“Women in the United States Forces in Britain: Hundreds of United States nurses underwent a toughening up course in preparation for the opening of the second front, where their job would be to follow the troops of liberation and establish hospital units. Lieutenant Louise Erman throwing her Ju-Jitsu instructor Major Strom during an unarmed combat class.”


American nurses have no idea how to handle Ebola 

Ebola hysteria is alive and well, especially since last week’s first person-to-person transfer of the disease on American soil. That transmission shows there may be some glaring holes in our health system’s preparedness to handle Ebola.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the infected woman is a health care professional who had close contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died on Wednesday. And while President Obama has asked federal authorities to tighten protocols, we still don’t understand how the transmission happened in the first place.

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On October 12, 1928, the negative pressure ventilator, commonly known as the iron lung, was used clinically for the first time at Boston Children’s Hospital.

The iron lung is a device designed to assist with the breathing those who have either lost control of their diaphragm muscles or whose muscles don’t have the strength to breathe. It does this by creating an airtight seal around the body of a patient and then periodically increasing and decreasing the pressure exerted on their chest, thus moving their diaphragm for them and allowing them to breathe. 

Image: “Photograph of Nurses Being Instructed on the Use of Respirator for a Polio Patient," undated

"Funeral in London May 1919: the coffin containing the body of Nurse Edith Cavell leaving Westminster Abbey for the burial in "Life’s Green" at Norwich Cathedral.

"Edith Cavell worked in Brussels at a nursing school but after the occupation of Brussels by the German Army in 1914 she became involved in helping allied soldiers reach the safety of neutral Holland. On 4 August 1915 she was arrested and charged with helping allied soldiers to escape. After a Court Martial she was executed by firing squad on 12 October 1915 at the Champ de Tir in Brussels. She met her death with outstanding courage and dignity and was nationally honoured by a state funeral in London before her final burial in Norwich Cathedral."


Nursing home staff members don’t get enough credit for what they do. My grandmother has lived with my family for the past 5 years and has needed constant attention and care for the past 3-4 of them. It has caused my family both physical and mental scars, and this is just one person. Imagine having to care for entire home full of people. Luckily for my family, we’re finally putting my grandmother in assisted living/nursing home. Good luck to those poor souls, she’s not going to eat without a fight, she assumes everyone is lying to her, she’s extremely vain, she lies all the time, and she’s just plain ungrateful.  In conclusion, anyone who works in a nursing home needs respect and probably a raise.


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Things I notice:

  • teachers and nurses are not low earners. that would be cooks, cashiers, janitors, customer service reps, secretaries, housekeepers, and teachers’ & nurses’ aides. And the people who are “below” those job-titles, as well.
  • "confidence intervals": if you click on any job-title in the NPR link, it highlights all occurrences of that job-title in yellow. Some job titles span wide across several income categories (truck drivers, sales supervisors) whereas others (software developers) are more concentrated/narrow in quantile.
  • vagueness of data: Data data data. Data. By the way, did I mention data? There’s a lot of it, you know. But check it out: measurement entails the creation of categories and sometimes those categories are so vague that “sales supervisor” shows up in the $12k–$26k level, whilst “salesperson” shows up in the $207k+ category. Wait, aren’t the supervisors supervising those salespersons? Turns out, “salespersons” show up ≥ “sales supervisors”, who show up ≥ “sales”. Oops.
  • histogram: look at the distance between incomes for each (constant-size) decile bracket. +12, +9, +5, +8, +8, +10, +14, +31, +104, +∞. This matches Catherine Mulbrandon’s picture:

    where the latter leaps capture the convexity of US earning power.
  • jobs you can just get: Many of the dark-teal jobs are ones with a low barrier to entry. I call these “private-sector welfare”. The jobs that, if able-bodied I found myself unemployed and needed money, I could apply and believe that I actually have a chance of being hired—as opposed to the less-than-1% response rate from sending CV’s to large corporations for salaried office work.