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Post-apocalyptic life in American health care
My god, this is so dysfunctional.

'I observe that American health care organizations can no longer operate systematically, so participants are forced to act in the communal mode, as if in the pre-modern world.
Health care is one leading edge of a general breakdown in systematicity — while, at the same time, employing sophisticated systematic technologies.
For complex health care problems, I recommend hiring a consultant to provide administrative (not medical!) guidance.'

via Craig.
bureaucracy  healthcare  health  systems  us-politics  insurance  medicine  dysfunctional  fail  fiasco  via:craig 
january 2018 by jm
Yosemite agrees to change the names of its significant locations to appease trademark troll / Boing Boing
This is absolutely appalling. IP law gone mad:
DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc (a division of one of the largest privately owned companies in the world) used to have the concessions to operate various businesses around Yosemite National Park. Now that they've been fired, they're using some decidedly dubious trademark to force the Park Service to change the names of buildings and locations that have stood for as much as a century, including some that have been designated national landmarks. The Parks Service has caved to these requests as it readies the park for its centennial celebration. It will not only change the names of publicly owned landmarks -- such as the Ahwahnee hotel, Yosemite Lodge, the Wawona Hotel, Curry Village, and Badger Pass ski area -- it will also have to change all its signs, maps and guidebooks.
yosemite  ip  trademarks  law  fiasco  national-parks  usa 
january 2016 by jm
The VATMOSS debacle: does the "manual email" loophole work?
As the 1 January deadline gallops towards the EU, microbusinesses desperate to stay open without breaking the law try to find out, "Can I email stuff out instead?" Well... Yes. - No - It depends - and simultaneously yes AND no, according to Schrödinger’s VAT. So that's clear, then.
vat  vatmoss  eu  tax  fiasco  email  microbusiness  sme 
december 2014 by jm
Government gets no 'serious offers' for e-voting machines
2 *other* govt departments (nice try) wondered about buying them, for utterly random purposes for which they're totally unfit. Total cost of the e-voting fiasco is now EUR54.6 million. Another fine Fianna Fail mess
fianna-fail  fail  e-voting  ireland  fiasco  from delicious
october 2010 by jm

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