Sunday, January 31, 2010

In Praise of Small Town Docs

A few years ago we moved to a nearby city, and over the course of three years or so had occasion about once yearly to attend the ER of the city hospital there for some emergent reason or other.  (As a health professional myself, and offspring of the same, I am acutely aware of bedside manner, professional decorum, and above all, abuse of the medical system - we do not frequent the ER unless staring death in the face.)  Suffice it to say, it wasn't a pretty picture.  The main difference from our little town hospital was, of course, the level of busyness.  With these increased workloads some increase in wait times, indifference, etc. was to be expected, and in these aspects we were not disappointed.  However, the most shocking aspect of the "big city" ER was the conduct of several of the ER specialists that we encountered.  It appears that instead of the writers of TV medical melodramas taking their cues from real ER's, these real life big city ER docs were taking their cues from TV medical melodramas like ER and Grey's Anatomy.  I'm sure this is not the case with all big city ER specialists, but my point is that the proliferation of these sickening (pun intended) TV medical melodramas may be affecting those medical students who watch them.  Doctor Kildare and Ben Casey, what hast thou wrought?

The War of The World

An important new book by Niall Ferguson, who makes a convincing case that "economic volatility very often provides the trigger for the politicization of ethnic difference.  Proximity to a strategic borderland, usually an imperial border, determines the extent to which the violence will metastasize....Ethnic confluence, economic volatility and empires on the wane; such was and remains the fatal formula."  As one who is constantly amazed at man's inhumanity to man, this book was nothing short of a revelation for me.  It's an arduous read, but well worth it.

New Senators Appointed!

Does my heart good to hear all those Lefties and their supporters moaning and groaning about the proroguing of parliament and the appointment of five new Conservative senators.  It's great to see the Tories using the very same (very legal) tactics employed by The Chretien Gang over the years.  Cry me a river!  The Liberals have been obstructing at least five anti-crime bills for years, and those will now proceed.  Our cities are in the grip of gang warfare across Canada, and pedophiles/perverts get away with a mere slap on the wrist.  Civilized society needs laws, and those laws need to be enforced.  Rehabilitation of criminals should not be the first goal of a justice system - protection of the law-abiding public must take pre-eminence, and now perhaps it will.  Now Stephen, let's work toward a Triple E senate!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Back From Out There Too

Sorry about the break in continuity folks.  Sooner or later I had to make the move out of the blogging wasteland, and this week was it.  On top of that I fell ill briefly.  The markets are directionless at the moment, but I fear the worst.  I'm at least 75% in cash while I wait for a trend to develop but I fear it will be down.  The stock market has been disconnected from the real economy this past year, and it can't go on forever.  As a believer in technical analysis, the charts don't look good.  Thank Buddha for those inverse ETF's!