Don't know where this "writers' site" crap came from but it sure as hell isn't in the prospectus.

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It's been puzzling me for a while that conservatives have a persistent reputation for economic competence, even though this is almost never deserved. I know this goes for Republicans in the USA, but I'm thinking mainly about Conservative Party in the UK, who came to power in 2010 (in coalition with the tame Liberal Democrats) promising to eliminate the deficit by 2015.

After five years of failing to do that, they were somehow elected as a majority government in 2015, with voters saying they trusted them over Labour to manage the economy by 42% to 29%. A couple of months after the election they pushed back their target for eliminating the deficit again, to 2020, and then gave up promising to eliminate it at any particular time after Osborne lost his job.

Throughout this time they were cutting back on public…


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A year or two ago I picked up a book called something like The Black Death: a Statistical Analysis. This was the driest book on the Plague I'd ever read. The figures were gruesome, the facts nightmarish, but it was all numbers. Nine days for all clergy in a town to die; Three days for first cases in town to die, with priests administering the last rites taking…

Recently I was diagnosed with cardiac sarcoidosis, ten months after the total heart block requiring a pacemaker. Credit goes to my persistent cardiologist who was adamant about getting to the cause since I have consistently complained of discomfort near the pacemaker plus lately increasing fatigue despite normal labs.

Last week I had a cardiac metabolic PET scan which required high protein, high fat, no carbs diet the day before, then 12 hour fast with lots of water. The test took 4…

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