McAllen, Shanghai, and Twitter

Health Care

31storm_nagin_190New Orleans Sometimes, but not all that often, I get to say, “Hey! You heard it first here!” This is one of those days.  Today’s NYT, President Obama is reportedly all up in everyone’s face in the White House about whether or not they have read the New Yorker story on why the frick are the healthcare costs so high in McAllen “poor-as-dirt” Texas.  He’s arguing that this proves the pudding on why we desperately have to have a national healthcare solution.  Thanks for reading the blog, Mr. President!  Next time, go ahead and write a comment rather than embarrassing your staff in the big house.

In New Orleans we have another phenomenon that has relaxed a city that is frankly known for being laid back and relaxed.  Mayor C. Ray Nagin is in his 2nd or 3rd day of swine flu quarantine in Shanghai, China, and the proud citizens of New Orleans are pretty comfortable in not feeling we are missing much of anything.  Sympathy cards are being sent, but it turns out that they are going to the city officials in Shanghai.  There’s talk about a prisoner exchange.  We will have to follow this, but at a distance of course.

A report from BBC news on a Harvard study finds that despite the huge recent growth on Twitter, most tweet-peeps are sending out one message and then letting it go at that.  Their stats say that 10% of the peeps are pushing out 90% of the tweets.  Turns out those other social networking sites, like Facebook, have 10% putting out 30% of the content.  The study believes that Twitter is more of a “communications” tool than a social networking tool.  Men are less likely to following women, than the other way around even though more than half of tweet-peeps are women, they say because there are no pictures and stuff.  10M is now the tweet-peep number.  I find this all very interesting, though right this minute I might have trouble convincing you, so I’m going to just put this out there and be back at you later on this.