<![CDATA[Hedgehogs.net: '' related content]]> http://www.hedgehogs.net/tag/national+institute?view=rss http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11297623/equinix-vancis-and-nikhef-boost-network-connectivity-with-new-partnership-in-amsterdam Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:35:26 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11297623/equinix-vancis-and-nikhef-boost-network-connectivity-with-new-partnership-in-amsterdam <![CDATA[Equinix, Vancis and Nikhef Boost Network Connectivity with New Partnership in Amsterdam]]> Equinix

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11294743/roche-lung-cancer-pill-gets-reprieve-in-reversal Sat, 05 Apr 2014 08:01:53 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11294743/roche-lung-cancer-pill-gets-reprieve-in-reversal <![CDATA[Roche lung cancer pill gets reprieve in reversal]]>
    






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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11293326/dark-pools-of-money-in-politics Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:39:44 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11293326/dark-pools-of-money-in-politics <![CDATA[Dark Pools of Money In Politics]]>

I’m interested in applying data journalism to research campaign contributions. Here are some curations pertaining to money in politics – included are videos, readings, and tools to explore campaign finance contributions.

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11288817/legalizing-medical-marijuana-may-actually-reduce-crime-study-says Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:13:29 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11288817/legalizing-medical-marijuana-may-actually-reduce-crime-study-says <![CDATA[Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Actually Reduce Crime, Study Says]]> a journal article published this week.

The study, published in PLOS ONE on Wednesday, appears to settle concerns, simmering since the first states approved medical marijuana nearly two decades ago, that legalization would lead to more crime.

"We believe that medical marijuana legalization poses no threat of increased violent crime," Robert Morris, the study's lead author, told The Huffington Post.

Morris, associate professor of criminology at UT Dallas, and his colleagues looked at crime rates for all 50 U.S. states from 1990 to 2006. During this period, 11 states legalized medical marijuana. The researchers examined legalization's effect on what the FBI calls Part I crimes, which include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft.

"After controlling for a host of known factors related to changes in crime rates -- we accounted for factors such as poverty, employment, education, even per capita beer sales, among other things -- we found no evidence of increases in any of these crimes for states after legalizing marijuana for medical use," Morris said. "In fact, for some forms of violence -- homicide and assault -- we found partial support for declines after the passing of this legislation."

Data for the study came from state websites, FBI Uniform Crime Reports, the census, The Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Beer Institute.

The study did not explore a relationship between marijuana use and violent crime, Morris said. Rather, the research team looked at legalization's effect on crime. Other studies have failed to establish a link between marijuana use and crime.

"The findings on the relationship between violence and marijuana use are mixed and much of the evidence points toward reductions in violent behavior for those who smoke marijuana," Morris said. "In fact, researchers have suggested that any increase in criminality resulting from marijuana use may be explained by its illegality, rather than from the substance itself."

Other research suggests alcohol is a much more significant factor than marijuana when it comes to violent crime. A report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that 25 percent to 30 percent of violent crimes are linked to alcohol use. A separate study in the journal of Addictive Behaviors noted that "alcohol is clearly the drug with the most evidence to support a direct intoxication-violence relationship," and that "cannabis reduces likelihood of violence during intoxication." The National Academy of Sciences found that in chronic marijuana users, THC -- the active ingredient in pot -- actually causes a decrease in "aggressive and violent behavior."

Laws in 20 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana for medical use. Colorado and Washington state have legalized marijuana for recreational use. About a dozen other states are likely to legalize marijuana in some form in the coming years.

Michael Elliott, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group, said he was pleased, but not surprised, by the new research.

"As a trade association, we have supported the development of this comprehensive regulatory framework, including transparency, accountability, licensing, background checks, financial disclosures, seed to sale tracking, and consumer safety protections like packaging, labeling, and testing," Elliott said. "While this program is cumbersome for the small business owners in this industry, it is far better than choosing black market operators who use violence to dominate the sale of marijuana and prey on our children.”]]>
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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11288605/students-do-well-on-pe-fail-the-rest Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:42:20 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11288605/students-do-well-on-pe-fail-the-rest <![CDATA[Students do well on PE, fail the rest]]>
    


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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11288003/nice-to-take-broader-view-of-drug-value Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:23:50 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11288003/nice-to-take-broader-view-of-drug-value <![CDATA[NICE to take broader view of drug value]]>
    
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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11222820/expect-another-leap-in-healthcare-costs-new-obamashock-rules-obamacare-expanded-to-cover-mental-health-and-addiction Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:50:13 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11222820/expect-another-leap-in-healthcare-costs-new-obamashock-rules-obamacare-expanded-to-cover-mental-health-and-addiction <![CDATA[Expect Another Leap in Healthcare Costs; New Obamashock Rules: Obamacare Expanded to Cover Mental Health and Addiction]]> Obamashock! healthcare costs, you can expect still more shocks thanks to new rules and expanded coverage for mental health and addiction programs.

A few snips from the New York Times article Rules to Require Equal Coverage for Mental Ills will explain.
The Obama administration on Friday will complete a generation-long effort to require insurers to cover care for mental health and addiction just like physical illnesses when it issues long-awaited regulations defining parity in benefits and treatment.

The rules, which will apply to almost all forms of insurance, will have far-reaching consequences for many Americans. In the White House, the regulations are also seen as critical to President Obama’s program for curbing gun violence by addressing an issue on which there is bipartisan agreement: Making treatment more available to those with mental illness could reduce killings, including mass murders.

According to administration officials, the rule would ensure that health plans’ co-payments, deductibles and limits on visits to health care providers are not more restrictive or less generous for mental health benefits than for medical and surgical benefits. Significantly, the regulations would clarify how parity applies to residential treatments and outpatient services, where much of the care for people with addictions or mental illnesses occurs.

Insurance companies have raised concerns about the expense involved in paying for the lengthy and intensive courses of treatment that the final regulations address. But experts have said the rules are not expected to significantly add to the cost of coverage because so few patients require these levels of care.

Former Representative Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island, a co-sponsor of the 2008 law, said the rules could particularly help veterans. “No one stands to gain more from true parity than the men and women who have served our country and now need treatment for the invisible wounds they have brought home from Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.

State insurance commissioners will apparently have the primary responsibility for seeing that commercial insurers comply with the parity standards. They already have their hands full, however, enforcing new insurance market rules, and in some states insurance regulators are considered close to the industry.

“We need enforcement,” Mr. Kennedy said in an interview. “The notion of delegating this to the states, which are looking to the federal government for direction, is problematic.” 
Don't Worry "Experts" Say Costs Won't Rise "Significantly"

Note the slant by the NYT.

  • People want to curb gun violence and this will do it. 
  • It will help veterans. 
  • It won't cost much.

Supposedly costs won't rise much because few people demand mental health services. Well, watch what happens when you mandate expanded "free" services.

And if by some amazing miracle additional free services do not increase costs, it's important to note that a small percentage of people are responsible for huge portions of overall costs.

Cumulative Distribution of Personal Healthcare Spending



Facts and Figures

  • Top 1% Spend Over 20% of Total Costs
  • Top 5% Spend About 50% of Total Costs

Those numbers are from a 2012 study on the Concentration of Healthcare Spending by the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM).

Obamashock! Apology

Yesterday, the president made a quasi-apology for the holes and gaps in the law.



Link if video does not play: Exclusive: Obama personally apologizes for Americans losing health coverage

After the Non-Apology

CNN discuses Obamacare: After Obama's apology, talk of solutions and -- still -- the website
As the president expressed regret in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Thursday, there already were plans being developed in Congress to address the matter as well as steps the administration might take to resolve the issue without reopening the politically charged healthcare law legislatively.

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said there is no specific plan at the moment when asked in Atlanta on Friday what the administration was considering.

One priority, she said, is to identify those customers as well as approaches for solutions.

"But there is no specific option right now," she said.
More on Obamashock!

My Personal Experience - Obamashock!

More Obamashock! Glitches Hit Paper, Phone Applications; Obamacare Glitch Great Quotes

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11148767/our-economy-simply-does-not-produce-enough-jobs Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:40:50 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11148767/our-economy-simply-does-not-produce-enough-jobs <![CDATA["Our economy simply does not produce enough jobs"]]> This week there were several articles on the subject of how unprepared people are for their financial futures and how little help they will get from a healthy economy (meaning the economy won't be healthy enough to help).

This article from Yahoo says that median annual income adjusted for inflation is 4.4% lower than it was in 2009, 6.1% lower than it was in 2007 and 7.2% lower than it was in 2000. As the economy and various industries evolve workers get displaced and end up either under employed or finding themselves needing to look for different work altogether because their old job does not exist anymore.

The next one is from a blog at US News that cites the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) as saying the "median retirement savings balance for all working-age households is merely $3,000." That number is for everyone. For people aged 55-64 the figure jumps to $12,000. Again both numbers include everyone which in this context includes people without IRAs or 401ks.


Among people aged 55-64 with IRAs or 401ks the number then jumps to $100,000. These are the lowest numbers I've ever seen in this context (the $3000 and the $12000). These are shockingly low numbers if accurate and it seems reasonable to conclude that folks in their 50s or 60s with $12,000 are not in line to get the maximum social security benefit. These folks really have an emergency fund, relatively modest social security, the expectation of needing to work longer and we don't seem to have any answers.

The last article is a blog post that Zerohedge syndicated from Michael Snyder titled If You Could Make More Money On Welfare Instead Of Working Would You Do It? If Zerohedge is rerunning it then you have some idea of the starting point but there are interesting ideas here. By the author's math there are 12 states where you are better off on welfare up to $15/hour. There are 33 states where welfare is better than an $8/hour job.

The article also states that seven out of every eight jobs created since Obama took office have been part time. I'm not sure that one would survive a fact check but whatever the real number, we know it is not good. The other quote from this article that I found thought provoking for its simplicity was that "our economy simply does not produce enough jobs for everyone anymore."

I think that quote can be applied to a lot of the country's problems and it does not seem as though society at large has the tools needed to solve its own problem.

Any type of work, including mine, is vulnerable to obsolescence or some sort of transformation such that the expected income could change for the worse. I'm sure that any 20 year old who got hired at GM 40 years ago thought he was set for life--work hard and then collect a pension; what's good for GM is good for America.


Long time readers will know how frequently I write about doing what needs to be done to be self sufficient in terms of this kind of problem solving. For years I've been writing about monetizing hobbies and passing along relevant stories about people doing unusual and interesting things as part of their retirement solution (my old neighbor and his backhoe as one example).

It is easy and obvious to say people need to be better educated but I'm not sure anyone knows how to make people who for whatever reasons choose not make this a priority all of a sudden come to Jesus on this issue. As I have said many time before, people inclined to seek out information on blogs or other sites are in a better position to better absorb some sort of unexpected outcome. There is literally no limit to the possible solutions for people who put in the time to create their own safety net.

The pictures; I had to go to Jerome earlier this week. The first picture is Jerome Engine 12, it is a Ford Super Duty 850 that I believe is from the 1960's and the other picture is from Mingus Mountain looking toward the Verde Valley.

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11148700/our-economy-simply-does-not-produce-enough-jobs Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:30:31 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11148700/our-economy-simply-does-not-produce-enough-jobs <![CDATA["Our economy simply does not produce enough jobs"]]>
This article from Yahoo says that median annual income adjusted for inflation is 4.4% lower than it was in 2009, 6.1% lower than it was in 2007 and 7.2% lower than it was in 2000. As the economy and various industries evolve workers get displaced and end up either under employed or finding themselves needing to look for different work altogether because their old job does not exist anymore.

The next one is from a blog at US News that cites the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) as saying the "median retirement savings balance for all working-age households is merely $3,000." That number is for everyone. For people aged 55-64 the figure jumps to $12,000. Again both numbers include everyone which in this context includes people without IRAs or 401ks.


Among people aged 55-64 with IRAs or 401ks the number then jumps to $100,000. These are the lowest numbers I've ever seen in this context (the $3000 and the $12000). These are shockingly low numbers if accurate and it seems reasonable to conclude that folks in their 50s or 60s with $12,000 are not in line to get the maximum social security benefit. These folks really have an emergency fund, relatively modest social security, the expectation of needing to work longer and we don't seem to have any answers.

The last article is a blog post that Zerohedge syndicated from Michael Snyder titled If You Could Make More Money On Welfare Instead Of Working Would You Do It? If Zerohedge is rerunning it then you have some idea of the starting point but there are interesting ideas here. By the author's math there are 12 states where you are better off on welfare up to $15/hour. There are 33 states where welfare is better than an $8/hour job.

The article also states that seven out of every eight jobs created since Obama took office have been part time. I'm not sure that one would survive a fact check but whatever the real number, we know it is not good. The other quote from this article that I found thought provoking for its simplicity was that "our economy simply does not produce enough jobs for everyone anymore."

I think that quote can be applied to a lot of the country's problems and it does not seem as though society at large has the tools needed to solve its own problem.

Any type of work, including mine, is vulnerable to obsolescence or some sort of transformation such that the expected income could change for the worse. I'm sure that any 20 year old who got hired at GM 40 years ago thought he was set for life--work hard and then collect a pension; what's good for GM is good for America.


Long time readers will know how frequently I write about doing what needs to be done to be self sufficient in terms of this kind of problem solving. For years I've been writing about monetizing hobbies and passing along relevant stories about people doing unusual and interesting things as part of their retirement solution (my old neighbor and his backhoe as one example).

It is easy and obvious to say people need to be better educated but I'm not sure anyone knows how to make people who for whatever reasons choose not make this a priority all of a sudden come to Jesus on this issue. As I have said many time before, people inclined to seek out information on blogs or other sites are in a better position to better absorb some sort of unexpected outcome. There is literally no limit to the possible solutions for people who put in the time to create their own safety net.

The pictures; I had to go to Jerome earlier this week. The first picture is Jerome Engine 12, it is a Ford Super Duty 850 that I believe is from the 1960's and the other picture is from Mingus Mountain looking toward the Verde Valley.]]>
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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11132324/how-to-avoid-gaining-the-freshman-15 Sat, 17 Aug 2013 18:13:43 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11132324/how-to-avoid-gaining-the-freshman-15 <![CDATA[How To Avoid Gaining The Freshman 15]]> Transporting that futon from the car, up the building steps and into your dorm room – that will be tough. Leaving the comfort of home and family for a campus full of strangers in what is likely your biggest life milestone so far – that won't be easy. Taking Harvard University's Math 55 class, deemed on the school website as, "probably the most difficult undergraduate math class in the country" – that may be a bit of a challenge for those who sign up.

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