Record Snow in Newfoundland a sign of the 1970 Earth Day Prediction of an Ice Age?

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 25th, 2013

Week in Review

The glaciers may be retreating but May has been unusually snowy in Newfoundland.  And cold (see Central Newfoundland digs out from freak snowfall posted 5/20/2013 on CBC News)

In Gander, 58 centimetres [22.8 inches] of snow fell between Saturday morning and Sunday night, with peak snowfall on Saturday evening.

Environment Canada meteorologist Jody Boyd said the snowfall blew away the prior record.

“Our normal snowfall for the month of May is just 13 centimetres [5.1 inches], and the highest monthly total in the past was set in 1972,” Boyd said. “For the whole month, it was 49 centimetres [19.3 inches], so we beat that over the span of 36 hours.”

Other parts of the province suffered inclement weather, including rain, drizzle and fog in eastern Newfoundland as well as cold temperatures.

Sounds like Great Britain last year.  Cold and wet.  Where they didn’t have much of a summer.  And that unseasonably cool weather almost spoiled their Olympic Games.  And here it is May in Newfoundland.  Where the temperature on average is above freezing.  With a record snowfall.  And cold temperatures.  Funny how that global warming can be.

One snowfall does not define climate.  But if you listened to Al Gore back in the Nineties you’d be looking at the central United States, wondering why it’s not a large desert now.  And why it even snows in Newfoundland anymore.  Because manmade global warming was changing the climate.  For over two decades now.  Because we didn’t take immediate action in the Nineties to stop it.  Starting with the Kyoto Protocol that the U.S. didn’t sign.  And here we are.  With record snow in Newfoundland in May.  Even with China burning so much coal that they’re killing their people with a thick air pollution hanging over their cities.  Yet there’s record snow in Newfoundland in May.  And Britain barely had a summer last year.

Soon the environmentalists will be dusting off their original Earth Day predictions from the Seventies.  Where they said that the planet would cool to twice what it needs to be to put us in an ice age.  By the year 2000.  Perhaps that’s why it’s snowing in Newfoundland.  And why Britain barely had a summer last year.  Because of the ice age we must be in.  According to the 1970 Earth Day environmentalists.

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Unemployed Immigrants plunge Progressive and Socialist Sweden in Riots

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 25th, 2013

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According to the American left all of America’s problems come from a disparity in incomes.  Which a progressive government tries to fix with a progressive tax code to redistribute wealth.   To make up for that income disparity.  So unskilled people have nice things just like highly skilled workers who can demand a high income.  But the Republicans are mean.  And try to stop the left from making the country a better place.  Something a little more like, say, Sweden (see Swedish police try to restore order in Stockholm after week of rioting by Anthony Lane in Stockholm and agencies posted 5/24/2013 on the guardian).

The riots have served as a sharp reminder that despite regular praise for its ‘Nordic model’ of progressive politics, relatively low unemployment and a generous social safety net, Sweden is not immune to the tension that festers in deprived communities…

Although the smashed windows of shops, two schools and the local library had yet to be replaced, locals of the 12,000-strong neighbourhood, which has an 80% immigrant population, said there had been no problems since 20 members of the local Islamic centre went around Husby to talk to the youths involved in the original disturbances.

“They told them that it had to stop and that they were scaring people,” said Abdul, a nurse in the local hospital after Friday prayers at the mosque.

“At the moment it’s very hard to get jobs – not just here but for everyone in Sweden,” said the Moroccan immigrant who had lived in Husby for 11 years. Having registered growth of 6.1% and 3.9% in 2010 and 2011 respectively, the Swedish economy slowed to just 0.8% last year, largely as a result of faltering exports to the eurozone. Residents born outside Sweden represent 15% of the country’s 9.5 million population, but account for 35% of those registered as unemployed…

Sweden’s relaxed immigration policy and generous asylum system has resulted in exceptionally high immigration levels over the last decade. In 2012, 82,000 non-Swedes migrated to the country – 44,000 of them were asylum-seekers. The country’s migration board expects to receive 54,000 asylum seekers in 2013, including around 20,000 Somalis.

Interesting.  Sweden was the perfect model of a progressive utopia.  Now the place is burning in riots.  What happened?  What changed?  Well, the biggest change appears to be “exceptionally high immigration levels over the last decade.”  Who although they make up only 15% of the country account for 35% of the unemployed.  Interesting.

If this was America the go-to response would be it’s because of racist employers who don’t want to hire immigrants.  Preferring to hire those illegally in the country so they can overwork and underpay them.  But this is Sweden.  So you can’t use the go-to response.  Because Sweden isn’t full of bigoted homophobes.  America has those.  And they’re called conservatives.  According to those on the left.  So what’s going on in Sweden?

It would appear a large percentage of those immigrants aren’t doctors, engineers, chemists, etc.  Instead they are largely uneducated young people with few appreciable job skills.  And can only perform menial labor.  Which doesn’t exactly thrill them.  And a lot of them have come from primarily Muslim countries.  Which tend to be male-centric.  Further angering them that they may only qualify for a job they feel someone beneath them should be doing.  Making them less eager to assimilate.  Preferring the company and the traditions of the country they fled.  And when they can’t even get those menial jobs you get mobs of angry young unemployed men roaming the streets.  Which rarely ends well.

The Americans should study closely what’s happening in Sweden before throwing open their borders.  Because it can happen here.  And already has.  The Boston Marathon bombers, for example, got to the U.S. as asylum seekers.  And let’s not forget how France burned in 2005.  Which was pretty much the same thing that just happened in Sweden.  The root of both of these riots was excessive immigration of low-skilled workers who suffered high unemployment in a jobless economy.  And a lack of assimilation.  Put these together and you get what happened in France in 2005.  And what happened in Sweden in 2013.  And what will happen in countries wherever they have large populations of low-skilled immigrants who feel alienated and don’t wish to assimilate.  Or can’t because they can’t find a job in a jobless economy.

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An Aging Population is pushing the NHS to the Breaking Point as it will push Obamacare to the Breaking Point

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 25th, 2013

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Britain’s Health Secretary said the problem with overworked accident and emergency rooms (A/Es) is that general practitioners (GPs) are not taking care of their patients.  Because a patient can’t make an appointment with their GP, or when they do it is 2-3 weeks later, they just go to the A/E instead.  Because they don’t want to wait.  Or can’t wait because of the pain.  Or because they have a sick child.  This is why accident and emergency rooms are overflowing.  Because the GPs aren’t doing their job.  Or so says the Health Secretary.  Something the GPs take issue with (see NHS A&E departments ‘left unsafe by political meddling’ by Nick Triggle posted 5/23/2013 on BBC News Health).

British Medical Association GP chairman Dr Laurence Buckman has given a speech pointing out the problems that lead to overstretched hospital A&E departments…

He said: “We’ve turned GP practices into places where it’s a daily challenge for receptionists to cope with huge call volumes and GPs to get through to all the people they need to see…”

Dr Buckman added: “He [Mr Hunt] does not want to bother with the facts when he can have a bash at those of us who on his own admission are overworked and strained beyond endurance.

The problem is not with the GPs.  Or with the National Health Service (NHS).  The problem is national health care.  Which may have worked well when people were having a lot of babies.  Making the population grow younger.  With more people entering the workforce than leaving it.  And those who left it had the decency to die soon.  But that was before the Sixties.  When they set up the NHS.  In the Sixties people stopped having so many babies.  Instead of the population growing younger it began to grow older.  And new advances in medical care have allowed retirees to live a long life in retirement.  So the rate of people consuming health care services is growing greater than the rate of those paying for it.  Which has overflowed A/Es.  And is straining GPs beyond endurance.

And so it will be under Obamacare.

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The NHS rations Emergency Services in Wales because of a Doctor Shortage

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 25th, 2013

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The opponents of national health care say it will lead to doctor shortages.  And the rationing of services.  Because the costs of health care will continue to rise as the population ages.  Which will require stretching limited resources to cover a growing number of seniors entering the health care system.  Just as fewer young people are entering the workforce to pay for them.

Fewer people working means less tax revenue.  While health expenditures rise due to that aging population.  The health authority will have no choice but to cut costs.  And that means paying doctors less.  Which will, of course, discourage people from becoming doctors.  Leading to a doctor shortage.  Is this just conjecture?  Not quite.  It’s an observation of what’s happening in the United Kingdom as the NHS struggles with a doctor shortage (see South Wales specialist hospital care plans to be revealed by Owain Clarke posted 5/22/2013 on BBC News Wales).

Health officials believe some services are spread too thinly and should be centralised in four or five hospitals instead.

They include accident and emergency and care for premature babies and children…

They argue that the changes are essential to ensure hospital care meets UK-wide professional standards and to deal with issues such as a shortage of doctors, an ageing population and financial pressures.

This is what we can expect under Obamacare.  And whatever Obamacare evolves into.  For the U.S. already has an aging population.  And financial pressures.  All they need is for the government to start cutting costs and they’ll have a doctor shortage, too.  And then the U.S. will begin to centralize emergency services into fewer hospitals.  Just as the British are doing.  As their doctor shortage causes them to ration their emergency services.  Just as the opponents of Obamacare say will happen in the United States.  Just as it is happening in the United Kingdom.  Because this is the inevitable destination of national health care.  Doctor shortages.  And rationing.

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Long Wait Times for Doctor Appointments in UK sends People to the Emergency Rooms Instead

Posted by PITHOCRATES - May 25th, 2013

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If you go to some American emergency rooms you could wait to see a doctor for hours.  Unless you’re close to death.  If so then you get to go to the front of the line.  While the less lucky who aren’t as close to death have to wait.  Two, three sometimes even four hours in some cases.  Because that’s how backed up an American emergency room can be.  Why?  Because we don’t have national health care.  And not everyone can afford health insurance.  Something Obamacare was going to fix.  By providing health care to everyone.  So the uninsured no longer back up our emergency rooms.  Just like in other countries with national health care.  Such as Britain (see Can no one force GPs to do their job properly? by Sandra Parsons posted 5/22/2013 on the Daily Mail).

Last week, a friend, a senior doctor in a busy A&E, found herself dealing with a young woman suffering from a urinary tract infection.

While this was undoubtedly painful and potentially dangerous, it was neither an accident nor an emergency.

So why, my harassed doctor friend asked her, hadn’t she gone to see her GP instead?

The patient replied she’d dialled the number over and over again without getting through and, in the end, she went to the surgery to ask for an appointment. The earliest slot, she was told, was ten days’ time. It was at that point she’d gone to A&E instead.

She tried to make an appointment with her doctor but she couldn’t get someone to answer the phone to make an appointment for her.  So she went there in person.  And they basically said, “Okay, I see you’re in terrible pain.  We should take a look at you as soon as possible.  I’ll pencil you in for a rush appointment.  So go home, get some rest and we’ll see you sometime after two weeks to take care of your unbearable pain.  Just hope it doesn’t go septic before then.  NEXT!”

This is national health care.  As done by Britain’s esteemed National Health Service (NHS).  The same NHS they poured accolades all over in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games.  That one.  The treasure of the United Kingdom.  What the left says we should have here.  And it is their fervent hope that Obamacare will evolve into something very much like the NHS.  Because they say that will make health care better.  And keep people from using the emergency rooms for routine medical care because they don’t have health insurance.  Only it’s not working in Britain.  Where people are still going to the emergency room (A/E in Britain) for routine medical care.

An aberration? Far from it: this woman is one of tens of thousands who are turning up at the doors of A&E because they can’t get an appointment with their doctors. The costs involved are huge…

So emergency doctors — highly trained professionals who know how to save your life when you’re having a heart attack or have been in a horrific road accident — find themselves treating minor cuts and chest infections…

Tomorrow, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is due to make a speech criticising GPs for failures that include not knowing their patients’ names and hiving off out-of-hours care to outside agencies. He will also highlight the fact that admissions at A&E departments have soared as a result.

Quite rightly, he lays the blame for this on the changes Labour made to GP contracts nine years ago, which allowed GPs to opt out of night calls and rewarded them for complying with targets rather than for treating patients as individuals…

So it’s hardly surprising patients all over the country have decided they’ve had enough and are bypassing their GPs in favour of their local A&E

What he should be telling us is what action he is taking to ensure that all GPs start doing their jobs properly.

That means making night and weekend calls, the way they used to. It means ensuring that we can all make an appointment for tomorrow or the next day — not next week — or turn up and wait if we’re seriously worried. (Yes, I know a few sterling surgeries do operate like this — but too many don’t.)

It also means that when we walk through the surgery door we should not feel we’re an unwelcome interruption in the surgery’s busy day, but that we’ll be listened to and taken seriously.

The most junior A&E doctor seems to be able to achieve this on a fraction of GPs’ generous pay and with far less sleep. Why can’t GPs?

Not knowing their patients’ names?  Working banking hours?  Say what you want about the American health care system before Obamacare at least our doctors knew our names.  And worked in walk-in emergency clinics after hours.  They weren’t quite an emergency room.  But if you had the flu they could do everything for you short of hospitalization.  Including writing a prescription for you that you could pick up at any number of 24-hour pharmacies.  This was the ‘broken system’ that was in crisis that the left said we had to fix with Obamacare.  So we can have something more like the NHS.  Which sounds worse than the broken system we supposedly had.

Note the comment about their generous pay.  This kind of talk must send shivers down the spines of American doctors.  For as the government takes more control of health care and begins to rein in those high health care costs guess how they’re going to do that?  Cutting that generous pay of doctors.  Because no one should be profiting on the sickness of others.  No.  Under Obamacare doctors should answer to a higher calling.  To serve his fellow man.  Not for the money but for the satisfaction of a job well done.  Yeah, that’ll encourage high school graduates everywhere to go into great debt and work a 90 hour week so they, too, can serve their fellow man.

Americans can’t even graduate enough people with math and science degrees.  So American corporation have to rely on foreigners to fill some high-paying high-tech positions.  Are they going to do the same with our medical care because fewer American students will want to go through that Hell just to earn the wages of a UAW assembly line worker?  When it’s a lot easier and less costly to be a UAW assembly line worker?

Could this be the problem they’re having in the NHS?  That they’re not paying their doctors enough to encourage others to enter the profession leading to a shortage of doctors?  Forcing people to the emergency room because they just don’t have enough doctors to see patients in the doctor’s office?  You hear all the time about how we have to pay our federal employees fat salaries and give them generous benefit packages to compete with jobs in the private sector (though few jobs in the private sector enjoy the pay and benefit packages a federal job offers).  But if a doctor makes that kind of money something is wrong with that.  Because no one should profit on the sickness of others.  But a federal worker with a far easier job paid with tax dollars?  They have no problem with these people earning what a doctor earns.  Or at least what a doctor once earned.  Before Obamacare.

Once the government starts paying doctors there will be a push to unionize them.  And then everything will change.  Then the government will want to pay them more.  Cut their working hours.  Hire more doctors.  All of which will require massive new taxes.  While giving an expanding government a powerful new ally.  And a huge source of new political donations.  As they’ll collect a piece of the union dues the newly unionized doctors will pay.  And America will never be the same again.  If you worried about the IRS targeting conservatives just imagine the special treatment conservatives will get in a health care system controlled by liberal Democrats.  Of course, a non-partisan health care system would never base a treatment decision on one’s politics.  Just because the government used the IRS to target conservatives doesn’t mean they will use a national health care system to do the same.

When President Reagan was shot he joked while being wheeled into the operating room, “I hope you guys are Republicans.”  The joke broke the tension and the doctors laughed.  Then one said, “Mr. President, today we are all Republicans.”  They then went about saving the president’s life.  In the future it might be wise to ask instead, “Gee, I sure hope you guys are all Democrats.”  Just to be safe.

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