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Grand Rounds 3:4 has the best from the medical blogosphere, so head on over and see what those in the know have to say.

Is there ever a time when baby seals aren’t cute?  Well, I mean outside of Canada’s whole annual “let’s go bludgeon some seals” celebration that’s about as horrific as national events can be…

Uh-oh.  Members of Pakistan’s military have been working with al-Qa’ida to plot an overthrow of Pervez Musharraf so they can take control of the country.  Um, let us remember Pakistan has nukes.  The fact that the conspiracy got as far as it did and went so high in the country’s security forces is extremely disturbing.  I doubt we’ve seen the end of this endeavor.

MySpace has no intention of protecting children.  “I’ve been invited here to witness the end-game of a police investigation that grew from 1,000 lines of computer code I wrote and executed some five months earlier. The automated script searched MySpace’s 1 million-plus profiles for registered sex offenders — and soon found one that was back on the prowl for seriously underage boys.”  The author of the article successfully found the predator even though MySpace claimed it couldn’t be done and wouldn’t even try.  That means an outside party was successful in something that supposedly was impossible.  Pathetic.  Yet another reason to hate MySpace and Rupert Murdock and News Corp.

Oh. My. Gawd.  Tired cat indeed.  Have you ever seen such a cute video?

Be sure and visit Philosopher’s Carnival #37.  It never hurts to think about thinking, especially when it carries you outside the box.

Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert cartoon, has a humorous story about airline safety.  Gotta love the TSA…

Do we need an athiests’ rights movement?  It’s a compelling read.

Give me a fucking break!  Apple says a small number of “Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006 left our contract manufacturer carrying the Windows RavMonE.exe virus.”  Who do you think they blame for it?  “As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses…”  Sure, they cheaply offer some lame blah-blah-blah about being upset they didn’t catch it, but the point is clear: their lack of quality control, their lack of concern for their customers, their disinterest in security, and their utter and complete failure to ship products of high quality are all obviously Microsoft’s fault and not Apple’s.  What a shallow little company that is.

COOL!  “A team of Russian and American scientists said yesterday that it had created the heaviest element ever seen in a laboratory, a dab of matter that lasted for less than one-thousandth of a second but would add an entry at the farthest reaches of the periodic table and suggest that strange new elements may lie beyond. By convention, the substance remains the Baby Doe of elements until its existence is confirmed at other laboratories. For now, the new substance will be principally known as element 118 for the number of protons in its nucleus, more than in any other element occurring naturally or produced in the laboratory.”

For all the hoopla over America reaching 300 million citizens, there’s a significant toll to pay.  “The CEP study notes that the U.S. has just 5 percent of the world’s people but consumes nearly a quarter of all natural resources.”  No one seems to care that more people in this country means a worsening environment, fewer natural resources, more pollution, and a great many other problems.  Let the breeders breed is all anyone cares about, especially so long as it’s done while subjugating everyone else so they can’t have families or peace or even pursue happiness, and most especially when they can’t adopt the unwanted offspring from the breeders.  Just let the consumers keep consuming.

Let’s think about this for a minute.  Hispanic immigrants tend to vote Democrat, right?  So, who do you suppose sent them a letter telling them they can’t vote?  “The state attorney general’s office is investigating a letter received by some Southern California Hispanics that says it is a crime for immigrants to vote and tells them they could be jailed or deported if they go to the polls next month.”  Any guesses?  Anyone?  Considering naturalized citizens CAN vote, does anyone have an opinion on who might want them to stay away from the polls in November?

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