Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Doctors' Opinions on the Financial Bailout

(Cutting and pasting doesn't really count as "blogging", right?)

The Allergists voted to scratch it, and the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve, and the Obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception.

The Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted; the Pathologists yelled, 'Over my dead body!' while the Pediatricians said, 'Oh, Grow up!'

The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, the Radiologists could see right through it, and the Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.

The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the Plastic Surgeons said, 'This puts a whole new face on the matter.' The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists felt the scheme wouldn't hold water.

The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and the Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

In the end, the Proctologists left the decision up to some assholes in Washington.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sorry, Friends...

...but I have an exam coming up Friday, and with all I've been doing (including all the posting here!) I'm a little behind in my studying. So, I'm really really going to try to focus on that this week. Odds are you'll still get some posts, since I don't think I can quit cold turkey. But, I doubt you'll be getting 4 a day still :) God Bless!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Implications?

I'll be the first to admit that I don't know that much about money. I've long lamented that I wish I knew more about economics. That being said, I'm not sure what the implications of this are. The Senate voted down an emergency loan to the automobile industry last night. Here's my few thoughts on that:


  • Didn't we GIVE hundreds of billionsof dollars to the banks?
  • Shouldn't we rather have LOANED these few billion dollars to the auto industry?
  • Wouldn't it serve the country better to invest money in industries vs banks?

I could be wrong; I don't know much about economics. I do know that GM and Chrysler are threatening to go bankrupt in about a month if they don't get relief somehow. Ford says it'll do fine if GM and Chrysler are ok, but will fall if they do. Outlook continues to be poor!


ALSO, I found this report on a study that investigated why certain Amish people were able to metabolize triglycerides much more quickly than the average American, and its link to heart disease. Very interesting study with positive implications in the future! (I like talking about hopeful things!)

OOH! And, this blog post/video is very appropriate, considering our current economic problems.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A few issues in health

Some articles I read today include:

this one that talks about how the state of our economy is causing the state and federal governments to cut back funding on emergency preparedness, making is less able to deal with a crisis, such as a disease outbreak or terrorist attack.

Also, this article reports that cancer is expected to become the #1 cause of death in the world by 2010. This is thought to be linked mostly to the population overall becoming older, and the increase in cigarrette smoking globally (although now only 20% of Americans are smokers, and it appears to be decreasing!) Less developed countries are less prepared to deal with cancers that arise from smoking, however, and that's what we're seeing.

I'm thinking about getting involved with "Tar Wars" next year. Prevention is the key! If we could focus on prevention, it would dramatically decrease the financial burden on the healthcare industry.

Also, thisis a report about a study showing that selenium and Vitamin E have no effect on prostate cancer.

Monday, December 8, 2008

EXCELLENT Healthcare Article

I read this article today, describing exactly what one of our healthcare system's biggest problems is. As the article quotoes Newt Gingrich as saying, "There is more than enough money in the system. We just are not spending it well."

Enjoy!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Naughty People

Alright, you forced me to do this :-P I told you to stop voting "Other" on my poll!! Now I had to take it down and make a new one. So, go ahead and vote again. ONE time. And you'll find that there is no other, muahahahaha!!!

Thank you :D

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Prince Caspian: A Brief Review/Rant

I dearly love The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I have either read myself or had them read to me probably a literal dozens of times. When The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was made into a film, I was ecstatic, and overall I would have to say that I greatly enjoyed the movie. I have a few quibbles with it, but it was very satisfactory nevertheless.

Prince Caspian was an entirely different beast. It may surprise you to know that last night was the first time I watched the movie; it will also be the last. What a wretched movie from the very beginning! I have so many problems with the movie I don't even know where to begin! It was such a disappointment.

SPOILER WARNING!


  • Probably 2/3 of the movie was shot "at night", and the camera work was so terrible that I couldn't even see what was happening most of the time. Various shades of blacks and blues moving around the screen.
  • I could say the same thing about the audio. Most of the movie was done in whispers, and the volume has to be cranked up to maximum to even hear what was happening!
  • Just about the ONLY similarity between the movie and the book is that they have the same title, and NOT for the better! They debase High King Peter from a noble, honarable boy/man to a fight-picking bully. Trumpking the dwarf, one of the dearest main characters in the book, is just a grumpy sourpuss. Caspian is...ugh just totally ruined. They actually have him IN ON the plot to ressurect the White Witch!
  • They ATTACK the Telmarine castle?! What?!
  • The entire relationship between Caspian and his mentor, establishing his character as future king, is absent.
  • The ESSENTIAL plot development between Lucy and Aslan, rebuking her for not following him, regardless of what the others did, is twisted and lame.
  • What's UP with the Susan/Caspian thing?!

Ok, my rant is running out of steam. I am so disgusted by what they did with this movie, that if they ever make a Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I'll consider not even watching it.

To Sum Up: What a disappointing waste of time.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Watching You

One of my favorite songs is "Watching You" by Rodney Atkins. It's such a poignant reminder, particularly to parents, that you are being watched and EMULATED!

Something I cringe to share is a somewhat humorous-but-not terrible thing I have taught my son. We have sloping ceilings in our bedroom because we live in the attic, and I used to lie down on the bed, hold my son, and (very gently!) raise him up until his head touched the ceiling, and say, "Bonk!" He loved it!

Well...you can see where this is going. The other day, he was sitting with his back to a wall, and he lost his balance a little bit and bonked his head on the wall behind him. And........then he proceeded to throw his head backward over and over and over, bashing his head against the wall and giggling like a madman. You can imagine the horrible semi0humorous guilt I have over this!!

Anyway...be careful what you do, for many reasons, including that you are being watched!