Americas Greatest Son: Prof. Stephen Hawking

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  1. Apparently there is a huge row brewing in the States over Obama's plans to introduce elements of a socialised medical care system. The Republicans are citing the NHS as a devisive, grossly flawed and unfair system that denies people treatment. One of the adverts says that if Prof Stephen Hawking was British he would be dead because he would not be treated by the NHS.
    I know, I know, clearly they don't though!



    Sorry, no link, I was driving along the M62 today and heard it on Radio 2 Jeremy whatisname.
     
  2. The healcare system in the US a multi-billion dollar industry, this is why the republicans are against it.

    simples
     
  3. Thanks Dogberry, much appreciated.
     
  4. Don't mention it.

    I once had the fortune to be working in the same place as Prof. Hawking for a bit. You knew if he was planning to come for lunch as a temporary ramp would be set up in the canteen for him to scoot up. Astonishing bloke.
     
  5. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    Am I missing something here? He is British.
     
  6. There is the irony.

    A Republican prat wrote an article assuming Prof Hawking was a septic.

    It's U571 all over again.


    Edited Twice for crap spelling, Jaysuss :roll:
     
  7. Ah, but you have to remember, Command_doh, that his computer thingy squeaks Septic English and not Brit English. So the Septics, a very large majority of whom are mentally incapable of imagining that there actually are other nations in the world, automatically think he's a Septic. He's not, of course, he's a Brit. Born in Oxford, even. See here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking

    Still, he's probably a little bit sad that he wasn't born in Ireland, but very glad not to have been born a Septic. Swings and roundabouts, I suppose.

    MsG
     
  8. I'd have a yank squawk box too if it meant getting hold of their healthcare and associated benefits.
     
  9. If he wants to be Oirish, he can just click his mouth wand here.
     

  10. Well,

    They should have taken care of their own:

    After a long and difficult fight with myelodysplasia, which included three bone marrow transplants, Sagan died of pneumonia at the age of 62 at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington on December 20, 1996. Surviving him were his wife and five children. After landing, the unmanned Mars Pathfinder spacecraft was renamed the Carl Sagan Memorial Station on July 5, 1997. Asteroid 2709 Sagan is also named in his honor. He was buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Ithaca, New York.
     
  11. It's absolutely golden.

    BUT more importantly, the republican magazine not only said Hawking was not English, but that he would've died on the NHS system. Which is quite obviously true as he is on the NHS system.

    The republicans have held up horror stories of people dying on the NHS waiting lists. I'm sure everyone agrees that whilst the NHS is thousand times less better than France's or Norways health system - it's still a thousand times better than the US's disgusting barbaric atttitude toward health care.

    Here is a good article on it

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6793173.ece

    and here is a good video on how the USA's health care system went from bad to worse. They spend 16% of their GDP on healthcare compared to our 8% and we do a better job. The republicans have also been spinning how the NHS "rations" it's money. But every country does that...otherwise healthcare would take up 100% GDP with no money for education, military, research etc.

    http://www.newscientist.com/video?bcpid=25196461001&bclid=1904732932&bctid=30583310001

    Possibly the most embarrassing thing about it though is that some Americans seem to be defending their healthcare system. It beggars belief how a country can be a super power since 1946 and have a healthcare system ranked 36 by the WHO (world health organisation) and for it's people to defend it. How the ferk do you deal with that sort of mindless tribal attitude??!
     
  12. I do wonder why you insist on defending the Septic health system in the face of information like this from Olympius (and no, I didn’t click on your childish little link, I’ve also disabled it):
    It seems to be wishful thinking on your part, Skintboymike. Or maybe it’s because you lack the intellect to examine the complexities closely.

    MsG
     
  13. Given the shocking amount of people from England claiming dubious links to the emerald isle, I don't think Prof. Hawkins would have any trouble convincing himself he's a born and bred oirish lad if he so wanted to.