Quote(s) Of The Week - 2/26/24

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”

Edward R. Murrow, an American broadcast journalist and war correspondent who gained prominence during World War II for his live broadcasts from Europe and later for his analysis of the McCarthy hearings.

“Alexei was a symbol of hope and a symbol of courage for many Russian people, and now they feel like this idea of hope abandoned them. But that’s not true, and I’m sure that people will find strength to continue their fight because this is what Alexei always wanted…even from the prison.”

Kira Yarmysh, a spokesperson and team member for Navalny throughout his struggles in Russia

Recent Notable Quotes - 2/6/24

 “The act of cloning a human being is completely unacceptable. We won’t think about this.”

Falong Lu, Team Member at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China related to ongoing work on cloning.

 “The biggest poison that we face around the world internally in our societies and externally in our relations with others is dehumanization – the inability to see the humanity in the other.” 

Anthony Blinken, US Secretary of State – in comments before the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.

Recent Notable Quote(s) - 1/22/24

“Humans struggle with probabilistic reasoning, the practice of making decisions based on calculating odds…Probabilistic reasoning is one of several components of making a diagnosis, which is an incredibly complex process that uses a variety of different cognitive strategies. We chose to evaluate probabilistic reasoning in isolation, because it is a well-known area where humans could use support.”

Study lead author Dr. Adam Rodman, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and lead study author on the use of ChatGPT as a source for “augmenting” [my word] the intelligence of clinical providers – from an interview on HealthDay.

Recent Notable Quote(s) 12-4-23

“In my seventies, I exercised to stay ambulatory. In my eighties, I exercise to avoid assisted living.” 

Dick Van Dyke – noted “song and dance man” of another era who’s also enjoying the life of a nonagenarian

 “The single easiest thing that we could do to shore up our democracy is to regulate social media. Our information environment is increasingly toxic. It increasingly pushes out the most extreme material … perpetrating misinformation and disinformation … in ways that have increasingly led to societal ill effects.” 

Barbara Walter, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, University of California at San Diego – an expert in the cause of civil war among and author of a NYTimes bestseller,  How Civil Wars Start And How to Stop Them

Recent Notable Quote(s) - 9/15/23

“The anniversary of women’s right to vote in the United States, also known as Women’s Suffrage Day, is a momentous occasion that celebrates the hard-fought victory of the women’s suffrage movement.  On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote after years of relentless advocacy and perseverance…it serves as a poignant reminder that progress is achieved through collective action, determination, and resilience.  It is essential to remember the sacrifices of those who fought for women’s suffrage and continue striving for a more inclusive and equitable society for all.” 

Anne McCune, CEO – The Carol Emmott Foundation, an initiative dedicated to the education, training and support of women leaders in health care. 

"At the heart of any value-based strategy, it really needs to be a community-based partnership approach where healthcare organizations are partnering with public health agencies, county health agencies, state and federal authorities, food banks, schools, and working alongside other employers."

Tommy Ibrahim, MD, MHA, CEO, Bassett Health 

"The absence of robust oversight of MCO decisions on prior authorization requests presents a limitation that can allow inappropriate denials to go undetected in Medicaid managed care"

Office of the Inspector General – in a report on the apparent excessive pattern of Medicaid prior authorization denials by various Managed Care Organizations (MCOs)


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