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By Bob F. Dowd

Today I had my physical. And in preparation for compliance with Obamacare next year, my physician had 1.5 hours 
of mandatory federal paperwork for me 
to fill out!

Imagine that, a government takeover with massive amounts of paperwork. 

Not to mention a long discussion about how bad this plan will be for patients and doctors. "How this country re 
- elected this man, I'll never get," she said. And I completely agree. But free stuff is a huge draw, like cheese in a mouse trap.

Included in the bureaucratic paperwork,
 a host of intrusive questions I have never been asked before. Some of which have nothing to do with my health! For example: "Do you have any homicidal thoughts?" (Yes, after filling out all this) "Do you own a firearm?" (None of your Goddamn business) "Have you ever smoked marijuana?" (Ditto from above) "Do you plan on traveling outside the country?" (Ditto from above) "What are your children's names and social security numbers?" (Why do you need to know this for my information?) "Do you have any criminal conviction on your record?" "Has anyone in your immediate family been convicted of any criminal misconduct?" "How many cars do you own?" "How far do you drive each day?" "What medicines for anxiety or depression do you currently or previously take?" ... Ok, ok, that's enough. Do you see what is going on here? These are not questions for me and my doctor to discuss privately, or questions for her to treat me with a higher level of care. This is a federal Obamacare form. The government wants to know everything about my personal life, my politics, my family, etc. A level of intrusion into my personal life and medical history that even Winston Smith would be shock to suffer through. 
(a FB like to the first person that gets this one and leaves a comment in the blog..NOT in FB).

There is also a new federal form everyone must fill out and sign, you cannot refuse to do so. This form asks questions about my current and past healthcare provider and work history. It allows my records to be shared with the government. Of course its all perfectly reasonable, under the guise of electronic medical records sharing databases. But to have the lab that is doing my blood work be required to report the results directly to the government? Without me or my doctor being able to review it, judge its accuracy or validity? Without our being able to do the lab work again if in error? Why is that? Now I'm no conspiracy nut, and this sounds like monitoring of my life so that later certain "decisions" can be made. 

Finally, because my follow up is next year...the doctor is required to use a national company to remind me of my appointment. No longer will you get a call from your doctors office (oh I guess you could get two calls), now the friendly federal proxy will handle this reminder. Reminds me of "hi, I'm from the government and I'm here to help." This company has an exclusive contract with the federal government. Perfectly innocent, right? Well think on this for a minute, now the Feds will know when you see your doctor and what your seeing him/her for. The results of tests, the treatment and the outcome or ongoing issue. 

Slippery Slope is no fallacy. In the words of Neal Armstrong, "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Small steps that seem "perfectly reasonable," that seem "perfectly innocent," but small steps none the less. Steeps aimed at slowly shifting public acceptance of a total take over. A key strategy of the megalomaniac, religious zealot, imperialistic leader or just plain brainwasher. 

Do I see actuarial tables being created and used to calculate the expense of care for conditions? Conditions being weighed against life expectancy and/or quality of life? Well, if you want Obamacare to pay for it, you will have to live with the decisions that are coming for you from our old friend O’Brien (remember that FB like). If not, then you better have a huge pile of cash (or what ever is worth something when all this is in play), and pay under the table for the care, discretion and longevity you were getting when healthcare was just between you and your physician.



Manipulating the GRE Exam

Gang, there is no way to beat ETS.
But you can work the system!  
While the GRE Exam is total Bull Shit, and indicates nothing about your ability to survive graduate school.  It is yet another hoop you must jump through to be a member of the club.  Find here a way to manipulate the ETS system, giving yourself the best possible chance at the highest reportable scores...

First... Do all the studying and preparation that every other blogger, prep guider and hocker of services tells you to do.

ScoreSelect Selection Box
Second... And this is key.  


This is why... 
With ScoreSelect you can choose the Latest Exam, Every Exam, or Any Exam to send. 

So here is how it works...  If your great at Verbal Reasoning take that section only.  DO NOT answer any questions on the Quantitative Reasoning section.  This will be reported as a NS, or No Score for the Quantitative reasoning section.  Not a '0' like everyone else is saying, but a NS.  An NS cannot be quantified or averaged.  If you score well, your done. (find the ETS policy here)  

"Anything in the 50th percentile is considered good, but the 75th percentile is obviously better."

"Check your school's admissions policies to see what you need..."  

Then take the test again and do the same thing for the Quantitative Reasoning.  DO NOT answer any of the Verbal Reasoning questions.  Again, the result for this exam will be NS, or No Score on the Verbal Section.  If you do well, your done. 

If not...


Do the same thing for the Analytical Writing, or combine this section with the Verbal Reasoning if your the next Shakespeare...  I suggest if you have come this far you might as well have three separate exam scores, or more if you need to raise one score.

Now, here is the beauty of the manipulation... With ScoreSelect (using the Any Exam option), you can choose to send the highest scores from three different exams and the recipients cannot see any of your low scores.  They can't average... They can't discriminate...  They can't do anything but take three scores from three different exams, and you get to choose the scores, not ETS and not the recipients.

There is a down side...  Let's say you did great on the Verbal Reasoning section and scored a 172 on the first try.  But, you needed to take the Quantitative Reasoning section three time to get a score of 163  (dumb-ass).  And, you took the Analytical Writing section twice, to get a 4.5.

1 + 3 + 2 = 6
Oh, if the Quant was just this easy!

This means you pay $160.00, six times.  
For a total of $960.00, Ouch!
Plus $25.00 for each school to which you send a report.  

But hey, if you could buy a Masters or a PhD, you would.  
And isn't that what your doing in the end anyway?