What Surgeons Get Paid, and What Patients Think Surgeons Get Paid – Freakonomics Freakonomics

Jared Foran, an orthopedic surgeon in Denver, is a co-author of a new study called “Patient Perception of Physician Reimbursement in Elective Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty” (PDF here). The authors surveyed 1,200 patients to see how much they thought orthopedic surgeons should make and what Medicare actually pays for a hip or knee replacement.

Source: What Surgeons Get Paid, and What Patients Think Surgeons Get Paid – Freakonomics Freakonomics

Hey, Brother, Can You Spare a Hubble? DOD: Sure! Have Two – The Atlantic

That’s right. Our military had two, unflown, better-than-Hubble space telescopes just sitting around.

This is the state of our military-industrial-scientific complex in miniature: The military has so much money that it has two extra telescopes better than anything civilians have; meanwhile, NASA will need eight years to find enough change in the couches at Cape Canaveral to turn these gifts into something they can use. Anyone else find anything wrong with this state of affairs?

Source: Hey, Brother, Can You Spare a Hubble? DOD: Sure! Have Two – The Atlantic

Selling Software That Kills | TechCrunch

Imagine an authoritarian nation where everyone has a phone running a government-customized version of Android — indeed, is required to have one, because every phone is an eye and ear of the national surveillance network. … Right now, carrier bloatware and device control is just an irritation, but look just a little ways into the future, and it’s worryingly easy to envision it actually becoming a serious human rights problem … especially if Western companies keep on selling their oppression technology to all comers.

Source: Selling Software That Kills | TechCrunch

New Normal: Majority Of Unemployed Attended College | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis – IBD

For the first time in history, the number of jobless workers age 25 and up who have attended some college now exceeds the ranks of those who settled for a high school diploma or less.

Source: New Normal: Majority Of Unemployed Attended College | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis – IBD

 

How much of this is simply because of the rising percentage of college-educated US adults?