Archive for August 17th, 2009

America‘s medical professions weigh in on Obamacare:

(HT – Nelly)

The Allergists voted to scratch it, but Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves. Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.

Obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception. Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted. Pathologists yelled, “Over my dead body!” while Pediatricians said, “Oh, Grow up!”

Psychiatrists thought the idea was insane, while Radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing. Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and Plastic Surgeons said, “This puts a whole new face on the matter”

Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but Urologists were pissed off at the idea. Anesthesiologists thought the idea was a real gas, and Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to object.

In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the Obamacare decision up to the assholes in Washington.

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New York State Mandates Flu Shots for Healthcare Workers

The New York State Hospital Planning and Review Council has adopted an emergency rule forcing all healthcare workers in the state to be immunized for influenza. The rule impacts both paid and unpaid healthcare workers and could go into effect before the winter flu season.

The New York State Nurses Association strongly opposes the new rule. “The seasonal flu vaccine is not 100 percent effective and sometimes is highly ineffective, as it was in 2005 and 2007,” said Eileen Avery, RN, associate director of the association’s Education, Practice & Research Program. “There is no guarantee that in any given year, the public will benefit from mandatory immunization of healthcare providers,” Avery added.

Avery is also concerned how the rule might impact the state’s nursing shortage. “It’s possible that nurses will leave the profession or choose another career because of this onerous mandate,” Avery said.

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No sugar tonight

No sugar to run with me

 It’s time to yank that sweet tooth, and replace it with a gold one. You can’t afford not to. Boyd Erman reports of a coming sugar shortage that could lead to higher prices for sweets but will drive up the price of ethanol, and that means higher prices at the gas pump.  

“Sugar is certainly going to go much, much higher during the course of the bull market,” Jim Rogers, a longtime commodity bull who is chairman of Rogers Holdings, told Bloomberg News.  Nearly 60 percent of the world’s ethanol is made from sugar. [emphasis mine]

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Dreamin’ Godiva, fightin’ depression.

I.M. Kane

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