RWP was born in Manchester, in the north of England, in the late 1950s, so he is very old. He really liked the north of England, which by 1965 was hip and had three TV channels, and where he went to a coed school. His parents, for reasons best known to themselves, then yanked him away, to Belfast and then Dublin, which had one TV channel that started up at 6 pm with the Angelus (Catholic call to prayer). He also had to go to an all boys school, where he realized he really missed girls. This probably let him focus on schoolwork, though, and at age 19, after he had finished college, he set off for America, where he still resides. He has a bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. from Harvard in biophysics, and has lived also in Mainz, Germany, Setauket NY, and Richland WA. He currently divides his time between Nebraska, Rosslyn VA, and Florida.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Today in Government Health Care

Advanced radiotherapy remains unavailable to some patients in Britain's government run National Health Service. Meanwhile, here are average 5 year survival rates, probably some of the last before Obamacare destroys our healthcare system
            Lung            Breast          Kidney
Europe       13               82              61
England       9               79              47
US           17               90              72
In other news, British researchers found Randy Newman was right.
In a paper submitted to the Journal of Behavioural Genetics, the team concludes that “in this study we found a moderate and statistically significant genetic correlation between height and general intelligence". ... Previous studies have linked short stature to a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease. Conversely, higher IQ has been linked to longevity and a lower risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, accidents, and suicide.

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