Saturday, March 21, 2009

Pious Fight Death the Hardest

If people are sooooooo looking forward to spending eternity with their god, then why should this be the case.......

People with strong religious beliefs appear to want doctors to do everything they can to keep them alive as death approaches, a US study suggests.
Researchers followed 345 patients with terminal cancer up until their deaths.
Those who regularly prayed were more than three times more likely to receive intensive life-prolonging care than those who relied least on religion.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that treatments such as ventilator support, resuscitation, having a feeding tube and non-palliative chemotherapy were associated with more psychological and physical distress.
The patients' chances of dying in their preferred place were also reduced.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Meet The New Boss, Not Much Different From the Old Boss

I agree with the comments of NY Times columnist Paul Krugman.....

At every stage, Geithner et al have made it clear that they still have faith in the people who created the financial crisis — that they believe that all we have is a liquidity crisis that can be undone with a bit of financial engineering, that “governments do a bad job of running banks” (as opposed, presumably, to the wonderful job the private bankers have done), that financial bailouts and guarantees should come with no strings attached.
This was bad analysis, bad policy, and terrible politics. This administration, elected on the promise of change, has already managed, in an astonishingly short time, to create the impression that it’s owned by the wheeler-dealers.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Golly, Who Ever Thought THAT Would Have Happened?

Gotta love that Sooner state!!!!

Attorney Bill Smith worked out a plea agreement six years ago so Paul Duran Jr. would be young enough to enjoy life after he got out of prison. Smith said he’s sad and disappointed Duran will never have that chance.
Duran, 23, was beaten and found dead Wednesday night just 15 minutes after being put in a cell at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary with a man he testified against, a state prisons spokesman said.
Duran was in an altercation with Jessie James Dalton, 32, authorities said.