Sunday, January 17, 2010

Heath Care Follies

Ever wonder why you pay so much for heath care?

Here is reason number 5,288: In Early Tests, $99 Wii Balance Board Outperforms $17,885 Medical Rig

...doctors at the University of Melbourne found that the balance board, normally used for pseudo Yoga or navigating Mii's down a virtual ski slope, was so sensitive it could very well replace traditional laboratory-grade "force platforms" doctors use to assess a patient's balance.

When doctors disassembled the board, they found the accelerometers and strain gauges to be of "excellent" quality. "I was shocked given the price: it was an extremely impressive strain gauge set-up," said lead researcher Ross Clark, in an interview with New Scientist.

Even better, Clark's team has already published a paper that verifies the Wii balance board is "clinically comparable" to the nearly $18,000 lab force platform...
Putting "military grade" on anything and selling it to the DOD often would produce items like the infamous $600 hammers and $1000 toilet seats. Obviously military vendors have a strong competitor in the "suitable for medical use" industry for the crown of who fleeces us more.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Knock Me Over With A Feather!

Sarah Palin joins Fox News

Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska has signed on as a contributor to the Fox News Channel.

The network confirmed that Ms. Palin will appear on the network’s programming on a regular basis as part of a multi-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ms. Palin will not have her own regular program, one person familiar with the deal said, though she will host an occasional series that will run on the network from time to time.
No word as of yet as to whether she'll be able to quit this gig half way through as well if she becomes a lame duck contributor.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Face Of The Tea Party...And Now A Song

Self proclaimed “president and founder of the Tea Party”, Dale Robertson, proves he can't spell his racial slurs correctly.



And of course with Robertson all set as the face of the movement, they also need a theme song to rally around so up steps the famous singer of "The Streak", Ray Stevens.



Nothing says I'm an organization to be reckoned with than a "leader" who can't spell his racial hyperbole and a Ray Stevens song. What was Weird Al Yankovic not available?