5 Melodies Of Madness In The Key Of "H" {[or how did we ever get here!!]]

“The real problem of humanity is this: We have Paleolithic emotions…medieval institutions…and god-like technology.” [Biologist-author Edward O. Wilson]. The longer you reflect on that, the sooner our problems become clear. If, however, you don’t see this, here are 5 disgustingly current illustrations:

* Georgia police officer Williams Martinez had a fatal heart attack having sex with a woman in a motel. Th jury awarded the widow $3 million because doctors who knew he had a heart condition should have warned him to “avoid strenuous activity.”

* A New Jersey woman hit by a baseball at a Little League game is suing the 11-year old player for $150,000 because of “recklessness.”

* The former mistress of a Nassau County police chief is suing the county for negligence for not knowing he was visiting her while on duty. She suffered “severe and substantial emotional damage.”

* A South Carolina funeral home is opening a Starbucks in their lobby. Director Chris Robinson hopes “it will help customers get their minds off what’s going on.”

* To date, 0.000063 % of the country’s population [196 superwealthy people] have given more than 80% of the money SuperPacs have spent on this year’s presidential election.

Like you perhaps, I sometimes wonder if there were a way to get-away-from-it-all…! About then, I read the average Canadian is now richer and lives longer than the average American. The net worth of the average Canadian household is $363,203 to our $319,970. What’s more, Canadians with national health coverage live on average 3.2 years longer.

Good Lord…! And the border is only a few hundred unarmed miles away…!

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  • The "is suing" only proves the old legal adage that you "can" sue for anything, not necessarily that you can win. Especially the news media fail to note the significance of that distinction.

    However, the way that the Martinez case is portrayed misstates it. What it comes down to is not that the widow was awarded, but there was a wrongful death case based on the medical malpractice theory of loss of chance. Possibly the only thing significant in the MSNBC story to what you imply is:

    “The type of sex that he was engaged in is the type that’s totally unacceptable in our community,” said Rod Edmond, attorney for the Martinez family, WXIA reported. “But the fact of the matter is this man could have died running on the treadmill, running after a criminal.”

    Also, note that:
    But jurors also concluded that William Martinez was 40 percent responsible for his own death, and reduced the award to his widow from $5 million to $3 million, according to WXIA.

    With regard to Canada, I'm sure it helps that the $C is now about at par to $US, but Canadians are still flocking to Florida for warmer winters, and apparently avoiding the queues to get surgery.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack ~ Your facts quite properly clarify my headlines about the suits. Ahhh, but from what I hear from Canadian friends, jumping the border sometimes sounds pretty appealing

  • In reply to jack:

    If the Canadians ddn't like their national health system, they would have gotten rid of it by now, you think?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I think what you think is the right way to thing about this matter...

  • Yes Jack "the border is only a few hundred unarmed miles away" ... and we welcome men and women with the inclination ... especially the likes of you & Joan!

    As to other elements about the queques canard .... A good read form the Tribune a couple of years back ...

    http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2009/08/never-mind-the-anecdotes-do-canadians-like-their-health-care-system.html

  • In reply to Geezer:

    If you are going to cite a Zorn blog (or a Byrne one), my immediate reaction is that it is less credible than Wikipedia. And I've told both of them that. They were more concerned about my colon and blood pressure, anyway, but I told Byrne that he is no doctor, either, and certainly not the scholar of constitutional law he purports himself to be.

  • Just what the doctor ordered: death-defying coffee.

  • Zorn & Byrne will have to defend themselves...I'll not try to do so for them...all I know is it's a mad mad world when throngs of Tea Partiers still say things like: Get the government out of our Medicare!!

  • Hmmmm .... Oh well ... all I can say is ... "Well, thank you Harvey! I prefer you too."

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