Archive for September, 2005

Rita: How Soon We Forget

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Residents north of Houston, specifically The Woodlands and Conroe (my area of knowledge) won’t soon forget Rita. In fact, most people are either without power or have the joy of rolling black-outs. No one complains too much–we all realize it could have been much, MUCH worse.

It seems that other people, however, have very short memories indeed. A friend stayed home from work on Monday and Tuesday since all the schools were closed (and a lot of everything else, save a few grocery stores). Her boss called her Monday saying, “You really need to look for a back-up source for child-care.”

You have got to be kidding me. So a boss in the Katy area who is experiencing no inconvenience from the storm, whatsoever, assumes everyone else is in the same luxury yacht she floats in.

And then, talking to people from up north (anywhere north of the gulf-coast), it is amazing how little play this whole thing is getting. Oh yeah, yeah, the hurricane. Blah, blah, blah.

Oh realllly? the hurricanes are no big deal, ‘eh? I bet these same people will be screaming when they purchase their home heating oil.

They can kiss my rear while they keep the thermostat at 60 degrees because “it’s too expensive.” Lovely readers, please catalog this little post and remember it mid-January when a huge “nor-Easter” blows through dumping three feet of snow (global warming the cause, no doubt) and people are “freezing to death” because they “can’t afford to heat their homes”.

I can hear Ted Kennedy now: “We cahn’t heat the homes of the elderly. We need to raise tahxes.”

Blech.

One problem with the mass media breathlessly reporting from the “eye of the storm”, is that it all feels like a good adventure movie–like the trauma and loss aren’t really real. Sound bite rolls into sound bite and the next big thing happens.

While no one expects never-ending tears and sympathy–heck most tears that will be cried over this storm have already fallen even for those going through it–a little slack would be helpful.

And employers? Surely you can have patience with people sleeping in 100 degree heat or people without homes at all.

We all need mercy some time. A natural disaster seems like as good a time as ever to extend some.



Hurricane Aftermath: The Story of Resilience

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Bill Murcheson says:

We commission government to shield us from bad things, only to find that government — made up of fallible human beings like ourselves — lacks the necessary magical powers.

Indeed. Read more here.



Rita: Federal Funds Helping Churches

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Should faith-based organizations receive federal money in the wake of disaster relief? No. Faith based organizations receive reduced-tax dollars from their members and are tax exempt themselves. They are guided by the Christian principle “give as they are able.” They shouldn’t do more than that. Period.

Linda Chavez says that faith-based organizations were the “first responders” to the crisis while Nagan, Blanco and FEMA fooled around. True enough. When will the government ever be more efficient than an individual or church? Uh, never. Federal funds will gum up the works for faith-based organizations.

Give people more incentives to give charitably. Cut their taxes so they have more to give.



Rita: Price Gouging and Market Lessons

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

People were stranded two miles from me on I-45. Many strategies to avoid this nonsense could have been employed–better travel management, for one. My husband said that exits should have been open in Galveston moving up I-45 at intervals and then you wouldn’t be allowed on the freeway until another interval. So you would get on the exit in Galveston and the rest of the exits until north of Conroe would be sealed by police, blockades, etc. Then systematically opened as you moved north. Makes sense to me.

Here’s another idea: Walter Williams says “let the market work“. Indeed.



Abused Children Distracted by Anger at School

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

The thing that alarms me about this research: is it ethical to put abused children in a situation where they perceive more abuse? Sheesh! Sounds terrible, and abusive, too.



Episiotomies in Wide Use Even Though No Science Supporting Them

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Wow. This is a shocker. A useless procedure that nets a doctor $400 for a 15 second cut and it’s still around. An episiotomy and the “repair” cause the woman untold grief while recovering from the birth itself. They cause pain for months afterward adversely affecting her sex-life.

The most alarming thing? I know women who have asked for one! Clearly, women have been buffaloed about the so-called benefits. There aren’t any. There is no such thing as a “controlled cut” when 10 cm head is pushing through a very small and stretchy openening. In fact, violating the integrity of the birth canal opening makes it weaker. Often a woman tears at the end of the cut.

“Episiotomy is one of those practices that became routine in obstetrics based on lots of theory and virtually no evidence that it was beneficial,” says Dr. Graham. “Now decades later there is an accumulation of studies showing the practice is actually not beneficial, and in some cases can even be harmful, yet the operation continues to be performed liberally in many parts of the world. This is a prime example of some health care providers not keeping up-to-date with the literature. Women should be talking to their health care providers about this.”

Episiotomies should be banned except in shoulder distocia and breech births. And even then they should be used judiciously.



Gastric By-Pass

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

People treated in public hospitals often don’t receive gastric by-pass. Good. It’s a horrible surgery with horrible side-effects. Over 50% of those who receive it are fat again within two years. Nutrient absorbtion is reduced to nil. People end up even more malnourished. The remaining part of their stomach re-expands. Guess what? Fat again!

The real problem is malnutrition to begin with. While people eat more food, it is food that lacks nutrition (processed foods, fast food, sodas, basically junk food) which makes people hungry because their bodies are starved of real nutrition. People get fatter and feel more hungry.

If you refuse to eat right, at least supplement your bad diet with WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION. Visit www.DrClouthier.blogspot.com for more information.



Aneurism Hope

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

A friend died from a Berry aneurism. This treatment offers hope–in the hands of the right doctor.



Rita: Weary Travellers At Our Door

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Friends without power called and then stopped by today to do laundry and sit in A/C. They look pretty good, better than I imagine I would, considering.

Right now they just seem to be soaking up the cool air. Heh.



Rita: Power Outages Continue

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

We have friends around Montgomery county who have suffered without power since the storm hit. Those of us with power lay cool with gratitude. Tempers are starting to flare everywhere, though. It is difficult to work without power. It is difficult to sleep without power. It is difficult to have a good attitude.

This message board says it all.