Sicko: Thank you, unknown reader

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Ever since I saw Sicko, I’ve been very worked up, very passionate, about universal health care for America. I have that zeal that only a convert from the opposite view can possess.  A fire burns in me that is not caused by gonorrhea this time (which, incidentally, I think I could get cured for free in the USA, if I had it). I’ve been writing about it all week. Universal health care, not gonorrhea.

However, most people yesterday who found A Lesson A Day through a search were searching for something else except universal health care.


Almost everyone, that is, but one unknown, anonymous, beautiful, wonderful person who was searching for something else.  Thank you, unknown reader.  Thank you for searching for something besides the Sopranos.

I just wish it had been a search for universal health care. 🙂

I love everybody who comes here, ok? But.

The lesson of the day is You have to get your priorities straight.

We’re the #24 WordPress Blog (as of right this second)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Yes! We finally pulled ahead of our nemesis, Blingee Team Hangout!


Maybe one day we’ll even get a notch or two above The Official Star Wars blog, once the whole Star Wars craze dies out in another 30-40 years.

But we are hopeless in ever surpassing our arch-enemy, I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER? Their power is much too strong.

“Alli-cat” Get it? LOLZ!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


i’s did itz myslvs!

Sicko: Alli “treatment effects” are almost as fun as LOLCATS

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

In Sicko, Moore interviewed a doctor in London who described how doctors are paid on results. In other words, the more people he can get to stay healthy (join quit-smoking programs, etc), the better he is paid.

In the USA, doctors get paid by treating the sick and are not rewarded (monetarily) by making sure we are well.

So, perhaps doctors and drug companies profit by keeping us sick.

Let’s tie that in with the weight-loss drug Alli and its “treatment effects.”


You know, this is telling you, straight out, you’re going to have uncontrollable, spraying shits in your pants that will resemble the oil on the top of a pizza. Whoa, is that the real treatment? To get people to be so grossed out by what they are putting in their bodies they will stop pigging out on greasy food? Is this really about aversion therapy, or is that just a nice “treatment effect”?

If you feel the slightest bit gassy, “the bathroom is really the best place to go.” Because, again, you’re about to drop a deuce in your Dockers.

Wear dark pants to work. Bring a couple changes to work. Maybe a butt plug, while you’re at it.

I highlighted the last point because it seemed like such a common-sense thing to say, it was like the equivalent of a sewer worker gently daubing a bit of marinara sauce from his moustache while being covered in “oily spotting”.

The lesson of the day is Quit eating like a pig and get some fucking exercise, will ya?

PS–This drug was an OTC item in Australia until they decided to pull it back and regulate it for prescription-only.

We’re a Blog Of The Day

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

We jumped to #32! Edit: 29! We’re climbing the Blog of the Day charts!

I’d suggest that we all band together and try to see if we can push ALAD to #1 even for one brief, shining moment, but let’s face it. There just is no way any blog can ever defeat the intellectual and cultural powerhouse that is I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?

Sicko: List of Commie Pinko Countries with Universal Health Care (Socialized Medicine)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Don’t forget about Hints from Hell!

Here are a list of industrialized countries with some form of universal health care. These countries are populated with borderline Commies who have outrageous taxes and horrendous doctors. These countries are full of waiting rooms, which are filled with sick, sick pinko people.

Flag of Austria Austria
Flag of Belgium Belgium
Flag of Canada Canada
Flag of Denmark Denmark
Flag of France France
Flag of Germany Germany
Flag of Greece Greece
Flag of Iceland Iceland
Flag of Republic of Ireland Ireland
Flag of Italy Italy
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands
Flag of Norway Norway
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Flag of Spain Spain
Flag of Sweden Sweden
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Flag of Turkey Turkey
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom

Flag of Japan Japan
Flag of Finland Finland
Flag of Australia Australia
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of South Korea South Korea
Flag of Hungary Hungary
Flag of Poland Poland
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia

The two “modern” countries without UHC. These countries are full of empty waiting rooms and the healthiest, happiest, longest-lived people in the world.

Flag of United States United States

Flag of Mexico Mexico

The lesson of the day is Sometimes it’s okay to go along with the crowd, because the crowd may know better than you do.

EDIT: Along the theme of today’s Lesson, here are the countries of the world that have not yet officially adopted the metric system (courtesy wikimedia). Click thumbnail. Commence sigh.


We’re the #74 WordPress Blog

Monday, June 18, 2007


Thanks, everybody!

And thanks to for the nice shout-out on his hugely spiking blog. 

We’re … um … related to a #1 Link of the Day

Monday, June 18, 2007



And other comment links elsewhere like this at cool running:


I love being linked anywhere near pictures of musical icons who are just a bit past their Sell-By date.


Monday, June 18, 2007

I remember being told that countries with universal health care had tremendous waiting times for surgeries and that the care was quite below U.S. quality.

A baby born in El Salvador has a better chance of surviving than a baby born in Detroit.


A baby born in the United States has a 36% greater chance of dying than a baby born in Great Britain.

I saw Michael Moore’s new movie, Sicko.

And I am pissed.

Surprisingly enough, for me, this time it’s not at Michael Moore.


I sense a theme this week coming on.

The lesson of the day is Sometimes everything they tell you is wrong.

We’re on the Top Posts list today

Saturday, June 16, 2007


Thanks, everybody!