Health Insurance Companies and the Ethics of Health Care…You Ain’t Gonna Believe This!

Originally posted on Motivational Speaker - Chuck Gallagher Business Ethics and Choices Expert:

Some may know – especially those who have been following my most recent blogs related to a return of Prostate Cancer that I’ve been dealing with – but today was a Red Letter day when it comes to Health Insurance, Health Insurance Companies and how they ethically (oops unethically) deal with their customers.  I am not sure how we got here, but where we are when it comes to our health and how that is paid for is so broken it’s quite unbelievable.

WHAT’S THE SCOOP?

healthcareToday was a follow up visit with my local doctor.  Nothing special and almost a waste of time, but the appointment was scheduled and kept.  Routine visit – weight, blood pressure, temperature, and nothing unusual.  Today I was to receive the results of my bone scan and CT scan, but since I got a CD with the data ready to send to the Mayo…

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Facebook Asks You To Please Select Your Emotion

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It could make us more willing to express how we feel. Or you could say it over-simplifies our complex moods and lives. But today the Facebook status update box began offering the option to “share how you’re feeling or what you’re doing” through a drop-down menu of emoticons and media. We’re entering a more structured era of communication, where both friends and big data know exactly how we tick.

Facebook began testing the new sharing options in January, but only released screenshots. Now it appears the feature has been given to a much wider audience. It’s likely the beginning of a global or at least US or English language rollout. I’ve contacted Facebook for details. [Update 11am PST 4/9: Facebook says "We are rolling this out to more people in the US." Update 11am PST 4/10: Facebook has now published a blog post detailing the new feature.] Most mentions I’ve…

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Today, Amazon has announced the acquisition of social reading service, Goodreads. Specific terms of the deal weren’t disclosed and it should close by the end of Q2.

Goodreads had raised $2.75 million in funding from the likes of True Ventures since launching in January 2007. When we talked to them last August, the site had over 10 million members and had catalogued more than 360 million books, adding 22 million each month. Now, the site boasts over 16 million users.

This type of social integration could give Amazon a major advantage over e-sellers like Apple, who have no social components to their product whatsoever. With people actually discussing and sharing the books that they’re into, having an Amazon direct connect makes complete sense. The site can offer special deals to Goodreads users, which in essence is now Amazon’s book-reading social network.

Here’s a look at the spike in…

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Originally posted on Artrotter's Blog:

You can’t ignore it.
On the same side of Piazza Duomo as Palazzo Reale, it shines from afar and as gradually one comes closer, curiosity increases.

Thursday evening, like many others.
I lose myself charmed looking around as I climb up slowly to the museum.
Despite the people, I enjoy the view from the transparent spiral glass walls that leads to the exhibition rooms

On the left, as a symbolic passage from Ottocento to Novecento, a dark wall with “Il Quarto Stato”, the impressive Masterpiece of Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo.

 

The first room, full of people, but almost dizzying in front of a wall with a Picasso’s “Femme nue” blue lighted but in all respects similar, as position and form with “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”. Painted in 1907, as the catalog says, more or less as “Les Demoiselles”

Next to it, another Picasso’s Masterpiece from the years ’12-’14, the cubist…

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