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calendar   Thursday - December 30, 2010

docs mis diagnose …. man loses his … ah …. it got cut off in error. OUCH!

Somethin’ tells me this might be the end story of the year. Perhaps the decade? Scares one off doctors and the medical profession.  There are stories that pop up all year long about unfortunates who go through hell, some have amputations, only to find a mistake has been made.  For example, a kid with broken bones and missed at the ER. ??? How’s that happen?  One fellow you may recall, as reported here, had a broken back so the story went. And that was mis-diagnosed.
But this case .... well ..... ?

Swede told he had cancer and forced to have penis amputated following a YEAR of mis-diagnosis

By Daily Mail Reporter


An elderly Swedish man has had to have his penis amputated after doctors misdiagnosed his condition.

Rather than being the urinary tract infection doctors had thought, he had contracted cancer, and medics had missed the signs for over a YEAR.

As the disease had been undetected for so long, the cancer had taken hold and doctors were left with no option other than to lop off his manhood.

The sexagenarian originally visited his local clinic in Blekinge, southern Sweden, in September 2009 for treatment on what he was told was an infection.

When he returned in March 2010 complaining of foreskin irritation, the doctor on duty at the time diagnosed the problem as a simple case of inflammation, the local paper, Blekinge Läns Tidning (BLT), reported.

After three weeks passed without the prescribed treatment alleviating the man’s condition, he was instructed to seek further treatment at Blekinge Hospital.

But it took five MONTHS before he was able to schedule an appointment at the hospital.

When he finally met with doctors at the hospital, the man was informed he had cancer and his penis would have to be removed.

It remains unclear if the man would have been able to keep his penis had the cancer been detected sooner.

But the matter has been reported to the National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden.

Two years ago Philip Seaton also suffered a similar fate when went to be circumcised at a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, but awoke to find his penis had been amputated.

Mr Seaton filed a lawsuit against the doctor who performed the procedure and the anesthetist, claiming mental anguish and pain.

He also said he has lost the enjoyment of life, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says doctors only received consent to perform a circumcision and that Mr Seaton did not consent to his penis being removed.

His lawyer, Kevin George, said the organ was cut off after cancer was found, but that doctors only had consent to remove the foreskin.

Mr George said: ‘Sometimes you have an emergency and you have to do this, but he could very easily closed him up and said, “Here are your options. You have cancer,” and the family would have said, “We want a second opinion. This is a big deal.“‘

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Posted by peiper   United States  on 12/30/2010 at 05:14 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 12, 2010

“This bumptious Idiot.”

My last post highlighted a screeching left wing liberal moonbat with no more brains then god gave a banana.

Well, just to be politically fair …. we have our share of Moonbats among convs. as well.  And here’s an example. His name is Ken Clarke and he is the “Justice Secretary.” (Justice. Now there’s a word that causes a giggle or two) He has been in the news quite a bit lately and not a few are confusing him with the left.  He has a few interesting ideas about criminality and prisons and rehabilitation of criminals.  As opposed to jailing them.
For instance … he says,
“The first time someone bumps someone off the fortnight after they are let out, there will be outrage. But you have to explain to the sensible public that you can’t give an absolute guarantee.”

What he is referring to are the criminals and as well, those who are mentally unbalanced, getting out of prison early.  He does not appear to have the support of the Prime Minister on this issue. Or I don’t think he does.

Mr Clarke says that the public “Must accept the danger that his plan to free mentally ill prisoners could lead to someone being bumped off.” Nice phrase that.  Bumped off.  Cool.  Has a Hollywood ring to it but …. it still means KILLED. As in MURDERED!

I don’t know because I have not counted nor have I researched the issue.  But I damn well know what I read all to often in all our papers.  Sure, if it bleeds it leads.  I understand that.  The problem is that there seem to be a number of folks who have become victims and are doing the bleeding.  And the numbers do not seem to be getting any smaller.  Do any of you out there actually think someone like say, Charles Manson, could be rehabilitated?  I for one do not.  And there are a few crazies running about here who should be shot, hung or gassed to make the law abiding safer. Safer in their homes and safer on their streets.  You do not get that by releasing prisoners with long records or being off the rails mentally.  And I do not make an exception for those who hear voices and so get off due to “diminished responsibility.” Take a look at a couple of the photos at the link below. Do those guys even appear human?  How many times do we read that some wanker was off his meds poor boy, and so quite naturally stabbed the first person he saw after breakfast. Or dinner. Or at the first inner voice he heard.  I have no patience for them and do not trust the shrinks who say someone is “now safe” to be out in the public. 

By the way … Mr Clarke admitted that he may be more liberal then most conservatives.


Freed mentally ill prisoners could ‘bump someone off’ - but they should NOT be in prison, claims Ken Clarke

By Simon Walters

Mr Clarke’s chief Tory opponent, Shipley MP Philip Davies, said: ‘Ken Clarke does have a tendency to political pig-headedness. His law and order beliefs are like his pro-Euro beliefs – he is equally wrong and equally adamant about both.
‘It is a false argument for him to claim that those of us who want criminals sent to prison somehow do not believe in rehabilitation. It is a question of where the rehabilitation takes place.’
Conservative MPs are divided over laid-back grandee Mr Clarke. Some say his experience is a huge asset, but others claim his off-hand manner is as damaging as his lenient stance on prisons.
When popular ‘Cameron Cutie’ Essex Tory MP Priti Patel asked him for an assurance last week that scrapping laws designed to keep paedophiles behind bars until they are no longer dangerous would not backfire, Mr Clarke scoffed at ‘loony tunes’ critics.
And former Labour Home Secretary Jack Straw says he fears Mr Clarke’s policies will lead to more lawlessness not less.
Film-maker Julian Hendy, whose father Philip was murdered in Bristol in 2007 by a mentally unstable man with a history of criminal behaviour, said Mr Clarke ‘sounded pretty glib’.
Mr Hendy, who spent nearly three years researching mental health homicides in Britain after the murder, said: ‘I’d like to meet Ken Clarke to talk about the reality of losing someone to someone who has mental health problems.
‘Every year, 100 people are killed by someone who has mental health problems. It would be OK to release them if they were to get proper treatment – but the system is simply not up to it.’

ALL THE STORY IS HERE

Here a few local quotes and on writer for the Mail, Peter Hitchens, refers to Mr. Clarke as, “This bumptious Idiot.”

Kenneth Clarke - the Conservatives’ answer to Harriet Harman. Bonkers!
- Phil, Braintree, Essex

Maybe Clarke himself should be ‘locked up’ - and kept away from frightening people.

I’m sure he’d be quite so relaxed about his stupid idea if any member of his family encountered one of the people who shouldn’t be allowed to roam free.

This man is dangerous; he’s a lunatic; he needs his medication and the attention of doctors - to prevent his stupid ideas harming and causing danger to the people of the UK.

A Government’s first duty is the safety and security of its citizens; but then Clarke was one of the Traitors who happily signed us further into the Animal Farm EUSSR, so we can’t expect him to acknowledge any idea of safeguarding UK citizens.

Yeah, that confirms it - the man is dangerous......
- Anne Smith, Grey & Sad & Weary UK,


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/12/2010 at 07:53 PM   
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calendar   Friday - December 10, 2010

student injury but, posted only cos he looks so damn dorky. wonder if he gets hissy fits.

Oh woo-wussy-hoo. Mammas wittle boy get him head bump. He get hurt put on him.  And mommy was attending the protests also. Hey, they family that protests together ... ? ...

Meanwhile ....

Not a hell of a lot of reporting about the injuries sustained by the police. Well of course not.  They were only there to riot and club innocent young students.

Student has emergency brain surgery after ‘being beaten around the head with police truncheon’ during protest

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A student was rushed to hospital for emergency brain surgery after he was allegedly hit with a police truncheon during last night’s tuition fees protest.

Alfie Meadows, 20, developed bleeding on his brain when he was hit as he tried leave the ‘kettling’ area outside Westminster Abbey, his mother said.

The Middlesex University student fell unconscious on the way to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where he underwent a three-hour operation to save his life.

He was one of 44 people, including six police officer, treated in hospital after London’s most violent night of student rioting over fees.

A further 14 people, including six police, were treated by paramedics at the scene.

Alfie’s mother, Susan Meadows, 55, an English literature lecturer at Roehampton University, said her son had described the blow to his head as ‘the hugest he had ever felt’.

‘Basically he had a stroke last night,’ she said. ‘He couldn’t speak or move his hand.

‘The surface wound wasn’t very big but three hours after the blow, he suffered bleeding to the brain,’ she said.

‘He survived the operation and he’s in the recovery room.

‘He’s an extraordinarily idealistic and committed and political person. He cares passionately about the cause,’ she said, adding that he had been to training sessions at the University of London.

‘They had been given advice on how to stay safe. He would never try to be a martyr.’

more@source

‘He would never try to be a martyr.’

Yeah, somehow I think we can tell that.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/10/2010 at 05:37 PM   
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calendar   Friday - October 22, 2010

something went bump in the night … ?


Brand-new £1bn nuclear submarine on the rocks: Navy shame as Britain’s most deadly vessel runs aground

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:44 PM on 22nd October 2010

The Royal Navy’s newest and largest attack submarine has run aground during routine sea trials off the coast of Scotland.

In a severe embarrassment for the Royal Navy, the £1billion nuclear-powered HMS Astute became stuck on rocks near the Isle of Skye this morning.

Astute does not carry nuclear warheads but has a greater firepower than any previous attack sub making it Britain’s most deadly vessel.

making it Britain’s most deadly vessel.

Right, providing there’s no land nearby.

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Hey. My first posting when I was in the Navy was on the USS Watts.  That ship used to run into other ships. At the dock. Sometimes we ran into the dock.
We tore a piece out of the Turner Joy.  Never forget that.  Of course, that was in the old days of sail. lol.

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that’s supposed to read, 3.5 billion. that’s about 6 billion in dollars I think. haven’t checked rate of exchange.

BUNCH MORE HERE


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/22/2010 at 01:50 PM   
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calendar   Friday - October 01, 2010

Drugs between your buttocks? Not mine!

Honestly, the headline could have been written for Fark.com.

Deputies: Man denies drugs found in buttocks are his

Based on that headline, you do have to wonder whose buttocks the drugs were found in.

The quotes get even worse:

“The white stuff is not mine, but the weed is.”

Selective buttocks hiding? Who else has access to this guy’s buttocks?

No. Please, don’t answer that. I really don’t want to know.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 10/01/2010 at 06:04 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - September 16, 2010

fine dining?  don’t think so. near death experience for young girl and death cap mushrooms.

How old does this girl look to you?

In the paper, she looked a bit older then on line pix.  Anyway ...  I wonder if people are now gonna say that it’s a bit of a miracle because the Pope is visiting the UK.  One of these things can kill and she downs two.  And lives to tell. 

Sometimes friendly folks, like to bring things from their veggie patch. Like one of our neighbors.  Brought over this huge cabbage last week.  He probably grows too much and doesn’t want to waste.  Yeah. I’m that cynical. Anyway, I politely refused the offer.  First, I don’t want to encourage any further acts of garden generosity.  Second, it has to come from a proper super market like Tesco, wrapped in plastic.  That’s how food comes. It doesn’t grow on trees and especially doesn’t come from the ground.  Can’t fool me.  Places like Tesco and Sainsbury and Iceland have this magic place where all this nice stuff comes from, already safely wrapped.  And they kindly hold the stuff for all the ppl that require the sustenance thus wrapped, untill we come by to pick it all up.  Ain’t that nice of em?  Would your MIL do that for you? And for a small but worth it fee, they will even deliver it right to your door.  Heck, they didn’t even have that service in Palm Desert, CA.  Where was I?  Oh yeah.

The young lady is damn lucky to be alive.  Really she is. 

Honey, next time you want a snack, go to Tesco. Waitrose isn’t bad either.

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Girl wolfs down TWO death cap mushrooms and survives to tell the tale

By Andrew Levy

A 12-year-old girl has survived after accidentally eating two mushrooms which were poisonous enough to kill an adult twice over.

Lucy Adcock fought for her life in hospital after she ate two death caps while on a bike ride, having mistaken them for ordinary field mushrooms.

The schoolgirl, who suffered liver failure, yesterday told how she felt ‘lucky’ to be alive. Doctors were astonished that she not only pulled through but may have escaped without any lasting problems.

One death cap mushroom is normally enough to kill an adult. Those who survive often need liver or kidney transplants.

Of her ordeal Lucy said: ‘I realise I am lucky because they are so poisonous. I was really ill. It was horrible.’

Her mother, Tania Smith, 42, said: ‘It is hideous to be told by doctors that your daughter may not make it. When I realised what she had eaten, my heart sank.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/16/2010 at 04:05 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - June 03, 2010

The Power of the Prophet in your Pocket

Well, maybe some barking islamobat will issue a fatwa against me for this.

(had to check that BMEWS still carried an ‘R’ rating. It does, though I had to scroll down to find it.)

Oh yes, H/T Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/03/2010 at 01:39 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 03, 2010

govt. agency finds a brand new place and way to spend money they don’t work for.

batbatbatbatbat

BATS awarded to The Health and Safety Executive for make work projects spending other people’s money and being just plain schtupid if they believe farmers are dumb enough to buy this.  Jeesh.  I hope we haven’t sunk to this lunacy back home yet.  Notice. I said “yet” coz ya never do know.


Forget my knot


SIR – Yesterday, I received a letter from the Health and Safety Executive entreating me to tie a small piece of green rope (provided) prominently in my yard, as a reminder to “Come home safe” from the potential dangers on the farm. I can apply for up to five more (free) green knots.
I cannot imagine any farmer in the land applying for little green knots to tie on the farm gate. This appears to be just a small example of Government waste.
Caroline Appelbe
Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/03/2010 at 05:10 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - February 17, 2010

rights group says body scanners at airports might be illegal. they would say that. wouldn’t they?

Toward the end of this article is mentions hurting “community relations.” Uh huh.  We can read through that ok.
In a report I heard yesterday, it was clearly stated (by yman rights creeps of course) that muslim travellers wouldn’t know if they were being unfairly targeted by security people. No kidding. That’s what they’re saying.  I don’t understand that. Couldn’t they, if they wanted to and many obviously appear to, say that about any security check?

I have no idea how good these scanners are. It’s a sure bet somebody someplace will eventually find a way around it. But if that’s what we have and if it helps, why is it automatic that rights of ppl are being violated or might be violated?  I should think human rights do-gooders would be happy to see something in place that might protect ppl’s right to life. 


Airport body scanners ‘may be illegal’

Press Association

Using body scanners at UK airports, such as London Heathrow, may be illegal, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has warned.

Scanners at Heathrow and Manchester airports may be breaking discrimination law and breaching passengers’ rights to privacy, the commission said.

The EHRC has written to Transport Secretary Lord Adonis on the issue.

The commission said it recognised the threat posed by terrorism but criticised “the apparent absence of safeguards to ensure the body scanners are operated in a lawful, fair and non-discriminatory manner”.

It also has “serious doubts that the decision to roll (body scanning) out in all UK airports complies with the law”.

Commission chairman Trevor Phillips said: “The right to life is the ultimate human right and we support the Government’s review of security policies.

“State action like border checks, stop-and-search and full body scanning are undertaken for good reasons. But without proper care such policies can end up being applied in ways which do discriminate against vulnerable groups or harm good community relations.

“National security policies are intended to protect our lives and our freedoms but it would be the ultimate defeat if that protection destroyed our other liberties.”

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/17/2010 at 05:46 PM   
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calendar   Monday - February 15, 2010

fireman saves doggy from icy lake.  fireman called on the carpet for violation of elf ‘n’ safety

Here they go again. Health and Safety .... Fireman safes doggy from icy death.  Bad fireman. Naughty says efl ‘n’ safety.

So it isn’t my favorite breed. I’m still glad he saved the pooch. This health and safety thing has gotten way outta hand.

batbatbat

Maybe I should give a moonbat to the Mail. bat
The headline they printed says “LAKE” but elsewhere it says “POND.” Wish they would make up my mind here. There is a difference. 

Fireman facing disciplinary action after he ‘breached health and safety rules’ while saving dog from frozen lake

By Mike Larkin

A fireman who saved a pet dog from a frozen pond is now facing disciplinary action for allegedly breaching healthy and safety rules.

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Rescue mission: Stevie Logan, third on right, leads his fire crew to help save a dog which had fallen into a pond after running off on to the ice

The 42-year-old jumped into a nearby canoe and paddled out to the distressed animal, encouraging it to swim towards a ladder other firemen had laid across the ice.

After the successful rescue, Mr Logan was hailed a hero by Matt’s owner.

His bosses however have ordered an investigation into his conduct, saying that Mr Logan - who is commander at Kilmarnock Fire Station - broke force guidelines by putting himself unnecessarily at risk when he paddled out to the stranded pet.

Last night, Sheila Johnstone said the decision by Stathclyde Fire and Rescue chiefs to investigate the incident in which her dog was rescued beggared belief.

Miss Johnstone, 78, of Kilmarnock, said: ‘I have never heard such nonsense in all my life.

‘He went out to rescue my dog and I take my hat off to him.

‘Matt is fine now, but he wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the firemen saving his life and I am very grateful.

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Kudos Mr. Logan. An elderly lady had her companion saved.  What harm was done? 


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/15/2010 at 03:29 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - January 31, 2010

another sign of big brother as big govt. goes after soft and easy target. cigarettes, again.

I quit long ago but really, this is just another example of nanny state thinking and by ppl I bet who might have never been smokers themselves.

The health Nazis of course would love to ban fags altogether.  But then what?  Where next will they steal money and on what product that they will overtax in the name of protecting ppl.

I have no doubt, even with no medical background whatever except as a patient, that smoking is bad for folks.  I’m all in favor of doing the best we can to try and reach kids young and educate them.  And it does work, I’ve seen it.  But taking the logos off fag packets isn’t going to discourage any kid from lighting up that first deadly bomb. You know how it works. Remember?  Some kid offers you a fag, you accept and get sick.  Now then, some kids will never try it again. But some will, and it starts there.  Or at least that is one place it starts.

Another place is in the home, right?  If one or more parents smoke then the act becomes something quite natural to the kid(s) and at some point he or she will swipe one of mom’s.  I think it’s near impossible for a smoking parent to tell Jr. not to start smoking coz they’re bad for him.
So I guess at some point if they can get away with it, even tho they say they will not go this far, will be a total ban on fags in homes where there are children. 

Cigarettes could be sold in plain unbranded packets in latest bid to sweep away smoking from Britain

By Daily Mail Reporter

Cigarettes are set to be sold in plain packaging without logos in a bid to further strip smoking of its ‘glamourous’ image.

The Government will unveil the latest stage of its effort to half the number of smokers in Britain by 2020, which could result in a ban on people smoking in private places where children are present.

Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, will signal his support for the moves as he launches the government’s ‘tobacco control strategy’ tomorrow.

Ministers are also considering a ban of the sale of smoking products in vending machines which can help children to bypass strict laws banning their sale to under 18s.

While no final decision on a plain packaging rule have been taken, Mr Burnham, speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, said: ‘It’s something I will be looking at closely.’

However, the Government is not expected to go as far banning all smoking in homes and cars WHERE CHILDREN ARE NOT PRESENT.

The move could deter youngsters from copying celebrity smokers such Amy Winehouse and James Morrision.

I haven’t a clue who that Morrison is, but I have seen that goofball Amy Winehouse. Now then if kids are fans of hers then the authorities have more to worry about then her being a copyable pop icon. That very last line alone shows how stupid the govt. is on the issue.
Read that last line again.  Spot the obvious dumb error? 
These ppl aren’t thinking straight.  But they have the power to make others follow their dictates.  Now that makes me see red.

The rest of the article is at the link.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/31/2010 at 08:00 PM   
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calendar   Friday - January 29, 2010

I think I have invented a new position here at BMEWS.  An Anger Desk. Yeah. That’s me ok.

I may even enter a new category for it. 

I don’t know about you folks, but I just happen to like Kelloggs Corn Flakes.  I don’t give a tinkers damn how much salt or sugar they put in it.
I like it the way comes outta that box just fine.  Oh but no.  The freeken health nazis and other we’ll do your choosing for you health quangos have pressured Kelloggs to reduce the salt content by another 30 percent.  They also say some 14,000 ppl have died due to high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks etc.  But they don’t say what else those folks had in their diets. Anyway, it’s 14,000 out of how many millions upon millions who have no trouble whatever. So I’m PO’d again coz I hate it when some unelected group of do-gooders insist I eat grass and bark instead of what I like.

Kelloggs says that over years it has already reduced sugar and salt by a lot but only gradually so ppl wouldn’t noticed a sudden change in taste. That way they say, ppl get used to the change without even knowing a change ha taken place and the product will still taste the same.  Pretty clever.

Recently, Nescafe altered a recipe for our own good. Right. All the things that gave it flavor were reduced.  The taste difference was immediate and very bland. So we stopped buying it. Even tho the label assured us that it was, “New and Improved.” Yeah. In a pigs ass it was.

I guess the thing that bothers me so darn much is that so many things these days seem to be decided for me. And nobody asked first.


Kellogg’s to cut the salt in its cereals by a third following pressure from health watchdogs

By Sean Poulter

Kellogg’s will cut the salt content of its Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies and other brands by up to a third following pressure from health watchdogs.

The company has previously delayed the reduction of salt levels, claiming customers enjoy the taste it offers.

However, it has now bowed to pressure from the Government’s Food Standards Agency and campaigning health groups to change its recipes.

The FSA says the nation is eating too much salt, which carries a serious health threat.

Average daily salt consumption is 8.6g, which is 43 per cent above the recommended limit of 6g.

The figure is linked to 14,200 premature deaths a year from conditions linked to high blood pressure, including strokes and heart attacks.

Kellogg’s said its decision will remove approximately 300 tons of salt a year from the nation’s diet.

The decision to cut the salt in Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies by 30 per cent will feed through to reductions in other big-selling brands such as Crunchy Nut, Frosties, Coco Pops and Rice Krispies Squares.

Here’s what two people commenting on the subject had to say.

I don’t recall ever voting for ‘Consensus Action on Salt and Health’. What consensus? I’m sure I’m far from alone in disagreeing with their ‘consensus’, which rather undermines the meaning of the word, doesn’t it? No doubt like the National Obesity Forum this lot will turn out to be 70% funded by Whitehall, making them essentially a Govt department in all but socially-responsibly Orwellian-sounding name.

Why not just provide an alternative version and leave the original alone? A sad day for democracy when I now don’t even have a choice over what I want to eat.
- Rich, Leeds, UK, 29/1/2010 12:48

EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am fed up of being told what I can have and what not - I am an adult, I can read labels and I can make decision on my own!!

- Karolina, London, 29/1/2010 15:05

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/29/2010 at 04:58 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - January 13, 2010

Why does nobody clear the paths outside their homes?

Well now actually guys, ah. Yeah. It is H & S but at the rate ppl are suing and the reasons they’re suing for, I think I understand a lot of the decisions that made.  Even if I don’t happen to agree. But this does defy some logic.

This story has been well covered over here and in between everything else I have brewing, I forgot about it till the BMEWS TIGER emailed it to me and I was reminded.  That happens from time to time. 

BTW, The town mentioned, http://www.discovergosport.co.uk/ , is a neat place to visit. Or it was when I was there 25 yrs ago. It’s naval and in the olde days when ships were wood and men were iron, ships were built here.

Anyway, the weather has been on the bad side depending on what you mean by bad.  We had more snow overnight and it has continued on and off all day here. But not heavy. So far.  I think we’re on the edge of the storm.  I haven’t seen this much snow in many,many years so I think it’s fun and the natives here think I’m smoking funny weed.  It is not as cold as it has been. That is, it is not frigid again as it was yesterday. Thereby proving that gorebal warming is for real.

This photo has absolutly nothing at all to do with the article, but I put it here anyway cos I shot it thru the bedroom window early today.

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Why does nobody clear the paths outside their homes?

Yup, it’s all down to health and safety

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:10 AM on 11th January 2010

Householders and businesses have been warned not to clear snowy pavements - as they could be sued if someone slips.

Icy paths mean hospitals have been inundated with patients who have broken bones in falls.

But the professional body that represents health-and-safety experts has warned businesses not to grit public paths.

In its guidance to members, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health warns that if people assume an area is clear and then slip and injure themselves, they could take legal action claiming damages.

And members of the public say they have been warned by councils about the legal risks.

Michael Pepper, 68, asked Cambridgeshire county council to deliver grit which he offered to spread.

But he claims he was told not to attempt to do so without public liability insurance as it could leave him open to being sued if someone became injured on the road.

The 68-year-old lives with wife Gloria, 65, in a cul-de-sac which is not normally gritted.

Retired secretary Gloria walks with a stick and has been unable to leave the house for days due to the poor conditions on the road.

The warnings did not stop more than 50 people who pulled together to dig snow and ice from around Elson Junior School in Gosport, Hampshire after an appeal for help was broadcast on BBC Radio Solent. The school hopes to re-open tomorrow.

Government whip Lord Davies of Oldham explained to fellow peers in a House of Lords debate: ‘If people totally clear away all snow and return the pavement to the situation it was in before the snow landed, they have done an excellent job.

‘If it is done in a less than complete manner and leaves ice, which is more dangerous than the original covering of snow, it may not be the local authority responsible but the householder for having dealt with the pavement.’

John McQuater, president of the National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, admitted: ‘If you do nothing you cannot be liable. If you do something, you could be liable to legal action.’

But to add to the confusion, home owners are responsible for clearing their own private paths and ensuring visiting postmen, milkmen and others are safe, warned Paul Kitson, of solicitors Russell, Jones and Walker.

The situation here contrasts with many parts of North America where householders face local authority fines if they don’t shovel snow off pavements facing their homes.

Ann Widdecombe, the former Tory minister and critic of Britain’s burgeoning ‘compensation culture’ told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘The idea you can be sued for being helpful is absolutely ludicrous.’

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents also expressed its disappointment that public safety was being neglected because of fears of possible litigation.

A spokesman said: ‘This is not showing a particularly good attitude. It would be much safer for the public to clear paths, even if it’s not on their property.’

And Clare Marx, past president of the British Orthopaedic Association and orthopaedic consultant at Ipswich Hospital, said: ‘If people want to clear pavements, they should just do it.

‘I would have thought it’s a public service and it is a shame we have ended up with a culture where if someone slips, they want to sue someone.

‘People need a bit of grit, in both senses.’

The organisation said its members expected to treat tens of thousands of fractures by the time the weather eventually improves.

Forecasters are predicting that freezing conditions continue until at least Wednesday, while local authorities edge closer to running out of grit.

The lack of salt means even few pavements will be cleared of ice and snow.

The Government has ordered extra supplies from the U.S. and Europe, but they are not expected to arrive for another fortnight.

SOURCE and H/T TIGER for the reminder.

A “fortnight?” 14 days?  Global warming will have melted all by then. 
We haven’t any sidewalks out front where we are so the only thing out there is our street, a short one, and believe it or not it’s about 900 years old. No kidding. It started out as no more then a herding track when people drove sheep through what was pasture, from Wales to London.

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calendar   Monday - January 04, 2010

USA LIFTS BAN ON HIV TRAVEL.  VISITORS AND IMMIGRANTS WELCOME.

I think it’s time for me to ask, anyone with some knowledge on the topic since I only know what I’ve read or heard on the news, does this put anyone at any extra risk?  Was the US justified in the ban?  Does the US have it correct now?

U.S. takes positive step of lifting entry ban on foreign nationals with HIV

By Daily Mail Reporter
04th January 2010

The US government has lifted an ban on foreign nationals with HIV entering the country.

For the past 22 years, people who are HIV positive have needed a special waiver to visit, or travel through, the US but the requirement will be dropped from Monday.

THT said some of its staff with HIV have, in the past, been refused entry to the US as a result of the policy.

Lisa Power, THT head of policy, said: ‘It’s ridiculous that for over 20 years people living with HIV have been banned from entering the US simply because of a medical condition.

Whoa .. that’s some kinda medical condition.  We already know from past experience that an awful lot of these folks take on new partners without saying a word about, their condition.
And further to the question, exactly from where are these new immigrants gonna come from?
Any guesses?

I know it’s perverse but, I hate making foreign libs happy even more then our home grown ones.  I always feel like they’re sticking their collective noses in our business.  So if they congratulate us for something, I always think whoops. We got things wrong again.
We shouldn’t be doing things that the left approves of.  Just on general principals.

‘Removing the ban is long overdue and we congratulate the US government on seeing economic and medical sense.

‘THT and many others have campaigned against the ban since it was introduced. Blanket entry bans have no justification on public health grounds and only increase stigma.

‘We hope other countries with similar bans in place will now remove them too.’

President Barack Obama announced in October last year that the ban would be lifted.

‘Twenty-two years ago, in a decision rooted in fear rather than fact, the United States instituted a travel ban on entry into the country for people living with HIV/Aids,’ he said.

‘Now, we talk about reducing the stigma of this disease - yet we’ve treated a visitor living with it as a threat.’

The 2012 World Aids Conference will be held in the US in recognition of the lifting of the ban.

SOURCE

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Your diseased, perverted sodomists; your criminals; your ignorant, thieving, insane, moon god worshipping misogynists. Your Oh Lord I can’t go on.

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I just HAD to come back and do this. Couldn’t resist. Thanks Sig94


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