Category Archives: Politics

Random Jottings ~ Medical

it’s a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do ‘practice…..’

after a sixteen-hour shift women doctors need to practice standing on one leg

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nurses, the problem is you can’t live without them, and you can’t always believe them

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his temperature was up to 105, and there was an icy look in the nurse’s eyes

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little do the doctors know, but you’re never alone if you’re paranoid

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never give up on life, if you give up you have no chance at all

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he was happy before the doctor told him he was sick

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she had wise eyes in a face of angelic concern

shame she wasn’t a nurse

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

learn how to breathe

it’s one of life’s more important skills

Unsafe Medical Treatments

people should understand that doctors are not infallible saints

Here in England there has just been published a damning government apology after a review into three unsafe medical treatments for women.

Arrogant male surgeons, doctors, and other ‘medical professionals’ dismissed their patients’ reports of severe pain, birth defects, discomfort, loss of a sex-life, broken marriages, severe depression, attempted suicides, and destroyed lives as merely ‘women’s problems’.

The first of these unsafe medical treatments is the use of vaginal mesh to treat prolapse and incontinence.  The government’s investigation and report was only undertaken after a long campaign by 8,000 women who formed a group called ‘Sling The Mesh’.  Allegedly, most of the women who have had this operation were not fully informed by their doctors and surgeons of the appalling risks attached to the implant of something called transvaginal tape, (TVT).  The procedure has been widely used in the UK and USA, and around 45% of the women operated on suffered severe complications.  This kind of thing is already banned in New Zealand, but as expected the medical authorities here in England are vacillating somewhat on imposing a total ban on vaginal mesh implants.

The other two scandals to break today are of the hormonal pregnancy test Primodos, associated with damage to children born to mothers who took it ~ and the treatment for epilepsy sodium valporate, which harms babies if taken during pregnancy.

These three latest scandals follow on the heels of Thalidomide, defective pacemakers, faulty artificial hips, PIP breast implants, and maternity deaths due to clinical malpractice.

Of course, nothing like this will ever happen again

I knew a very eminent surgeon who confided in me that the very last thing a patient wants to do is to go under a surgeon’s scalpel ~ the risks are just too great.  Personally, I used to trust my doctor until he insisted of giving me a drug that would do me no good whatsoever, for a complaint a didn’t have, and carried with it lots of unpleasant side-effects.  It will be a very long time before I again seek help from any doctor.

Some say that the National Health Service in England is Broken and Unfit for Purpose.  And that the last thing anyone should think about doing is consult a doctor.  All I know is that ‘first do no harm’ is looking a little thin.

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jack collier

jackcollier@talktalk.net

women’s medical problems are often ignored, missed, or misdiagnosed

Vacation Travel Chaos

the longest journey starts with the first step

at least we can still do our 10,000 steps a day

There is no quick resolution to the COVID-19 chaos that is affecting airlines, tour operators, hotels, and whole countries around the world.  Yesterday the government in England, via the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, exempted some countries from its advice that we British should avoid any but essential overseas travel.

There is a list of these exempted countries ~ it’s fairly useless.  No matter what the Government says here, these countries all have their own rules, which in some cases prevent people who have recently been to England from entering ~ hopefully pro tempore.  In some cases there are no commercial flights anyway.

The full Department of Transport list can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

But beware, Cyprus, Greece, and Malta will not let UK nationals in without a test, lots of documentation, a 14 day quarantine, (or at all),  there are no flights to the Seychelles, Portugal doesn’t seem to exist any more, & etc. & etc.

Places I think I could travel to in the near future are Italy, Spain, Turkey.  Not really an extensive list of holiday Destinations is it?  France is definitely off the list of places to go, and large parts of Spain are under lockdown again.  There’s always Gibralter, and maybe Morocco.

My best advice is to contact a reputable tour company and airline ~ and then do lots of on-line research before booking anything.

Or stay at home for another couple of weeks.

Sadly, if you are in the USA, you can’t go anywhere, and nobody can come to visit you.  Perhaps you may be able to travel by Thanksgiving, or Christmas.

Have a nice Independence Day.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Doom and Gloom when it comes to travel to or from the USA, or anywhere within America either

Peace and Tranquility

the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective

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Each day I go down to the sea to pray to my Goddess.  Always at the same vantage point, I face the morning sun, calm myself and say my short prayer for the day.

This morning the sea was very grey and calm, with a surface like hammered metal, the colour of slate to match the grey clouds which had suddenly appeared overhead.

I asked that my Goddess help me find greater peace and calm in my life, because a peaceful and calm life brings more and better, kinder things along with it.

At the instant my prayer ended, the clouds parted a little and a shaft of sunlight struck the sea, turning the area I was looking it into a sparkling, burnished silver mirror.  More than quite surprising.

You know what?  I took that as a sigh that my Goddess looked favourably upon my prayer, and the generosity of spirit in which the prayer was meant.

As I turned away that shaft of sunlight vanished too.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

if you talk to your higher power

sometimes they may answer

We’ll Meet Again ~ Dame Vera Lynn dies aged 103

and there’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover

During WWII the Germans had the overtly sexual Marlene Dietrich singing Lili Marlene, which was the unofficial anthem of the Afrika Korps.  We had the wholesome Forces Sweetheart, Vera Lynn.  Kind of says a lot about out differing national characteristics.

Dame Vera Lynn is now 103, and she is still almost as big an inspiration to Englishmen of a certain age as is the Queen.

Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces Sweetheart has died aged 103.  She will be much mourned.

Please listen with respect

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

after a girl has pushed an ambulance up a sand dune, she deserves a cold beer

 

 

Getting Away From It All

thus the fear of danger is ten thousand times more powerful than the peril itself

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The news here is England is crazy, which is not actually the mood of the country but rather the hysteria of the newsmakers and reporters themselves.

Factories lie idle, stores are closed, the very fabric of England lied rotting in the unseasonal June mist and cold rain.

Meanwhile those supposedly in charge are supine before mob rule by a minority of disaffected youths and opportunists,  none of whom deserve the name of Englishman.  Their latest target is Sir Winston Churchill, without whose steadfast courage they could well be living in a totalitarian German vassal state.  These stupid people make me sick.

I have a friend who is going to live in Missouri.  Seems I could by a decent parcel of land there for chump change.  All I would need out there is a vehicle, a building supplies store, and some tools.

It’s cool to know that when it comes to self-reliance I am several steps up from Robinson Crusoe.

Some say that Black Lives Rule.  And that justifies tearing down and negating statues of everyone who made Great Britain Great.  All I know is I’m glad I can live anywhere I want to.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

some may see a ruin

I see a project

COVID-19 Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

some doctors say the coronavirus less dangerous than measles

When the early white settlers went anywhere, then the native populations just about died out from contracting what used to be called ‘childhood diseases’.  Chickenpox, Mumps, Rubella, Measles, Scarlet Fever ~ because they had never encountered these illnesses before and had no natural immunity.  I had all of those bugs in my childhood, (except for scarlet fever), and while I was poorly it was never bad enough to keep me away from school.  In fact, back in those dim and distant days mothers were encouraged to send infected kids to school.

There was folk knowledge that said that young kids didn’t get particularly sick from bugs that could make them very sick when they were in their mature years.  So, it was thought best for children to build up natural immunity to safeguard them when they were old enough to have children of their own.  Bog Row Junior Mixed and Infants, where I first went to school, must have been full of disease, dirt, and depravation ~ looking back it was, and yet we all grew up healthy.

So why is it that this coronavirus has caused such panic among people, politicians, health officials, doctors, et al?  Is it because COVID-19 is particularly deadly, or incredibly infections?

Well no, the coronavirus, COVID-19 is neither particularly infectious nor especially deadly.

The scientists say that the mortality rate all those who catch COVID-19 is about 0.25%.  So if you catch it you have a 1 in 400 chance of dying, but that number is meaningless because it’s the elderly, frail, diabetic, or already sick with something else who are most likely to die.  That’s the same as for any illness, including pneumonia, measles, or the common or garden flu.

Contrast that with ordinary measles, (which you will not catch because you’ve either already had it as a child, or you have had the MMR vaccine).  With measles, depending on how the doctors and statisticians measure it, you could have a 15% to 25% chance of dying, or as bad as 1 in 4.  And, if you are sick from measles the effects can last the rest of your life due to brain damage.

And yet the world is not being put into lockdown because of a measles epidemic, despite the fact that there were 413,308 confirmed cases reported to WHO in 2019.  Go figure, (as you Americans say).

Brutal as it may seem most of the supposed victims of the coronavirus were going to die anyway, because they were elderly, frail, diabetic, sick with something else, or all of those.

Something doesn’t ‘feel’ right about the responses of those in authority to the relatively mild outbreak of COVID 19.

You tell me.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

does anyone trust any politician anymore

Distressed and Depressed

you have to be at your strongest when you’re feeling your weakest

staring into nothingness

A few days ago I decided to stop following the news.  It isn’t so much the hard news of current events which I find distressing and depressing, it’s the rather one-sided and left-liberal commentary, opinions, and spin that goes along with the news.  I can form my own opinions concerning the facts and truths, I do not need to be told what to think.

The unvarnished news is bad enough; the economy has tanked, the coronavirus is still making people ill, routine heath care and dentistry has ceased for the duration, there is no formal education for most, people are rioting in the streets, restrictions on personal freedoms continue, and nobody can go anywhere.  If I did take a train to somewhere there’s little to do when I get there, and certainly nowhere to eat or stay overnight.

This COVID-19 lockdown has cost unimaginable billions.  It’s obvious that it’s going to take decades to pay off all the money the UK government has borrowed to support this country during the current medical crisis ~ some say as long as it took to repay all the borrowing that resulted from WWII.  That took decades, in fact about a half a century.  That means Great Britain is entering a new era of austerity.  Most in this country are going to be financially much worth off for the foreseeable future.

Add to that the disgraceful riots and violence that has infected our town and cities, and you can see that this country has become a distressing, depressing, and unsafe place to live.  The lawlessness is particularly distressing for the average ‘person in the street’ ~ there is a feeling that nobody and nothing is safe.

Perhaps it is time that the 1715 Riot Act, repealed in 1967, was brought back into English Law.  Although, the Death Penalty for being part of a tumultuous, riotous assembly of 12 persons or more is a little harsh for this day and age.  And transportation is out of the question, you don’t have to be a criminal to go to Australia any more.

Selfishly, the thing that is distressing and depressing me the most is that I first got sick just about 3 months ago, and I’m still suffering.  Weariness, lassitude, lack of energy, shortness of breath, coughing, and confusion to name but a few symptoms.  I’ll get over it and get better sometime ~ I hope it’s sooner rather than later.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

doom, gloom, death, and depression

Monochrome Monday ~ Dystopia

with chaos and neglect the civilised world slowly fell apart

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

those men had something real to protest about

 

The Unacceptable Face of Freedom

lawlessness madness discord disorder violence chaos destruction anarchy vandalism

Here in England a young female police officer lies in hospital after a protest march turned into anarchy.  She has a collapsed lung, shattered ribs, and a broken collarbone.

Violent agitators abuse, attack, kick, and beat our police men and women ~ who are universally unarmed.  Police men and women lie bleeding in the streets.

Mobs rip down and deface statues and dance around like demented savages.

Thousands break the law with these mass gatherings and selfishly destroy any good that has been done by months of painful lockdown, self-isolation, and self-sacrifice.

Rioting thugs try to burn The Cenotaph’s Union Flag, a symbol of remembrance dedicated to the millions of service men and women who gave their lives to help protect the very freedoms these mindless urban terrorists are seeking to destroy.

Mealy mouthed left-leaning politicians, churchmen, celebrities, devisive journalists, and our pointless and distrusted BBC seek to climb on the same high horse from where these demonstrators, protesters, rioters, and thugs decry everything about the British way of life whose freedoms they enjoy.

The streets are unsafe as injuries to innocent passersby to these riots prove.

Britain is not a racist society, far from it, and there is no evidence except hearsay that says there is endemic racism in the United Kingdom.

There is no nobility about these protests here in England, they are self serving expressions of hatred against the establishment.

Some say black lives matter.  And that Britain is a racist society.  All I know is that any good these protests may have done has long since passed.  Decades of left-wing distorted propaganda, passed off as education, have finally come home to roost.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a symbol of unity, honour, and courage

of which these protesters and rioters have none whatsoever

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