Coming to your Obamacare meal-tray soon

Food served patients in British hospitals leaves even doctors dismayed. While Ashya King’s parents remain in a Spanish jail, awaiting extradition for fleeing British medical care and trying to obtain treatment in the USA for their sick son, The Daily Mail reports that proton-beam therapy is saving children’s lives in America, and shows what awaits Ashya in Britain, where patients’ families have resorted to bringing them meals. My guess is the cost cutting at NHS started with food, and has now spread to refusal to buy new technologies and conducting international manhunts for people who flee the system.

Welcome to the Soviet Union.

"Salad" for two?

“Salad” for two?

Glop

Glop

Tomato and cheese "sandwich"

Tomato and cheese “sandwich”

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How much did this cost?

Dr. William McKersie demonstrates his magnetic attraction

Dr. William McKersie demonstrates his magnetic attraction

No one (that would be zero) has enrolled in Western Middle School’s new magnet program.

“Western Middle School has an outstanding magnet program,” said Board of Education Chairman Barbara O’Neill (although she does not explain how she knows that without any students to enrolled to experience it).

School Super William McKersie, meanwhile, has set himself a rather modest goal to define success: “If applications do not increase, we will examine the reasons and refine plans.”

I think that means he’s going to try to get one of Western’s custodians to sign up his kid – enrollment will thus be increased, and the good educator can go back to playing with his core curriculum.

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When two medical treatments are, or can be effective, who decides: the state or the parents?

Giving new meaning to the term, "parental custody"

Giving new meaning to the term, “parental custody”

At the request of British authorities, Interpol has arrested the parents of Ashya King , who brought him to Spain to be treated via proton beam therapy.

LONDON (AP) — The parents say they want to give their 5 year-old-boy with a brain tumor the best chance to live with a revolutionary new treatment they learned about on the Internet. Their British hospital says the boy has a 70 percent to 80 percent chance of survival with the treatment it offers, and it’s the parents who are putting the child at risk.

The Kings are seeking a new type of proton beam radiation therapy that typically costs at least $33,000. The Southampton General Hospital says that more conventional methods have a very high chance of succeeding. It said that while proton beam therapy is effective for some tumors, in other cases “there isn’t evidence that this is a beneficial treatment.”

The family fled to Spain in hopes of selling a property to obtain enough cash for treatment in the Czech Republic or the United States. Police pursued them. Prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for an offence of cruelty to a person under the age of 16 years, hours after the Southampton hospital realized their patient was gone.

Proton beam therapy is a targeted type of radiation treatment that increases the chance of killing cancer cells by sending a higher dose of radiation directly to the tumor.

Unlike other types of cancer treatment, it doesn’t indiscriminately kill surrounding healthy tissue, so there could be fewer long term effects. But experts say the treatment isn’t suitable for children whose tumors are too advanced and need a broader dose of radiation.

In Britain, proton beam therapy is currently only available to treat certain patients with cancer in their eyes. Other countries, including the U.S., Switzerland and Japan, also use proton beam therapy to treat cancers of the spinal cord, brain, prostate, lung and those that affect children.

Britain’s health department announced in 2011 it will build two treatment centers to make proton beam therapy available in London and Manchester from 2018. Until those facilities open, Britain will pay for patients eligible for the therapy to go to the U.S. and Switzerland for treatment.

So this isn’t a case where parents are withholding medical care from a sick child, but rather a dispute between a British hospital, which doesn’t offer proton beam therapy, and the boy’s parents, who want to take him to a country that does, about which of two treatments offers the best chance of his survival. How on earth does this become a matter for the government of Britain and Interpol to decide?

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Remember when Pelosi and her Democrats swore there “wasn’t a penny left to cut” in the federal budget?

Maybe if they rode bicycles?

Maybe if they rode bicycles?

Feds have spent $3 million studying why lesbians get fat and homos don’t. The startling conclusion: gay men exercise, fat dykes don’t.

That’s just the tentative result, of course, and the study will continue until 2016, just in case they missed something.

[Researchers] have determined that gay and bisexual males had a “greater desire for toned muscles” than straight men, lesbians have lower “athletic self-esteem” that may lead to higher rates of obesity, and that lesbians are more likely to see themselves at a healthy weight even though they are not, the Free Beacon reported.

Their research also found that LGBT individuals exercise less than heterosexuals, and that sexual minorities are 46 to 76 percent less likely to be on an athletic team.

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This could mean trouble for those of us who believe that the best thing between the U.S. and France is the ocean

Conservative driver

Conservative driver

Of course, as the distance shrinks, we should start saving on airfare.

Tectonic plates have doubled their speed.

LONDON: Earth’s tectonic plates are moving faster now than at any point in the last 2 billion years, according to a new study.

Plate tectonics is driven by the formation and destruction of oceanic crust. This crust forms where plates move apart, allowing hot, light magma to rise from the mantle below and solidify.

The planet’s inner heat which powers plate tectonics is ebbing away as Earth ages, and this was expected to slow plate motion.

A research last year by Martin Van Kranendonk at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and colleagues measured elements concentrated by tectonic action in 3,200 rocks from around the world, and concluded that plate motion has been slowing for 1.2 billion years.

But now Kent Condie, a geochemist at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro and his colleagues have used a different approach and concluded that tectonic activity is actually increasing, ‘New Scientist’ reported.

The average rate of continental collisions, and the average speed with which the continents change latitude, has doubled over the last 2 billion years, the study found.

“We expected to find that the average speed would be slowing down with time, but we didn’t get that. Both speeds were going up. It was a surprise,” said Condie.

Part of my skepticism of “settled science” stems from Mrs. Johnson’s 8th grade social studies class where, pointing to a world map and the seeming fit between Africa and South America, she told us that “some people once believed that this meant that the two continents were once one, but of course now we know that’s not true.” At the time she was teaching us what she’d learned in teacher college, plate tectonics was on the verge of being accepted as fact by the scientific world.

The only difference between that paradigm bust and global warming is that there was no particular profit or social objective to be gained in suppressing the truth about Gondwana Land and the plates beneath it, so the resistance from the establishment was less.

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So, what’s the president been doing the past four days while he waits for the Pentagon to come up with a plan?

Oh, we SO love parties!

Oh, we SO love parties!

Friday: Fundraising at private homes in Westchester and Rhode Island .

Saturday: Back to Westchester ($1 million)  for wedding of his personal chef and an NBC reporter.

Sunday: Golfing with his friends.

Today: Politicking in Michigan.

UPDATE: Not to be outdone, Secretary of State John Kerry is up on Nantucket, kiteboarding. “They can’t help it if the generals are taking their own sweet time figuring out how to get out of this mess”, White House spokesman Thomas Cook told FWIW, “so what do you want them to do while they wait, read a travel guide to Syria?”

Above it all

Above it all

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Worst, or best?

One for the bad guys

One for the bad guys

Current Congress worst in history in passing new laws. That’s not a bug, it’s a feature. Now if they could force the same do-no-harm policy on the regulators.

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