Saturday, May 19, 2007

Naughty British Comedian Causes Upset in Berkeley

We read:

"A British stand-up has been accused of spreading `racist hate speech' in California. Pat Condell has faced a barrage of criticism after links to his anti-Muslim monologue on YouTube were circulated to commissioners in the city of Berkeley.

In the five-minute video, Condell condemns Islam as a religion of war and its prophet Mohammad as `some rambling ancient desert nomad with a psychological disorder'.

He attacks fundamentalist men as `primitive pigs whose only achievement in life is to be born with a penis is one hand and a Koran in the second' and accuses women who wear veils of their own will of being `mentally ill'. ....

Commissioner Michael Sherman said Condell's views were `stunning' because of his `stereotyping and bigotry of the tone and the language'. And commissioner Elliot Cohen called the tape `insulting, degenerating and racist'.....

Condell, an atheist, has released a number of monologues on the internet, criticising all religions. The anti-Islamic video has been seen almost 16,000 times on YouTube and more than 190,000 times on another file sharing site, LiveLeak.


You can view the video concerned via the link above. Red Berkeley must be greatly peeved that it can do nothing to censor this entirely defensible evaluation of their Jihadist friends.

More deadly NHS negligence

Simple procedures that could save the lives of thousands of hospital patients every year are still not routine in Britain. More than 12,500 patients a year die in hospitals from venous thromboembolism (VTE), blood clots that form in the veins of the legs or pelvis and travel to the heart or lungs. David Fitzmaurice, of the University of Birmingham, says that the condition kills at least ten times as many hospital patients as MRSA but gets far less publicity. Nationally – counting cases both in and out of hospital – at least 25,000 people die in Britain every year from VTE. “The number of deaths from VTE in the UK each year is five times greater than the combined total number of deaths from breast cancer, Aids and road traffic accidents,” Professor Fitzmaurice says in today’s British Medical Journal.

In hospitals, about 10 per cent of all deaths are caused by VTE, and many of these could be prevented. Drugs can reduce the rate by about 65 per cent, but an investigation by the Commons Health Select Committee found that as few as 20 per cent of patients were being treated appropriately. “A combination of factors may be responsible,” Professor Fitzmaurice says. “As a result of poor education, health professionals lack awareness of this condition. Venous thromboembolism is often a silent disease and often occurs after discharge from hospital.” He adds that the cost of the drugs may also be a barrier, although this is not clear.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published guidance last month that all patients undergoing major surgery should be assessed to identify their risk of developing blood clots. The formation of clots, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), occurs in more than 20 per cent of surgical patients and more than 40 per cent of patients undergoing major orthopaedic surgery. But it is also common in medical patients. Most of these thromboses are minor and cause no symptoms, but if the blood clot becomes loose it can travel to the lungs and cause VTE.

NICE’s suggestions for preventing blood clots include offering patients compression stockings, inflatable “boots” during operations and the use of blood-thinning medication. Professor Fitzmaurice says that NICE’s emphasis on compression stockings rather than drugs is controversial. It was not supported by a report of the Health Select Committee two years ago, which he says provided an opportunity to change practice. “Meanwhile, more than 25,000 may have died needlessly each year because of the failure to implement simple thromboprophylaxis in UK hospitals,” he concludes.


Government "services" in Britain: "Ministers were accused of decimating Britain's network of post offices after it was confirmed yesterday that 2,500 will be forced to close. Almost a fifth of post offices will be shut by early 2009 under a timetable announced by Alistair Darling, the Trade and Industry Secretary. No decision has yet been taken on exactly where the cuts will fall, but the Post Office will begin drawing up plans within six to eight weeks. The Conservatives said that the announcement spelt the "near certain death of the village post office" and would leave vulnerable people, including pensioners, isolated. Campaign groups said that the closures would bring misery to rural communities and claimed that the Government's public consultation on the closures had been a sham."

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