The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that obese people can have two seats on an airline for the price of one. Full Story
Lessons: Defending the rights of certain groups of people does nothing to help them solve their problems. In fact, it might even help them to justify themselves.
The family of Nataline Sarkisyan is planning to sue Cigna HealthCare for the murder of their daughter. Despite Nataline being fully insured and having a matching donor ready, Cigna refused to pay for her liver transplant on the grounds that her healthcare plan “does not cover experimental, investigational, and unproven services.”
Nataline’s doctors at the UCLA medical center protested against Cigna that the treatment was neither experimental nor unproven. Days later, after mounting a 150 person protest outside of Cigna’s office they reversed the decision but it was already too late for Nataline.
Charles Idelson of the California Nurses Association commented, “Why did it take public humiliation for a multi-billion dollar insurance company to force them to provide appropriate medical care? This is what’s wrong with our health system – insurers decide treatment, not doctors.”
Cigna profit was up 22% in its third quarter performance this year. It expects to earn an income of about $1.2 billion next year. Now we know how.
Seven school officials at a Massachusetts special needs school were fired after wrongly administering electrick shock treatment. A prankster, pretending to be a member of the administration, phoned in instructions to administer electric shocks to some of the students. The school officials woke up two of the students and told them that they had been misbehaving earlier in the day and therefore would be shocked. The two students, only 16 and 19 years old, together were shocked 106 times.
One-third of Americans suffer from extreme stress which drives them to overeat, drink, and smoke. Despite the privelidge of living a very luxurious life in comparison with the rest of the world, Americans complained of low salaries, too much work, and a lack of opportunity. Many admitted to having difficulty dealing with stress which leads them to unhealthy habits such as excessive drinking and smoking, loss of sleep, and a massive intake of junk food.
Short term stress may have the ability to be a motivating factor; however, chronic stress causes high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. Many people surveyed indicated that exercise, socializing, and prayer helped the most in relieving their stress.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday night after the police received a tip that he was plotting a shooting spree at a high school in a northern suburb of Philadelphia. The police, after searching his home, found a 9-millimeter assault rifle, dozens of authentic-looking BB and air guns, and seven hand grenades he was making, four of which were operational. They also found notebooks detailing violent acts, an Army handbook on counterinsurgency operations and a DVD entitled “Game Over in Littleton,” a documentary on the 1999 rampage in which two students at Columbine High School in Colorado shot to death 12 schoolmates and a teacher before committing suicide. The assault rifle, it turns out, was a gift from his mother.
Note: Officially, it is not classified as a “terrorist plot” but only a “plot” since the boys identity and race has not yet been disclosed.