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What a buffoon, how pathetic was this? The markets sure didn’t like it.

In Debt Downgrade Aftermath, Obama Serves Up a Silly Speech

First, do no harm. That is a useful injunction for doctors, lawyers, and, it turns out, U.S. presidents.

But President Obama’s useless speech Monday about the basic soundness of the American economy managed to reinforce all the concerns Americans on the left and right have about his stewardship of the country.

The speech did at least temporary harm. As soon as he finished speaking, the already jittery financial markets plunged.

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His calm, passionless, “voice of reason” message, without a single new proposal except his pledge to make specific proposals in the future and work with the Congressionally designated super-committee to address the deficit and debt crises – “leading from behind again” – actually panicked the markets. And no wonder. Americans were looking for a leader, and what we got was the professor again.

See also:
Dow plunges as Obama says US A-OK
Presidential Failure
Matt Gurney: Obama’s speech writers should have their salaries downgraded
Obama’s jobs-message problem
Obama’s Jobs Message Isn’t Catching On
The Washington-Wall Street Disconnect Grows Even Wider
The most powerful man on Earth?
World’s Most Powerful Man Seems … Powerless
Republicans pan Obama’s speech
Democratic logic downgraded

If Obama can’t lead the economy out of the wilderness, he needs to at least call off his regulatory zealots and generally get out of the way. I’m guessing his resignation would be too much to expect from someone so obsessed with himself.

/Obama wouldn’t know sound economic policy if you tattooed it on his forehead backward, so he could read it in the mirror

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Meet Doctor Watson

Is there anything Watson can’t do?

IBM Watson supercomputer turns to medicine

After battling the flesh-and-blood know-it-alls on “Jeopardy!,” IBM supercomputer Watson is getting ready for its next big challenge – helping doctors navigate the increasingly complex world of medicine.

Watson is being groomed to be a bedside medical tool – digesting medical textbooks, journals, treatment guidelines as well as information from patients’ blogs to diagnose illnesses quickly and accurately.

IBM says Watson, with its ability to understand language, can absorb questions about a patient’s symptoms and medical history and quickly suggest diagnoses and treatments. They envision several uses, including a doctor speaking into a handheld device to get answers at a patient’s bedside or to serve as a second opinion. Watson could also link to electronic health records that the federal government wants hospitals to maintain.

See also:
IBM’s Watson Makes the Move From Answering Trivia Questions to Making Medical Diagnoses
IBM’s Watson leaves Jeopardy to become a doctor (Morning Read)
Jeopardy-Winning Supercomputer Watson Turns Its Sights To Medicine
IBM’s Watson supercomputer to help diagnose hospital patients
‘Jeopardy!’-Winning Computer Delving Into Medicine
Researchers Preparing IBM’s Watson Computer for Medical Applications
Watson (computer)
Watson homepage
Watson Wins!

Well, if Watson is anywhere near as good at medicine as it is at Jeopardy!, it should be a better doctor than most. Seriously, if Watson doesn’t make mistakes and gets the diagnosis right, does it really matter if it’s man or machine?

/I, for one, welcome our new doctor machine overlords

Is China A Great Country Or What?

I’ll go with or what. Obama, he’ll go with the bow to Chinese President Hu Jintao.

China tries to sterilise 10,000 parents over one-child rule

Doctors in southern China are working around the clock to fulfil a government goal to sterilise — by force if necessary — almost 10,000 men and women who have violated birth control policies. Family planning authorities are so determined to stop couples from producing more children than the regulations allow that they are detaining the relatives of those who resist.

About 1,300 people are being held in cramped conditions in towns across Puning county, in Guangdong Province, as officials try to put pressure on couples who have illegal children to come forward for sterilisation.

The 20-day campaign, which was launched on April 7, aims to complete 9,559 sterilisations in Puning, which, with a population of 2.24 million, is the most populous county in the province.

A doctor in Daba village said that his team was working flat out, beginning sterilisations every day at 8am and working straight through until 4am the following day.

Zhang Lizhao, 38, the father of two sons, aged 6 and 4, said that he rushed home late last night from buying loquats for his wholesale fruit business to undergo sterilisation after his elder brother was detained. His wife had already returned so that the brother would be freed.

Mr Zhang said: “This morning my wife called me and said they were forcing her to be sterilised today. She pleaded with the clinic to wait because she has her period. But they would not wait a single day. I called and begged them but they said no. So I have rushed back. I am satisfied because I have two sons.”

Thousands of others have refused to submit and officials are continuing to detain relatives, including elderly parents, to force them to submit to surgery. Those in detention are required to listen to lectures on the rules limiting the size of families.

See also:
Chinese city detains 1,300 in compulsory sterilisation drive
Chinese detained in sterilization campaign
Chinese state holds parents hostage in sterilisation drive
China city targets 10,000 in sterilisation drive: report
China Tries to Sterilize 10,000 Parents Over One-Child Rule
Campaign launched to sterilise 10,000 people in China, reports claim
City cracks down on couples

What barbarians! Where is the international outcry, where are the human rights groups?

/just remember, these Chinese communists are the same nice people that hold most of our national debt and flood our retail stores with all manner of cheap, often dangerous crap