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  • From my wife's shrink: "Dear Patient, I will no longer be a Medicare provider" (vanity)

    11/28/2012 3:46:44 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 74 replies
    My wife's shrink | November 28, 2012 | Seizethecarp (vanity)
    Dear Patient, Going into the coming year, I have made a difficult but necessary determination that I will no longer be a Medicare provider. This will go into effect as of January 1, 2013. My decision is directly related to the continuing Medicare cuts and cumbersome requirements that Medicare has put into place. Regretfully, it is no longer feasible for us to participate with Medicare.
  • The NHS did not deserve to be so disgracefully glorified in this bonanza of left-wing propagand

    07/28/2012 11:12:05 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/28/12 | Rick Dewsbury
    The letters ‘NHS’ dazzled in bright red, like some triumphant advert. All around pranced self-indulgent nurses who had volunteered to take a few days off to be part of the ceremony. And how long did this shameful propaganda last for? A whole 15 minutes at the top of proceedings before viewers dozed off to the procession of banana republics and far-flung destinations nobody has ever heard of or even cares for. That such a politically divisive subject was included at all is utterly shocking. Not least because it glossed over the cracks in a system that is creaking at its...
  • Left Party wants men to pee sitting down (Sweden)

    06/16/2012 10:01:28 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 89 replies
    The Local, Sweden's News in English ^ | 6/11/2012 | The Local (Sweden English)
    Men who work for the Sörmland County Council in central Sweden should sit down rather than stand up when urinating in office toilets, according to a motion put forward by the local Left Party chapter. The Left Party in Sörmland is taking a stand to ensure men take a seat when emptying their bladders in the county council's own toilets. According to the party, there are two very important reasons for the proposal encouraging men to sit instead of stand when they urinate. One reason has to do with hygiene and a desire to ensure that no one who uses...
  • Greek Power Regulator Calls Emergency Meeting to Avert Collapse of Power Grid and Natural Gas System

    06/03/2012 6:25:59 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 6/3/12 | Mac Slavo
    When the political and economic systems of entire nations collapse the consequences are devastating. Earlier this year pharmacies and hospitals in Greece were unable to provide life saving medicines due to a shortages caused by a freeze in the flow of credit from manufacturers to distributors to patients. A collapse in the country’s economy has forced many Greeks to turn to black market barter economies and has left millions financially devastated, with no hope of finding an income stream for the foreseeable future. The credit system of the entire country is in shambles. So much so that reports are emerging...
  • 15-year-old schoolgirl died after 'doctor mistook tuberculosis for lovesickness'

    05/15/2012 2:22:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 05-14-2012 | Staff
    A 15-year-old schoolgirl died of tuberculosis after her bungling GP claimed she was 'lovesick', an inquest heard. Alina Sarag was seen by more than five doctors at four different hospitals but medics failed to detect the curable disease. Her distraught parents even called her GP more than 50 times about their daughter's ailing condition over a four-and-a-half month period before her death on January 6 last year. An inquest heard that her GP, Dr Sharad Shripadrao Pandit, accused her parents of "mollycoddling" her. Shockingly, he even claimed her symptoms were brought on because she was 'lovesick'. Her distraught father, Sultan...
  • OWS: The Failures of Socialism in High Speed

    11/16/2011 8:22:22 AM PST · by Mr. K · 27 replies
    Free Republic Freepers Rule! ^ | 11/16/2011 | self/vanity
    Occupy wall street is a great demonstration for us all. It is all the failures of Socialism captured in high speed! like a time-lapse photo of 40 years squeezed down to 2 months. First the exhilaration and chanting. All the liberal propogandists showing smiling happy 'protesters' organizeing to help 'The Workers'. The democrats and media propogandists express their loving support for 'The Workers'. Unlike their disdain for those other people with actual jobs- the TEA party. Then we see the lazy people sitting around waiting to be fed, crapping all over themselves (no one ‘assigned’ to wash them, I guess)...
  • When Fighting Cancer Is Folly

    10/13/2011 11:48:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    Whenever I have a medical appointment, my wife inquires, "What did the doctor say?" I always give the same answer: "She said I'm going to die." Not because I have some fatal illness, but because life is a terminal condition. Americans might keep that fact in mind in considering the recent news made by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. It recently recommended against routine screening of healthy men for prostate cancer, on two grounds: The test doesn't save lives, on balance, and the treatments are usually worse than the disease. Everyone who gets prostate cancer will die. But usually...
  • USDA Secretary: We Must ‘Create Appropriate Transition’ for What Americans Eat

    09/20/2011 5:28:49 PM PDT · by bushwon · 139 replies · 1+ views
    CNS News ^ | 9/20/11 | Penny Starr
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of the National Restaurant Association on Monday that Americans need to “adjust” their tastes so that they like the kind of food the government believes they should eat—and “we have to make sure that what we do is create the appropriate transition.”
  • The European dream lies in ruins (Must Read)

    09/18/2011 9:55:37 AM PDT · by mojito · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/17/2011 | Janet Daley
    I have to say that even in my most apocalyptic Eurosceptic moments – when I had moved on from thinking the federalist project simply preposterous to believing that it was criminal folly – I never anticipated this. What I expected was growing disillusionment followed by an almost imperceptible unwinding which would be finessed with political double-talk and diplomatic duplicity. The implosion would come, but it would be with a whimper, not a bang. Faces would be saved and enormous numbers of lies would be told, and somehow the thing would be brought to an end – or made so vestigial...
  • Obama solicitor general: If you don't like mandate, earn less money

    06/03/2011 4:02:46 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/02/11 | Philip Klein
    President Obama's solicitor general, defending the national health care law on Wednesday, told a federal appeals court that Americans who didn't like the individual mandate could always avoid it by choosing to earn less money. Neal Kumar Katyal, the acting solicitor general, made the argument under questioning before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, which was considering an appeal by the Thomas More Law Center. (Listen to oral arguments here.) The three-judge panel, which was comprised of two Republican-appointed judges and a Democratic-appointed judge, expressed more skepticism about the government's defense of the health care...
  • GM Admits that Dealerships are Taking Chevy Volt Tax Credits

    05/31/2011 1:32:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | May 31, 2011 | Mark Modica
    Automobilemag.com reports that General Motors has responded to my report questioning whether dealerships are gaming Chevy Volt tax credits. Chevy Volt spokesperson, Rob Peterson, states that "NLPC is confused." He then goes on to confirm that the dealerships purchasing Chevy Volts and reselling them as used vehicles are entitled to the $7,500 tax credit. Clearly, it is GM that is confused, considering that this was the main point of my report. GM does not deny that Chevy dealerships are selling Chevy Volts to other dealerships, including a KIA dealership, for resale. At the same time, Peterson also touts the high...
  • Rx Drug Shortages Hit All-Time High

    04/20/2011 4:15:05 PM PDT · by bvw · 87 replies · 1+ views
    MedPage Today ^ | March 28, 2011 | Emily P. Walker
    WASHINGTON -- The number of prescription drugs in short supply has more than tripled since 2005 and shortages are now more frequent than ever, [] Premier Healthcare Alliance -- a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals -- surveyed 311 pharmacy experts at hospitals and other facilities, such as surgery centers and long-term care facilities, about shortages during a six month period in 2010. The survey found that 89% had experienced shortages that may have caused a medication safety issue or error in patient care. Eight out of 10 times a shortage occurred, the patient's care was delayed...
  • Chart: Why $4-Per-Gallon Gas Is Damn Cheap (Compared to what the rest of the world pays)

    04/05/2011 12:45:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Good Environment ^ | 03/21/2011
    Inspired by Cord's thought-provoking post on the per gallon prices of various liquids, and by Sarah Palin's ill-informed Facebook rant on the "$4-Per-Gallon President," I decided to take a closer look at gasoline prices around the world. Mrs. Palin might be interested to learn, that the world already has quite a few $4-Per-Gallon Presidents. In fact, the world already has $6-Per-Gallon Parliaments, $7-Per-Gallon Prime Ministers, and $8-Per-Gallon Presidents! We've collected a broad sample of gas prices from throughout the industrialized Western world in the chart below. Important to note: this chart includes only official data from throughout the European Union...
  • Dan Walters: Medi-Cal a case study in wishful thinking

    03/06/2011 2:59:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 3/6/11 | Dan Walters
    Gordon Duffy was a freshman assemblyman from the San Joaquin Valley in 1966 when then-Gov. Pat Brown and the Legislature fashioned a health care program for the poor named "Medi-Cal." Medi-Cal would take advantage of a newly minted, obscure provision of the federal Medicare program for the elderly, leveraging the promise of federal money to extend care to poor Californians who hitherto had been dependent on medical charity. Duffy, an optometrist who later chaired the Assembly Health Committee, recalls that the Medi-Cal program was launched on assurances from Brown that it was affordable and workable. "No one in the world...
  • Detroit in ruins

    01/02/2011 9:37:18 AM PST · by hcmama · 194 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 2, 2011 | Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre
    Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre's extraordinary photographs documenting the dramatic decline of a major American city
  • NHS reaching 'breaking point', doctors warn

    12/10/2010 8:39:16 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | December 10, 2010 | Rebecca Smith
    Financial pressures may mean junior doctors are not given training posts within the NHS and the overall number of places at medical school could drop, a report has said. This is despite extra burdens on the health service, including European rules limiting doctors' hours, more hospital admissions and people living longer than ever before, according to the study from the UK Royal Colleges of Physicians (RCP). Those specialties dedicated to looking after very ill people are facing particular strain, it said. Dr Andrew Goddard, RCP director of medical workforce, said the combination of factors was 'adding further stress to a...
  • I Opt-out of California (A High-earning Californian explains why he's leaving)

    12/07/2010 6:41:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    New Goegraphy ^ | 12/07/2010 | Robert Cristiano
    Like the harried traveler who made famous the expression, “Don’t touch my junk”, I have elected my own personal protest, California style. I have decided to OPT-OUT of California to protest my overgrown state government. I am tired of California legislators sticking their hands in my pants to pay for the European style social welfare state they have created. My work, my earnings and my taxes will go elsewhere. I am one of those evil “high-earners” in California with income over $200,000 per year. It is unimportant to state legislators that we high-earners pay most of California’s taxes. According to...
  • How many will die before we get serious?

    07/05/2008 10:40:18 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 112+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 05 2008 | Simon Heffer
    I don't know whether to laugh or cry at the reaction of the liberal Left to the epidemic of stabbed teenage boys that is not merely bereaving family upon family, but is also disfiguring society. They argue it is society's fault. The state, they say, is spending too little on giving the murderers pleasant places to live, and is failing to supply them with recreational facilities or "mentors". Inevitably, therefore, they feel the need to go out and kill: as one does. That this is self-serving, ignorant nonsense should not be in dispute. How to win the argument with these...
  • EU rule kept half a million homes in the dark

    06/18/2008 12:05:33 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies · 108+ views
    The Times ^ | 6/16/2008 | Robin Pagnamenta
    Blackouts that plunged 500,000 homes into darkness last month were compounded by European environmental restrictions over the use of coal and oil-fired power stations, The Times has learnt. The unexpected shutdown of two power stations on Tuesday, May 29, led to the worst disruption to the UK’s power network in more than 20 years, prompting new concerns over the stability of Britain’s ageing power grid. However, industry sources say that a key factor was the European Union’s Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), which sets strict limits on the number of hours that some of Britain’s largest and most heavily polluting...
  • UK: Communities declining at 'fastest rate ever'

    04/13/2008 9:31:59 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 147+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/14/2008 | Christopher Hope, Home Affairs Correspondent
    The hastening decline of community life in the countryside is highlighted today in a new Government report. Nearly half of all neighbourhoods have lost key amenities such as surgeries, post offices, shops and schools in the past four years, figures from Oxford University show. The report suggests that towns and villages across England are losing basic services at "their fastest rate ever", prompting claims that Labour is overseeing "the slow death of community life". Geographical deprivation is likely to worsen because of the planned closure of thousands of post offices across Britain This means that in the past four years,...
  • City may ban little baggies

    03/05/2008 11:12:53 AM PST · by repinwi · 59 replies · 226+ views
    chicago suntimes ^ | March 5, 2008 | FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
    Tiny plastic bags used to sell small quantities of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and other drugs would be banned in Chicago, under a crackdown advanced Tuesday by a City Council committee. Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) persuaded the Health Committee to ban possession of "self-sealing plastic bags under two inches in either height or width," after picking up 15 of the bags on a recent Sunday afternoon stroll through a West Side park.
  • We’ve been robbed of our Englishness

    12/01/2007 11:28:40 AM PST · by Pikamax · 41 replies · 191+ views
    Times Online ^ | 11/25/07 | Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson
    As the nation settled down on Wednesday night to watch England play Croatia, I sensed an air of optimism in the land. A feeling that all would be well. I mean hey, England were holding their own against Brazil when Croatia didn’t even exist as a nation state. So what chance would these swarthy-looking Yugo-ruffians have? They were minnows in a tank of sharks. They weren’t going to be beaten. They were going to be eaten. Hmmm. I’m afraid I knew we were going to lose moments before the match began. I looked at our players mumbling their way through...
  • Crowd aims fury at regional panel (Tahoe residents point finger at environmentalists)

    06/26/2007 9:50:48 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 106 replies · 2,602+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/26/07 | Eric Bailey and J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writers
    The mood of the crowd jammed into the meeting room was angry. Many had lost their homes to the forest fire that swept through the Sierra Nevada just south of Lake Tahoe. They said they were angry at bureaucrats and environmentalists who made cutting of trees and clearing of land difficult. There was always too much red tape, they said, and now it was too late. In all, a crowd of nearly 2,000 people descended on the South Tahoe Middle School auditorium Monday night, wanting to be heard in the face of their losses. And if there was an...
  • So You Want Me to Breed?

    05/30/2007 11:21:26 AM PDT · by qam1 · 136 replies · 3,956+ views
    The Tyee ^ | 5/30/07 | Vanessa Richmond
    Contradictory messages about women's fertility are breeding like rabbits this week. In largely-Catholic Brazil, the government is subsidizing birth control pills so poor women can afford the contraceptive, despite a recent visit by Pope Benedict XVI, who mainly used his time to condemn abortion, contraception and sex outside marriage. In China, officials are rounding up rural, pregnant women and conducting forced abortions to enforce the mandatory one child policy. In Canada, on the other hand, I'm the problem. Thirty-something. Childless. And a threat to Canada's future economic well being. The nation's fertility rate has plummeted to 1.53 children per woman,...
  • Cancer survival rates worst in western Europe

    05/11/2007 10:11:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 621+ views
    Telegraph ^ | May 11, 2007 | Nic Fleming
    Stroke patients at mercy of postcode lotteryCervical cancer vaccine is '98pc effective' One in six hospitals treat in mixed wardsTelegraph hospital guideBritish cancer patients are substantially more likely to die of the disease than those in other western European countries because of poor access to the latest drugs, according to an authoritative report to be published today.While more than half of patients in France, Spain, Germany and Italy have access to new treatments provided since 1985, the proportion in the UK is four out of 10.French women with cancer are 34 per cent more likely than those in the...
  • German Population Shrinks For Fourth Straight Year

    01/05/2007 1:26:28 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 57 replies · 1,680+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5 January 2007 | AP
    BERLIN -- Germany's population fell for a fourth consecutive year in 2006 and recorded the biggest drop since the country's reunification in 1990, the government said Friday, days after launching financial incentives designed to stall falling birth rates. The number of births, meanwhile, was the lowest since World War II. At the end of 2006, the number of people living in Germany stood at an estimated 82.31 million, 130,000 below the total at the end of 2005, the Federal Statistics Office said. Germany's population grew in 2001 and 2002. But since then, a birth rate among the lowest in Europe...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: The Frivolity of Evil -

    11/25/2006 6:16:59 PM PST · by UnklGene · 15 replies · 2,092+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn - 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Theodore Dalrymple: The Frivolity of Evil - When prisoners are released from prison, they often say that they have paid their debt to society. This is absurd, of course: crime is not a matter of double-entry bookkeeping. You cannot pay a debt by having caused even greater expense, nor can you pay in advance for a bank robbery by offering to serve a prison sentence before you commit it. Perhaps, metaphorically speaking, the slate is wiped clean once a prisoner is released from prison, but the debt is not paid off. It would be just as absurd for me to...
  • Germany's population decline 'cannot be halted

    11/09/2006 4:08:03 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 63 replies · 1,911+ views
    Expatica ^ | 8 November 2006 | staff
    Berlin (dpa) - Germany's population could fall to 69 million by 2050 with the proportion of elderly people sharply rising, a report by the Federal Statistics Office said Tuesday. Germany currently has 82.4 million people but declining birth rates will reduce the country's population to between 69 million and 74 million by 2050, said the report. "The population decline cannot be halted," said Walter Rademacher, the statistics office vice-president. Both the decline and ageing of Germany's population are expected to impact on the economy because there will be fewer people in the working age between 20 and 65 years. At...