A must read…
Jonathan Franzen’s Guardian article - What's Wrong With The Modern World - was such a monumental act of self-parody that I was surprised it wasn’t published in The Onion. Even his failures (to have sex with an "unbelievably pretty girl" in Munich) aren’t failures, but a decision he makes, right before shoehorning in mention of his Fulbright scholarship. Classic Franzen, you might say.
A reader sent me the post I wrote earlier today about "Education Nation." After it was posted and several people tweeted it, it disappeared. I was not aware that it disappeared until someone wrote to ask why I had taken it down. Of course, I had not taken it down. But when I googled it, I got a blank 404 message--"page not found." It was gone.
Good news for the mental health professions, who desperately need better tools for managing health Information:
Whitehouse Introduces Legislation to Improve Mental Health Care
Washington, DC – In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) made an unprecedented investment in our medical infrastructure, providing almost $20 billion in incentive funds for health information technology. However, an important group of health care providers were excluded from these incentives: behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse treatment professionals and facilities. Today, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (S. 1517) to correct that inequity.
“In the wake of this week’s tragic mass shooting in Washington, we are once again confronting questions about the treatment of mental illness in America,” said Whitehouse. “Many questions remain about the shooting, but one thing is crystal clear: mental health is just as important as physical health. This legislation will extend to mental and behavioral health professionals the same assistance given to other health providers, which will help them invest in vital health information technology.”
The Behavioral Health Information Technology Act would enable behavioral health providers, including psychologists, community mental health centers, and psychiatric hospitals, among others, to receive incentive payments for the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. More specifically, it would:
- · Expand the types of providers eligible for Medicare incentives for the use of electronic health records to include licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and psychiatric hospitals;
- · Expand eligibility for Medicaid meaningful use incentive payments to include community mental health centers, mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals, licensed psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers; and
- · Allows electronic health record incentive payments to eligible professionals and hospitals under Medicare Advantage plans.
Senator Whitehouse previously introduced a version of this bill in the Senate in 2010. Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy also championed this issue in the House until he left office.
The NYT's Economix blog comes through with another excellent look at income in the US. Most immediate to me was the stall hit right around the 2000 tech bubble. While the overall economy recovered, it seems that real income stagnated for all income levels. This held until the 2008 financial crisis, where high income earners began separating from everyone else (due to the rapid income declines of middle and low income folks).
I definitely have a soft spot for vanilla cupcakes. These gluten free and dairy free cupcakes that I have made are not as fluffy as your typical cupcake but then again, they aren’t made from garbage! These are wholesome, more filling, and have a light hint of sweetness to them. Top them off with some awesome home made chocolate icing (plant based ya’ll) and you have yourself a guilt-free treat.
For the last years of Adam Lanza's life, starting with his withdrawal from Connecticut State University in 2009, he was a recluse, rarely ever leaving the darkened basement of his mother's home. Except for a brief stint at Norwalk Community College, lasting less than one semester in 2010, this period of societal darkness coincides with his sudden presence online, and the first evidence we currently have of his interest in mass shootings.
Somehow I don’t think I’d fit in at Harvard Business School….OMG!!!
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
It's a question you've probably heard over and over again since you were a kid. If you do consider yourself an extrovert, odds are you'd say it loud and proud; conversely, if you're introverted, you've likely felt ashamed admitting it—like it's an inherently bad thing.
That's patently untrue, of course. But where does that equation of introversion and inferiority come from?