Daily Archives: March 17, 2013

Bold prediction from the Greenwich Time

 

This just in!

This just in!

“Skakel’s Chance at Freedom Could Hinge on April Trial”

Next week: sun will rise in east!

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Well we know there wasn’t much saved on golf weekends and ski trips

 

Who loves ya, baby?

Who loves ya, baby?

Government spending up $30.5 billion so far in fiscal year 2013.

Through all of fiscal 2008, before Obama took office, the federal government spent a total 2,978,440,000,000.00. Adjusted for inflation, that equals $3,211,717,910,000.00 in 2013 dollars. So, were the government to continue on its pace to spend $3,610,912,800,000.00 this year, then real federal spending in fiscal 2013 would be $399,194,890,000.00 more than it was in the last full fiscal year before Obama became president.

Congress would need to cut $399 billion this year to bring inflation-adjusted federal spending back to the level it was before Obama.

According to the CBO, the sequester that has now taken effect will cut only $44 billion from the money that was expected to be spent through the remainder of this fiscal year.

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Who says national health care doesn’t care? They’re giving away free colostomies, even to those who don’t need them!

 

“In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.”Paul Kruman, right, holding former Prince of Wales

“In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.”
Paul Kruman, right, holding former Prince of Wales

“Better safe than sorry”, British doctors console patient after his upset stomach is misdiagnosed as cancer and a Sinatra Bag is installed.

When the retired bus driver, who had previously enjoyed good health, expressed his astonishment, the consultant said: ‘Better safe than sorry.’

The Mail on Sunday has seen a confidential report which exposes a catalogue of incompetence and failure of leadership at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, where Mr McLeish was treated.

In one of the most glaring mistakes, the phrase ‘no dysplasia’ – referring to an absence of abnormal cells on an ulcer found in Mr McLeish’s body – was read at a case conference as ‘dysplasia’. The omission of the word ‘no’ led doctors to believe cancer was likely and on that basis they went ahead with the operation.

The document also reveals that:

  • A biopsy was wrongly interpreted as showing signs of cancer;
  • Surgeons operated without first reading his pathology report, which plays a vital role in cancer diagnosis;
  • Consultants were given incomplete medical notes;
  • Three surgeons had expressed concern about hospital procedures but their complaints were apparently ignored.

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Political correctness and death

If it will save the life of just one Taliban ...

If it will save the life of just one Taliban …

British SAS forces will abandon the bullets given them under their government’s “shoot to wound” policy and switch to larger ones designed to actually kill.

The SAS are being issued with new ammunition designed to kill the enemy outright after they condemned a ‘shoot-to-wound’ policy that put their lives at risk.

The elite troops will now use bigger, heavier rounds to overcome Islamic insurgents who are determined to fight to the death.

The rounds currently issued as standard to SAS troops for their rifles are 5.56 mm calibre. In future, the troopers will be given 7.62 mm rounds – which are almost twice as heavy and designed to kill with a single shot.

The bullets upgrade – and a new range of rifles designed to fire them – were recommended in a top-secret report on SAS operations in Afghanistan. It called for a return to a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy and for heavier rounds to be issued to troops. The report’s authors described bloody clashes with Taliban jihadists who managed to ignore their bullet wounds and carry on shooting.

But wait, there’s more!

The only advantage to the [currently-issued]  5.56 mm rounds is that, given their lighter weight, soldiers can carry more of them. Manufactured by BAE Systems in Crewe, they have a steel tip and core. The bullets are also lead-free to reduce environmental pollution. BAE has a £2 billion contract with the Ministry of Defence to produce these ‘ethical rounds’

Note that only the commandos will be given the new weapons: ordinary troops, like all NATO soldiers, will continue to use the “ethical”,” environmentally friendly” peashooters. As an aside, the 7.62 bullet is known in the civilian world as the .308 and can lawfully be used to take down a whopping 90-lb deer in every state. The 5.56 round is not, as it is deemed ineffective and too likely to wound, rather than drop a large animal. At least deer don’t charge when they’re wounded, a distinction apparently lost on our military strategists.

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For such a smart nerd, Bill Gates is incredibly dumb

Microsoft 1978Condemns capitalism for misdirecting resources.

‘The malaria vaccine in humanist terms is the biggest need. But it gets virtually no funding. But if you are working on male baldness or other things you get an order of magnitude more research funding because of the voice in the marketplace than something like malaria,’ he said.

Wired Magazine reported the comment from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Global Grand Challenges Summit.

‘Our priorities are tilted by marketplace imperatives,’ Gates explained.

He said that the way to fix the disparity is to address this ‘flaw in the pure capitalistic approach.’
That’s a fine example of the thinking honed and cultivated at Harvard, but even a mildly intellectually curious student of social organization might expand his thought experiment to consider the likelihood of success of a system that forcibly collected money from its citizens and redistributed it to support research as bureaucrats and politicians deemed wise. How well would a young college drop out have fared under a regime that required approval and funding from the government? Or, how would he have done under a plan where even half of his r&d funds were seized and spent by others on pet projects of their own, projects deemed more socially significant than the creation of a new spreadsheet?
Like his pal Buffet, Gates got incredibly rich by making his own decisions about how and where to spend his capital and now declares that for the rest of us, that’s not to be allowed: a panel of experts will do it for us.
Asshat.

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