In order to lure the best people into becoming doctors, you need to pay them well and allow them to charge market rates for their services, and having a socialized system doesn't allow for that.
Really? Do you have any idea how much British Doctors are paid?
Have a gander at their pay levels on the NHS Website.
They're extremely well paid, by British standards. Heck- better qualified doctors get well into six figures per annum.
The Half-Life engine is a heavily modified version of the original QuakeWorld engine, with a couple of changes from the Q2 engine implemented to buff it up.
The saddest thing about this sorry situation is that the all-but-inevitable winners of the next election, the Conservatives, aren't at all likely to be any better than New Labour in that respect- barring a once-in-a-century Liberal Democrat election victory, we're in for at least another five years of British Conservatism's nauseatingly public-spirited new incarnation.
What good is Democracy when there are no significant alternatives?
These devices are only used to disperse gangs which have already accumulated and who are causing trouble.
They are not emitting this sound on a constant basis, and are just fired for very short periods of time as required.
I live in the UK, and can honestly say that that's just not the case in many places.
The branch of McDonalds in my local city (Derby) keeps that ghastly noise on nigh-on constantly. In fact, I've never noticed it turned off- don't give me that condescending "It's not meant to be used like that!" rubbish- the fact remains that it is.
Not all teenagers are the thugs you appear to be describing- I'd say that it's unfair to punish the majority in response to the actions of a few idiots. And the sound is insanely annoying.
I haven't lost my mind -- it's backed up on tape somewhere.