Archive for November, 2005
I sent this to the Regina Leader Post today in response to a letter supporting more government interference in our daily lives in the health care arena.
Jackie Lukey’s letter of 25 November 2005 in response to Murray Mandryk raises some interesting issues that I think require more exploration. The issue at hand is the resolution voted down at the recent NDP convention that would have prevented doctors in Saskatchewan from using the results of out of province MRI tests to treat their patients. The bottom line is that the left wing of the NDP party wants to take much more control of how Saskatchewan citizens conduct their private affairs.
In many provinces of Canada it is legal to obtain an MRI test by paying for that test privately. This is a legal business transaction. The customer receives a timely test rather spending weeks or months on a waiting list. The supplier receives a fee used to pay salaries, expenses, and if possible to make a profit. The customer isn’t taking up space on a waiting list; therefore the list is shortened by one. The money used in this transaction is after tax income. The customer has already paid his taxes and done his part to support the government medical system. There are no losers here, only winners.
But some people in this country think that they should be able to dictate to others how they spend their after tax income. It isn’t enough that they can’t purchase a legal medical service in their own province. It isn’t enough that by forcing them to go out of province for such services they have to pay more in travel expenses, making the service unaffordable for many more people. It isn’t enough that people are expected to get sicker and die while waiting for medical tests in Saskatchewan that could be supplied by the private sector. The Holy Grail of forced government healthcare is more important than any of that.
The left would have us believe that their motives are pure. They only want to protect us from these “exploiters of the public” who would make a profit from our suffering. I would remind them that it is the profit motive that creates wealth and jobs in this country and not the government. If Jackie has a job, whether in the private or public sector, it only exists because someone made a profit.
Recent polls suggest that a majority of Canadians support more private healthcare options. It is time for us to move on and build a better healthcare system. The government has proven that it cannot do the job. It is time for the private sector to pick up the slack.
Guitar player Link Wray, who invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists, has died. He was 76.
A native of Dunn, North Carolina, Wray’s style is considered the blueprint for heavy metal and punk music.
Wray’s is best known for his 1958 instrumental Rumble, 1959’s Rawhide and 1963’s Jack the Ripper. His music has appeared in movies like Pulp Fiction, Independence Day and Desperado.
His style is said to have inspired many other rock musicians, including Pete Townsend of the Who. David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Steve Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen have also been quoted as saying that Wray and Rumble inspired them to become musicians. More @ Globe & Mail
ONE of the greatest living US writers has praised terrorists as “very brave people” and used drug culture slang to describe the “amazing high” suicide bombers must feel before blowing themselves up.
Kurt Vonnegut, author of the 1969 anti-war classic Slaughterhouse Five, made the provocative remarks during an interview in New York for his new book, Man Without a Country, a collection of writings critical of US President George W. Bush.
Vonnegut, 83, has been a strong opponent of Mr Bush and the US-led war in Iraq, but until now has stopped short of defending terrorism. More @ The Australian
Via Neale News
And to think that I grew up reading books by this sorry fuck. Stupid kent, never again.
Fuel’s paradise? Power source that turns physics on its head
It seems too good to be true: a new source of near-limitless power that costs virtually nothing, uses tiny amounts of water as its fuel and produces next to no waste. If that does not sound radical enough, how about this: the principle behind the source turns modern physics on its head.
Randell Mills, a Harvard University medic who also studied electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, claims to have built a prototype power source that generates up to 1,000 times more heat than conventional fuel. Independent scientists claim to have verified the experiments and Dr Mills says that his company, Blacklight Power, has tens of millions of dollars in investment lined up to bring the idea to market. And he claims to be just months away from unveiling his creation.
The problem is that according to the rules of quantum mechanics, the physics that governs the behaviour of atoms, the idea is theoretically impossible. “Physicists are quite conservative. It’s not easy to convince them to change a theory that is accepted for 50 to 60 years. I don’t think [Mills's] theory should be supported,” said Jan Naudts, a theoretical physicist at the University of Antwerp.
What has much of the physics world up in arms is Dr Mills’s claim that he has produced a new form of hydrogen, the simplest of all the atoms, with just a single proton circled by one electron. In his “hydrino”, the electron sits a little closer to the proton than normal, and the formation of the new atoms from traditional hydrogen releases huge amounts of energy.
This is scientific heresy. More @ The Gaurdian
Via The Daily Grail
Belt malfunction foiled would-be hotel bomber
She wore a white head scarf and a long denim dress, clothing that let her blend in with the wedding guests in the ballroom of the Radisson hotel in Amman, Jordan.
But hidden under that innocuous outfit, the Iraqi housewife sported a deadly accessory: a handmade belt crammed with TNT and ball bearings, wrapped with duct tape and red cord.
Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, 35, was supposed to detonate the bomb when her husband triggered his, making them the first married couple to carry out a suicide attack.
But, as she explained in a televised confession yesterday, her belt simply didn’t work and so she fled the scene with hordes of innocents trying to escape the carnage.
“My husband wore a belt and put one on me,” al-Rishawi said, wringing her hands nervously but speaking without emotion on state-run Jordanian TV.
“He taught me how to use it, how to pull the [primer cord] and operate it,” she said.
“My husband detonated [his bomb]. I tried to explode [my belt], but it wouldn’t. I left, people fled running and I left running with them.” More @ New York Daily News