Oh you can’t fool me! I am onto you and your nefarious schemes! Lose weight and help the Philippines!
On a serious note? If you want to help Andy Pakula’s fundraiser for the Philippines? The link is here!
Dec 13 2013
On Wednesday morning, Abhina dressed in her finest clothes. It was a big day for her. See, she’s a Transgender Activist.
Some people called me one but I had to decline. I work with the Hijra. A traditional Indian Eunuch culture. I don’t pretend to understand a lot of trans culture, I just was a doctor who didn’t feel uncomfortable treating them.
Dec 12 2013
So the wounds are finally healing to a point where I can move my hand again.
I was on vancomycin and this meant I had to worry about renal failure because the pathogen that affected my hand was resistant to penicillin antibiotics. But it’s subsiding and it means I can write again.
Thanks to all those who sent good wishes and the like.
The dog’s also doing fine although he does require some more training to cut out some of the aggression he has picked up since getting hurt but I will do that when my hand’s fully healed.
So posts should resume forthwith.
Now I really wish i had a camera so I could terrorise you lot with pictures of open wounds…
Dec 08 2013
My place got robbed last week and I actually have been debating on whether to tell people or not about it.
Partly because there exists a vocal amount of atheists who don’t really care all that much for FTB and who would utilise any opportunity to bash anyone who happens to be part of it irrespective of the issue. It’s made it a problem.
It’s impossible to be anonymous and tell people what I do because the anonymity makes the claim “fake”. It’s impossible to not be anonymous because then the insults get personal.
But I got robbed last week.
Well the bars that keep the house safe got levered out so I have to put new ones in. They broke the lock on my fridge but the main reason for the lock is to keep Tigger out since he likes “opening things” and the fridge is associated with food. And there are the vaccines.
But all of these are insured and are being replaced.
What the major cost of this were the injuries. One of the men attacked me and Tigger (my dog) because the dog attacked him. We managed to subdue him but we got lucky. Both of us have had stitches and I had to be treated for a cracked carpal bone. Mine’s a very shallow wound (the stitches are to help with stopping scarring more than anything) but Tiggers has required proper vet care.
So utilising expertise from a reader and a paid vet in the USA (seriously? $35 for an E-consult? I am in the wrong bloody business!) I treated him. He’s back on his feet and has turned into a right bully because apparently injured dogs are more violent to assert their dominance. So he’s back in his pen feeling sorry that he cannot play with anyone since his idea of play is fighting other dogs at the moment…
So while he is learning the zen of entertaining himself in time out land, I am learning the art of shorter blog posts. Yesterday’s “big” post took a whole day to write rather than the 20 to 30 minutes to an hour I normally spend on each post.
All my travel funds are on target thanks to the blog’s income (it all adds up when you don’t spend any of it). I also have enough left over for a nice camera for next year and a little set aside for dates with Tiga even with the cost of the vet consult. So don’t worry about the cash. All the vaccines are pretty useless to whoever nicked them and have zero resale value. They are being replaced by insurance as are the windows and the bars. I also have people helping out and have taken the time to study for my qualification exams because “when life gives you a stabbed hand, you go study”.
Thanks for all the support throughout the year!
I will keep blogging during exams but it won’t be to the level that I normally do and to the length I normally do. Keep reading!
Dec 08 2013
Just because you have a degree in a science doesn’t mean what you do is scientific.
I have long pointed out that there exist “Doctors” such as Mayer Eisenstein and Suzanne Humpheries who despite being arguably well educated and probably better trained than myself, do not hold themselves with the scientific rigour associated with medicine and instead profit from their quackery.
Elizabeth Mitchell is Tommy Mitchell’s wife and is indeed a doctor. A doctor who practiced for 15 years before qutting her job to home school her kids. In fact Dr. Mitchell has not practiced medicine since 1995. Meaning she has NOT been practicing medicine since qualifying for her medical degree for a longer period of time than she has been practicing medicine.
This means that she is not up to date on modern medical theory and achievements in her field. And AIG’s website claims she has covered topics ranging from Egyptian History (Damn! I only learned Sumerian in my Anatomy class!) to embryonic development and childbirth. And er… Unicorns (non-existent) to Aliens (They may exist but we got no proof that they buzz the earth for laughs).
Dr. Mitchell is best known for authoring AiG’s weekly web feature “News to Note” since April 2011. The wife of popular AiG speaker Dr. Tommy Mitchell, “Elizabeth operates under the conviction that accurate history never violates biblical history, that correct scientific understanding of our past will never contradict God’s eyewitness account in the Bible, and that genuine understanding of God’s Word builds faith in Jesus Christ.”
Which effectively means that science is only science if it validates the Bible and if it doesn’t it is clearly satanic bunkum to be ignored.
And she’s written what can only laughably be called a “paper”. A paper that’s on AIG’s website called “Do Medical Schools Need To Teach More Evolution“.
Dec 07 2013
Nelson Mandela stood up against a great injustice and was willing to pay a huge price for that, and that’s the reason he is mourned today, because of that struggle that he performed…and I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives, and Obamacare is front and center in that.
This is from Rick Santorum.
This is not an argument that’s a good idea in any shape way or form.
Because on the scale of oppression the government forcing and pushing insurance companies to provide universal coverage thus enabling more Americans to get healthcare is no where near what Black South Africans went through in South Africa.
In fact as ideas go the encouragement of everyone to get insurance and so have a basic level of coverage so that they are capable of getting prompt healthcare is NOT an evil while the enforcement of segregation and the brick ceiling to the progress of non-whites. This is “racism”.
Dec 07 2013
I have finished 25% of my qualification exams for my medical degree.
We are 25% of the way there, woah woah! Living on hard work, little sleep and bad food!
So with that in mind! Manchester plans! Anyone going to be around Manchester in February, let me know and I am game for a pint or two.
Dec 07 2013
There is a very strange entity in the UK.
See we do have a “Republicanesque” Party. It is called the UKIP. The UK Independence Party. Independence from what? Europe.
Oh and there will be atheists (A hint his name starts with a C and ends in an L) who support them. They are the party of alleged libertarians.
But the things they support and their behaviour have been at odds to their actual claims.
Let’s see now. There is Godfrey Bloom who called female politicians a “bunch of sluts”. Julia Gasper who claimed that Gay Rights were a lunatic charter (Whoops!) and linked homosexuality to paedophilia. Jan Zolyniak also put up a statement that the evidence is quite clear that the percentage of homosexuals who molest children is very high and cannot be dismissed. Douglas Denny called gay sex “disgusting” (To be fair? Straight sex isn’t all that hygenic either mate).
And we also have Lord Monckton.
Dec 06 2013
(An FIR is a First Information Report. It’s a little catch all for “told the police and wrote a case up about someone with the idea of pressing legal charges against them”.)
If we do not criticise Islam, then the people who require criticism will keep having free reign and will drag Islam down the dark path it already is in. Where they will silence their moderates and liberals and where they will rule with the fear of the Fatwa. Where they have hordes of “true” Muslims at their beck and call who will happily persecute and even execute the Muslims and anyone else who aren’t “true”.
Dec 06 2013
There is a notion that liberals are always pro-science.
That is simply not the case, I have pointed out that the left wing conspiracy theories and anti-science ludditery exists in many cases. I have pointed out the hypocrisy of natural birth which is a heavily left wing group. Many anti-vaccine lobbyists are left wingers and anti-capitalist despite the fact that the natural medicines they claim are superior are also made by capitalist companies with incredible profits considering the contents.
Huffington Post’s got that bug. It routinely posts things that are pseudoscience. It’s the feel good factor stuff.
And there is no one as good at that as Deepak Chopra.