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you know who else is underpaid? your average fortune 500 ceo. once they get done paying for their yachts, jets, mansions, fleets of bentleys and the art they buy by the ton they've barely got a few million left each year.

 

well, I certainly hope that they are making more than they were back in 2006. How did they make ends meet on this sort of pittance?

 

The CEO of a Standard & Poor's 500 company made on average $15.06 million in total compensation in 2006, according to a report by The Corporate Library.
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Oh here's a good one!

 

Posted: Monday, 11 February 2008 1:22PM

 

L.I. Hospital Investigated after Recent Patient Deaths

 

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre is at the heart of a health department investigation after recent patient deaths.

 

The New York State Department of Health is investigating the deaths of three people under the care of Dr. Anthony Colantonio. Colantonio says the incompetence of a Physician Assistant led to the deaths. "He was poorly supervised...he wasn't supervised at all," said Colantonio.

 

Colantonio says a 65-year-old man, a 64-year-old woman and a 19-year-old woman all died. Mercy Hospital said the doctor's accusations are false and that Colantonio is the subject of a disciplinary action.

 

The investigation follows the case of a woman in her 30s who was told she had breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy at Mercy. She died the next day of complications from the surgery. It was later discovered that the woman had no tumors and that the hospital's lab had mixed up her test results with another woman's.

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Get a load of this guy. Someone whose evidence was supposed to be impartial but who from the get-go decided his role was to put parents behind bars. Evidence destroyed, all kinds of irregularities, and parents wrongfully accused of killing their kids, their lives ruined far beyond their horrible losses. Who knows how many other lives he ruined in the course of 24 years.

 

For 24 years, Smith worked at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. In the hospital's pediatric forensic pathology unit, he conducted more than 1,000 child autopsies.

 

But Smith no longer practises pathology. An Ontario coroner's inquiry reviewed 45 child autopsies in which Smith had concluded the cause of death was either homicide or criminally suspicious.

 

The coroner's review found that Smith made questionable conclusions of foul play in 20 of the cases — 13 of which had resulted in criminal convictions. After the review's findings were made public in April 2007, Ontario's government ordered a public inquiry into the doctor's practices.

 

"I was defensive and over-confident"

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/crime/smith-charles.html

 

 

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Get a load of this guy. Someone whose evidence was supposed to be impartial but who from the get-go decided his role was to put parents behind bars. Evidence destroyed, all kinds of irregularities, and parents wrongfully accused of killing their kids, their lives ruined far beyond their horrible losses. Who knows how many other lives he ruined in the course of 24 years.

 

For 24 years, Smith worked at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. In the hospital's pediatric forensic pathology unit, he conducted more than 1,000 child autopsies.

 

But Smith no longer practises pathology. An Ontario coroner's inquiry reviewed 45 child autopsies in which Smith had concluded the cause of death was either homicide or criminally suspicious.

 

The coroner's review found that Smith made questionable conclusions of foul play in 20 of the cases — 13 of which had resulted in criminal convictions. After the review's findings were made public in April 2007, Ontario's government ordered a public inquiry into the doctor's practices.

 

"I was defensive and over-confident"

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/crime/smith-charles.html

 

 

 

I see that North American weirdos are not limited to residents of the U.S.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/30/opinion/...amp;oref=slogin

 

The gist:

 

A year ago, researchers at Johns Hopkins University published the results of a program that instituted in nearly every intensive care unit in Michigan a simple five-step checklist designed to prevent certain hospital infections. It reminds doctors to make sure, for example, that before putting large intravenous lines into patients, they actually wash their hands and don a sterile gown and gloves.

 

The results were stunning. Within three months, the rate of bloodstream infections from these I.V. lines fell by two-thirds. The average I.C.U. cut its infection rate from 4 percent to zero. Over 18 months, the program saved more than 1,500 lives and nearly $200 million.

 

Yet this past month, the Office for Human Research Protections shut the program down. The agency issued notice to the researchers and the Michigan Health and Hospital Association that, by introducing a checklist and tracking the results without written, informed consent from each patient and health-care provider, they had violated scientific ethics regulations. Johns Hopkins had to halt not only the program in Michigan but also its plans to extend it to hospitals in New Jersey and Rhode Island.

 

I am appalled.

 

 

 

Appalled and apoplectic. This type of bureaucratic crap kills 1,500 people? That would be a sitting duck for a class lawsuit led by Ron Johnson and Greta van Susteren' s husband. Trouble is, can't prove it SAVED 1,500 people, right? Did previous lawsuits establish the new requirements? Are they REQUIRED by law or can a bunch of Puerto Ricans carrying baseball bats convince the Office of Human Research Protections to change their minds? This is especially appalling at such a fine place as Johns Hopkins. This sounds almost like an urban myth being spread around. Yet in the NYT!!

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