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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Lunch Break

By Ezra Klein

Why are so many things broken? And how can we fix them?

Seth Godin at Gel 2006 from Gel Conference on Vimeo.

By Ezra Klein  | January 13, 2011; 12:27 PM ET
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This is just another PARTISAN PLOY

Like all the centrists who voted for Obama because he promised bipartisanship and COMPROMISE

NEVER heard any COMPROMISE from Obama last year, especially during that day of the Health Care Summit.


What's government when words have no meaning?


Greg your words have no meaning

Liberals your words have no meaning

Obama your words have no meaning.

You wanted bipartisanship? White House should have made SURE McCain spoke at the Memorial Service.

What is a Memorial Service when words have no meaning?

What is a truce, when words have no meaning?

Liberals will only use a truce to say Obama is a hero.

What is government when words have no meaning??

What is post-racial when False Charges of Racism fly?

What is bipartisanship when Obama jams RECONCILIATION down everyone's throats???

What is an ELECTION when the democrats jam a lame duck liberal agenda down the throats of AMERICA ????


Posted by: RainForestRising | January 13, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the above post...
Who gave Jared computer access?

Posted by: AgaBey | January 13, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

If this guy walked into a hospital, his head would explode.

Seriously, I am still puzzled as to why we allow our ICU to be designed so that you can plug the feeding tube into a breathing line. Nobody can see where that's going to go wrong?

Do these people not own computers? You can't accidentally blow up the computer by plugging the power line into the ethernet port. But, when DEATH is on the line, we tolerate engineering that doesn't simply fail to be idiot-proof; it's practically guaranteed to kill people.

Seriously, would love to see this guy walk around a hospital for half a day. He'd go NUTS.

Posted by: theorajones1 | January 13, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse


"Seriously, I am still puzzled as to why we allow our ICU to be designed so that you can plug the feeding tube into a breathing line. Nobody can see where that's going to go wrong?"

Well no doubt you saw the great article in the NYTimes on that. I actually bookmarked that story because it is such a clear case of the need of government leadership and regulation. Here are some relevant quotes from the article, and I'll put the link in down below:

“This is a deadly design failure in health care,” said Debora Simmons, a registered nurse at the University of Texas Health Science Center who studies medical errors. “Everybody has put out alerts about this, but nothing has happened from a regulatory standpoint.”

An international standards group is seeking consensus on specific designs on how tubes for different bodily functions should differ, but the group has been laboring for years and its complete recommendations will take years more. Some manufacturers have used color-coding to distinguish tubes for different functions, but with each manufacturer using a different color scheme, the colors have in some cases added to the confusion.

Posted by: AgaBey | January 13, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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