Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators since 2007.

As VA struggles, delays and errors greet returning warriors.

Facebook (owned by Obama friend Mark Zuckerberg) gets multimillion dollar tax break: no taxes on $1.1 billion in profits.

Dallas safety-net hospital, one of the wealthiest in the country, has been cited for skimping on patient care.

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  1. Buster says:

    Dallas safety-net hospital, one of the wealthiest in the country, has been cited for skimping on patient care.

    I read the headline. Parkland has been experiencing problems for several years. What is really scary is they managed to get naive Dallas County taxpayers to pass a bond election allowing Parkland to build a new $1 billion dollar hospital. Then it comes to light they are sitting on $1 billion dollars in cash reserves all the while patients are suffering.

  2. Evamn says:

    The Federal Aviation Administration has issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators since 2007.

    Most of the “permits”, or certificates of authorization, are kept secret and the ones made public were done so by a FOIA lawsuit. The skies will be inundated with drones as soon as the FAA can work out the technical and regulatory challenges facing civilian integration.

  3. Jordan says:

    Probably Obama’s response to their IPO. Social networking bailout.

  4. Benedict Popplewell says:

    Facebook (owned by Obama friend Mark Zuckerberg) gets multimillion dollar tax break: no taxes on $1.1 billion in profits.

    This is exactly what is wrong. It has nothing to do with “Obama’s friend”. It has to do with our tax code. Facebook is but one of many companies that should be paying taxes. Corporate welfare should be ended long before social welfare.

  5. Studebaker says:

    The Federal Aviation Administration has issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators since 2007.

    That’s a little scary. Most large metropolitan cities often have restricted airspace, vastly limiting the areas where drones would fly. For instance, DFW Airport restricted airspace extends outward from the airport in a 35 mile radius. That means drones flying over Dallas would have to fly at less than 2,500 feet — but at least 1,000 feet above the objects below. Do we really want drones flying only 0.5 miles above the surface and nose diving into populated areas when they fail, and making it more likely for small planes to collide with drones in the area?

  6. Evan says:

    Ubiquitous drone technology is inevitable Studebaker. Once Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems are integrated with the new NexGen ATC system, mid-air collisions will be largely avoidable for larger unmanned aerial vehicles. The danger lies with the small, single-user operated drones. The FAA is already very late on rulemaking for sUAS which suggests the complexity of the issue.

  7. Andrew O says:

    “Dallas safety-net hospital, one of the wealthiest in the country, has been cited for skimping on patient care.”

    This is so troubling. My mother not too long ago was taken to Parkland after a car accident and nothing but headaches ensued — due to the dirt poor management and patient care practices. Not to mention, months later, she keeps getting billed by doctors who never even treated her. Corruption at its finest.

  8. Kyle says:

    I actually have an Issue Brief waiting publication over the VA link.

    It has long been a suspicion of mine that exploitation of American patriotism and veteran solidarity has played an active role in the formation of the VA. I mean from it’s inception — the VA was used for theft etc..

  9. Gabriel Odom says:

    The VA should have outsourced its EHR program rather than trying to create it in-house. The VA would be the ultimate client – Cerner, McKesson, AllScripts, or Epic would bend over backwards to make that sale.

    The VA would have a top-notch EHR tailor-made to their needs inside of three years.