Thursday, August 17

Keeping the outpatients happy

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Single male (red hair, long arms, interests include hanging in trees and grooming) seeks female for long-distance relationship and possibility of meeting up in future to help save species. Zookeepers in the Netherlands are planning to hook up Dutch and Indonesian orangutans over the Internet and believe the link could at some stage be used as an online dating service where apes could get to know one another and keepers could work out whether they would be compatible mates. First things first: A romantic dinner for two.

There are people, who by their very profession, I don't trust. Lawyers come to mind almost immediately. Another, I think, are doctors, specifically those from a medical background, however I generally have my doubts about those individuals who have indulged in untold hours of brain flatulence called university education to have attained a doctorate degree in almost any field and prefer to reserve my judgment until I can personally attest to their sanity, but I digress. Medical doctors only think they know what they know. Almost every week I read about some medical research studies. One makes a claim and without fail another is released weeks or months later making a counter claim. The claims are generally pointless and don't lead to the answer. They just get attention. Why the oft proffered advice to "get a second medical opinion"? Simply because the first knows the second won't prove them to be the fool they really are. The medical profession protects its own. In medicine, as in college mathematics, it isn't about getting the right answer, it's about working the problem correctly.

One would think after years of medical school, internship, residency and "PHD" letters after their name that they could get it right. Some find their way into private practice to hide their ineptitude. Others get into the big money machine of hospitals. And still others get into research. Ahh, research, the frontier where the nonsense of "not knowing" isn't just palpable, it's accepted and embraced. Research scientists have too much time and grant money in their hands to limit them to the sensible. Such is the reason to explore internet orangutan dating. Funny, but I hadn't considered the similarity of zookeepers with medical doctors until now.

Thursday, August 10

Nothing is sound

"Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact." - George Eliot

Tuesday, August 8

To thine own self be true

"If I were to attempt to put my political philosophy tonight into a single phrase, it would be this: Trust the people. Trust their good sense, their decency, their fortitude, their faith. Trust them with the facts. Trust them with the great decisions. And fix as our guiding star the passion to create a society where people can fulfill their own best selves - where no American is held down by race or color, by worldly condition or social status, from gaining what his character earns him as an American citizen, as a human being and as a child of God." -Adlai Ewing Stevenson

I don't know too much about Adlai Stevenson but judging from this quote I'd say we need more like him today. There are enough of the "government knows better" kind around these days to make me hurl. The constitutional republic is dead although few realize it. I'm glad to be confederate.

To digress, this blog has suffered the obvious lack of attention due to changes in the routines of living. A new home and some of the accompanying responsibilities have kept me busy. I'll have to go into more detail with that later. I expect the routines to change further.