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Holiday reading

Whoops, I got busy again and didn’t have time to make new pictures of TFR vs HDI for Rif and Tanja, let alone fix the Bayes factor estimation code or implement the nested sampling version (which I think will be the cool way to estimate evidence). But coming soon: How MCMC is tying my new work in Health Metrics to my education in Operations Research. That will be in two weeks, at best.

Until then, here is some light reading to get ready for a big week of US healthcare reform debate: Get Sick, Get Out, a survey conducted by lawyers interested in catastrophic medical payments and their connection to housing forclosures. It’s 40 pages long, but it’s in legal-journal format, where they have like 10 words per page if you skip the footnotes. From the abstract:

Half of all respondents (49%) indicated that their foreclosure was caused in part by a medical problem, including illness or injuries (32%), unmanageable medical bills (23%), lost work due to a medical problem (27%), or caring for sick family members (14%).

I’m excited for the next week of healthcare reform debates. When my most jaded friends are forwarding me Moveon.org videos (and I’m listening to 4 minutes of recent REM), I know something unusual is going on.

Happy labor day weekend!

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California foreclosures, mosquitoes, and skate punks

Do you remember last summer’s health scare around the housing market collapse? There was a theory that all the swimming pools in all the foreclosed houses in California would become major mosquito breeding grounds, leading to major crops of mosquitoes, leading to West Nile virus or maybe even the reintroduction of malaria in the US.

There have been some fun ideas for tackling this potential problem, like filling the foreclosed pools with exotic fish. But I woke up today to learn about my new all-time favorite approach: let skateboarder to drain the pools and skate in them. (thx @omarkhalifa)

Bonus points opportunity for my influential readers: WSJ reports that local disease control agencies are doing aerial surveillance for abandoned pools. Can you convince them to release their aerial photos of abandoned pool locations to the local skaters?

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