I have a two month old patient, whose bed is way too big for and who hasn’t cried in my presence once. She has blue eyes, which I could barely see through her constantly dilated pupils. Her skin is whiter than snow and colder than ice. She’s not responsive. She has more peripherals connected to her body than a body of that size should handle.
My two month old patient, precious and young as she is, is brain dead.
For a while, my friends and I lamented her young life. She is a person who will never live. She will never utter the words mom, she will never walk, she will never ride a bike. She will never even have solid food. Why was she being kept alive? Why was she being put in such pain?
The medical aspect in us couldn’t understand the point of keeping life tethered to that…
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Oh Sarah, even for you, this is low. Laughing at a young, pregnant, diabetic woman who was clearly in distress is f*cking pathetic. You think everyone stoops to your level. Just because you staged a pregnancy and are a consummate liar does not mean other people are the same. May you burn in hell, because you are surely going there. Bitch!
(not satire – it’s the UK today!)
The coalition government has decided to outsource thousands of civil service jobs in the DWP, Defra and Environment Agency to a French firm called Steria.
You’ve probably not even heard of Steria but they’re an up and coming outsourcing company which promises to save organisations money by providing “a flexible model built on offshore service delivery” (Steria’s own words).
In Steria’s case, “offshore service delivery” means moving jobs to its massive offshore ‘global delivery centres‘ which are located in Noida, Pune and Chennai in India, Katowice in Poland and Casablanca in Morocco.
This shipping of British jobs abroad should be a big scandal – but it won’t be.
It should also be something both the Right and Left are united in condemning. But it won’t be.
It won’t be for the simple fact that – with the exception of…
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Once upon a time, I was a political person with a clear politician affiliation. I didn’t hide it. I wasn’t ashamed of it. If anyone had a problem with it, it wasn’t my problem.
I supported a party I had thought out to be the victim of current times. The rhetoric of the person in charge appealed to me. I thought he had a flawless run through a few years. Everyone else, on the other hand, was busy making mistakes all over the place. How could people not see that? I kept asking myself.
It may not be true. But I’d like to think I grew up since then. And it took me a long time to realize that it was okay to feel this betrayed, this deceived.
That same party I supported feels desolate and strange to me today. I’m not sure if the rhetoric that appealed to me…
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When the nominees for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award were presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 10, 2013, the list included an author from St. Kitts and Nevis, Carol Ottley-Mitchell. The Award, which was created in honour of the famous Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, creator of the Pippi Longstocking and one of Sweden’s most important authors, is billed as the world’s largest children’s literature award. Ottley-Mitchell was nominated for her popular Caribbean Adventure Series, four books which feature the adventures of three Caribbean children and a mischievous vervet monkey. The first book, Adventure at Brimstone Hill, is set at the historic Brimstone Hill Fortress in St. Kitts. The other books are each set in a different Caribbean island, Jamaica, Trinidad and the latest book, Fury on Soufriere Hills, is based in Montserrat. Children reading these adventure books are exposed to the culture, history and geography of the Caribbean. The Kittitian…
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Since 1992, master stringed instrument-maker William R. Cumpiano has devoted part of his time to preserving and promoting his native Puerto Rico’s national instrument—the cuatro—whose history up until then had only been captured in the minds and music of Puerto Ricans, Judith Kelliher reports for MassLatinoNews.com.
The cuatro’s history is actually part folklore, and Cumpiano and his researchers say, part an evolution of two distinctive, unique instruments which coexisted during the first half of the last century . Those two instruments differed in the number of their strings, their tuning, their size, their shape, and their musical function.
The cuatro was once an “indispensable part of the Puerto Rican daily life,” including being played at wakes, harvest festivals and political campaigns, Cumpiano said. The instrument became iconic in Puerto Rico, much like the bagpipe and the harp were iconic for the Scottish and Irish, respectively, he said.
But while it…
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Silence is assent!
These are Republicans. Until you hear Boehner, McConnell, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz speak out against this talk, their silence in accepting of it.
‘North Carolina state Rep. Larry Pittman (R) was videotaped telling a crowd of supporters that President Obama isn’t a trator to his country — if that country is Kenya’.
‘Said Pittman: “Someone had posted something with a picture of Barack Obama and across it said ‘traitor.’ And, you know, I don’t always agree with the guy, I certainly didn’t vote for him but I gotta defend him on this one. I just don’t think it’s right at all to call Barack Obama a traitor. There’s a lot of things he’s done wrong but he is not a traitor. Not as far as I can tell. I haven’t come across any evidence yet that he has done one thing to harm Kenya.”
From : http://politicalwire.com/archives/2013/10/25/gop_lawmaker_says_obama_not_a_traitor_to_kenya.html