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Comment: Re:Wow. (Score 4, Informative) 333

by count_zero451 (#45268685) Attached to: How Kentucky Built the Country's Best ACA Exchange

Rand Paul graduated college and medical school, and passed certification of American Board of Ophthalmology — before running for Senate and winning.

Rand Paul isn't board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology--at least he hasn't been since 2005. Yes, he passed his board exam in 1995, but rather than recertify (like every other doctor has to), he opted to create his own "National Board of Ophthalmology" with himself as president. (see wikipedia if you don't believe me)

To be fair, it does take a certain amount of intelligence to give the middle finger to your accrediting board and create your own professional board "shell" company. Doesn't say much for his ethics or proficiency at ophthalmology. I guess that's why he went into politics, those traits likely serve him well.

Comment: Re:Is it as effective as ozone? (Score 1) 133

by count_zero451 (#39597223) Attached to: Battery-Powered Plasma Flashlight Makes Short Work of Bacteria
This used to be the case, but not anymore. Hospitals were (and still are) a breeding ground for resistant bacteria, MRSA included. These MRSA bacteria caused invasive infections (like pneumonia and bacteremia) that were very hard to treat and lead to many patient deaths. CA-MRSA (community-acquired MRSA) is a relatively new development over the last 10 years or so, and as the name implies, are typically contracted in the community. These bacteria are thankfully less invasive, but tend to cause a lot of skin infections and abscesses. In the ER where I work, I see 3-4 patients every shift with these infections, most who have had no recent exposure to a hospital.

Comment: Re:Dept of Edu (Score 1) 2247

by count_zero451 (#37778640) Attached to: Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)
Because "society" is going to pay for it one way or the other. Would you rather have "high-functioning" children on the autistic spectrum that grow to become productive members of society, or for these same children to flounder without society meeting their needs early in life. It has been shown that early intervention can have a huge impact upon the final outcome of these kids. (IAAP - I am a pediatrician, and I know first hand) So yes, you will pay for it. Would you rather pay a little up front, or pay a lot later on caring for autistic adults that cannot take care of themselves? Or would you like to ignore them, and increase the number of homeless with mental health issues because they cannot fit into society? Your choice.

Ya'll hear about the geometer who went to the beach to catch some rays and became a tangent ?