Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fox "News" - Not a fan of Amsterdam

Below is an amazingly funny video that I came across by way of "pharma gossip" blog. It was made by an Amsterdam native who was a little bit upset with how Fox "news" described his home city. According to Fox news "Amsterdam is a cesspool of corruption, crime, everything is out of control, its anarchy"

The video is a witty rebuttal and proves a point by using a few key statistics.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Images from the road 2

Up Cypress Mt. - Vancouver
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Assault on Canadian healthcare continued


I put together a nice little graph below using OECD and CIA figures on average health spend per person and average life expectancy, I realise the two are probably not perfectly related, but maybe they should include these in their pathetic little advert.

When you are spending almost double -but not getting better results than - who you are insulting... you may want to think again?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Ridiculous attack on Government run health care - take that Canada

US media is ridiculous at the best of times, but now they have been able to combine stupid adverts with a sill disliking of anything that can even slightly resemble anything close to socialism... In the firing line now: Public Health Care.

I find it greatly amusing that "patientsunitenow.com"s supposed poster child of "Bad Health care" is Canada... which boasts far better health care records than the US...

Here is the advert I am ranting about, have a look and be astonished.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Education


Irish rail - On track

I know its all the rage these days to be critical of all things state run in Ireland, especially supposed shortcomings in transport.

But I must say that I think some very impressive changes have taken place in terms of inter city transport, that cannot be ignored. Recently I took an Irish Rail train down to "the Kingdom" of Kerry, and to be honest I was rather surprised at how nice the whole experience is...
Gone are the days of the hulking orange trains with seats as comfortable as granite, now Irish Rail boast of fleet of pretty damn modern and comfortable trains which offer a pretty comfy ride.
The trains are also fairly nippy and as an added bonus the seemingly run ON TIME!

If you would like to see a contrast to this take a little trip over to the US of A and have a peek at their equivalent "Amtrak", the trains are outdated and rickety, as slow as push bikes and furthermore judging by the constant swaying and bumping of the carriages they haven't even lay the tracks down properly.

So I think we should all give Irish Rail a round of applause... I know I will *starts clapping*

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Images from the Road 1

Shouldn't we have bins like this?
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Monday, July 20, 2009

A matter of phraseology

Is it all a matter of phraseology


"cold, dead fish - low on parasites"

or

Sushi?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

USA, Sports and Presidents

You better be good at sports if you want to be deemed a good president in America. Poor Mr. Obama's baseball pitching skills have come under scrutiny after this video

The video has prompted fairly amazing comments from some viewers such as "Why can people not see what this guy is , he is a fraud ,the sad thing is, we are a country without a leader"... Jeez harsh, just because he throws like a girl?

He can however shoot some hoops!

No more to take


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Oldy but Goody - Stress at Work leads to... Penisectimy

Occasionally I get comments left on some of my older posts and it often reminds me of some of my funnier discoveries from days gone by. Some individual searched "Stress in the workplace" and came across this rather horrific article I had seen in Metro "news".

From January 07

This was in the classy free "metro" paper recently
Doctors' unions in Romania have criticised a decision to make a surgeon pay£100,000 in damages after he lost his temper and hacked off a patient's penisduring surgery. Surgeon Naum Ciomu, who had been suffering from stress atthe time, had been operating on patient Nelu Radonescu, 36, to correct a testicular malformation when he suddenly lost his temper. Grabbing a scalpel, he sliced off the penis in front of shocked nursing staff, and then placed it on the operating table where he chopped it into small pieces before storming out of the operating theatre at Bucharest hospital.


I hope this article gave the searcher all the information he needed to know about stress in the workplace... It's a bad, and occasionally life altering thing!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Graphing it up

My poor eyes have been subjected to a number of horrific graphs over the past few days, and I genuinely fear that they may never recover.

The Sunday Times produced a graph trying to explain to people how much food is being thrown away in the UK, however the graph was fantastically pointless and hard to understand as it's creator had the great idea of trying to depict numbers of - potatoes, loafs of bread etc - on the same scale as tons of others things... needless to say it looked fairly stupid and made little to no sense.

There have been others too, but the one below has been my favorite as it brought a little cheer to my day. Take a look for yourself (I know its small) and marvel at how

1. the colours are AWFUL
2. the graphs are blatantly too small
3. The fact that the figures have NOTHING to do with the corresponding bars in the back (esp on the top graph)
4. The fact that this was part of a promotional piece trying to sell something.

Poor show, thats all I have to say.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Irish pharmacists get cranky again

Well it would seem as though the Irish pharmacists union is kicking up an almighty fuss again about the governments attempts to reduce the somewhat absurd amounts of profits to be made in handing packets of pills to customers. The arguement being put forward by the IPU is that profit reduction will lead to closure of many pharmacies...

What isn't realised by most people is just how much money there is to be made in this line of business, and with this much money sloshing about, I do understand why the IPU don't want these cuts to go forward. Go to any mid sized town in Ireland and you will find 3 or 4 pharmacies... All selling the same things... To a small population.

Any industry that supports that many of the same business in small population centres is too profitable for my liking (when it's tax payers money anyway). It would be hard to name any other business that you could you open 4 identical outlets in the same small town and still make money (that isn't a pub)

I think the government are completely correct here and hope the cuts go through, snip snip snip.