Archive for September, 2009

Tag Cloud of Obama’s Health Reform Speech

September 10, 2009

President Obama gave an address to a joint session of Congress last night. From the clips I heard, it was a good speech.

I support 100% of citizens being covered and a public option. What is unclear to me is how the unemployed and poor are insured. If we are all paying taxes to make that happen, why not drop my employer’s health coverage and fall thru to the public plan? If the reason is that the public plan is significantly inferior, that is troubling. If the public plan is a decent floor for us all and we can buy supplements, that is more appealing.

Obama, just socialize the whole thing like a number of developed countries have and simplify everything.

Here is the tag cloud summary:

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H1N1 Flu Pandemic Preparations at Washington State University

September 10, 2009

Two years ago Washington State University was doing pandemic flu planning for the Avian Flu. The University was considering if it could respond to a closure mandated by the Governor by moving online. I wrote this piece looking at the potential single points of failure of the university’s technology and how Web 2.0 strategies might prove more versatile.

Now we are watching a rapid rise in H1N1 cases, which fortunately are mild, but it points to the issue that it would be hard to know when to devote the necessary resources to moving all courses online (if it were possible using traditional models) and that the time available to make the decision to move might be very short.

I would now amend those posts from 2007 with this information from Adam Green about AlertRank. Applying the techniques he suggests for tracking Swine Flu with Google Alerts and Twitter to the university classes would further extend and simplify the management of student groups during a Flu Pandemic Diaspora.