August 11th, 2009
|09:26 am - When stupid makes me rage|
You will forgive me for simply passing on a quote I've just read at What you can get away with. Is this the stupidest comment ever posted on the Internet? You decide.
We pass you to this genius at Investors Business Daily:
People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the UK, where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthlessNo, your life is worthless, you ignorant sack of shite. Hands off our Hawking, hands off our NHS, and start to take responsibility for your own stupidity.
ETA Pandagon manages to be more cheerful and humorous about it than me.
perhaps they think that Hawking is on the run in his homeland? That he’s always outwitting the NHS’s attempts to track him down and kill him... you’d think there’d be a documentary about brave Stephen Hawking, always on the move, always evading the NHS in a series of narrow, harrowing escapes. Great idea for a Hollywood action movie. Hawking played by Bruce Willis, leaping out of a hospital window in his motorised chair, just ahead of a massive explosion. '*Yippy-i-yay*, *you socialist bastards*'.
(BTW those asterisks are my attempt to render voice-box output as text)
*wanders in from friendsfriends*
I would watch the hell out of that movie. Bruce!Hawkings would have to wear a white vest (I think it's in his contact...) and possibly the motorised wheelchair could be a sort of 'Kitt from knightrider' type AI...
(Oh, epic fail, IBD...epic fail.)
Re: *wanders in from friendsfriends*
The friendly AI wheelchair is a brilliant embellishment. I must write a proposal...
Re: *wanders in from friendsfriends*
Perhaps the NHS could have an Evil AI which they try to infect brave Bruce!Hawking's chair with? Or maybe that will be in the sequel... I can see quite a long running franchise here.
|Date:||August 11th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)|| |
My ex very nearly DID wipe Hawking out once. He was going the wrong way down a narrow one-way Cambridge street in his motorised wheelchair thingy....
Do I get into the movie ?
Yes, you are played by Alan Rickman
|Date:||August 11th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)|| |
In his Snape costume, I hope.
Hawking nearly got me once (he was motoring down the middle of Sidgwick Avenue). Who does that make me in the movie?
Ooh, can I be in, can I be in? ...[Thinks hard]... I used to go to church with Hawking? Too dull... Maybe it was the cover for a resistance cell?
You are played by Nicole Kidman and you offer him Solace
I... er... read that book of his once...
Well, you know you are always Greta Scacci in all movies starring my friends. I suspect she would be the local NHS Kommandant.
...who reads his book so she can Get Inside His Mind, obviously.
Not sure Kidman has quite enough cleavage for those essential leaning-over-the-chair-in-a-low-cut-blouse-whilst-mopping-his-brow shots :)
I always resolved that if I did go to one of his public lectures, I would take along a voicebox so that I could ask him a question in his own voice.
I don't know if you know, my nephew has got one of those voice boxes. You can vary the voice pitch and so on; with his you can anyway. There are preset 'voices', which have been given names. But I think something must have gone wrong with the pre-sets. The names don't really match the voices - the deepest one, which sounds like Frank Bruno with a sore throat, is called 'Wendy'.
I think I know that Wendy.
They've changed the article, to remove the implication that Stephen Hawking doesn't live in the uk. It still reads like a load of moronic ranting.
Oh, so they have. Kind of undermines their point a bit. sigh
So want to see that movie.
Though I see from the comments that most want to be in it.
If I move to the UK, can I be the evil mastermind NHS health economist trying to wipe him out? Americans can't tell the difference between our accents anyway.
And having just read the actual article I'm seriously impressed by the major wrongness of their description of how QALYs are used. You could represent it brilliantly in the movie, with doctors phoning into the call centre to adjust the score for their patients, and when someone's points get below a certain level an alarm would go off in the death squad's mess, and they'd rush to their lockers and armour up to go take that resource-draining mother out. With screeching tyres and car chases, preferably.
I would like to be the long-suffering police lieutenant who hangs around in the carpark outside, eating doughnuts and snarking at the assembled media.
And doesn't get killed in the climactic explosion :)
The ETA had me laughing aloud. 8-)
Stephen Fry has lately twittered a Hawking-adjacent tweet which I now understand thanks you your post.
What the FUCK is this "healthcare for all means death to seniors" meme? I live in the only one of the 50 united states (as far as I know) that has legalized assisted suicide, so I'm familiar with the right-wing rhetoric which values all life except that of women, minorities, enemies, felons, poor people's... so I suppose this "they will kill you" mania is arising from the same stupidity.
I love the image of fugitive!Hawking.