National Monument Thursday


President Barack Obama designated two national monuments at sites in Utah and Nevada that have become key flashpoints over use of public land in the west, marking the administration’s latest move to protect environmentally sensitive areas in its final weeks.

The Bears Ears national monument in Utah will cover 1.35m acres in the Four Corners region, the White House said. In a victory for Native American tribes and conservationists, the designation protects land that is considered sacred and is home to an estimated 100,000 archaeological sites, including ancient cliff dwellings.

It’s a blow for state Republican leaders and many rural residents who fear it will add another layer of unnecessary federal control and close the area to energy development and recreation, a common refrain in the battle over use of the American west’s vast open spaces. (AKA Pillage Resources)

@ TG


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30 Responses to National Monument Thursday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Happy that Bears Ears is now protected from off road vehicles and random pot shotters. Defacers will still deface.


  2. Den says:

    When the stupids take over that will all change and the dark ages will resume.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Despite the clouds, the path was clearer on the way down to the Foundry in 29 minutes.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    How much use are petitions?

    Much better than nothing.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Micki’s harbor is going to freeze next week. Negative Farhenheit here.


  6. Den says:

    58 here today, weekend temps trending downward, might get snow here, hoping not tho. If I want snow I can just drive up the hill to Donner Pass, mighty inconvenient here, not equipped for snow removal, did purchase a shovel just in case tho.


    • David B. Benson says:

      How you, today?


      • Den says:

        Gimping with pain, no hope or relief in sight, 4 Advils knocked it back a bit temporarily.


        • David B. Benson says:

          A Web search on
          Diet for arthritis
          finds the suggestion of a Mediterranean diet
          to lower inflammation.


        • º¿carol says:

          What about Norco for the pain? That’s all that helps Bob’s back. They took forever at the rehab place to give him a Norco, he told them his pain was a 20. Last night they didn’t have the script, hoops to jump through I think, so they gave him two stupid Tylenols that never touched the pain. I never buy that stuff. When it was first invented we bought a bottle, it would never get rid of a headache so we stuck with Excedrin all these years.

          They finally gave him one at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon.

          The delay is all because of the junkies who use Vicodin to get high. That makes it hard for normal people to get it. They had no problem furnishing Bob with his blood pressure pill, or his inhalers, etc.


    • º¿carol says:

      Donner Pass, is there an historical marker there?


  7. David B. Benson says:

    The Donald wants to privatize the VA?


    • Den says:

      Fine if it does not cost more money I don’t have, at least it would save me a 100 mile round trip for doctors that could be found locally. I doubt the asshole insurance co’s would want to accept so many impoverished, unable to pay veterans like me, they would not want to lose money.

      I got a whopping $3 per month raise on my SS, now $1260 per month.
      Still over the annual income poverty level of $11,880, $990 per month.

      Too poor to pay attention I figure.


  8. micki says:

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Diabetes leads a list of just 20 diseases and conditions that account for more than half of all spending on health care in the United States, according to a new comprehensive financial analysis.

    U.S. spending on diabetes diagnosis and treatment totaled $101 billion in 2013, and has grown 36 times faster than spending on heart disease, the country’s No. 1 cause of death, researchers reported.

    “After adjusting for inflation, we see that every year the U.S. is spending 6 percent more than we spent the year before on diabetes,” said lead researcher Joseph Dieleman, assistant professor at the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

    “That’s really a remarkable growth rate, notably faster than the economy is growing or health care spending as a whole,” he said.

    The annual rate of growth in health care spending between 1996 and 2013 has been 3.5 percent on average, Dieleman noted.

    “Spending on diabetes grew twice as fast as all conditions combined” during that 18-year period, he said.

    The study findings were published in the Dec. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    Americans spent $2.1 trillion in 2013 on diagnosis and treatment of health problems, which amounts to more than 17 percent of the total U.S. economy, the researchers concluded from their analysis of federal data.

    “That is a staggering, almost unimaginable amount,” Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel wrote in an editorial accompanying the new study. Emanuel is chair of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Indeed, this level of spending makes the U.S. health care system the fifth largest economy in the world, behind only the U.S., Chinese, Japanese and German national economies,” Emanuel pointed out. Holy mackerel!!!!!

    Dieleman and his colleagues broke down the $2.1 trillion spent in 2013 across 155 different health conditions, to see which diseases were drawing in the most dollars.

    The top 10 most costly health expenses in 2013, according to the analysis, were:

    Diabetes — $101.4 billion.
    Ischemic heart disease — $88.1 billion.
    Low back and neck pain — $87.6 billion.
    High blood pressure — $83.9 billion.
    Injuries from falls — $76.3 billion.
    Depression — $71.1 billion.
    Dental care — $66.4 billion.
    Vision and hearing problems — $59 billion.
    Skin-related problems — $55.7 billion.
    Pregnancy and postpartum care — $55.6 billion.
    “There are things on that list that, when we think of health care, they’re not necessarily the things the average American would think of,” Dieleman said.

    The first five conditions alone comprised 18 percent of all personal health care spending and totaled $437 billion in 2013, the researchers noted.

    Cancer did not make the list because the researchers split the category into all different types of cancers, such as breast cancer and colon cancer, Dieleman said. All combined, cancer care cost about $115 billion, the study found.

    However, Dieleman added that this study only looked at total dollars spent on health care, and not whether the dollars were spent wisely. A follow-up report coming out in a few months will connect the money to risk factors that cause illness.

    “I think of this study as providing a landscape,” he said. “It tells you where to start digging deeper. For example, it tells you we’re spending notably more on diabetes, and now we can think about why that is.”

    Of the money spent on diabetes care in 2013, more than 57 percent went to medications and 23.5 percent went to outpatient care, the study authors reported.

    “We know in diabetes most of the growth was in pharmaceuticals,” Dieleman said.

    But that doesn’t necessarily mean money for medications is ill-spent, he added.

    “I think people are quick to point at pharma, but if medications are preventing trips to the clinic, that’s not necessarily a bad thing,” Dieleman said. “Spending on treatment of high cholesterol is almost exclusively pharma, and that’s probably a good thing.”

    On the other hand, billions are being spent on low back and neck pain, and 70 percent of that spending is for working-age people younger than 65, Dieleman said.

    “When I talk with medical doctors about this, there’s some cynicism about the effectiveness of the spending on low back and neck pain,” he said. “Low back and neck pain is certainly one of those places where we’re spending a lot, and it encourages us to look closer and evaluate what we are getting out of that spending.”

    Emanuel agreed in his editorial.

    “Rates of pain-associated health problems are actually increasing, rather than decreasing, and few people would rate the U.S. performance on these conditions as exemplary,” he wrote.

    “Patients who want pain relief often undergo surgery, even when rest, physical therapy and nonsurgical interventions would be equally effective,” Emanuel said.


  9. Den says:

    What? No Arthritis listed? I’m hurt.


  10. º¿carol says:

    Got a little snow this evening. An inch or less. Good, don’t want anymore than that. I need to use the roads every day to go see Bob.


    • micki says:

      Carol, how much longer do they guesstimate that Bob will be in hospital? Didn’t he go in through the ER on 21 Dec? That’s a looooooong time. Hope he gets to return home soon…if that’s what he wants. Be sure to check everyday that he’s “in-patient” and not observation….or you’re gonna be socked (shocked) with billing.


  11. Den says:

    What goes in must come out, yikes!


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