Friday, June 9, 2017

Cardiology


Atrial Fibrillation: when the small chambers of the heart, where the electrical impulse for heartbeats should originate, succumb to spasms. Often benign if treated with medication.

AFib:

Ventricular fibrillation: when the major chambers of the heart spasm, failing to produce sustainable beats, and threatening to exhaust themselves in flat line. Potentially lethal. Bring out the paddles.

VFib:

British Fibrillation: When the English political system becomes spasmodic, and unable to produce consistent or sustainable results about much of anything.

Cause: some say Monty Python, others Martin Amis. Still others give a nod to "Gulliver’s Travels."

BFib




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

British Elections

Not sure what I'd do if I were voting in the British elections.

I couldn't vote for Theresa May, not only a Tory, but a wishy-washy and dishonest specimen thereof, who, among other things, cut funding for police, though it was already understood England was a prime terrorist target.

But I have problems with Corbyn, since in the past he's called the likes of Hamas and Hezbollah liberation movements, allies in the socialist struggle for a better world. Corbyn either doesn't recognize anti-Semitism when he sees it or doesn't care. If you think there's no such thing as left anti-Semitism or wonder what it might look like, consider Corbyn's leadership and you'll know. 

Still, I prefer Corbyn on principle, being fundamentally for Labor's goals. But I don't believe left anti-Semitism should go unnoticed or unpunished.

Perhaps Corbyn will win, leaving May, and England, in a lurch within the lurch within the lurch they're in. Remember, Cameron called a referendum to shore him up against the demand for Brexit. And where did that get him? It got him Brexit. Since then, one leader after another has flip-flopped or run away from responsibility. Major called this snap election to shore her up in negotiating Brexit. If Corbyn wins, Britain is right back to square silly, crackers, and inane.

Simply and crudely, the United States saved Great Britain in two twentieth century wars. If you doubt it, consider Churchill's dictum uttered when he first heard of Pearl Harbor. Churchill didn't say, "I send you my condolences, cousins", or if he did it came right after exclaiming jubilantly, "We have just won the war!"

But there's nothing America can do to save Great Britain from, first, its Cold War against Europe and its by turns amusing and awful war against itself.


Which it seems to be losing.