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2008-01-08 - 11:39 a.m.

So much to do today. I have a few errands to run before work, including finding lunch. So, let's get on with today's entry, shall we?


According to the London Telegraph, Great Britain's healthcare program is looking for ways to save money due to the rising costs. So to cut those costs, they are asking folks to care for themselves:

"Instead of going to a hospital or consulting a doctor, patients will be encouraged to carry out 'self-care' as the Department of Health tries to meet Treasury targets to curb spending," the Telegraph explained.

So when is a universal health care system not actually universal? When Britain's 60-year-old National Health Service can no longer support the weight of its clamoring clientele.

Granted, there should be more self-treatment in developed nations. Emergency rooms and doctors' offices are often overcrowded with patients who aren't in need of urgent need but who go anyway because their insurance or government is paying. That type of open access to health care has led to overuse of the system.

The NHS, though, is hoping to cut down on more than frivolous visits. It's looking for patients with "arthritis, asthma and even heart failure" to treat themselves, the Telegraph said.

Imagine being told NOT to go to your doctor because, due to rising costs since they are taking care of EVERYBODY, they can't afford to treat you...even for heart problems.

This is what the government wants for us.


A new book claims that Tom Cruise is second-in-command in the Church of Scientology.

That just makes me feel so much better.


In Columbia, a laziness exhibit was opened at the Museum of Bogata.

Note this:

Marcela Arrieta, the museum curator, told Associated Press news agency: "We always think about laziness as an enemy of work.

"So we wanted to explore that and make people think about the social issues implied in taking a nap, in being jobless or in feeling that maybe we are wasting time - so we want to ask ourselves about that."

Thinking about the "social issues implied by taking a nap"? I'll get right on that...after I play this video game.


In the Here's Your Sign Dept.:

Police in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, claim to have to caught the "dumbest criminal" this year.

The man walked into a station to report that he had been held up at gunpoint by a gang who had stolen his mobile phone.

But when the detective phoned the number of the phone reportedly stolen, it rang in the complainant's pocket.

"The shock left him speechless for a few minutes," said police spokesman Eugene Opperman, adding that the man, 25, was then arrested for perjury.

The police issued a statement entitled "Dumbest criminal?" with details of the weekend incident, South Africa's Star newspaper reports.

"At the end of the interview, he rang the complainant's cell phone number, and it rang in the man's pocket," Mr Opperman said, according the Beeld paper.

"He told the detective that he'd given him the wrong number," he said.

"But couldn't explain why the phone in his pocket had the corresponding serial number, or why it was same make and fitted the description he had given of the 'stolen phone'."

South Africa's reputation has long been tarnished by the high levels of crime, often accompanied by extreme violence involving guns.

This guy's a Darwin Award winner in the making!


Today's title comes from these guys. They're still playing - matter of fact, I got an e-mail reply from Mr. Collins himself.

Find the CDs if you can. They're well worth it.


Well, if I'm gonna get stuff done, I gotta get going.

Be seeing you.


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