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  • 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...
  • If you think it’s bad here, don’t try Switzerland

    03/24/2008 5:27:26 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 23 replies · 1,002+ views
    The Times Online ^ | 25 March 08 | Michael Evans
    The United Kingdom has been ranked as one of the most stable and prosperous countries in the world, beating the United States, France and even Switzerland in a global assessment of every nation’s achievements and standards. A one-year investigation and analysis of 235 countries and dependent territories has put the UK joint seventh in the premier league of nations. The top ten comprise also the Vatican, Sweden, Luxembourg, Monaco, Gibraltar, San Marino, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands and the Irish Republic. The US lies 22nd and Switzerland, normally associated with wealth and untouchable stability, is rated 17th, losing points in the assessment...
  • Postponing the inevitable (Yes, we are all going to die)

    02/11/2008 11:00:05 AM PST · by qam1 · 43 replies · 163+ views
    Guardian ^ | 2/11/08 | Tim Footman
    Initiatives to encourage people to live healthier, longer lives are just creating a different set of problems. A medical friend once told me that if everybody in the UK were to stop smoking, the NHS would collapse. I thought she was offering that old chestnut about smokers and drinkers handing over billions to the state in tax, but it was more subtle argument than that. Her point was that it's much cheaper to treat a 50-year-old who's taking 18 months to die of lung cancer than it is to treat a 90-year-old who's spent the last 20 years slowly fading...
  • SANDAG sets stage for 'quality-of-life' tax

    02/01/2008 11:02:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 53+ views
    North County Times ^ | 2/1/08 | Dave Downey
    BORREGO SPRINGS ---- Aiming to place a so-called quality-of-life sales tax on the county ballot in 2010, regional politicians gathered Thursday to discuss whether the measure should target ocean pollution, beach sand replenishment, open space or public transit ---- or all of the above. After a full day of airing ideas on the topic at the San Diego Association of Governments' annual retreat in the eastern San Diego County desert town of Borrego Springs, no clear consensus emerged. Many elected officials attending the three-day workshop, which concludes today, agreed that a new sales tax ranging from a quarter cent to...
  • Abortion is murder, but… [It's all about me!]

    12/26/2007 6:28:25 AM PST · by Alouette · 101 replies · 513+ views
    YNet ^ | Dec. 25, 2007 | Yael Mishaeli
    For some people, ending a pregnancy is the only way to keep on living Yael Mishali Published: 12.26.07, 00:39 / Israel Opinion Abortion is a type of murder; I have no doubt about that. In this context we can debate over questions such as the duration of a pregnancy and when exactly do several cells turn into a person with a soul, but I have no interest in doing that. I accept the universal assumption that as of a certain moment, we are talking about a real person, and “aborting it” is a type of murder. And still, as a...
  • Swedes spurn bling but value education (Americans spurn education but value bling?)

    12/15/2007 2:19:15 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 56 replies · 238+ views ^ | 12/14/2007 | James Savage
    Being broke need not mean social death in Sweden - as long as you are well-educated. But for Americans and Russians having a good all-round education is no substitute for having cash, according to a new survey on status symbols in the three countries. The international survey by analysts United Minds asked 1,000 people in each country what values confer status. 'Bling' items such as expensive jewellery and designer clothes come well down the list for Swedes, while featuring more highly for Americans and, particularly, Russians. "Sweden is the only country where you can be penniless but well-read and still...
  • (More Socialist propaganda:) Champagne swirls as Swedes enjoy the good life

    12/02/2007 10:05:07 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 12 replies · 87+ views ^ | 12/02/2007 | AFP
    In bars, restaurants and homes across Sweden champagne is flowing in abundance as Swedes enjoy a seemingly endless thirst for the bubbly beverage, spurred by a gastronomic "revolution" and a rosy economy. Champagne sales at stores run by the alcohol distribution monopoly Systembolaget are expected to hit an all-time high of one million bottles this year, excluding sales in bars and restaurants. That figure can be compared to 738,000 bottles sold last year and 287,000 a decade ago. "Drinking champagne is usual now and it's common not only at the weekend or to celebrate a special event, it's an everyday...
  • SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE { Homeless own SF's Sidewalks }

    10/11/2007 7:59:07 AM PDT · by SmithL · 43 replies · 2,728+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/11/7 | C.W. Nevius
    Homeless advocates and the city's leaders need to stop yelling at each other and work toward a solution -- One suggestion to address the chronic inappropriate street behavior in downtown San Francisco is a "sit-lie" law. Versions of such an ordinance are in effect in places like Philadelphia and Portland, Ore. They make it illegal for loiterers to stake out a spot on the sidewalk in front of a business and camp out there for the day.But mention it, and the reaction is immediate and polarizing. Homeless advocates insist that such laws criminalize the homeless. Angry, fed-up residents counter that...
  • Assisted Suicide Won't Up Deaths for Vulnerable Groups: Study

    10/04/2007 6:41:54 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 24 replies · 241+ views
    Health Day ^ | October 4, 2007
    Legalizing doctor-assisted suicide does not lead to a "slippery slope" of excess deaths among the vulnerable poor, uninsured, elderly or other patients, according to a U.S. study in the October issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics. "Fears about the impact on vulnerable people have dominated debate about physician-assisted suicide. We find no evidence to support those fears where this practice already is legal," study lead author and bioethicist Margaret Battin, a distinguished professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah, said in a prepared statement. She and her colleagues analyzed data from The...
  • Stockholm 'world's most livable city'

    09/23/2007 5:58:50 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 76 replies · 1,535+ views ^ | 09/22/2007 | The Local
    Stockholm is the world's greenest, most livable city, according to a survey carried out by the Reader's Digest magazine. Using a range of sources, environmental economist Matthew Kahn, from UCLA's Institute of the Environment, ranked 72 major international in terms of how 'green and livable' they are. Environmental legislation, energy prices, waste production and disposal and available parkland were among the factors considered. Stockholm was ranked number one, followed by Oslo in second place. "You shouldn't boast, but Stockholm is the world's most beautiful city," said mayor Kristina Axén Olin . "I get happy every time I come back to...
  • Scandinavia tops quality of life index (according to Reader's Digest)

    09/21/2007 9:57:37 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 62 replies · 771+ views ^ | 09/21/2007 |
    Scandinavia has been rated as the best place to live, that’s according to a ranking by Reader’s Digest. Using a range of environmental and social indicators based in part on the UN’s Human Development Index, the survey rates countries on care of the environment and quality of life for their citizens. Finland tops the 141-nation list, followed by Nordic neighbours Iceland and Norway, with Sweden coming in at fourth place. And the Swedish capital comes top of the Reader’s Digest ranking of 72 world cities when it comes to quality of life. Cities were rated according to quality of public...
  • Things are good, so why are we so pessimistic?

    08/01/2007 7:59:36 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 19 replies · 646+ views ^ | 07/31/2007 | Nima Sanandaji
    New research shows us that people around the world, including in the West, are satisfied with their lives and are enjoying a rising quality of life. So why are westerners so pessimistic, asks Nima Sanandaji, of think-tank Captus. Our planet is a happier place these days. That, at least, is what the Pew Research Center is telling us. Their latest survey of global attitudes in 47 nations has found a number of trends that are worth analyzing. According to Pew, people in the developing world are growing ever more satisfied with their personal and financial situations. In Latin America, 59...
  • Good News is No News

    06/22/2007 9:30:18 PM PDT · by gpapa · 18 replies · 1,226+ views ^ | June 23, 2007 | Rich Tucker
    Ready to read about an example of the American dream, and the American reality? Look no further than the June 17 front page of The Washington Post. “Mia Hall just moved into her dream house, a five-bedroom Colonial in Southern Maryland featuring a gourmet kitchen with a center island and a double oven, twin fireplaces and a finished basement, as well as a whirlpool tub and dual shower heads in the master bathroom.” Sounds perfect.
  • World's most peaceful (Norway ranks 1st on Global Peace Index, The US 96th)

    05/31/2007 9:11:06 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies · 683+ views ^ | 05/31/2007 | Kjetil Sæter
    The Intelligence Unit of the Economist magazine has named Norway the most peaceful country in the world. The survey of 121 nations is backed by high profile names such as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Jimmy Carter. New Zealand, Denmark, Ireland and Japan occupy the spots just back Norway. Lowest in the survey are Nigeria, Russia, Israel, Sudan and Iraq. The USA is remarkably low on the Global Peace Index, at 96th.
  • Overflowing Fairfax Homes Split Neighbors, Issue Stirs Debates Over Economics, Race

    05/14/2007 11:42:12 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 109 replies · 2,795+ views
    Wash Post ^ | May 13, 2007 | Bill Turque and Karin Brulliard
    Harry Gault doesn't think of the small ranch home next door as a hot-button political issue in this year's Fairfax County election or realize how frequently his complaint is heard throughout the region. "I don't mind an Hispanic neighborhood," said Gault, 73. "But they've turned a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home into a nine-room boarding house..." With the entire Fairfax Board of Supervisors up for reelection this year, this issue, which has raised ire in communities across the Washington area, has taken on a hard edge among voters riled by single homes that have been converted to house eight or 10 adults....
  • 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...
  • Futile care debate: Prolonging life, or suffering?

    05/10/2007 2:22:07 PM PDT · by hocndoc · 7 replies · 527+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 6, 2007 | Todd Ackerman
    Texas law may change to grant families some of doctors' authority On June 10, 2006, aging and ailing, Edith Pereira was taken by ambulance from St. Dominic nursing home to Memorial Hermann Hospital. It might have been nothing that serious. Urinary-tract infections had sent the 91-year-old with Alzheimer's and diabetes to the hospital often in the previous year, and the St. Dominic's nursing staff thought that likely was the problem this time. But Memorial Hermann doctors found no infection. Instead, they said, her altered state — high blood sugar that made her too drowsy and combative to be fed —...
  • US Palliative Care Academy Drops Opposition to Assisted Suicide

    03/08/2007 4:17:29 PM PST · by wagglebee · 24 replies · 501+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/8/07 | Gudrun Schultz
    GLENVIEW, Illinois, March 8, 2007 ( – The leading US authority on palliative care has adopted a position of “studied neutrality” on the issue of physician-assisted suicide, following on the heels of a similar statement released by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association in November. The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine released a policy statement following approval by the AAHPM board of directors on Feb.14, 2007. “The AAHPM recognizes that deep disagreement persists regarding the morality of PAD,” the document states. “Sincere, compassionate, morally conscientious individuals stand on either side of this debate. AAHPM takes a position...
  • UK is accused of failing children

    02/14/2007 3:58:38 AM PST · by kipita · 8 replies · 316+ views
    BBC ^ | 14 February 2007 | Unicef
    The UK has been accused of failing its children, as it comes bottom of a league table for child well-being across 21 industrialised countries. Unicef looked at 40 indicators from the years 2000-2003 including poverty, peer and family relationships, and health. One of the report's authors told the BBC that under-investment and a "dog eat dog" attitude in society were to blame for Britain's poor performance. The government says its policies have helped to improve child welfare. Unicef - the United Nations children's organisation - says the report, titled Child Poverty in Perspective: An Overview of Child Well-being in Rich...
  • Budget Proposal Includes 3 Percent Pay Raise, Quality-of-Life Enhancements

    02/05/2007 3:53:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 167+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2007 – President Bush’s defense budget request for fiscal 2008 includes a 3 percent military pay raise as well as increases for housing, health care and other quality-of-life benefits and programs. Bush’s proposed budget, submitted to Congress this morning, includes $137 billion in pay, benefits and health care for 2.1 million active- and reserve-component troops and their families. That includes $2.1 billion more than this year for military pay, continuing a trend that has boosted military pay an average of 32 percent since 2001. If Congress approves the request, the typical E-6 sergeant or petty officer...
  • End-Of-Life Care For Homeless Patients

    01/18/2007 5:45:05 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 25 replies · 650+ views
    The Journal of the American Medical Association | 17 December 2006 | Perspectives On Care Editor
    On december 27,2006, kusheland miaskowski' introduced Mr K, a 66-year-old African Ameri­can man who has lived on the streets for nearly 50 years and for most of those years has used heroin and other illicit drugs daily. Mr K was diagnosed with advanced renal adenocarcinoma in February 2002 at a large urban hospital. For unclear reasons, resection was made con­tingent upon cessation of drug use and was not done. There­after, Mr K was lost to follow up for almost a year, until he presented to the emergency department with abdominal pain and heroin withdrawal. He was then referred for palliative...
  • CA: Agency explores quality-of-life tax (San Diego county regional planning agency)

    12/08/2006 10:36:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 772+ views
    North County Times ^ | 12/8/06 | Dave Downey
    SAN DIEGO ---- Regional planners are polling San Diego County residents to see if they would support a special "quality of life" tax to fund beach-sand replenishment, open-space purchases, habitat restoration and water-quality programs, an agency official said Thursday. The funding source could come in the form of a sales, property, hotel or rental-car tax, and could appear on the county ballot in 2008, said Rob Rundle, principal planner for the San Diego Association of Governments, the county's regional planning agency. Rundle said results of the telephone poll of 2,000 county registered voters will be reported to the association board...
  • Editorial: You owe them - Court says take care of your elderly parents

    11/27/2006 7:58:14 AM PST · by SmithL · 103 replies · 4,039+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/27/6 | Editor
    All those baby boomers with aging parents should pay close attention to a recent court decision in California. An appeals court ruling in a nasty divorce in Placer County highlights the little known but significant legal obligation of adult children who, to the extent they are able, should support their indigent parents. In the case before the appeals court, a divorcing wife disputed her husband's right to deduct from the proceeds of her share of community property the $12,000 he had spent to support his elderly, infirm mother. The wife called the support payments "an unauthorized gift of community funds."...
  • BBC Feminist's Sordid Suicide Pact Made Public

    08/18/2006 2:44:39 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 89 replies · 1,907+ views
    LifeSite ^ | 9/15/06 | Hilary White
    LONDON, August 15, 2006 ( – This week, a popular BBC radio announcer told the public that she had entered into a “suicide pact” with friends should she be incapacitated by illness. Jenni Murray, the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, a feminist and euthanasia advocate, said that she does not want to be “trapped” into caring for her mother who is ill with Parkinson’s disease. Murray, a member of the Order of the British Empire and a patron of the Family Planning Association, is airing her views tonight on a BBC television program called “Don’t Get Me Started.”...
  • Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor [Colorado]

    06/28/2006 11:25:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 278 replies · 8,269+ views ^ | May, 2006 | Ted Harvey
    Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor    TED HARVEY She sings the anthem to applause, then her secret is revealed to stunned silence. Gianna Jessen I want to share with you an awesome experience I had in the Colorado House of Representatives on May 8. It is a humbling experience to look back and realize that God used me to play a role in His divine orchestration. I was leaving the House chambers for the weekend when our Democrat speaker of the House announced that the coming Monday would be the final day of this year's General Assembly. He...
  • Lenten “Listening”: Last “Rights” for Neurology (must read)

    03/11/2006 6:09:56 PM PST · by sionnsar · 71 replies · 1,120+ views
    Clueless Christian ^ | 3/11/2006 | Shari deSilva, MD
    On June 13th, I will have been a physician for twenty five years. Twenty four of those years, exactly one half of my life, will have been spent as a neurologist. I would like, therefore, to state for the record, how grateful I am to have been allowed to practice as a neurologist, during this, the profession’s best of times.When I first began my neurology residency 24 years ago, the practice of neurology was described to me in the phrase “diagnose and adios”. Neurologists were great at diagnosing, based on history and physical examination, where precisely a lesion in the...
  • Down Syndrome and the Pressure to Abort

    03/09/2006 5:38:33 PM PST · by NYer · 164 replies · 2,436+ views
    Zenit News Agenc ^ | March 9, 2006 | Elizabeth Schlitz
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, MARCH 9, 2006 ( Many prospective parents are waiting for years to adopt children with Down syndrome, according to a recent article in the Associated Press. So why is there an extended wait for kids with special needs, who are usually more difficult to place with families? The reason might be: the growing acceptance of aborting babies with Down syndrome. Elizabeth Schiltz, law professor at the University of St. Thomas and contributor to "The Cost of 'Choice': Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion" (Encounter Books), shared with ZENIT how aborting children with Down syndrome has not only become...
  • Two letters cross the great divide

    02/20/2006 1:21:20 PM PST · by Wicket · 7 replies · 412+ views
    Oregonian ^ | February 19, 2006 | Steve Duin
    Duin: Man takes time to explain life to teenage girl B ecause physician-assisted suicide is a subject that far too often divides families and traumatizes the best of friends, perhaps there is something to be gained in eavesdropping for a moment on a conversation about life and death between total strangers. Caleb Heppner is a retired child-welfare administrator in Salem with terminal cancer, Rebekah Puddington a high school freshman in rural upstate New York. They will, most likely, never meet in person, but their paths crossed one night last October. Bekah was watching the nightly news with her father, a...
  • Arnold tackles quality of life (forget reform, voters don't want it)

    01/05/2006 8:57:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 204+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 1/5/06 | Harrison Sheppard
    SACRAMENTO - Entering a re-election year with his popularity sagging, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger faces a key political test tonight as he delivers a State of the State speech that seeks to strike a more populist stance. The governor is expected to address quality-of-life issues facing Californians - traffic, wages, education and prescription drugs - rather than the less-tangible government reforms he spotlighted last year, which voters ultimately rejected. "If it is successful, it can be a very public turning point," said Tim Hodson, executive director of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. The governor also will...
  • Euthanasia Activist Gives up Starvation Death Effort as Too Painful and “Undignified”

    08/16/2005 8:59:12 PM PDT · by topher · 13 replies · 661+ views
    LifeSite News ^ | Tuesday August 16, 2005
    BRISTOL, August 16, 2005 ( - Kelly Taylor, a 28-year-old woman who is not terminally ill, has ended her attempt to starve herself to death after 19 days because of the pain of the effects of starvation. Mrs. Taylor claimed that she had chosen self-starvation as the only method of suicide that would not leave her husband Richard liable for prosecution. Nevertheless, after 19 days, she said, “It has become too uncomfortable and I would not wish what I have been going through on my worst enemy.” Taylor suffers from a congenital heart condition known as Eisenmenger Syndrome which, despite...
  • FReeper needs information about Asheville, NC

    08/15/2005 6:18:51 PM PDT · by clintonh8r · 43 replies · 735+ views
    My wife and I are thinking of retiring in Asheville in a couple of years. (We are also considering other places.) We welcome any FReeper comments, opinions, experiences, recommendations, resources, links, etc. about living in Asheville....housing market, services, government competency, churches, medical facilities, cultural life, political environment (red/blue), etc. We are interested in what kind of neighborhoods there are (we have houses in historic districts of two different towns right now, so we have an obvious interest in that) and we prefer established neighborhoods as opposed to new developments. Please feel free to FReepmail any personal comments, but comments in...
  • WSJ: How Long Do We Really Want to Live?

    06/22/2005 5:41:42 AM PDT · by OESY · 30 replies · 978+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 22, 2005 | MILES D. WHITE
    ...In short, what do we want from our health-care system? As Americans, we expect it all. We expect: (1) The highest standard of care; (2) continued innovation, and (3) broader access to new technologies at a lower cost. It's possible to achieve two of these three goals. Which, then, can we do without? Will we accept less than optimal care? Will we accept a significant slowdown in medical progress? Will we say, implicitly or explicitly, "80 is long enough for a person to live?".... Some critics contend that the largely private system in the U.S. is more costly and less...
  • Progress fuels hope for recovery of brain-damaged firefighter

    05/02/2005 7:04:39 PM PDT · by BigFinn · 42 replies · 2,674+ views
    AP ^ | May 2, 2005 | By CAROLYN THOMPSON
    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A firefighter brain-damaged in a 1995 roof collapse had an "amazing" weekend, recognizing and speaking with his four sons and other family and friends for the first time in years, a family spokesman said Monday. "I want to talk to my wife," Donald Herbert said out of the blue Saturday at the skilled nursing facility where he has lived for more than seven years. Staff members put Linda Herbert on the telephone. It was the first of many conversations he had during a 14-hour stretch, Herbert's uncle, Simon Manka said. "How long have I been away?"...