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  • California Has Worst 'Quality Of Life' In US, Study Says

    03/01/2018 5:37:22 AM PST · by blam · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-1-2018 | Gregg Re, Christopher Carbone
    Awards season is in full swing in California, and the Golden State just took home a booby prize of its own. California ranks dead last among U.S. states in quality of life, according to a study by U.S. News, ranking behind New Jersey (49th) and Indiana (48th). The ignominious honor reflects California's low marks in the sub-categories of environmental quality and social engagement. The latter category measures voting participation and community bonds. Californians scored poorly in part because they're simply insufferable, U.S. News suggested. "In addition to a healthy environment, a person's quality of life is largely a result of...
  • SF judge explains why 66,000 arrest warrants were discarded

    11/30/2016 5:49:51 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 30, 2016 | Bob Egelko
    San Francisco’s chief judge says he and his colleagues discarded 66,000 arrest warrants issued over five years for quality-of-life crimes, like sleeping on the sidewalk, because it made no sense to lock people up for fines they couldn’t afford.
  • The 15 Countries With The Highest Quality Of Life

    10/21/2015 5:31:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 28, 2013, | Megan Willett
    For a good chance at a happy life, head to Australia, which one again topped the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Better Life Index, which looks at the quality of life in member countries. The (OECD) — an international economic organization — analyzed 34 countries in 11 categories, including income, housing, jobs, community, education, environment, civic engagement, health, life satisfaction, safety, and work-life balance. (You can read the full methodology here.) We looked at the countries with the highest overall scores, and highlighted a few of the criteria on the following slides. Researchers compared data from 34 countries that...
  • North Dakota: Legendary Among States. Residents happy with the economy, education, air quality

    08/26/2014 6:00:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Gallup ^ | 08/27/2014 | by Art Swift
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "Oil boom" is probably the first phrase that comes to mind when one thinks about North Dakota. Yet North Dakotans see their state as much more than oil. They are highly satisfied with their schools, their air quality, their ability to find a quality job, and their overall standard of living. In Gallup's comprehensive survey of all 50 states, North Dakota ranks No. 1 on a variety of indicators spanning economics, public affairs, education, the environment, and well-being. In 2014, North Dakota is a complex, thriving state that is adapting rapidly to the economic and social factors...
  • Try It, You'll Like It, Or: Economics for Beginners

    07/17/2014 11:12:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | July 17, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Do you like convenience, service, simplicity, competition, more jobs and all the other features of a free market that stays free and ever productive? Then you'll love a service like Uber or Lyft, which use private drivers to give customers a, yes, lyft. No waiting forever, just door-to-door or even corner-to-corner service. Provided by friendly folks who use their own cars and stand to collect the lion's share of the fares, the worker being worthy of his hire. Who wouldn't like it? It's good for the customer, good for the driver, and good for the local economy. Here's who...
  • Death Panels? Obama Admin May Pay Doctors to Conduct “End of Life” Discussions With Patients

    07/17/2014 6:40:22 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/16/14 | Jennifer Popik, JD
    In a recent Politico Magazine article titled, “Let’s Talk About Death Panels,” Harold Pollack urges reviving one of the most notorious proposals that did not make it into the Obama Health Car Law – “advance planning consultations.”During the debate over Obamacare’s enactment, there was considerable controversy over a provision in an early version under which health care providers would have been paid by Medicare to discuss with their patients whether they would want life-saving medical treatment.After former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin dubbed the planning sessions “death panels,” the provision was dropped from the law ultimately enacted.As Pollack...
  • Man’s Estranged Wife Removes His Feeding Tube to Starve Him to Death, Despite Court Order

    04/07/2014 7:29:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Wesley J. Smith
    Texas has a medical futility–what I call Futile Care Theory–law permitting doctors to remove wanted life-support that works from a patient based on their views about quality of life. Before that is done, patients/families are supposed to receive due process–such as it is–e.g., a hearing before a bioethics Star Chamber committee. Then, if the committee decides the treatment should end, the patient has 10 days to find a new hospital. terrymaceBut here’s the thing: I believe that once a society determines that doctors can refuse wanted efficacious life-sustaining service–that becomes the meme–and eventually the due process part goes away. That...
  • A Map of State Life Expectancies (And What Country They're Closest To)

    02/04/2014 9:20:49 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 48 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 4 Feb, 2014 | Gizmodo
    Americans are living longer, healthier lives—79.8 years on average—ranking 35th in the world in terms of life expectancy from birth. But where you live in the United States has a drastic impact on how far over or under the average your personal timeline will be. This illuminating map by the non-profit Measure of America shows how long you've likely got, and what country it's most similar to. Hawaiians top the longevity list with an average age of 81.3 years—equal to Barbados but still lagging far behind Japan's average of 84 years—while Mississippi is dead last with a paltry average age...
  • The World’s Best — and Worst — Places to Live 2012

    12/07/2012 1:18:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    TIME ^ | 12/07/2012 | Regina Wang
    Before it had a chance to recover from a devastating earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people in 2010, Haiti was hit by a drought this past spring, followed by a tropical storm, two months of heavy rains, and eventually, Superstorm Sandy. No wonder the disaster-torn country is considered one of the worst places to live, according to a new global study of infrastructure and quality of life by New York City-based consulting firm Mercer. According to Mercer, Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s quake-ravaged capital, has the world’s worst infrastructure when judged by metrics including the availability of electricity, fresh water and public...
  • If life is 'unworthy of being lived'

    05/12/2012 1:51:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    L'Osservatore Romano ^ | 5/5/12 | Lucetta Scaraffia
    The book by Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche, Die Freigabe der Venrichtung lebensunwerten Lebens (allowing the destruction of life unworthy of living) which came out in Germany in 1920 has at last been translated into Italian (in English it is: Permitting the Destruction of Unworthy Life: Its Extent and Form, translated by W.E. Wright, in Issues in Law and Medicine 1992, 8:231-265). I say “at last”, because this is a text that marks a watershed. It has inspired many important reflections that are only partially explained in the introduction on 19th-century history – very concentrated at the legal level –...
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things []

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • Gary Coleman's Wife Mentions Terri Schiavo in Comments About Pulling Plug

    06/04/2010 4:30:38 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies · 897+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/4/10 | Steven Ertelt
    Los Angeles, CA ( -- Gary Coleman's ex-wife said in a new interview that she pulled the plug on the actor last week because she didn't want him ending up like Terri Schiavo. The comments have sparked an outcry from pro-life advocates, who are also upset by continued mainstream media misreporting on Terri. Shannon Price told TMZ in a video interview the day after Coleman's death, "[The doctors] said even if they did take a chunk out of his brain, he would not be the same. He would be basically like Muhammed Ali.""Be in my situation. I mean, look what...
  • Great grandmother dies after doctors fail to diagnose broken neck

    06/04/2010 7:23:41 AM PDT · by smartyaz · 23 replies · 494+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 4th June 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A great grandmother died just two weeks after banging her head because doctors failed to spot her broken neck. Maud Cole, 86, was admitted to hospital after a fall but medics discharged her on the same day, claiming an X-ray was unnecessary. An inquest ruled that the pensioner, who was recovering from a stroke, died of a broken neck and her family are now considering legal action against Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Retired caretaker Mrs Cole, who lived in a care home at Askern, Doncaster, was described as mobile and independent by staff. After being discharged she was readmitted to the...
  • Goodbye,my beloved son:Father gives up court battle to keep his disabled boy alive-

    11/10/2009 10:52:34 PM PST · by pillut48 · 149 replies · 3,183+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 10th November 2009 | Beth Hale
    In the end the young father could fight no longer. For more than a year he had made daily visits to the hospital bedside of his chronically-disabled son. For six emotional days in the High Court he had battled against the hospital - and the baby's mother - who were reluctantly seeking the right to withdraw life support. Finally, faced with overwhelming evidence, he made the 'agonising' decision to let his beloved son go. Both parents wept as the court was told he no longer opposed the hospital's application. They said later they wanted to spend 'what little time remains...
  • You really don't know Jack

    09/08/2009 7:53:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 1,189+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/8/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    "You Don't Know Jack" is the perfect title for the upcoming HBO biopic starring Al Pacino as Death Doc Jack Kevorkian - because it is clear that many of Kevorkian's fawning interviewers don't know much about Jack. Fox News' Neil Cavuto, for example, last week introduced Kevorkian as a "Michigan physician who claims to have assisted in the suicides of at least 130 terminally ill people from 1990 to 1998." Physician? Not the kind who treats patients. Kevorkian was a pathologist until his medical license was yanked in 1991. In 1999, a Michigan jury convicted him of second-degree murder after...
  • Australia, Canada and the US are nice brands to live in..

    11/10/2008 8:32:00 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 23 replies · 212+ views ^ | 11/10/2008 |
    "Countries are ranked across 30 distinct categories providing a rich perspective on strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. The rankings speak to qualities that compel consideration and assets that shape country reputations, perceptions and experiences. New categories to this year's rankings include best country brand for "Standard of Living," "Political Freedom" and "Advanced Technology." World's strongest brands: 1. AUS 2. CAN 3. USA 4. ITA 5. SWI/CHE 6. FRA 7. NZL 8. GBR 9. JPN 10. SWE
  • Panel Urges End to Prostate Screening at Age 75

    08/05/2008 1:38:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies · 288+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 5, 2008 | TARA PARKER-POPE
    In a move that could lead to significant changes in medical care for older men, a national task force on Monday recommended that doctors stop screening men ages 75 and older for prostate cancer because the search for the disease in this group was causing more harm than good. The guidelines, issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, represent an abrupt policy change by an influential panel that had withheld any advice regarding screening for prostate cancer, citing a lack of reliable evidence. Though the task force still has not taken a stand on the value of screening in...
  • Affluent Stockholm suburb named best place to live

    06/14/2008 2:17:52 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 17 replies · 1,225+ views ^ | 06/12/2008 | TT/The Local
    - In Sweden that is. All the same, if various experts are right, the Nordic countries are not only the richest part of the world, but also global leaders in the domain of QUALITY of life. Therefore, living in this part of Stockholm is probably as good as life gets, or? The article: "The Stockholm suburb of Danderyd is the best municipality in which to live, according to a new ranking by the magazine Fokus. Lund and nearby Lomma in southern Sweden follow closely behind. Ljusnarsberg municipality in the Bergslagen region of central Sweden ended up in last place. The...
  • Teens need right to 'medically assisted suicide'

    03/28/2008 5:25:10 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 54 replies · 1,034+ views
    telegraph ^ | 26/03/2008 | By Bruno Waterfield in Brussels
    Teenagers should be given the right to medically assisted suicide and the parents of terminally ill younger children should be able to choose euthanasia under proposals from members of Belgium's coalition government. The plans to extend rules allowing doctors to perform euthanasia on terminally ill people suffering "constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain" comes amid heated Belgian debate on the issue. Under existing Belgian laws, in place since 2002, patients, other than newborn babies, must be over 18 to qualify for assisted suicide, a situation that Bart Tommelein, leader of Belgium Liberals, wants changed. Mr Tommelein, whose party is...