?

Our society is now Orwellian. We are doomed.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Fifty Cent Names For Minimum Wage Legislation

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 19, 2015

New York and left coast cities are having a high old-time with the minimum wage and deciding how much to make it.

Much legislation has a catchy name associated with it. This is to make the legislation appear less vile and disgusting. The patriot act comes to mind. Here are a couple catchphrases for prospective minimum wage legislation.

The pump your own forever gas bloating guarantee act.

The self checkout lane expansion food for thought act.

The robotics engineering acceleration act. Danger! Danger!

The drive thru only/ATM bank branch multiplier act.

The unskilled black youth unemployment act.

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Janet Yellen – Fed Central Planner

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 19, 2015

The hallmark of free market theory is that no one person or group (central planners) can decide how to allocate resources. Only the actions of consumers can put a value on any given resource. Resources, finished products even the dollar can only have its value determined by aggregate demand. The opposite of this is central planning. The most glaring example of central planning was the Soviet Union. Read the rest of this entry »

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Syrian/Iraq Refugee Crisis-What Is The End Game?

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 13, 2015

Notice the stunted discussion of the origin of the current refugee crisis and non-existent discussion of the end game?

The US policy of democratization via overthrow for governments that fail to do as they are told has torn the Middle East apart. The “we had to destroy the village in order to save it” mentality has sent millions of refugees toward Europe.

Angela Merkel committed Germany to 800,000 refugees. What is her plan to house, feed, clothe and (gainfully) employ these Muslims? Will they become European Germans? Will they be accepted by ethnic Germans? Doubtful.

Multiply this scenario by the number of ethnic European countries under EU pressure to accept refugees. European Christian birth rates are rapidly losing ground to prolific immigrants. Europe and the UK already have more immigrants than they know what to do with, let alone track. Many are relegated to the fringes of society and strain welfare systems. Former French President Sarkozy has said “multiculturalism does not work”. Nationalism is strong everywhere. Europe’s future holds great strife thanks to US.

The single-state Europe the EU honchos crave may well be a Muslim one.

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Peak Obedience

Posted by Martin C. Fox on September 6, 2015

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Fed+ WSJ = Drivel

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 19, 2015

The War Wall Street Journal, as it is wont to do, gives us things to look for in the July FED meeting notes.

I don’t pretend to fully understand the goings on but I do understand BS.

Nothing has been decided,” Fed governor Jerome Powell said two weeks ago. While the Fed wants to avoid any surprises that could unsettle financial markets, it also may seek to retain flexibility and keep its options open.

They have no idea. It is anybody’s guess but they have to seem as though they are actually figuring something out. Read the rest of this entry »

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War And Why, According To Smedley Butler, The Winners Are Always The Same

Posted by Martin C. Fox on August 2, 2015

July 28 was the one hundred year anniversary of the US Marine invasion of Haiti.  A strangely honest accounting of the event is available from the US state department.

Between 1911 and 1915, seven presidents were assassinated or overthrown in Haiti, increasing U.S. policymakers’ fear of foreign intervention. In 1914, the Wilson administration sent U.S. Marines into Haiti. They removed $500,000 from the Haitian National Bank in December of 1914 for safe-keeping in New York, thus giving the United States control of the bank.

Safe-keeping!  For whom? Read the rest of this entry »

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Turkey Finally Goes To War In 20 words Or Less-Is The Media Really This Shallow?

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 27, 2015

A few days ago I heard the following paraphrased soundbite on NPR.

Turkey has launched attacks in Syria against ISIS and Kurdish rebels.

Is that it? Such an important development in a complex context and all we get is a dozen or so words.

Turkey has been covertly aiding ISIS and Al Qaida because they are doing the ‘regime change’ heavy lifting in Shiite Syria. Al Qaida has been allowed to freely cross the Turkish border into Syria. Thanks to Seymour Hersch we know Turkey supplied ‘moderate’ Al Qaida with the chemical weapons used in the attacks blamed on Assad. ISIS bad, Al Qaida not so much.

Maybe all is not as presented to us. The key is in the attacks on the Kurds. This may be where most of the Turkish effort is going. Read the rest of this entry »

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Youth Violence-Where The Solution Must Come From

Posted by Martin C. Fox on July 27, 2015

This was submitted to the Erie Times for publication about 10 days ago.  I received no acknowledgment.  It must have been the babies’ daddy  comment that turned them off.

From the news article:

A week ago, after a violent Saturday afternoon, Derrys Sanders Jr. became one of the youngest Erie County residents ever to be charged with homicide.

The 14-year-old Erie boy’s first involvement in the legal system came when he was 10 months old.

That was when his mother, Juanita Holloway, agreed to have him tested amid a paternity dispute. His father, Derrys Sanders Sr., asked for the test as a condition of financial support for his son.

People are hand wringing over solutions to the violence problem in Erie. Band-aids have been proposed, some of which have merit such as police walking a beat. But these don’t address the cancer that is made strikingly obvious in Sunday’s Erie Times Derrys Sanders story. Non-existent family. The babies’ daddy who has been contesting support for Derrys and three children by three other women for all Derrys’ life is a familiar sad story.

What happened since the days of my youth when you could throw a shotgun in the trunk to hunt after school and mess we have today. The answer is the Johnson, Carter and Nixon legacies. The war on drugs, the war on poverty and the Department of Education. All three have left a path of destruction through American family life.

PC, feel-good government programs are worse than nothing, they offer false hope and inevitably disappoint. The solution can only come from caring, courageous parents (parentS with an S). Marches are a good start but entire families have to be involved, not just well meaning figureheads. Families must fight to take the initiative, reinvent and reinvigorate themselves, striving for something better. The solution can only come from within.

Be seeing you


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