The trouble with socialist healthcare. Worse in the UK.

A year ago, shortly after we moved to St Albert, I found a new physician and went to him to ask for a referral to an otolaryngologist. The hearing in my left ear is going down rather badly, and I need a stapedectomy to remove the stapes and insert a prosthesis in my middle ear. I had the procedure done on my right ear in 1991. My physician sent off a request for a consultation, and on 3 May 2017 I met a semi-retired former surgeon who is a kind of gatekeeper, evaluating people before referring them on. Yesterday I finally met the surgeon who would perform the operation, and he has agreed that I am a good candidate. Then he took me back to the scheduling office, and to my dismay the backlog is between 18 and 24 months. Of course, being retired I can go in at a moment’s notice, so I am on the cancellation waiting list as well. We need a different approach to health care in Canada.

Atheism is the dumbest idea ever invented.

Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker is not merely an important psychologist. He is an important public intellectual. He has gotten into the mind of Microsoft founder Bill Gates and has recruited the billionaire to lend credence to ideas that have little or nothing to do with science. Pinker pretends to use science to advance a liberal political and cultural agenda.

Atheism is the great killer of our time. Judaism and Christianity have taught us to be rational and civil, and have given us a coherent explanation of the beginning of the universe.

Read Stuart Schneiderman’s important comments on Steven Pinker.

Top 50 religious persecutors.

Religious intolerance is a global constant. The defeat of the Islamic State is good news, but persecutors were active before ISIS arose and persecutors will remain active despite the group’s collapse. In many nations freedom of conscience is seen as an existential threat.

Although common, even pervasive, religious persecution is complex. The most obvious form is government punishment of those who hold disfavored beliefs. Equally destructive, however, can be social intolerance, often backed by private violence and government indifference. In many nations both are present.

All faiths endure persecution, but Christians suffer the most. In its latest annual report, the group Open Doors figures that 215 million Christians were subject to high levels of persecution. More than 3,000 were killed for their faith. Thousands more were raped or abducted. Roughly 800 churches were attacked.

The list of the worst fifty is here.

Dangerous fashions

The following is a public service announcement from Killer Fashion author Jennifer Wright: If you wrap a piece of fabric around your neck—whether it’s a fabulous scarf, a dashing cravat, or a dapper necktie—you just might be tying your own noose. Why would she say such a thing? Well, consider the death of choreographer and dancer Isadora Duncan, who was known for her flowing, Grecian garments. Duncan met her maker on September 14, 1927, when she went for a drive and her long, flamboyant scarf got caught in her automobile’s back wheel.

A fascinating stories about fashions that kill. Thanks to David Thompson.

Watch those carbs!

This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who pays attention but little by little the medical community is reluctantly coming around to acknowledge that fats aren’t so bad and carbohydrates aren’t so good.

High Fat Diet Good, High-Carb Diet Deadly: “High carbohydrate intake was associated with higher risk of total mortality, whereas total fat and individual types of fat were related to lower total mortality. Total fat and types of fat were not associated with cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, or cardiovascular disease mortality, whereas saturated fat had an inverse association with stroke. Global dietary guidelines should be reconsidered in light of these findings.” – The Lancet

Once again, not just wrong but 100% wrong. Apparently the science isn’t settled after all.

Michelle’s Mirror has the updated information.

Indictments should follow.

Finally, after a long wait, we have the House Intelligence Committee memo detailing abuse by the FBI and Justice Department of the FISA process to spy on the campaign for President of the candidate of the opposing political party.  You will find the full text of the memo at this link.

Before getting to the memo itself, let’s go back to March 4, 2017.  That’s the day when new President Donald Trump issued a few of his most famous tweets, notably this one at 4:02 AM:

How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!

The New York Times immediately reacted with outrage, in an article posted later that same morning with the headline “Trump, Offering No Evidence, Says Obama Tapped His Phones”:

Read the whole essay here.

Hearts of Darkness

“Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was perfectly pitched for the political moment. He spoke to and for the American people – for all Americans of whatever race, color or creed. He spoke for the poorest and most vulnerable among us, who are the chief victims of the Democrats’ determination to welcome millions upon millions of illegal aliens, who are mainly low wage laborers and who include predatory criminals, to pour into our country; to defy federal law with their “sanctuary” states and cities, and to effectively declare our border and immigration policies null and void. Trump did not use the word “sedition” to describe the law-breaking and Constitution-negating actions of his Democratic predecessor or the Democrats assembled in the chamber of the House. He provided instead an opening to them to abandon their “resistance” – resistance to the expressed will of the American voting public which has led to a relentless sabotage of the democratic process. In sum, he offered a hand to his Democratic haters, and they slapped it away.”