The Shortage of General Practitioners in the UK Won’t Get Better Soon

It seems GP’s in the UK aren’t working full time. Average GP now works 3.5 days a week – and just one in 20 trainees plans to do the job full-time.

The average GP now works less than three-and-a-half days a week – and just one in 20 trainee doctors intends to do the job full-time, research shows.

Why? The job has become too intense to work that long. (Burnout, in other words.)

Patient groups are freaking out, given the current shortage of GPs. (This article from January was referenced.)

The rest is lost behind a pay wall, but it can’t paint a much more bleak picture.

Workload. Bureaucratic Insanity. Probably a few other things are making it not rewarding to be a doctor, only grueling. At least in the UK. That leads to people pursuing other options, and that leads to a doctor shortage.

If you’re smart enough to be a doctor, then you’re also smart enough to figure out that working for the largest bureaucracy in the country might not be what you want to do. So the folks in the UK have health insurance – everything is paid for by the government. It is just health care that is hard to get.


Aretha Franklin: March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018

I think most people should know Aretha Franklin, but then the lyrics from Steely Dan’s “Hey Nineteen” come to mind.

Hey nineteen
That’s ‘Retha Franklin
She don’t remember Queen of Soul

The Wiki says she had a 112 charted songs on Billboard. So people should know her.

Kids Defend Their Mother (and themselves)

So should these kids have had access to the gun, or should the gun have been safely stored? Woman being choked by boyfriend is saved when son gets gun, daughter shoots, kills man.

The Gun-Hating-Left loves to say that kids should be locked away from firearms. (Or vice versa) But in this case, it might have ended with three innocents dead instead of one violent offender dead.

Investigators determined that Kelley had attacked Nierman and was choking her, yelling that he was going to cut her throat and kill everyone in the house.

Nierman’s son went and got a gun and her 15-year-old daughter took the gun from her brother and fired it twice, hitting Kelley in the chest.

So I wish someone from the gun-haters would explain to me how this would have ended better if the kids couldn’t take action. The DA, and the cops agree that this was justifiable self-defense. Which is a human-right. (Hat tip NRA Armed Citizen.)

Poland Doubts European NATO Countries Would Come to Its Defense

Because who in Europe has the military might to stand up for NATO? Poland marks Army Day with parade, call for US military base.

Poland has been lobbying for a permanent US military presence, because they are worried about Russia. (As far as the Poles see it, Russia still holds territory they never gave back after the end of WWI.) The Poles are also not 100% sure of the rest of NATO.

Poland considers the U.S. its key protector, with some doubts about whether Europe’s NATO members really would ever come to its defense.

German military might isn’t what it once was. The UK is in better shape, but Poland is one of a few NATO countries – aside from the USA – that meets its 2% of GDP military-spending-commitment. (UK, Estonia and Greece, were the others in 2016.)

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

How should a 79-year-old defend himself From a 37-year-old intruder? Sheriff: Armed homeowner shoots intruder in barn.

When the homeowner, a 79-year-old man, heard an intruder in the pole barn around 11:20 at his home in Inland Township he grabbed a shotgun and confronted the man, according to Benzie County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Not willing to take orders from the guy with the shotgun, the bad-guy advanced on the homeowner.

Deputies said the homeowner fired a single shot and hit the the intruder in both legs.

The homeowner kept an eye on the man until police and an ambulance arrived at the home.

Police took the would-be bad guy to hospital. The DA is reviewing the case, but the cops didn’t arrest the homeowner.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense Is Legal in Connecticut

JusticeSometimes you wonder about certain states. Though it looks pretty clear to me that they were hoping to charge this guy with something. Fatal Kent shooting ruled self-defense; victim’s shoe print was on kicked-in door.

It’s Connecticut, and they’re journalists, so they are naturally confused about who is and who is not a victim. (If you break into my house, you’re a criminal, not a victim, not even if I defend myself.)

“Several members of my staff, including myself, reviewed the investigation and concluded that it appeared to be a lawful exercise of self-defense,” State’s Attorney David Shepack said.

It took the six months to determine that the dead-guy’s shoe-print was on the kicked-in-door. (Which was probably repaired 5 months and 3 weeks ago.). In Texas, the cops would have shaken this guy’s hand, and said something like “Thanks for saving the taxpayers a lot of money” after a day or three. But not in Connecticut! They have to be 110% sure they can’t charge with something, because they just plain hate self-defense. (You are supposed to rely on The State for absolutely everything.)

But in the end, even in Connecticut, self-defense is a human-right.

Some of the Swedish Royal Family Has Had Enough

I’m sure that the timing is purely coincidental. The Sunshine State gets its own royal residents! Princess Madeleine of Sweden and her American financier husband announce they are relocating to Florida with their three children.

I’m sure it has nothing to do with escalating violence, including grenade attacks, and mass acts of vandalism.