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You all will be pleased to know that bug #177773 in cowsay has been fixed.  The cow’s tongue now will be rendered correctly. j7uy5@localhost ~ $ cowsay Corpus Callosum is weird!  ___________________________ < Corpus Callosum is weird! >  —————————         \   ^__^          \  (oo)\_______             (__)\       )\/\                 ||—-w |                 ||     ||  ___________________________…

Why is this Funny?

Jack Lessenberry is fairly well known in Ann Arbor, being an historian, journalist, and senior political analyst (or something like that, I can’t remember his exact title) for WUOM.   A year ago, he wrote: Essay: Thinking About Impeachment – 1/18/06 If you had to place a bet on anything, one of the safest wagers…

Blackwater USA was co-founded by former Navy Seal Erik Prince, a “billionaire right-wing fundamentalist Christian from a powerful Michigan Republican family.” By the end of 2004 Blackwater’s president, Gary Jackson, was bragging to the press of “staggering” 600 percent growth. “This is a billion-dollar industry,” Jackson said in October 2004. “And Blackwater has only scratched…

Oxycontin Prosecution

Some call it “hillbilly heroin,” something I could not bring myself to say aloud.  But that illustrates the strong feelings that people have about the drug, Oxycontin.  As painkillers go, it is pretty strong.  Sometimes it is an appropriate choice, particularly in cancer patients. Now, we hear that the company, Purdue Pharma LP, and its…

The spoof site is here.  The spoof video: I know this is kind of old, but still worth a chuckle or two.

(Note: if the accent marks look weird, set your browser to view character encoding as Unicode (UTF-8)) One of the problems with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is that there is no clear rationale for the division of problems into Axis I vs. Axis II disorders.  It is assumed, sometimes, that Axis…

“Resilient Infections Worry Military Doctors” is a headline in the Washington Post.  It reflects a serious concern often noted here at ScienceBlogs.  I read it and worried, again.  But perhaps there is hope: maggots.  From News@Nature.com: Maggots eat up resistant bacteria Creepy crawlies are the latest weapon in the anti-MRSA arsenal. Published online: 4 May…

Medicare “Advantage”

Sometimes newspapers raise more questions than they answer.  In the case of this WaPo editorial about Medicare, I find myself wishing that they had done a little more research. Unsustainable Medicare Fixes for the program’s funding will be needed soon. Saturday, May 5, 2007; Page A16

For some completely inexplicable reason, MT won’t let me reply to the comment under my last post.  But I can still post posts, so here is the question and the answer: Q: Wow, is this serious? I have amblyopia, and would really, really love to get some of my vision back. In part because it’s…