Daily Archives: 23 May 2011

The Conned

I feel sort of sorry for this guy and for the many people like him. He’s been conned by Harold Camping and his silly cRapture myth. Robert Fitzpatrick spent $140,000 of his life savings to “warn” people about the Rapture. This was his retirement fund, money that he would live on for his old age and he needed to look after himself. Now he has nothing.

I know that I take a lot of glee in mocking Camping when the cRapture failed (predictably) to happen. It is a stupid and wasteful claim that deserved to fall flat on it’s face. Yet for his victims I have to keep some sympathy. Perhaps they will serve as a lesson to future gullible people. Here’s hoping anyway.

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Faith “Healing”

Picture this: You’re a 24 year old man who is feeling tired and in a rut, you suspect that something is wrong and that you might be suffering from something whether that be depression or low blood sugar. You decide to visit your GP for a check out and during the consultation the doctor suggests that you might find solace in Jesus (or Ganesha, Odin or the Flying Spaghetti Monster if you’re a Christian). What do you think of that? Do you think “Hang on, I came here for a medical opinion. WTF?” because I would.

Embarrassingly your mum makes a complaint. I say embarrassingly because mums are supposed to embarrass you, especially when you’re 24. The story ends up in the Daily Mail, a quality newspaper as anyone will tell you, and the doctor faces being struck off. Do you sympathise with the doctor?

I don’t.

Someone comes to you for professional advice. It is incumbent on the professional to act accordingly and to maintain that professional relationship. Trying to sell timeshares to a villa, coming on to them or pushing your religion are just not on. There are other things that aren’t on but these are the three that spring to mind.

But Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, said: ‘Our guidance is clear. Doctors should not normally discuss their personal beliefs with patients unless those beliefs are directly relevant to the patient’s care.

‘They also must not impose their beliefs on patients, or cause distress by the inappropriate or insensitive expression of religious, political or other beliefs or views.’

That seems fair to me.

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Women Drivers

No, this isn’t a bad and sexist joke.

Saudi authorities arrested a female activist on Sunday who launched a campaign to challenge a ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom and posted a video on the Internet of her driving, activists said.

The YouTube video, posted on Thursday, has attracted more than 500,000 views and shows Manal Alsharif, who learned to drive in the United States, driving her car in Khobar in the oil-producing Eastern Province.

“Police arrested her at 3 a.m. this morning,” said Maha Taher, another female activist who launched her own campaign for women driving four months ago to spread awareness of the issue.

It seems that women want a bit more freedom in Saudi. Good for them and good for Alsharif for making the stand to get her point across.

While there is no written law that specifically bans women from driving, Saudi law requires citizens use a locally issued licence while in the country. Such licences are not issued to women, making it effectively illegal for them to drive.

Sexism by the back door. It isn’t illegal for a woman to drive but the authorities are denying them the ability to drive. That should be straightforward to fix. Right?

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