Entries from August 2009

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Canadian Healthcare Professionals Describe Their Real Health Care

In this video, Canadian physicians and nurses describe the real Canadian healthcare system to Americans (not the cartoon Canadian health care portrayed some American media and public discourse). American viewers, accustomed to American bombast, hyperbolic rhetoric, rants, and apocalyptic jeremiads will have to adjust their TV sets accordingly in order to view the modest understatements […]

Monday, August 24th, 2009

I Was Not at Woodstock

All of the recent hoopla about the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival in 1969 (if everyone who claimed to have been there were actually there, it would have required the entire state of New York to accommodate them) had me thinking about where I was in the “Summer of Love.” I don’t remember, […]

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Barney on Healthcare Reform

He’s big. He’s obnoxious.¬† He’s Barney. No, I’m not talking about the PBS children’s TV icon who sings, “I love you, you love me, we’re just one big family.” I’m talking about the congressman from Massachusetts, Barney Frank, who, when confronted by a anti-healthcare-reform right-wingnut at a Dartmouth town hall meeting, gave better than he […]

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Study Finds End-of-life Counseling Improves Mood, Extends Life

So much for Sarah Palin’s fictive “death panels” (though I would like to convene one in order to put her out of our misery). As reported by the Associated Press, a study funded by the National Cancer Institute and published in the respected Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), in which 322 terminally ill […]

Friday, August 14th, 2009

US Catholic Bishops Condemn Reiki

Thank God the US Conference of Catholic Bishops are on watch looking out for your physical and spiritual health. Its Committee on Doctrine, chaired by William Lori, bishop of Bridgeport, CT, has published “Guidelines for Evaluating for Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy.” Reiki (an alternative touch therapy used in many hospitals as a complement […]

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

From Mormonism to Moronism: Marriott Hotel Claims Rape Victim Was Careless, Negligent

According to press reports in the Hartford (CT) Courant¬†, The Stamford Advocate, and on line in the Huffington Post, the Stamford (CT) Marriott Hotel and Spa is defending itself from a negligence suit (brought by a woman who was raped in the hotel garage while the rapist pointed a gun at her two children) by […]

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Homophobia + Testosterone = Financial Collapse

Two quotes included in a recent Malcolm Gladwell article in the New Yorker (“Cocksure: Banks, battles, and the psychology of overconfidence”) disclose the cluttered psychosexual landscape of Jimmy Cayne, former CEO of Bear Stearns, a firm that was sued (unsuccessfully) by an investor for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty. According to the cocksure Cayne: […]