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Link-O-Rama: New trial begins for David & Collet Stephan

New trial begins for David & Collet Stephan
Despite the unimaginable grief they must carry with them after losing their child, The Stephan's are getting completely screwed over by the Lethbridge Court of Queen's Bench.

I distrust doctors. They know far less than they think they do. Not just doctors but the entire medical system has been corrupted by government, insurance companies, and the same nit-picking pedants I had to deal with all through high school. Apparently those venal know-it-alls are now responsible for setting public policy in medicine.

If I, rightly or wrongly, together with my partner choose to treat my family's health conditions using providers and resources other than the ones offered by traditional western/allopathic medicine - that's my choice, my decision, and my problem. I might be completely wrong to do so, but as long as my choices are made because I truly believe it's in the best interests of my family, then that's fine whether or not my children live or die.

If the courts are not prepared to indict, convict and jail every physician who has a child die while under their care, then they should let the Stephans go, and pay them for the hell they've been made to go through.

Think about it. What kind of flawed system do we have that results in the following?

1. Family tries to take sick child for traditional medical care but doesn't make it in time. Child dies. OK.
2. Family takes child to doctor and while under doctor's care, the child dies. OK.
3. Adult uses alternative treatments to self-treat and dies. OK.
4. Family uses alternative treatments to treat sick child and child dies. Not OK.

In essence, parents can only avoid litigation and possible incarceration if they put their child into a system that they may not necessarily trust or believe in. This is not only wrong, it's another nail in the coffin of individual freedom and privacy. Yes, it's tragic that the child died, but putting well-meaning parents through hell, no matter how misguided we think they are, is even more tragic.

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The Best Grammar Lesson You'll Ever Read.

A bar was walked into by the passive voice.

An oxymoron walked into a bar, and the silence was deafening.

Two quotation marks walk into a "bar."

A malapropism walks into a bar, looking for all intensive purposes wolf in cheap clothing, muttering epitaphs and casting dispersions on his magnificent other, who takes him for granite.

Hyperbole totally rips into this insane bar and absolutely destroys everything.

A question mark walks into a bar?

A non sequitur walks into a bar. In a strong wind, even turkeys can fly.

Papyrus and Comic Sans walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Get out we don't serve your type."

A mixed metaphor walks into a bar and smells the coffee on the wall.

A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves.

Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. ...

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Dear Donald,

Sometimes you have to admit it's time to retire.

Sometimes you have to admit it's time to retire.  

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