Thursday, May 16, 2013
Highest-paid public employees
Biggify here: http://deadspin.com/infographic-is-your-states-highest-paid-employee-a-co-489635228
You may have heard that the highest-paid employee in each state is usually the football coach at the largest state school. This is actually a gross mischaracterization: Sometimes it is the basketball coach.
Based on data drawn from media reports and state salary databases, the ranks of the highest-paid active public employees include 27 football coaches, 13 basketball coaches, one hockey coach, and 10 dorks who aren't even in charge of a team.
But wait. I looked up my coach's pay in a state salary database and he wasn't on top. What gives?
Most of these databases include only the coaches' base salaries, which are drawn directly from the state fund. This is how you could be led to believe that Virginia's offensive coordinator earns more than its head coach. Far exceeding these base salaries is the "additional compensation" that almost all of these coaches receive, which is tied to media appearances, apparel contracts, and fundraising. While this compensation does not come directly from the state fund it is guaranteed in the coaches' contracts; if revenue falls short, the school—and thus the state—is on the hook to cover the difference.
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The stages of grump
Prove that you're human
1868: Steam robot
“Zadoc P. Dederick, along with Isaac Grass, was the creator of a steam-powered humanlike robot designed to pull a cart.”
Just so's you know...
On eBay, for that special trekkie in your life
1992 Star Trek Starfleet Academy Jostens Pure 14K Gold Onyx This extremely rare gem is the perfect topper for the trekkie that has everything. This 14K yellow gold solid-back ring has very little wear and is in beautiful condition. I will ensure this item for the sale value for shipping. It should be understood that this item is so rare that only its monetary value can be guaranteed. This is a ladies size ring. Price: US $450
or maybe this one instead:
1991 Star Trek 25th Anniversary Ring 14K Solid Yellow Gold
Being sold through Wilson Brothers Vintage & Estate Jewelry on eBay Price: US $879.99
Seeing-eye cat for a blind dog
When 8-year-old Labrador mix Terfel started losing his eyesight, he was diagnosed with cataracts and began confining himself to his bed to avoid bumping into things. But then his owner, Judy Godfrey-Brown, let a stray cat into their North Wales home and something amazing happened.
The cat, named Pwditat, approached Terfel and seemed to sense that he couldn't see. Using her paws, she coaxed him out of his basket and led him out into the garden. Today, the unlikely pair is virtually inseparable and Pwditat serves as Terfel's seeing-eye cat, guiding the blind dog around the house and through the garden - and proving that dogs and cats really can be friends. http://shine.yahoo.com/author-blog-posts/blind-dog-gets-seeing-eye-cat-195400626.html
I bet I can kick back for a month or so
My mom hadn't seen (or heard of) the Wachowski's classic sci-fi film The Matrix. We watched the entire movie together and right after she told me what it was all about.
She follows the white rabbit down some... tangents.
Watch here: http://www.sadanduseless.com/2013/05/the-matrix-retold-by-mom/
Explore the chart here:
Worst chart ever -- congressional edition
How much hospitals charge for the same procedures
(interactive chart across the US)
Check your area here:
Data released by the federal government on Wednesday shows that hospitals across the country charge Medicare differing amounts for the same procedure. The data includes bills submitted in 2011 by 3,300 hospitals nationwide for the 100 most commonly performed treatments and procedures like hip replacement, heart operations and gallbladder removal, among hospitals that reported at least 11 cases. Related Article »
Note: Data is inpatient data for hospitals that billed Medicare for payment. Because Maryland is exempt from Medicare’s payment system for inpatient care, payments to hospitals there may appear higher in comparison to hospitals in other states. More details on the data are available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
By MATTHEW BLOCH, AMANDA COX, JO CRAVEN McGINTY and MATTHEW ERICSON
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Allie, the creator of the awesome Hyperbole and a Half, is journeying back from crippling depression with an intensely personal post.
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