We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In the early days of McCarver's broadcast career, I watched him comment on a runner's speed to first base. He decided to put the clock on him for instant replay. When it took the runner almost 5 seconds to run 90 feet to first, McCarver was puzzled, his booth partner was laughing and it took a commercial break for him to realize he'd timed him in slow motion.
Catchers are usually pretty smart, but McCarver could be a source of the term, "tools of ignorance."
McCarver WAS a very good catcher and baseball analyst - emphasis on was. He's slipped more gears over the past couple of years than a 1932 Ford Coupe with a bad clutch. Where he used to be a solid color guy with interesting inside information, he's become Joe Morgan.
New York's Municipal Archives Photos: James Lileks uses the archives all the time to compare New York TV and movie scenes to those "back in the day". As something of a pop archivist (actually I think Lileks is obsessively compulsive about pop culture. but it's harmless and very interesting) he finds the most interesting things in these photos. I do to.
"Nearly every week adds another horrifying chapter to a tale of a land unable and unwilling to defend its values from the simultaneous left-wing onslaught of political correctness and the right-wing non-response of hand-wringing embarrassment."
What the media in the US is not doing is exposing the exact same thing here in the US. We're as bad as England in some ways. And we're heading in that direction faster than we think.
England: Doctors back denial of treatment: See above.
That's all I got - the rest is just too depressing.
Well, as Prof. Reynolds said when he posted the link, http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/141906/ , "“A majority of doctors support measures to deny treatment to smokers and the obese, according to a survey that has sparked a row over the NHS‘s growing use of ‘lifestyle rationing’.” I recommend a growing use of “tar-and-feathers discipline.” It’s an Anglo-American tradition!"
Its amazing how much a bureaucratic monstrosity does less and less, as it gets bigger and bigger...
College? Seems everyone thought they said collage. Today, college is more like a collage where students piece together a variety of eye-catching courses in surprising or unusual ways which parents stick up on the fridge till it is tucked away in a box to be brought out when the parents wish to reminisce about how talented and what a bright future their darling had.
Seriously, who are these liars who supposedly promised kids that a college education was guaranteed riches? Who started this myth?
When I was applying way back in seventy nine, everyone was looking into engineering and other degrees that led to jobs, a decade of bad economy will do that. But the warning was that there were not guarantees. The news ran stories about astrophysicists washing dishes because the space program was downsizing.
Movies and TV shows of the 1980s had almost an obligatory character who "couldn't find a job in her field" (48 hrs), or was the over-educated reception/secretary frustrated with their lack of appreciation. In the '90s, I remember a Law and Order episode where the murderer was a desperate underemployed Ph.D. whose victim had sabotaged a "job in their field" prospect.
So, please, explain to me why there is this "surprise?"
What? You don't recall the Horror Expressed over that poster of a guy standing in front of of his 5-car garage with 5 really expensive cars and a caption saying something like "Why To Go To College"? Because Knowledge Is All, and Money Is Dirty and Morally Unacceptable.
I do have a small amount of money. I do try to wash my hands after handling it.
However, the dirty and morally unacceptable I am familiar with all comes from knowledge. It seems, there are things you can't unsee and with the internet there are a lot more opportunities to see these things.
If American doctors start backing denial of treatment, we're going to have to think outside the box again. If necessary, we can rent dog costumes for our ill family members and take them to the vet for treatment. Vets can still have much more wiggle room in treating their patients.