Forever: Highlander meets CSI

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The other week I started – quite at random – watching a new show called Forever starring Ioan Gruffudd. (The latest charming Brit to take the lead in an American TV show.)

Much like Highlander, the main character, Dr Henry Morgan (Gruffudd) is immortal. He can die, but he comes back to life again. Naked and floating in the nearest body of water. Ok, so a little different to Highlander. Reincarnating naked with a big sword and the Kurgan after you would be a bit of a raw deal.

The Leftovers: season one review

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The brainchild of novelist Tom Perrotta and brought to the small screen with the help of Damon Lindelof (the chap that drove most of us mad with frustration for years with Lost), The Leftovers was an unexpectedly beautiful and tragically poignant portrayal of the way society – and the world at large – copes with loss on a massive yet distinctly personal scale.

My top TV shows of 2014

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Golden age indeed. These days, TV is up there with film in terms of quality of story, well written and believable characters and – in some cases – almost cinematic production values. And this year was a mightily good year when it came to a night on the sofa with the latest ‘must watch’ show.

From crime and fantasy dramas and zombies everywhere, to Victorian witches and oversexed vampires, here are the shows that rocked my world and floated my boat this year.

Black Mirror: White Christmas review

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. I bet when Bing Crosby sang that his vision was about as far removed from Charlie Brooker’s one as you could get. There’s only been a few Black Mirror episodes over the years, each taking a look at a not-too-distant future and our uneasy relationship with technology, but they’ve all been quietly affecting.

In a slightly disturbed way I’ve come to look forward to them. Probably because the writing, concepts and performances are just so compelling. And as their notoriety grows the calibre of established actors that want to be on board grows too. That’s not to say some brilliant up-and-comers haven’t featured in an episode or two (Jessica Brown Findlay, Hayley Atwell, Domhnall Gleeson, Toby Kebbell).

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: season 2 review

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Continuing storylines from the first season of Marvel’s mildly successful Agents of SHIELD, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team had to rebuild SHIELD, following its demise due to the resurgence of Hydra.

As you’d expect, Coulson came back fighting. This season, however, Hydra haven’t occupied the limelight, everyone’s favourite super cute hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet) has, with the story focusing on her quest to understand her newly gained powers, following her exposure to alien Terrigen crystals at the end of season one.

Game of Thrones: season 5 review

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Are seasons of Game of Thrones getting shorter? Or are we just expecting more from them each time round? Or is it because the world is expanding and characters are all off on quests of their own that we barely get any time with each of them each episode?

What I do know is that, as George R. R. Martin’s world expanded in the books, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were left faced with a gargantuan challenge of getting this all on screen in a satisfying way. Also, the show has now – with some characters – pretty much overtaken the books, so we’re in slightly uncharted waters.

True Detective: season 2 review

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Whilst it’s incredibly easy to jump on the critical bandwagon and denounce the second season of True Detective as a confusing and unengaging flop, I feel that’s slightly unfair. It’s also unfair to constantly compare it to the first season. A season which, let’s face it, had little expectation, other than the fact it had a couple of A-listers in the lead roles. Yet delivered and then some.

The Leftovers: season two review

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Where does one begin with The Leftovers? It’s safe to say it’s like no other show out there. For sure, it has shades of other shows, mostly drama. But there’s a lot in there, and a lot that’ll go over your head (it did mine).

It’s also maddeningly infuriating too. As viewers and consumers and fans and critics we’re used to knowing everything these days. Instant gratification. The Leftovers takes that away from us. It puts us in the same boat as the characters, utterly lost and confused. And you sort of love it for that.

Qui Tam

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“This is the best of times and the worst of times” for medicine since its very success has significantly and directly contributed to the unalterable attendant rise in the cost of health care a consequence of the logarithmic advancement of scientific, pharmaceutical and biomedical advances in the modern age.  There are other contributing and ancillary reasons why medical care now monopolizes 18-19% of GDP to include the unhealthy aspects of a diet manifested with many nutritional inadequacies and excesses and a sedentary lifestyle. 

The specter of the demise of private practice

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In 1970, U.S. health care spending was about 7.2% of GDP, now, it is approximately 18% and predicted to be 20-21% of GDP in 2018.  About 10% of people account for 63% of spending on health services.  This bleak fact has collided with a country that is now the world’s largest debtor nation substantially worsened by the recent recession.  Politicians can no longer procrastinate and evade confronting our serious fiscal problems since the future economic health and standard of living of the U.S. hangs in the balance. 

Sham Peer Review Attorney

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“Bad Faith” or “Sham Peer Review” is often the fate of a physician who openly complains about patient safety and the need for hospital reform. Consequently, the Law Office of Jeffrey Grass provides protection for Physicians who are “Whistleblowers” and who complain to Hospital Administrators about poor quality of patient care. Physician Whistleblowers are often threatened with a peer review under the Healthcare Quality Improvement Act which is abused by hospitals which permits them to discipline and terminate physicians who complain about poor quality of care.

Attorney Representing Physicians

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The new weapon in the arson for hospitals to attack individual physicians through “sham peer review” is the so called “disruptive physician.” It is now found in all Medical Staff Bylaws and usually crops up individually in the confidential setting of medical staff committees and is often based on nebulous “psychological” or alleged personality issues. Notably, the hospital bar is now featuring a seminar for medical staffs in promoting their definition of “Disruptive Behavior” in hospitals.

Physican Rights and Protections

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This is a powerful law that promotes the recruitment of “Whistleblowers” because it allows an individual under the False Claims Act to bring actions against any person(s) or organization that is fraudulently billing the federal government. A major source area for filing under this act and recovering damages involves the mammoth health care market. This act provides incentives by granting between 15% and 25% of any settlement award.