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:: 3.24.2005 ::  


Terri Schiavo was bulimic, and managed to deplete the potassium levels in her body until she had a heart attack.

So isn't it just a little bit ironic that the big argument now is over whether or not to feed her?

Also, I really dug Jon Carroll's column from yesterday's SF Chronicle:
Did any of them care about Terri Schiavo for the first 14.5 years of her vegetative state? They did not. Did they offer to pay for the extraordinary expense of keeping her alive? They did not. Did they sit by her bedside, read her books, play her music, bathe her bedsores? They did not. There's nothing to be gained from unpublicized compassion.

There are elderly people all over this country dying every day from simple neglect. People just forget about them. Maybe Congress could subpoena them! That way, when they didn't show up, they'd be in contempt of Congress and someone would have to go find them and at least change their sheets and give them some hot broth.

There are children in this country dying every day of preventable diseases. Would George Bush care to fully fund all family clinics, so that a baby would not die simply because it cannot be given antibiotics in time? Would George Bush care to spend as much money fighting HIV-AIDS in the African American community as he does building large bombers? Yeah, I know, it's a tired old liberal argument, and it's been discredited because well, you're gonna have to remind me again why it's been discredited.
My knitting circle had a long conversation about the case on Tuesday night over beer and fries, and one woman talked about a conversation she had with a friend who is a nurse - it was quite edifying:

a) patients in vegetative or comatose states whose families can no longer afford to pay for their care become wards of the state, and are assigned a caseworker who assumes responsibility for making decisions about that person's care.
b) the caseworkers are paid per patient. Hence, they are incentivised to keep their patients alive as long as possible, regardless of their quality of life or chance of recovery.
c) nurses end up spending several hours each day caring for these patients (changing bedpans, checking IVs, etc). This is time that they therefore cannot spend caring for patients that are actually conscious.


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:: 3.14.2005 ::  

A funny little animation

Hosted on JibJab, but not one of theirs. This one was commissioned by the Consumers Union - it's an "incredibly irreverent and biting video on the prescription drug industry". Enjoy!

Oops. Didn't give credit where credit is due - my uncle Ken found this and forwarded it along to my dad, who kindly sent it to me. Thanks, both of you!

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:: 3.08.2005 ::  

"For y'all this is just a show, but we live in this movie."

There's a new documentary out about the Iraq war - this time from the point of view of 2/3 FA, an artillery unit from Germany based in one of Uday Hussein’s palaces in Baghdad, so-called "Gunner Palace". You can watch the trailer on Apple's website, and read about the making of the movie here.
If you see any politicians be sure to let them know that while they're sitting around their dinner tables with their families talking about how hard the war is on them, we're here under attack nearly 24 hours a day, dodging RPG's and fighting not for a better Iraq, but just to stay alive.

-- 19-year-old SPC Stuart Wilf, in an April 10, 2004 email to the director
Found in the production notes from the movie, which include photos and emails to and from the director and 2/3.

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:: 3.07.2005 ::  

More evidence that greenhouse gases cause global warming

New, more detailed data gathered from ocean sensors all over the world is consistent with computer models that factor in human-produced greenhouse gases.

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