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Ok...I have decided it's really time to travel. I am leaving right after Xmas. Australia and New Zealand first and then....the world!

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Volbeat- Best band ever?
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Denmark, known for Vikings and having the best buisness climate in the world...but Heavy Metal? Hardly!
That is where Volbeat comes in. Formed in 2001 these guys have been pumping out amazing music to practically ....nobody. Well actually they just finished up a tour with Metallica but what I would like to know is...why did this not happen sooner? They are very popular in Europe but in the states....not so much.

I have always been a fan of music, from early 40's thru modern music but in my opinion while many different genre's have been mixed together nobody has ever been willing to touch what Volbeat has. Music has been on a rapid decline in the states as of late and I am finding it harder and harder to seek out music I actually enjoy or bands that don't sound like someone else.
SO.....

Imagine if you will four guys on thier way to open up for Johnny Cash in the mid 50's. These guys are Old School rock and roll and Rock-a-billy, the common style of the time. Suddenly, they are frozen by some Alien race and transported to the year 2000 where they spend much of thier time surrounded by modern heavy metal. Then they decide to mold these two styles together and thus you have Volbeat.

I guess that is a pretty silly story but I cannot describe what these guys do to me musically. I feel like they represent everything I love about music. Catchy chorus's, Heavy break downs, fast punk riffs, mixed with an old school rock and roll feel. These guys aren't your typical "Growlers" or screamers as we find so often in metal but rather clear booming vocals that really catch your attention. I can't say that everyone will enjoy them but I am fucking obsessed.










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How every single Doctor/Nurse I have ever met feels about healthcare in America
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Treating a Nation of Anxious WimpsPrintE-mail
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In My Opinion // Thomas Doyle, MD
Until we start educating patients about what really affects their health and what a doctor is capable of fixing, we will continue to waste a large portion of our healthcare dollar on treatments which just don’t make any difference.

 
 
 
Emergency departments are distilleries boiling complex blends of trauma, stress and emotion down to the essence of immediacy:  what needs to be done, right now, to fix the problem.  Working the past twenty years in such environments has shown me with great clarity what is wrong (and right) with our nation’s medical system. It’s obvious to me that despite all the furor and rancor, what is being debated in Washington currently is not healthcare reform.  It’s only healthcare insurance reform.  It addresses the undeniably important issues of who is going to pay and how, but completely misses the point of why.  
Healthcare costs too much in our country because we deliver too much healthcare. We deliver too much because we demand too much. And we demand it for all the wrong reasons. We’re turning into a nation of anxious wimps.

I still love my job; very few things are as emotionally rewarding as relieving true pain and suffering, sharing compassionate care and actually saving lives. Illness and injury will always require the best efforts our medical system can provide. But emergency departments nationwide are being overwhelmed by the non-emergent, and doctors in general are asked to treat what doesn’t need treatment.

In a single night I had patients come in for the following complaints (all brought by ambulance):  “Smoked marijuana and got dizzy”, “stung by a bee and it hurts”, “got drunk and have a hangover”, “sat out in the sun and got sunburn”, “ate Mexican food and threw up”, “picked my nose and it bled, but now it stopped”, “just had sex and want to know if I’m pregnant.”

Since all my colleagues and I have worked our shifts while suffering from worse symptoms than these (well, hopefully not the marijuana), we have understandably lost some of our natural empathy for such patients. When working with a cold, flu or headache, I often feel I am like one of those cute little animal signs in amusement parks that say “you must be taller than me to ride this ride” only my sign would read “you must be sicker than me to come to our emergency department.” You’d be surprised how many patients wouldn’t qualify.

At a time when we have an unprecedented obsession with health – Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Oprah and a host of daytime talk shows make the smallest issues seem like apocalyptic pandemics – we have substandard national wellness. This is largely because the media focuses on the exotic and the sensational and ignores the mundane. Our society has warped our perception of true risk. We are taught to fear vaccinations, mold, shark attacks, airplanes and breast implants when we really should worry about smoking, drug abuse, obesity, cars and basic hygiene. If you go by pharmaceutical advertisement budgets, our most critical health needs are to have sex and fall asleep.

Somehow we have developed an expectation that our health should always be perfect, and if it isn’t, there should be a pill to fix it. With every ache and sniffle we run to the doctor, or purchase useless quackery such as Airborne or homeopathic cures (to the tune of tens of billions of dollars). We demand unnecessary diagnostic testing, antibiotics for our viruses, narcotics for bruises and sprains. And due to time constraints on physicians, fear of lawsuits and the pressure to keep patients satisfied, we usually get them.

Yet the great secret of medicine is that almost everything we see will get better (or worse) no matter how we treat it. Usually better. The human body is exquisitely talented at healing.  If bodies didn’t heal by themselves, we’d be up the creek. Even in an Intensive Care Unit, with our most advanced techniques applied, all we’re really doing is optimizing the conditions under which natural healing can occur. We give oxygen and fluids in the right proportions, raise or lower the blood pressure as needed and allow the natural healing mechanisms time to do their work. It’s as if you could put your car in the service garage, make sure you gave it plenty of gas, oil and brake fluid, and then expect the transmission to  fix itself.  

The bottom line is that most conditions are self-limited. This doesn’t mesh well with our immediate-gratification, instant-action society.  But usually that bronchitis or back ache or poison ivy or stomach flu just needs time to get better. Take two aspirin and call me in the morning wasn’t your doctor being lazy in the middle of the night; it was sound medical practice. As a wise pediatrician colleague of mine once told me, “Our best medicines are Tincture of Time and Elixir of Neglect.”  Taking drugs for things that go away on their own is rarely helpful and often harmful. 

We’ve become a nation of hypochondriacs. Every sneeze is swine flu, every headache a tumor. And at great expense, we deliver fantastically prompt, thorough and largely unnecessary care. There is tremendous financial pressure on physicians to keep patients happy. But unlike business, in medicine the customer isn’t always right. Sometimes a doctor needs to show tough love and deny patients the quick fix. A good physician needs to have the guts to stand up to people and tell them that their baby gets ear infections because they smoke cigarettes. That it’s time to admit they are alcoholics. That they need to suck it up and deal with discomfort because narcotics will just make everything worse. That what’s really wrong with them is that they are just too damned fat.  Unfortunately, this type of advice rarely leads to high patient satisfaction scores.  
Modern medicine is a blessing which improves all our lives. But until we start educating the general populace about what really affects their health and what a doctor is capable (and more importantly, incapable) of fixing, we will continue to waste a large portion of our healthcare dollar on treatments which just don’t make any difference.

Dr. Thomas A. Doyle is an emergency physician who practices in Sewickley, PA. He is the author of the forthcoming book “Suck It Up, America: The Tough Choices Needed for Real Health-Care Reform”
 



Something a dumb ass
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The following is a status update left in a facebook status update. Then following is my response.



Jamie Larocque:
this is for all u POTHEADS Am sick of you ppl saying " well it relives stress"YOU PPL ARE THE WORST 1 your week willed 2 your F-ing PATHETIC " OH I had a streesful day so I got to have some pot" give me a brake you ppl just cant deal with reality and thats your F-ing problem I dont give to shits about " oh I had a str...essfull day" big F-ing deal the rest of the world haf a stressfull day ITS CALLED LIFE DEAL WITH IT
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Response: by me
Does anyone else find it ironic that she is the one coming off with the anger and stress related issues? Someone sounds a bit self righteous here. If you don't like weed or "potheads" then don't associate yourself with them.

I don't know you personally but I am sure you have NEVER taken a prescription for anything in your life. I mean, you probably don't take any anti depressants or pain meds of any kind right? No Adrerol to help you concentrate?
Because apparently you are so unbelievably perfect that you wouldn't ever NEED anything to assist you with any problem you might have. You just suck it up and take it like a champ huh? Heck, I bet you haven't seen a doctor for anything since you were born huh?

First
Marijuana has been prescribed for stress since 2737 BC when Emperor Shen Neng of China popularized it. It has been used all over the world for thousands of years. In almost every single culture that ever existed. Uses include Menstrual cramps, Pregnancy pains, headaches, toothaches and even STRESS etc. Do you know how many soldiers from Iraq are being prescribed medical Marijuana for stress related to PTSD? (post traumatic stress disorder)

Now I know you probably think they should just suck it up and deal with it, and thats just life but you don't know how it feels to be anyone but yourself. Everyone has different ways of getting rid of stress. If someone relieves stress by smoking weed then who really cares? How does it effect your life? I

BUT
I am glad you do your research before ranting on. It would sure sound stupid if you didn't fact check before graced us with your well thought out and researched opinions.

Also for the record, It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know how to spell check. ( or to spell 3 to 4 letter words correctly) Or to comprehend the difference between the words
Week- 7 days in a row
and
Weak- A person of little strength
I mean, 4th graders know the difference yet you are attacking potheads. Hahaha

Also
Perhaps less time in front of the mirror pretending your a goth version of Paris Hilton, and more time reading books? It's just a suggestion, that way when you you want to make a point about something, someone who knows what they are talking about won't call you on your bullshit.

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Updated AFI's top 100 movies list
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So I decided to watch AFI's current top 100 movies of all time. I have seen a few of them before. I have decided that I will watch all of them again in no particular order. I will highlight as I finish and write a short review underneath.


1. Citizen Kane, 1941.
- I really couldn't see why this was number one. I have heard from numerous people that it's because it was so different for it's time but I really can't see it. Great acting no doubt, but probably not my personal best.

2. The Godfather, 1972.

3. Casablanca, 1942.
- Great movie! #3? I personally don't think so. I mean sure it had a good plot, and great acting but it definately was NOT the 3rd greatest movie of all time.

4. Raging Bull, 1980.
- I was really not impressed with this movie. I mean sure it has some good parts, but overall I think it was predictable and boring. I don't know, Just not a fan. Goodfellas was far better.

5. Singin' in the Rain, 1952.
- I loved this movie! Now I know where so many songs I heard through life come from. I am not a huge fan of musicals but I loved this. They sure don't make movies like this anymore.

6. Gone With the Wind, 1939.

7. Lawrence of Arabia, 1962.

8. Schindler's List, 1993.
- This is one of those movies that you can only watch once every few years. Very disturbing but also thought provoking. Ray Feinnes played in my opinion the role of his career.

9. Vertigo, 1958.
- Another movie that I don't think belongs in the top 10. I mean sure, it was good and but top 10? Nah. James Stewart was awesome in this though!

10. The Wizard of Oz, 1939.
- I guess I can see why this movie is in the top 10. It's world reknown, Ground breaking for it's time. The songs are classics. I just personally don't like this movie.

11. City Lights, 1931.

12. The Searchers, 1956.

13. Star Wars, 1977.
- Wonderful, one of my all time favorites! This movie revolutionized film as we know it today. George Lucas could do no wrong in my mind...Until Phantom Menace of course! haha

14. Psycho, 1960.

15. 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.
- This movie was awesome! Musically and visually awesome! Very creepy yet very thought provoking. Animatronic monkeys and all.

16. Sunset Blvd., 1950.

17. The Graduate, 1967.

18. The General, 1927.

19. On the Waterfront, 1954.
- Marlon Brando is becoming one of my favorite actors of all time! This movie was great! A great story of morality and doing the right thing even when faced with death. Awesome stuff

20. It's a Wonderful Life, 1946.

21. Chinatown, 1974.

22. Some Like It Hot, 1959.

23. The Grapes of Wrath, 1940.

24. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982.

25. To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962.
- Classic movie and classic story. I was kind of surprised that this wasn't higher. Saw this in highschool and it was kind of slow watching this time. Still a good movie.

26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939.

27. High Noon, 1952.

28. All About Eve, 1950.

29. Double Indemnity, 1944.
- Really interesting movie. Edward G Robinson was awesome!

30. Apocalypse Now, 1979.

31. The Maltese Falcon, 1941.
- This movie was actually really good. I had no idea how good an actor Bogart was until I saw this. I think I am going to watch more of his movies just so I can see what else he did.

32. The Godfather Part II, 1974.

33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1975.
- One of the best movies I have ever seen. Amazing in a terrifying type of way. They don't make movies like this anymore.

34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937.

35. Annie Hall, 1977.

36. The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1957.
- This movie was just awesome! Just around 3 hours but so well worth it. I think the underlying message here is that no matter how hard you try during war, you can never find civility.

37. The Best Years of Our Lives, 1946.

38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948.

39. Dr. Strangelove, 1964.
- One of my favorite movies of all time. Peter Sellers died way to early. This movie was not only funny but it had a very deep point. "There is no fighting in the war room!

40. The Sound of Music, 1965.

41. King Kong, 1933.

42. Bonnie and Clyde, 1967.
- Does this movie deserve to be 42? no. Better than The Deer Hunter? Jaws? hardly. I mean, great acting, but the movie is not historically accurate. Don't think this movie is as good as it's ranked. Still it was a decent watch.

43. Midnight Cowboy, 1969.

44. The Philadelphia Story, 1940.

45. Shane, 1953.

46. It Happened One Night, 1934.
- While I thought this movie was good, I really didn't see how it could be considered great. Maybe since I have seen so many movies with the same set up. Girl falls in love with unlikely but lovable guy it overplayed in our time so maybe it had a different effect back then.

47. A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951.
- I thought the acting in this movie was amazing! This film reminded me of how little humans have changed. I hated the character of Blanche and I really have no sympathy for her. Stanley however was a typical blue collar asshole but I really understood what his character was all about.

48. Rear Window, 1954.

49. Intolerance, 1916.

50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001.
- Personally think this should be higher. I also think the whole series should be included because they are all amazing movies.

51. West Side Story, 1961.

52. Taxi Driver, 1976.

53. The Deer Hunter, 1978.
- This movie was great!!! I am so used to seeing Christopher Walken do comedy these days it's hard to imagine him in such a serious role. Deniro was amazing too! This movie probably gave me more of an emotional feeling than any other I have seen on this list so far. Just a wonderful film

54. M-A-S-H, 1970.

55. North by Northwest, 1959.

56. Jaws, 1975.

57. Rocky, 1976.

58. The Gold Rush, 1925.

59. Nashville, 1975.

60. Duck Soup, 1933.

61. Sullivan's Travels, 1941.

62. American Graffiti, 1973.

63. Cabaret, 1972.
- Should be much lower! If even on the list at all. Seriously? This movie is so anti climactic it's insane. Whore finds love, Whore loves money, Whore gets pissed that her boyfriend sleeps with her other boyfriend. Whore gets pregnant, whore has abortion. All set to song and dance. Did I mention blatent bisexuality and nazi's?? This movie blows

64. Network, 1976.
- "I'm mad as hell and I am not gonna take it anymore" I always wondered where that quote came from, now I know. This movie was far ahead of it's time.

65. The African Queen, 1951.

66. Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981.

67. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1966.
- This movie is DISTURBING! It reminds me of how some people can make life so uncomfortable for others. It shows the dark side of marriage and how sometimes it comes through. Elizabeth Taylor was amazing!

68. Unforgiven, 1992.
- This movie was awesome!! I don't know why I had never seen it before but I just loved it. Clint Eastwood should have been given the Oscar for this.

69. Tootsie, 1982.
- This movie had it's funny moments no doubt, but I couldn't really get into it. I feel like it probably inspired the movie "Mrs.Doubtfire". For the most part funny, but one of the greatest of all time? No I don't think so.

70. A Clockwork Orange, 1971.
- One of Kubricks best!! Should be MUCH higher than this. Twisted,Deranged and funny. Probably because of the hard to follow dialouge this movie is lower on the list but still one of my favorites.

71. Saving Private Ryan, 1998.
- Classic!! Epitome of what a war movie should be. Vin Diesel can actually say he was in a classic film! hahaha

72. The Shawshank Redemption, 1994.
- I swear everytime I watch this movie I think of Family guy when they parody this with the monopoly guy. Great movie but it always kind of pissed me off. I can't imagine how many situations like this happened during this time period.

73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969.

74. The Silence of the Lambs, 1991.
- I can't watch this movie without falling in love with Hannibal Lecter. I don't know why but he is so likable on a psychotic level. Classic stuff! Too bad the other movies in the series sucked so bad.


75. In the Heat of the Night, 1967.

76. Forrest Gump, 1994.
- The more I watch this movie the more I am not sure if this is a classic. Sure it's quoted and it's pretty well known, but I can't help but think it's kind of a stupid movie. Then again, Stupid is as stupid does.

77. All the President's Men, 1976.

78. Modern Times, 1936.

79. The Wild Bunch, 1969.

80. The Apartment, 1960.

81. Spartacus, 1960.

82. Sunrise, 1927.

83. Titanic, 1997.
- Visually amazing!! But perhaps one of the worst story lines ever. Old lady and the diamond?? Kate naked is the highlight of the movie. I clapped when Leo died.

84. Easy Rider, 1969.

85. A Night at the Opera, 1935.

86. Platoon, 1986.

87. 12 Angry Men, 1957.

88. Bringing Up Baby, 1938.

89. The Sixth Sense, 1999.
- Definately should NOT be in the top 100. I don't know if it's because M. Night's films are so awful now or what but I simply cannot watch this movie more than once.....a few years or so. I just hate this film.

90. Swing Time, 1936.

91. Sophie's Choice, 1982.

92. Goodfellas, 1990.
- "As far back as I could remember I always thought this was an awesome movie" Classic! Should be higher

93. The French Connection, 1971.

94. Pulp Fiction, 1994.
- Should be much higher!!!! Seriously!! This film is 100 times better than the sixth sense.

95. The Last Picture Show, 1971.
-Personally, I feel that this movie should be a lot higher. Maybe at least 10 spots. Cloris Leachman was just awesome! I couldn't believe how many stars we recognize today were in this film. I don't have any intentions of watching the sequel but this movie in my opinion was awesome!

96. Do the Right Thing, 1989.
- It's weird watching a movie that has so many racial topics after this years election. Things have really progressed in the last 20 years. Good movie.

97. Blade Runner, 1982.
- "More human than human...that's our motto" Personally feel that this is one of Harrison Fords best.

98. Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942.

99. Toy Story, 1995.
- I know why this movie is on this list. I think 99 is a good spot. Visually revolutionary as far as cartoons go. Storyline...ehh

100. Ben-Hur, 1959.
- Hopefully this movie will be off the list next time voting. This movie was just awful. 3 hours of utter shit. I seriously can't believe this is on the list.

I love Christopher Walken!!
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