Bits & Pieces (Friday Night Open Mic)

I got nuthin’. I started watching the new Battlestar Galactica, finally—it’s awesome.

Otherwise, it’s all yours.
— KW

Great Read on End of Life Care

This essay looks at how doctors make end of life care decisions for themselves. They don’t subject themselves to what the rest of us do.

What are we getting for the money we spend: “What it buys is misery we would not inflict on a terrorist.”

More: “Several years ago, my older cousin Torch (born at home by the light of a flashlight—or torch) had a seizure that turned out to be the result of lung cancer that had gone to his brain. I arranged for him to see various specialists, and we learned that with aggressive treatment of his condition, including three to five hospital visits a week for chemotherapy, he would live perhaps four months. Ultimately, Torch decided against any treatment and simply took pills for brain swelling. He moved in with me.

We spent the next eight months doing a bunch of things that he enjoyed, having fun together like we hadn’t had in decades. We went to Disneyland, his first time. We’d hang out at home. Torch was a sports nut, and he was very happy to watch sports and eat my cooking. He even gained a bit of weight, eating his favorite foods rather than hospital foods. He had no serious pain, and he remained high-spirited. One day, he didn’t wake up. He spent the next three days in a coma-like sleep and then died. The cost of his medical care for those eight months, for the one drug he was taking, was about $20.”

This isn’t saying anything that I haven’t already said, so I’m just passing it along.

Bluetick Coonhound

I have a bluetick coonhound and can’t say enough about how wonderful they are. This one needs a home.

Morning Report

Vital Statistics:

Last Change Percent
S&P Futures 1245 9 0.73%
Eurostoxx Index 2311.2 23.120 1.01%
Oil (WTI) 98.24 -0.100 -0.10%
US Dollar Index (DXY) 78.865 0.037 0.05%
10 Year Govt Bond Yield 1.98% 0.01%

Stocks are up this morning on the perception of progress in Europe. Here is the document. In typical European fashion, it is short on specifics, but the markets seem to like what they see.

Jon Corzine “never intended” to authorize the transfer of segregates loans. He had mentioned that it is possible that someone below him misinterpreted his directive to “fix this.” In separate news, it looks like George Soros took some of Corzine’s position off of his hands.

The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment index was released this morning. It shows that the sentiment numbers have picked up from late summer / fall, but are still pretty depressed.

Chart: University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index:

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