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The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Anime Philosophy: Bakemonogatari (Part 1)

Anime (Japanese animation) is certainly one of my two top forms of entertainment. Partly this is because the animationis simply well done. Partly it is because I find the Japanese style of storytelling enjoyable. But it is also true that there area considerable number of anime that actually get me thinking about issues. American cartoons have rarely elicited thesame reaction. One second you may be enjoying a light-hearted tale about some art students visiting an antique shop &the next a […] . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Anime Philosophy: Bakemonogatari (Part 1)

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Canadians Abhorring Climate Change Whilst Enjoying Its Benefits?

So it has been another few months of above average temperatures. Focus has been on COP21 and what politicians hopewill be the deal that saves the Earth. Now while a fair amount of ire has been directed at climate change deniers theymay not represent the greatest obstacle to fixing CO2 levels.Consider this scenario: Its December and the average should be 0 degrees Celsius. Now what if the temperature was anice 15 degrees all month. What would be the response from the average Canadian? My mon […] . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Canadians Abhorring Climate Change Whilst Enjoying Its Benefits?

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Directly-Elected Executives Vs. Legislatures? 

The US Senate in all its impotent glory. While commenting on one of Warren Kinsella’s older articles(comment has not appeared as of this writing due either toconnection failure or queuing) I pointed out that when acountry has a directly-elected executive the executive tends towin in any disputes it has with the legislature. Thinking on thisI realize . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Directly-Elected Executives Vs. Legislatures? 

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Oddities of the Political Spectrum

I have taken a large number of political quizzes over the years. Some, such as the Political Compass, I come back to fromtime-to-time. I have noticed something unusual: no matter the country political opinion seems to flow along a diagonalline from left-libertarian to right-authoritarian. No country seems to have a spectrum going from left-authoritarian toright-libertarian. . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Oddities of the Political Spectrum

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Just Not Ready For The Meme Campaigning

So today I was at work (I do this a lot these days) and it was fairly quiet. My coworker from the Flooring Department wasvisiting my glorious Paint Department. He has been learning how to work in the department in his free time (probably aspart of some plot to supplant me). Anyways, I decided it . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Just Not Ready For The Meme Campaigning

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Scattering the Provinces

If you’ve been paying attention lately you’ll know that the provinces have been trying to work through their differences (mostly involving pipelines). You may also be aware of the low-level animosity between the East and the West. In short, the provinces could get along better.

While it is tempting to view these disputes as a . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Scattering the Provinces

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Ammunition Expiry Dates & War 

A few days ago I was talking to a coworker who is in the Reserves. He happened to mention that the munitions he uses often has very short expiry dates (3-5 years). This got me thinking. I wonder if you cross referenced weapons purchases and military engagements (of the USA and others) whether you would . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Random Thoughts: Ammunition Expiry Dates & War 

The Quantum Buddha's Blog: The New Age

I am thinking about this task I set before me. But what is this task? Every time I define it, I eventually realize that my solution is disconnected from life.

This is happening more and more. When I examine a problem, and break it down into its essential parts, understand why, the answer is . . . → Read More: The Quantum Buddha’s Blog: The New Age

The Quantum Buddha's Blog: The New Age

I am thinking about this task I set before me. But what is this task? Every time I define it, I eventually realize that my solution is disconnected from life.

This is happening more and more. When I examine a problem, and break it down into its essential parts, understand why, the answer is . . . → Read More: The Quantum Buddha’s Blog: The New Age

The Quantum Buddha's Blog: Dan’s Estimation of the Age of the Universe

As a follow up to my post on the theory of relativity’s implications on the age of the universe and the nature of reality, I am pointing out something that has been bugging me for see time.

How did quasars get 33 billions years away from us in just 13.75 billion years since the big . . . → Read More: The Quantum Buddha’s Blog: Dan’s Estimation of the Age of the Universe

The Quantum Buddha's Blog: Dan’s Estimation of the Age of the Universe

As a follow up to my post on the theory of relativity’s implications on the age of the universe and the nature of reality, I am pointing out something that has been bugging me for see time.

How did quasars get 33 billions years away from us in just 13.75 billion years since the big . . . → Read More: The Quantum Buddha’s Blog: Dan’s Estimation of the Age of the Universe

The Quantum Buddha's Blog: Einstein’s Estimation of the Age of the Universe

According to Einstein, when objects approach very near the speed of light (one of the boundary conditions of the universe) the passage of time will slow, among other bizarre effects.

The universally accepted theory (proven by atomic clocks) is that if you had two identical twins, and one climbed into a very fast space ship . . . → Read More: The Quantum Buddha’s Blog: Einstein’s Estimation of the Age of the Universe

The Quantum Buddha's Blog: Einstein’s Estimation of the Age of the Universe

According to Einstein, when objects approach very near the speed of light (one of the boundary conditions of the universe) the passage of time will slow, among other bizarre effects.

The universally accepted theory (proven by atomic clocks) is that if you had two identical twins, and one climbed into a very fast space ship . . . → Read More: The Quantum Buddha’s Blog: Einstein’s Estimation of the Age of the Universe

Those Emergency Blues: Privacy, judgment and ethics aside, I have caring to do.

A few years ago I cared for an acquaintance. She was a friend of a friend who had been living out of the country for several years, but had come home to visit family friends. She was rushed in to the ED and before I even knew who she was I was delivering her 19 . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Privacy, judgment and ethics aside, I have caring to do.

Those Emergency Blues: Generation Gaps

I recently took a course with nurses of varied years of experience and ages, but it was primarily made up of fairly new graduate nurses within the last year or two. During one lecture the facilitator was speaking about the future of nursing and how we need to address the current issues and challenges that . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Generation Gaps

Those Emergency Blues: Having the Talk about Birth Control

One of a series of YouTube videos from Bedsider, a program of the U.S. National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, on having the birth control discussion with a physician.

[More videos can be found here.]

From Bedsiders webpage:

Babies are great…when you’re ready for them. We think in the meantime women should . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Having the Talk about Birth Control

Those Emergency Blues: “How Did I Ever Live So Long Without a Monkey?”

Not what you think. Trust me. You may even have a tear or two.

More information can be found here.

Filed under: Advertising Hitting The Mark, Random Thoughts Tagged: monkeys, MS, multiple sclerosis, service animals

. . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: “How Did I Ever Live So Long Without a Monkey?”

Those Emergency Blues: Your Man Reminder

Anti-pink ribbon breast cancer awareness from Rethink Breast Cancer. The charity bills itself as the “first-ever, Canadian breast cancer charity to bring bold, relevant awareness to the under-40 crowd; foster a new generation of young and influential breast cancer supporters; infuse sass and style into the cause; and, most importantly, respond to the unique needs . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Your Man Reminder

Those Emergency Blues: “What’s Wrong With Our Bodies, Anyway?”

Um, nothing. Just that runway models — and expectations — are getting skinnier. From Plus Model Magazine. On the left is a “straight-size” runway model, on the right, “plus” size model Katya Zharkova (size 12-14). A stunning contrast between the near-anorexic “norm” and healthy reality, wouldn’t you say?

According to the . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: “What’s Wrong With Our Bodies, Anyway?”

Those Emergency Blues: A Nasty, Medically Unnecessary, Coercive Procedure

This is just grostesque:

A Republican supermajority has muscled two of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in years through the Virginia House, despite bitter yet futile objections from Democrats, with one GOP delegate deriding most of the procedures as “matters of lifestyle convenience.”

You want to put what where?

[SNIP]

And . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: A Nasty, Medically Unnecessary, Coercive Procedure

Those Emergency Blues: Observations and Assessments

Notions to small for a blog post, all in one place, a.k.a. the periodic link dump.

Giving all aid short of actual help. First, some words from the American Nurses Association on Amanda Trujillo. The ANA finallyissued a news release, in which they absolutely avoided, like nervous grannies dithering over an icy stretch of sidewalk, . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Observations and Assessments

Those Emergency Blues: Bedside Nursing as Menial and Demeaning

Ian Miller, blogging over at ImpactedNurse.com, notes a disturbing trend in Australia, one, I’m afraid, is becoming more common in North America. “These days,” he writes, “being a nurse is tough. Really tough.”

I look around and see many struggling at the bedside. I see the increasing perception that this is menial or bottom-of-the-professional-foodchain . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Bedside Nursing as Menial and Demeaning

Those Emergency Blues: A Small Rant from Your Friendly X-ray Tech

A note sent to me from my favourite MRT (Medical Radiation Technologist). A reminder too, that nurses aren’t the centre of the universe, even if we think we are.

Some thoughts from an MRT. . .

Now I know we aren’t perfect but I feel like a rant about portable examinations.

If . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: A Small Rant from Your Friendly X-ray Tech

Those Emergency Blues: Dying Alone, Continued

Thanks to commenter Pagan Chaplain (Twitter ~ web) for pointing out the No One Dies Alone program, where volunteers under nursing supervision support patients who would be otherwise alone at the end of life. The program was started by Sandra Clarke at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon. She cared for a patient in . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Dying Alone, Continued

Those Emergency Blues: Adventures in Depression

I swear Allie Brosh has channelled everyone who has ever suffered depression in this brilliant webcomic. Including me. Check it out by clicking on the graphic or the link. Filed under: Health, I Really Have a Life Outside of Nursing, Random Thoughts … . . . → Read More: Those Emergency Blues: Adventures in Depression