How the Medical System Is Killing Us 

#health-care #big-pharma #drugs #medicine #doctors 

When we speak of healthcare,  it tends to be synonymous with disease. Almost no one speaks of prevention. That’s just some taboo subject some bleeding heart Marxist must have in mind. 

In fact,  Cuba practices preventative medicine.  It’s a shame richer countries can’t do the same thing. And it costs almost nothing compared to having to fight the disease. But that’s the exact argument as to why the system wants disease to occur. Sickness is profitable. And it starts from the highee-ups and trickles down to the doctors. 

Everything in the name of your health is taken care of according to profit. Are they better off with you sick? Is it good to have  “too many ” healthy people?  Can a population exist and thrive if it needs to support its elderly? More importantly,  who’s worth saving? 

Above is a typical Montreal hospital ward with patients waiting to be put into a room. These people are definitely sick,  especially considering the stringent rules for being admitted to hospital set out by the government. They’re in pain and no one seems to have time to tend to them. When asking how much longer, they get condescension from hospital staff. The doctors on duty have become more limited due to a trend towards specialization promoted by the government. The specialist takes weeks or months to see. So where are these man hours being logged? 

In all fairness, there are more people who wind up at the hospital because of the limit of patients per day put on local clinics. Yet going to any health institution is seen with scorn unless you are on the verge of death. Then they’ll take you in with open arms and do every test available to make sure you’re properly diagnosed. Of course it’s too late. And of course it’s your fault. You had all the clinics, doctors, and high tech medicine available to you. Why were you too lazy to take advantage of it? 

I had intestinal pain and went to triage. Seeing as I was priority 4 out of 5, it was suggested to me to come back in the morning, unless it got worse. I came back the next morning and there was some frustrated nurse at triage whole snapped at me when I told him I had gone home overnight. He raised his voice and another nurse came in. She showed him the note written on my file. I asked for an apology and he gave me an alien stare. So much for professionalism and order. Nothing wrong found on the x-rays. 

3 weeks later, I take the same problem to a private clinic. The doctor I saw was very competent and listened. All the right tests we done within 3 days and we eradicated the problem. Had I waited longer, it could have been dire and potentially fatal. 

What did I get out of the 2 stories above? First of all,  I should feel privileged for even having the right to be yelled at when walling into a hospital. Secondly,  all staff except the doctors are overworked and underpaid. Thirdly, doctors have turned into the medical police. What are you worth? At the private clinic, I’m worth as much as anyone else paying for the services. In the public sector, I’m just another extra potentially sick person adding to the overload. And if I were important, I wouldn’t be there in the first place. 

Doctors don’t become doctors to save your life. They become doctors to make lots of money. 

Perhaps the biggest player in all of this is big pharma. They are a very corrupt bunch that create life-saving drugs for as high a price as they can realistically get. And drug insurance,  private or public, caters to their whims. They refer to doctors as their  “drug whores” because they can often convince them to push their drug just by buying sushi their them and their staff.  It’s hard to see the most respected professionals in the world stoop to such an embarrassing level of respect. While it takes more than this to convince most doctors, they are eventually convinced.  

Big pharma loves to promote their work as Research and Development. While that may be true at the onset, the ridiculous drug-peddling that goes on diminishes them to profiteers off of the sick and desperate.  They need to be regulated by the government and have a profit ceiling. Medicine should not be there to make big corporations rich without any trickling down to others. 

The picture above is for me the most despicable I’ve ever posted. 

Let’s get something staight. Drugs kill. Abuse of drugs kills. New drugs have no guarantee of anything. Your doctor’s hands are usually tied when it comes to what he can prescribe due to the scarcity if drugs no longer being pushed by big pharma. 

Turmeric, above, is a wonder spice. It does more than most drugs can for the digestive tract. If we learn its benefits from an early age, maybe colon cancer would be on its way down rather than up. Healthy habits are easy to teach. And there should be no fear of stigmatisation if one reveals their problems. 

I often think of how Kim Kardashian takes care of her health. You know, just your average idiotwith undeserved wealth. Then I think of how I would take care of my health if I had money. I would have a physical every 3 to 6 months. I would see a specialist in preventative medicine. I would not hesitate to see a doctor at the slightest problem. All this because I’d be treated with a smile,  no matter how much of a nuisance I may be.  

Finally, let’s stop eating junk. Let’s get some exercise. And let’s build our network of friends.  Let’s try not to have to use the system until as late as possible. 

In the meantime, we need to  not be taken for granted and we need to empower ourselves to be healthier and fight the shaming and injustice. Let’s give equal proper access to the exact same top notch quality healthcare to all. 

An Ode to All 

FROM :A FINE LINE 

#bittersweet-me #ode #new-adventures-in-hifi #thank-you 

This one’s for the dead 

The dead I used to know

The ones from my childhood mostly 

Who seemed so immortal 
The postman 

The barber

All my departed clan members 

The villagers in general 

The priest 

The man who lived up the hill tending sheep 

The drunk fisherman 

The fat ladies at the market 

The woman who baked your bread when you brought her granny’s dough 

The one-armed man

The blind woman 

The homosexual couple pretending to be brothers 

The taxi driver 
This one’s for the moribund 

Or so it seems they are 

The ones I met when I moved from Greece 

Who seemed strange 

Were different 

Colder 

Distant 

Who taught me to be careful 
I visited my elementary school 

Ceilings seemed so low 

Schoolyard so small

All that was left were anecdotes 
The principal 

The grade 6 teacher who also moonlighted as the music teacher 

The mean kids 

The meaner kids 

The bullies 

The ones who liked me 

Their aloof parents 

I wonder what happened to the dumb ones 
This one’s for the many 

The stupid 

The disturbed 

The adult bullies 

The idiotic young men I grew around 

The ones who only cared about getting the girls 

The nimrods getting high in the park 

The ones who copied my notes 

I heard most of them are worse off now 
Finally 

This one’s for the living 

The ones who knew life 

Though few 

They made my life plentiful 

They were my friends 

My girlfriends 

My allies 

Some family members 

The ones with understanding nods 

The girl with that perfect innocent smile 

The beautiful people who knew me 

Who 

By looking at me 

Saw through my expressionless face 

Into my bleeding heart 

And sensitive soul 
Gone by 

Present 

Future 

I love a fulfilling life 

A meaning 

A hope 

And if you’re reading this 

And you see yourself in here somewhere 

Well 

Thank you!!!

Copyright Ted Kouretas 2017 
 

Unalarmed 

FROM: A FINE LINE 

Anarchist fair 

Yet they charge admission 

Make you pay for books 

And judge non -anarchists 
End the charade 

Call a club a spade 

Hit the bullseye with the dart 

Anguish overhead 

Surreal injustice 

Let the led go 

Unalarmed 

Lead the show 

The road to nowhere has already been won 
Unalarmed 

I fly my flag 

With inner peace 

My heart throbbing somewhat 
You know the deal 

Peacemeal advocacy 

Intricacy 

Salivating for salvation 

With just a hint of hesitation 
I fly my flag 

Bloodied it is 

The rain trying to clean it up 

Still, I am unalarmed 

Copyright Ted Kouretas 2017 

The Internet Takes Away Privacy and Makes Us Ignorant 

#privacy #subjectivity #ignorance 

A selfie on a social network has been described as the epitome of narcissism by many.  Others see it as an attention-seeking mechanism for those who crave being liked and haven’t felt it. Either way, there’s a big price to pay for whatever the reason is. The price is the it’ll stay there forever, always available for others to see and use. Like me here, people can choose random photos to make a point or simply make it cohesive with the text. 

While a picture may not do much to your reputation,  the lack of privacy moves progressively from this to a total knowledge of your browsing history. 

This death of privacy leads to an unavoidable adherence to ignorance. It is not a conscious choice.  Rather it is forced upon by the big boys and girls running the Internet. It is the beginning of a new world order. 

As can be seen above, the new world order is empowered by all of us that use the Internet. Simply put,  your life is out there for the entire world to see. Remember the days when we had no idea about other nations? Now we have a lot of information about other people.  Ironically,  we may have less information about other nations and about life and the world in general. 

The more of our information that is processed,  the more prone we are to knowing less about the world. Our Facebook likes are used as marketing tools. They give us that dreaded “Suggested Post “. Then we get the even more important-sounding  “Sponsored Post”. Wow. They know I want to read “The Economist ” while trying to get me interested in the alt right. Yes, the algorithm needs work still, but the point is that we are being targeted as potential money. And make no mistake about it, we are nothing more than a dollar sign at the outset. 

Everything you post matters to fringe groups who live on the edges of society. Though some may have some shameful thing they do that they don’t want to get out, others are dangerous and recruiting on the net. 

Darknet is an exceptional show that gives great insight on the Internet. In one episode, they show how neo-nazis took advantage of a lonely teenager. In the same way there is recruiting done to disgruntled youth. At the core is the loneliness and dissatisfaction that the Internet creates. Then it is this weakness that the recruiters prey upon. 


Thereason ignorance is bred comes from the abundance of information itself. The problem is that our abundance of likes, shares, posts, etc, on social media helps build a pretty accurate profile of who we are. To keep us sated, or at least not less satisfied,  apps and Internet searches feed us news they think we’ll like. They will fill a liberal with liberal news from liberal media and news sources. While this may seem harmless, this liberal, or conservative, or whoever, will think nothing else exists. This will make him more unwilling to keep an open mind. It segregates him from alternative views. The polarization can be seen in politics. We get no unbiased breakdown of the facts. Each media outlet will give you a biased opinion. Most people won’t subscribe to different media outlets if the current one legitimizes their views. 

Look at the graphic above. Ever thought of what’s below the Surface Web? 

Spring Is Here — Rebuild Your Body and Mind 

#Spring #health #exercise #friends 

Spring is my favourite time of year because it is a new beginning. The body and mind have been cleansed and are calmer,  and it’s time to refill and invigorate them with all the good and positivity that we can. 

Here’s a good idea of how to start doing that. 

A favourite activity of mine is strawberry and raspberry picking. Just 20 minutes from the metropolis are local farms that afford you the pleasure of getting dirty by picking your berries or the luxury of just buying them outright. 

If you don’t want to venture too far,  just go to a farmers market. The food there is fresher than at the market. Eating well and healthier is a good routine that starts with delicious food. It is tantamount to empowering your body and introducing it to nutrition that will guide it and protect it from disease. 

Some people are coffee people. The good news is that coffee is being proven to be healthier for you more and more every day. 

Exercising is great for you. And you can now also do it outside the gym. Jogging or running take a lot of patience and endurance. Cycling, on the other hand, is much slower in pace, gets you to your destination faster, and doesn’t drain you. You can bike to work, to a friend’s,  or even to the market. 

Spring is a great time to go shopping. Statistics show people shop more in Spring than any other season. You need to moderate your shopping habits. Perhaps leave the credit cards at home and pay with cash would help. 

There’s nothing like a happy person with a smile on their face. We’ve all heard how much more difficult it is to smile than to frown. So go ahead and let those pearly whites shine. Speaking of which,  go to the dentist if you feel you need to. It will cost you as much as shopping and may save your teeth in the process. 

Go see beautiful places or landscapes. This calms the soul. It makes a hectic day calmer by letting you see it from outside your personal subjective box or bubble for what it is. It keeps anxiety in check. Simply put, it save your mental and, in turn, your physical health. 

Finally, we need to broaden our social network. No,  not on social media. Call your friends. Tell them to call theirs. Talk to strangers. Just be a free-spirit ready to take all positive energy of others in. 

Oh yeah,  enjoy some good barbecued meat. 

People With Dependent Personality Disorder Easy to Manipulate 

#needy #manipulation #dependent-personality-disorder

Since as far back as I can remember, there have always been people who want to belong so badly, they go through great and often self-destructive. The labeling of this mental disorder is apt and accurate, considering the dangers involved in it. 

The general definition above demonstrates now people,  mostly women,  who fall into this category can be easily influenced and manipulated by others. Recent research has shown that it may be as common in men,  but that it was hidden by society’s view that men need to be ‘masculine ‘ and not show their emotions. 

This article from Psychology Today gives a good description of the disorder 
Even after all this proof and its possible harms,  the disorder is still taboo in most circles. It puts in the open one’s tendency and need to be weak. And this brings about shame for them and their family. 

Unlike other mental disorders, there is no medication for this. But there are therapies. 

Take the Dependent Personality Disorder test here. 

Hypersensitivity leads to hurt feelings which in turn lead to destructive behavior. Do you know a woman who goes from one bad relationship to another? She may be suffering from DPD. You may have noticed that the guys she’s attracted to are probably narcissistic. Narcissists usually prey on sensitive and submissive individuals. And the circle won’t end till the dependent realizes what’s going on. 

All of the above character flaws need to be soothed and accepted in order for the dependent to start feeling comfortable and calm enough to lead a normal life. Yes,  this sounds awful. And it is our word to get the word out. Otherwise,  there will always exist predators who will manipulate the weaknesses in these people. 

The woman kneeling prefers to be berated and belittled by the man than to be alone and needy. She will take his abuse and even his violence just to feel accepted. Enter Battered Wife Syndrome,  where the victim is beaten yet won’t ever press charges. 

DPD usually starts in the teen years. And relationships with friends and peers at this time is the most important factor in shaping a young person’s personality. It builds our self-worth and self -image. This is why bullying should have a zero tolerance policy. 

We should never have to be at another’s mercy for our happiness or well -being. 

If you think yousuffer from dependent personality disorder or know someone who does, contact a psychologist or your family doctor immediately. 

Montreal Flooding Displaces People and Destroys Homes 

#Trudeau #montreal #floods 

It has been a rainy month of flooding so far. 

This is a video from the scene of some flooding in the West Island of Montreal

The infrastructure is decades out of date .  While people struggle to find their way out of the flood, it is far from over. There are whole businesses that have been destroyed and homes may not be dry enough to start repairing for another month. There’s a good chance that some homes will have to be built from the ground up in some hard-hit areas. 

While the federal government has brought in the army to help, they are not giving any breaks to the people affected. And public outcry, although it exists, has been minimal. A lot of people I’ve polled believe the ones affected are a bunch of whiny rich people who shouldn’t get insurance money. Others blame them for having homes next to the water. Truth is that most of these people are not rich and many of them are unofficially homeless with nowhere to go at the moment. 

If Prime Minister Trudeau cared about the people, he would give much more than the crumbs allotted so far. It is reprehensible and unacceptable that anything comes ahead of public safety and individual welfare and rights. In a perverse way, Trudeau is not keeping his word on his number one election issue —protecting the environment and the people impacted by it. Or will he not admit this is just the beginning of an environmental disaster?

Mr. Trudeau, I know a lot of these people and they are just average citizens that work hard and just got screwed in a country that calls itself  “open and free”. In the future, you need to perhaps verify where the limit to build houses should be. But now, every issue takes a back seat to the displaced masses that rely on you. Chances are they voted for you. Will you have their vote in the future?

How To Fight a Traffic or Parking Ticket and Win 

#traffic-ticket #court 

We all dread getting stopped by the cops and given a ticket. It’s even worse when it’s a parking ticket. In my case,  more often than not, I believe that the ticket was unmerited or too costly. My record in court lifetime is 12-1-3. The 1 time I lost was the only time I was clearly guilty. The 3 is for the amount of times I’ve settled.  

DO COPS HAVE A QUOTA? 

I have known a few police officers and others who work within the system that have guaranteed me there is a monthly quota they are expected to reach. While this is normal for traffic cops, it is a quota for anyone lower than the rank of detective. In other words, pretty much anyone in a uniform in any police car can be expected to look hard to catch someone committing an infraction. 

STEP 1. HOW GUILTY ARE YOU? 

Yes, there are levels of guilt. In short, you need to figure out whether the penalty fits the crime. In some cases you won’t think you’re guilty at all. Great,  that will make it almost a sure victory.  In the rare case where you may feel the punishment fits the crime,  perhaps you may feel like paying the ticket. Unless it’s completely unwinnable  (which is almost never the case), you should ALWAYS FIGHT YOUR TICKET IN COURT. IT’S YOUR RIGHT. 

STEP 2: BACK TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME 

It is important to go back to the exact spot of the infraction and take as many pictures as possible.  Make sure you are an expert when asked about the area. Were there a lot of trees? What shape is the road in? If it’s a parking ticket,  make sure you know the times of the parking prohibitions and any exceptions. Also make sure you know how much traffic there usually is at the specific time of the infraction.   KNOW THE SPOT OF THE INFRACTION LIKE THE BACK OF YOUR HAND.

STEP 3: KNOW THE LAW 

If you don’t know the law, you’ll lose in court. IT IS IMPERATIVE TO STUDY ALL THE LAWS SURROUNDING YOUR INFRACTION 

STEP 4: BE CONFIDENT 

The lawyer that will be trying to rattle you is going to be a very young and inexperienced lawyer just out of law school. Remember,  THE LAWYER HAS MORE AT STAKE THAN YOU. This is because she needs to prove herself.  

 STEP 5: NEVER LIE 

Judges know when you’re lying. You need to never veer off topic or give a sad story either. Justice has no feelings. It only has facts. And those who judge you are experts who try and get the most out of your testimony. YOU NEED TO SHOW CREDIBILITY

STEP 6: GO GET ‘EM

You will most likely be in a courtroom like the one above, but a lot more cramped. There will likely be about 10 or so other people waiting , like you,  to get their turn. Since you may be the first one called up, it is best to visit the courtroom the previous week at the same day and time and get a feel for it. Most importantly, you need to see why some people won and others lost. You will notice that people lose on character as much as on the truth of their argument. That’s why you need to have both a good case built and a likeable personality. Don’t be uptight or nervous. 

The most often-used trick of the lawyer is to ask you the exact same question in different ways. Make sure you always give the same answer. One slip-up here and you will lose for sure.  In my case, I was asked whether the light was amber when I drove past the intersection. I said it turned amber halfway across. She then askedme when the light turned red. I said I didn’t see it turn red. If I had told her when, it would mean I was guilty because seeing the light turn red would have meant I had driven by the intersection when the amber light was on to have enough time to see it turn red. After 3 or 4 times of sticking to your guns,  the judge will give you the win. 

One gentleman, when asked if he had illegally parked, said “yes, but…”. There are no buts. NEVER THINK THEY CARE ABOUT YOUR SORRY EXCUSES. 

There’s so much more to this. Next time you’re in a tight spot, don’t hesitate to contact me.