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Thursday, October 19. 2017
Why More Men Are Becoming Nurses - There's more demand, yes, but as more men have finished high school, more have moved into nursing, a new paper finds
Great Moments In Single-Payer: NHS Proposes Refusal Of Surgeries To Smokers, Overweight
Boom in American natural gas changes world markets
Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick “The Vietnam War” Misses its Target
MADNESS AT REED COLLEGE
"Bias response teams" are literally Thought Police
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Democrats need to move left
Out-of-touch kneeling NFL players are starting to ruin emotional attachment to football
FBI Informant Working on Russian Nuclear Bribery Scheme Was THREATENED by the Obama Administration
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How to Survive a Bear Attack in America
Seriously. Read www.bearmageddon.com you'll see it takes a whole lot more than that.
Maybe the article should have been titled something more like "How to Increase Marginally Your Chances of Survival If You Aren't Heavily Armed, a Good Shot with a Cool Head, and Massively Lucky."
Following the advise in this city boy's article is sure to get you killed. One can behave their way out of an encounter with bears but you better know what you're doing with that type bear. Failing all else you better bring some firepower. Pretending firearms, and specific weapons for just these environments, don't exist is reckless and dangerous and can get you killed. The guy doesn't even have simple basic knowledge of that which he purports to explain. NOBODY goes north into polar country unarmed. Oh, and on a side note, the Polar Bear is not the largest land mammal on earth. Every 2nd grader knows it's the elephant. The Order of Magnitude to refute this BS is now getting on my nerves so I'll just say that there are myriad more problems with this desk jockey's retarded advise.
Funny and true enough, but at some point does that distinction really matter?
I have a friend from Sri Lanka who told me how to survive an elephant attack. She said her grandfather as a little boy used to sneak up on elephants and then swing on their tail. The elephant would turn and charge, but she said that if her grandfather ran away in a zigzag pattern, the elephants couldn't change course fast enough and would soon get dizzy or tired and stop.
Of course, I have no intention of ever testing this advice to see if it's correct.
As a geologist who has worked a lot in the wilds of Alaska I can tell you that no right-minded person goes into the bush without a weapon. That said, preparation also includes hours of practice with the weapon or weapons of choice. We always did a fly over prior to being dropped off for a day in the field and if we saw any bears even close to our drop point we went to an alternate site for the day. Actual bear encounters are relatively rare, but if it happens, the Boy Scout motto says it all--"Be Prepared".
"Great Moments In Single-Payer: NHS Proposes Refusal Of Surgeries To Smokers, Overweight"
There is a profoundly wicked hypocrisy at play here: British smokers and fat people pay taxes towards the maintenance of the UK social welfare system just like everyone else.
I'll bet there's no corresponding proposal to provide relief to these taxpayers for the portion of their taxes used to fund the NHS.
By living shorter lives, smokers and overweight people probably incur lower medical expenses over a lifetime. My father quit smoking 9 years before he died, when his MD told him in no uncertain terms that his emphysema meant he HAD to quit. Nonetheless, my father still died of lung cancer.
He had high medical expenses in the three months between his diagnosis and his death. His dying at the relatively young age of 67 meant that there were no medical expenses for the 15-20 years of additional life he would have had were he not a smoker.
Gringo's comment once more stopped by the idiot spamware at Maggie's Farm. Just so the message gets across, I will repeat: the idiot spamware at Maggie's Farm.
Of course not, and also no medical help for those who, due to medical conditions, are seriously overweight (like me and many others, possibly the majority of cases in Europe where food is expensive).
NFL players: this is what it takes for white people to wake up out of the nfl tv watching stupor! Massive insults to their heritage on a daily basis and they still watch it on tv and discuss all day long. The problem in our society is the fat, lazy minded whites, drinking bud light and eating pizza and thinking the destruction of their society can't happen even as it is preparing to come crashing down around them. They refuse to listen or take what is happening seriously.
Yes, many voted for Trump. It is also true that many of those today still do not own or like guns, white suburbia in particular. God forbid you should bring up race in a conversation, many heads will still say that most blacks are ok, mexicans work hard, etc. illegals only want to work for their families. By voting for Trump some dim bulb from the past has been lit, some ancient fire relit from embers. Two or thee more red pills might get it done.
I totally agree. Most Americans are not yet "woke" enough to understand what is going on. The claim, now that the shit has hit the fan over these disrespectful acts, is that we just want equity and justice. But as the article points out the basic claim that blacks are likely to be shot by police is pure BS. And we have the statements of Kaepernick where he made it quite clear he hated the U.S. and his intent was indeed to disrespect the flag and the country.
A new claim now is that too many minorities are incarcerated. "The incarceration statistics are an intolerable reality in a nation of unparalleled wealth." This is crazy! Who do they think should be exempt from the law? Should only 1 black criminal in 8 go to jail simply to make these incarceration statistics equal across the races? Here is a great idea; how about minorities decide to not break the law and not get sent to jail for their crimes! I will take a knee and link arms over that idea (but not during the anthem).
A new claim now is that too many minorities are incarcerated. "The incarceration statistics are an intolerable reality in a nation of unparalleled wealth." This is crazy! Who do they think should be exempt from the law?
The website 538 has an article about homicide victims, with disparities between white and black victims that will be similar for homicide offenders. Black Americans Are Killed At 12 Times The Rate Of People In Other Developed Countries.
From 2010 through 2012, the annual rate of homicide deaths among non-Hispanic white Americans was 2.5 per 100,000 persons, meaning that about one in every 40,000 white Americans is a homicide victim each year. By comparison, the rate of homicide deaths among non-Hispanic black Americans is 19.4 per 100,000 persons, or about 1 in 5,000 people per year.There will be similar disparities between blacks and whites for homicide offenders. Why should we than be shocked that proportionally more blacks are incarcerated for homicide?
Black Americans are almost eight times as likely as white ones to be homicide victims, in other words.
So for white Americans, the homicide death rate is not so much of an outlier. It’s only modestly higher than in Finland, Belgium or Greece, for instance, and lower than in Chile or Latvia.
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Men are becoming nurses because the pay is good. When I started at the hospital, the only male nurses had been trained in the armed services. That's no longer the case now, at least for psych nurses.
"[t]he only male nurses had been trained in the armed services. "
I knew a couple of male nursing officers in the Canadian Army. They had some interesting views on being in a military career field where the traditional "patriarchy" was turned on its head, i.e., the nursing system was led and directed by women and men were a minority.
It was very clear that the female officers who ruled the roost acted no better nor any less venally than male ones.
The lesson I take from this is not that men are inherently bad, nor that women are, but that most of us aren't angels when we find ourselves in positions of power. We tend to use power to benefit our tribe and abuse or exploit our non-tribe. It therefore behooves us to find ways to allocate power that are more merit- or functionality-based and less tribal.
I worked in an airlift command center in Vietnam. Whenever we got word the air evac nurses were coming for an orientation tour, all the new guys prettied themselves up as best they could, while the old guys were ho-hum about it, because every time, the nurses were a dozen or so males.
Rosenstein and Mueller are actually the good guys in all of this. I wish people would analyze a little better.
When I saw Rosenstein and Mueller come up in The Hill story, I KNEW there are no such things as coincidences. Do you really believe Trump just happened to pick Rosenstien as his number 2 at DOJ and then ONE DAY after Trump interviewed Mueller it was just coincidence that Rosenstein picked him for the Russia investigation?
This is all about the uranium deal always has been. The informant who went to The Hill with his evidence & story was intimidated by the Obama DOJ to keep this covered up, had to sign an NDA. Do you think he is the only one who was threatened? You think this man is the only good man involved with this scandal out of all of the DOJ and FBI?
No, no way in hell.
Look at the backgrounds of the people Mueller has hired. It lines up perfectly with a case to prosecute the uranium scandal. 100%.
Mueller/Rosenstein are the good guys. Get it out of your head that b/c they were connected to the original case that they willingly and happily covered up all their work on this.
They both know where the bodies are buried. They were the perfect team to hire to go after HRC / Obama.
Buckle up, things are just heating up. With Grassley involved and Sessions being questioned yesterday, DOJ will act soon...
The stories in The Hill and Circa News were coordinated. Not accidental discoveries.
I hope you're right too, MissT but it doesn't look like that to me. Mueller has hired a bunch of leftists and Hillary donors. Has he hired even one Republican or conservative (or even known impartial) investigator or prosecutor? He and Rosenstein seem to be implicated in hiding the dirty parts (are there any clean ones?) of the Uranium One deal. Rosenstein framed the scope of the "Russian collusion" investigation so loosely that he is apparently investigating business deals over a decade old.
I admit that we really don't know for sure just what Mueller is doing, hiring lefties (who hopefully would be honest enough to admit the truth) would make Trump's exoneration and/or Clinton/Obama guilt much more significant, and your supposition that they both know where the bodies are buried is surely true. My concern is that their's may be the bodies that are buried and so will might ensure they still remain buried. As JLawson said, we'll see.
The worries about Mueller's judgement in prosecutors continues with this column: http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/356253-judging-by-muellers-staffing-choices-he-may-not-be-very-interested-in
Given what that column says, hiring Andrew Weissmann does not give me a warm fuzzy feeling about Mueller or his team.
RE: Dems need to move left.
Why, that idea's so crazy, it just might work!
I guess their bunny-hops counter-clockwise haven't been enough, they need to hire Uber for further travels...
Please, Mr. Pitts, move your party further to the left.
Demand that all guns that scare you be outlawed and confiscated. Call for more taxpayer funded abortions. Call for illegal immigrants to be given the vote as soon as they cross the border. Demand that transitioning transexuals be addressed by their preferred pronoun and that people like me be jailed if we don't do it. Continue to scream at Americans about how terrible Americans like Washington, Jefferson and Lee have been for the world as a whole.
Do this loudly and do it often.
I want there to be a stark contrast between your party and mine.
If there is, then you will be forever marginalized and discredited. As you should be.
If the Dems were in the center moving left would indeed make some sense. But the left in America today are slightly to the left of Putin and Fidel if they move any further left they will knock over Hitler. The Democrat party today is backed by and lead by communist and it is a criminal shame that our MSM hides this for them. The Democrats choose, some 50 to 60 years ago, to embrace the far left and groups within the far left. They now openly elect far left socialist and communist to office. Most Democrat congressmen have relationships with communist organizations in America. Even good Democrat politicians would not dare go against their leadership and by default accept and embrace these anti-American communist influences.
I prefer the old Democrat party that merely wanted to run our lives and retire from office as multi-millionaires from their bribes and illegal activities. Ahhh! Those were the good old days.
According to The Hill (via Instapundit) the DNC is considering officially asking Bernie and Angus King to run as Democrats.
25-30 years ago I used to read Pitts. Until he went full-lefty.
NFL players: It's more than losing emotional attachment to a team or football in general. I'm seeing open hostility. I guess it's a normal reaction to being betrayed by something you cared about for a long time. I believe the damage is still being underestimated. Mt kids and their friends have zero interest in football and nobody they hang out with plays it. I expect NFL to go from the #1 sport to being the first one belly up.
I think Burns & Novick hit their target; they just lied about what and where that target was.
How to Survive a Bear Attack in America
Run faster than your friend.
The Vietnam War is all about excuses, justification and rationalization. According to Burns & Novick the democrats in congress were perfectly justified in betraying our allies is SE Asia by cutting off their funds. They did the right thing. Chris Dodd addressed the congress and said that the people in Cambodia would be better off under Pol Pot. I think he meant deader off. Millions were killed when the communists took over in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
The only history taught in schools for decades has been Zinn history...small wonder students leaving high school and college haven't a clue about what is happening in the world much less what happened in the past. Burns and Novick were as lazy and sleazy as the politicians that stabbed SVN in the back. It wasn't by mistake that they "recorded" pc history from the comfort of air conditioning, real food, and hot showers...it's all they have ever know.