Archive for January, 2011

WoD – Lyrica

Fibermyolgia.

You know the ads for medicines, where they list all the side effects (by law) now?  So I heard an ad for a drug called Lyrica to treat fibermyolgia.  Whatever.  But then I heard the announcer say in a hushed tone and superfast voice “possible side effects include suicidal thoughts or actions.  Please contact your Doctor should you notice any change in mental state…”

Suicidal actions?  So, that is alarming.  But forget that.  What made me pause (in a WoD-like way) is not the fact that we’re advertising a drug that increases the possibility of suicide on national TV.  No, what is weird to me is that we can take a drug and suddenly actually get more suicidal.  Huh?  How?  So, my big conclusion from this silly commercial is that, somehow, there must be a non-cognitive or non-conscious element to suicide.  Innaresting…

 

Friday:

EYDL  (AYdl)

Gentle, refined, modest

He’s a nice, eydl boy.  Too bad he is not my daughter’s type.

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WoD – Kanye + Josh Groban + Jimmy Kimmel = Funny

Just some levity today, to lighten up the day.  (There’s plenty of time for more serious WoD’s later in the year…)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Axzxe1a78E&feature=player_embedded

 

Thursday:

SHLEKHT (SHLEHkht)  also can be SHLOCK

Low quality

Don’t buy that shlekht rug.  I know where we can buy a real Persian.   [Rug, that is…]

WoD – Health and Wealth (and flags)

[I’ll be done with the whole health/wealth/life expectancy thing after this one, but this seemed so germane…]

 

Some interesting charts:

Health Care Costs as percent of GDP vs Year


Health care costs vs. OECD countries.  The US has run-away costs starting in 1980.

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Health Care Costs as a percent of GDP vs Year with US Presidential Terms



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Health Care Costs: 1950-2010

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I then saw this one, too, which ties in life expectancy.

 

 

Looks like we’re not getting our money’s worth…

 

Friday (a 2-for-1):

TRAIF  (TRAYF)

Forbidden food, impure, contrary to Jewish dietary laws, non-kosher

 

TRAIFENER BAIN  (TRAYfehner bayn)

A Jew who does not abide by Jewish law (derisive or scornful expression)

Ok I admit it, I am a bit of a traifener bain – what can I say, I like bacon…!

WoD – Two Hundred Years of Health and Wealth

Here’s a super cool short video all on life expectancy over the last 200 years, looking at like 200 countries.  It is awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojo

What conclusions can we draw from this?  I guess one thing is that I see no reason the long-term trends don’t/won’t continue for quite some time, overall.  Another trend is that while the African nations thus far, sadly, have been left behind, perhaps they also seem to be set as the next mega region to move up and to the right in drastic fashion (by drastic fashion I mean over maybe the next 50 years or so).  A question is, will countries “top out” and then flatten?  Might some even decline in wealth or health?

 

What do you all see?

 

[*  Here was my description of some ideas I have on life expectancy, from a WoD back in 2007:  Like Moore’s Law, I think the average life expectancy of a human is elongating by approximately 3 months per year, every year.  Or, one year every four years.  And I predict this will continue indefinitely. If anyone out there wants to read or re-read the old WoD on life expectancy, just let me know and I’ll send it along.]

 

Monday:

SHPITZIK (SHPIHTzihk)

Pointed sense of humor, witty, sarcastic

That shpitzik little boy is going to find himself in the Principal’s office soon enough.

 



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