July 12, 2017

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071217)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:00 am

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  1. Self driving buses and trains are coming:

    West Sacramento Considering Driverless Shuttle Buses

    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/07/11/west-sacramento-driverless-shuttle-buses/

    So the question here is would the elimination of the driver (human) be cost effective and therefore make public mass transit less dependent on subsidies? Most public mass transit systems, especially light rail systems are underwriting the fare by at least 50% to make it cost competitive with the car. Few people would commute to work using light rail if the fares doubled to eliminate the subsidy. Many local governments are straining under weight of the subsidy, just look at Washington DC where local governments have balked at the idea of giving Metro more money even though the system requires it to be practical for commuters.

    This may be the hill that the public employee unions die upon when those who run the mass transit systems decide they no longer have a choice and cease having their system be a public works program to employ people which is the real issue behind mass transit and the schools.

    Public employees = reliable Democrat voters.

    Comment by dscott — July 12, 2017 @ 11:07 am

  2. Democratizing Patient Care:

    Measuring a patient’s vital signs without any contact

    https://www.israel21c.org/measuring-a-patients-vital-signs-without-any-contact/

    At the proper price point, home care for seniors and disabled will put a dent in Nursing Home stocks, but a boon for Home Health Care companies and Assisted Living Facilities (ALF). It should also lower the cost of Medicaid and Medicare IF the new administration chooses to take advantage of the potential enormous cost savings. I would like to point out that Medicaid is forced to pay some $10,000+ a month for a senior citizen in a nursing home. Current rules won’t pay for the same person in an ALF for $3500/month. The rules need to be changed to take advantage of the technological advancements.

    Comment by dscott — July 12, 2017 @ 12:53 pm

  3. Still working to process the latest in aviation news. It’s always a tragedy to loose folks in training. Names are being released after family notification; meanwhile, we send our thoughts and prayers to our brethren in arms — we honor our unknown sailor and marines and send sincerest thanks and sympathy for their dedicated service.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/kc-130-crash-jet-developed-problems-high-in-the-air-general-says/

    July 12, 2017, 1:20 PM
    KC-130T: Plane developed problems high in the air, general says

    Admidst waist-high soybeans, the search for understanding is in full force. Our sister services have a renewed commitment to serious reflection and deepest grave understanding of the dangers of complacency and a renewed energetic spirit to a commitment to maintenance and training and teamwork. Rest assured that this work-horse aircraft system and its crews will recover, and rise from tragedy with a renewed sense of excellence, integrity and resiliency – a revived strong commitment to the safe flight that assures our freedoms.

    For now, we now little, only a few words from Gen James. Something went wrong at cruise altitude, high in the air. It is fitting then to take a moment and remember the crew with these words, as they fly with the angels:

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds, –and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of –Wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence…

    And now with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    http://www.davidpbrown.co.uk/poetry/john-magee.html

    Comment by Cornfed — July 13, 2017 @ 5:02 am

  4. Thank you for that.

    Comment by Tom — July 13, 2017 @ 1:20 pm

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