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  • Shock, Shock ... the Climate Catastrophe Lobby is Telling Fibs

    October 8, 2008
    This undoubtedly will shock readers, but the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has a tendency to shade the truth.  And only in one direction.  It seems ... drumroll, please! ... that the member governments have their own agendas and aren't above lying to the people to achieve their ends.

    With activists and politicians continuing to push draconian energy control schemes even with no net increase in temperature over the past decade, it is ever more important for the public to understand the myths being presented as facts.

    The article is a bit old, but is worth rereading.  Writing from Bali, Christopher Monckton, who contribiuted to the 2007 IPCC report, explained:
    As a contributor to the IPCC's 2007 report, I share the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. Yet I and many of my peers in the British...
  • NHS Reform: A Few More Brits Might Survive

    September 24, 2008
    Great Britain's Vaunted National Health Insurance won't pay for necessary drugs to its patients, but it has refused to allow them to contribute their own money to get the better medicines--in the name of equality, of course.  Now that is changing.  According to the Times of London:
    Ministers are preparing to allow public patients to pay for some top-up drugs in a decision that opponents claim will spell the end of the National Health Service.

    Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary, is poised to relax the ban on patients paying privately for life-extending treatments while receiving NHS care. Such a change could result in wealthier patients living longer because they have been able to buy expensive drugs not approved by the NHS. It will force cancer sufferers to...
  • Socialized Health Care Feels Like it is ... Socialized!

    September 23, 2008
    Want to nationalize American health care?  Just compare what it's like to be treated in America and in Britain.  Writes F. Brinley Bruton:
    A few weeks ago I found myself curled up in a hospital here in London, my feverish body shaking violently back and forth. The pain in my side and back made it hard to straighten my torso, and I'd thrown up in a friend's car on the way to the hospital.

    The hospital couldn't find an extra hospital bed, so I spent my first night hooked up to an IV on a gurney in the middle of a row of men and women, my sweaty skin sticking to the plastic. A shriveled woman in the bed to my right issued loud and largely unintelligible commands to nobody in particular. A steady flow of patients visited the bathroom right in front of my bed. A shouting match broke out between...

  • Eurocrats Push European Consolidation

    September 18, 2008
    Nothing horrifies the New Class of bureaucrats, intellectuals, politicians, and activists than an aroused public dedicated to defeating their plans.  The Irish vote against the Lisbon Treaty, which would create a stronger, consolidated government for the continent, shocked Europe's political elite, who are pushing for Ireland's government to stage a revote, or simply override the voters.  The latest argument being made is that approving Lisbon would empower Europe to confront Russia on security issues. It's a silly claim, since the Treaty will deliver neither policy unanimity, an effective military, nor popular support, all of which are necessary for a genuine European nation state.  I offer this argument and more in Taki's magazine today.
  • Europe: The PC Paradise

    September 6, 2008
    People have a lot to say about advertising, much of it bad.  Many ads are stupid, insulting, silly, nonsensical, counterproductive, etc., etc.  Some are even offensive.  But who is to say which ads are right and good and which are not?  Now a member of the European Parliament to take on this responsibility.  Just let the nanny state take care of everything, banning any sexist ads.

    Reports Britain's Daily Telegraph:
    MEPs want TV regulators in the EU to set guidelines which would see the end of anything deemed to portray women as sex objects or reinforce gender stereotypes.

    This could potentially mean an end to attractive women advertising perfume, housewives in the kitchen or men doing DIY.

    Such classic adverts as the Diet Coke commercial featuring the...
  • Going Blind Waiting for the National Health Service--So Sorry!

    September 1, 2008
    Sorry about that!  That's the British government's reaction to the two-year delay in approving a drug that combats blindness.  Too expensive, dear chap ... anyway, keeping your sight is so 20th century!

    Reports the Daily Mail:
    The head of the NHS rationing watchdog has said he is 'genuinely sorry' for a delay in approving a new treatment for blindness.

    But campaigners said Andrew Dillon's comments would be of little consolation to the thousands of Britons who have lost their sight in the two years it took NICE to make its final decision.

    The watchdog has now approved Lucentis, which is used to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, a condition which affects 26,000 new sufferers every year....
  • The Nutrition Nazis are Back

    August 30, 2008
    The consume'rs right to know. It's hard to disagree with the nanny-state proposal now before the California legislature (I know, I know ... what nanny-state procedure isn't before the California legislature!?) to require full disclosure of calories on menus by restaurants. The target, of course, is supposedly unhealthy fast food outlets. Once people see the calorie count, it is assumed that they will desert en masse to the local veggie bar.  But as Jacob Sullum of Reason points out, if people really wanted that information, companies would compete to provide it. It's fair to assume that most people who show up at McDonald's don't expect a healthy meal!

    They certainly aren't likely to change their eating habits.  Writes Sullum:
    The only chain where a substantial share of customers said they noticed...
  • Stop the Presses: More Private Health Care in Canada?

    August 23, 2008
    It can't be true.  Canada, that paragon of health equality, the place where all health shortages are shared and shared alike, might have more private health care in the future.  At least, that's what Robert Ouellet, head of the Canadian Medical Association, wants.

    Reports the Globe and Mail:
    The natural next step for Canada's health system is allowing more private delivery, which will give patients more choice, and better access to care, the new president of the Canadian Medical Association says.

    "My whole career has been about resolving access issues. This is my battle horse," said Robert Ouellet, who takes over today as president of the CMA.

    "Private delivery is an accepted practice everywhere in the world and it's time Canada accepted this...
  • Want an Operation in Great Britain?

    August 22, 2008
    You'd better keep two or three dates open.  It seems that the National Health Service likes to cancel operations even after they are scheduled.  A third of the 124 NHS "trusts" canceled an operation at least twice for patients. 

    Reports the Independent:
    More than 7,000 patients had an NHS operation cancelled more than once in the past year, figures from the Conservatives reveal today.


    One patient had an operation cancelled 21 times and around a third (34 per cent) of trusts cancelled an operation for the same patient three times or more.

    The figures were calculated from 124 NHS trusts across England and referred to operations cancelled for non-...
  • Leaving Patients to Die--Literally

    August 16, 2008
    The next time you hear someone complain about Americans who don't get needed health care, think of Great Britain, where the government has decided that cancer patients are not worth saving. Since the government controls the health care system, that means the patients, unless they are lucky enough to be wealthy, will die. Reports the Daily Mail:
    Thousands of kidney cancer patients have been handed an 'early death sentence' under plans to ban life-extending new drugs. 

    Four drugs which can offer patients extra years with their loved ones have been rejected by the Government's rationing body because they cost too much. 

    The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence admits the drugs work, but says that if they are approved,...


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