Wednesday, June 30, 2004

It's All About Wrigley:

Off to heaven today. What's with this rain?


Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Yahoo! News - And the Award for the Most Potent Pot Goes To...
LISBON (Reuters) - Cannabis in the Netherlands is almost twice as strong as in the rest of the European Union, where the drug's potency has remained stable, the EU drugs agency said on Friday.

Politicians' worries over the health risks of stronger cannabis prompted the Lisbon-based European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction to examine marijuana and hashish available in the bloc.

The potency of cannabis in most EU countries has remained at about six to eight percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active ingredient.

The only exception was in the Netherlands, where potency had reached 16 percent by 2001-02, mostly because of supplies of intensively produced home-grown cannabis.

Wheeeeee! Must visit there someday.

Yahoo! News - Army Plans Involuntary Call-Up of Thousands
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army is planning an involuntary mobilization of thousands of reserve troops to maintain adequate force levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials said on Monday.

The move -- involving the seldom-tapped Individual Ready Reserve -- represents the latest evidence of the strain being placed on the U.S. military, particularly the Army, by operations in those two countries.

Roughly 5,600 soldiers from the ready reserve will be notified of possible deployment this year, including some soldiers who will be notified within a month, said an Army official speaking on condition of anonymity.

It will be interesting to see if/how many resist this. Get the draft boards ready, folks.

Monday, June 28, 2004

It's All About VACATION!:

I would be walking into that hellhole I call work right now.

This feels so good.

Must go find my Go-Go's CD.

Yahoo! News - Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Strikes Midwest
CHICAGO - A brief earthquake struck the Midwest early Monday, rattling windows and awakening sleeping residents from Wisconsin south to Missouri and from Indiana west to Iowa.

No injuries were reported from the quake, which occurred about 1:11 a.m. CDT.

Brian Lassige, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado, said the quake was magnitude 4.5, and its epicenter was about eight miles northwest of Ottawa in northern Illinois, close to the small village of Troy Grove. The rural area is about 70 miles west of Chicago.

Hey! No earthquakes until after I see the Cubs! Knock it off!

Yahoo! News - New Law for Cigarettes Takes Effect in NY
ALBANY, N.Y. - Smokers who linger between drags on their cigarette may need to be a tad more careful in New York. Their smokes will self-extinguish if not puffed on regularly.

Beginning Monday, New York becomes the first state to require new "fire-safe" cigarettes to be sold. The law is meant to cut down on the number of smoking-related fires.

For the past several months, companies have rushed to meet the deadline to supply vendors with the new cigarettes, which are wrapped in special ultra-thin banded paper that essentially inhibits burning.

I want some! Just think of the money I could save if these babies went out! No more waste! Hope they are available nation wide soon.

Yahoo! News - Iraq Formally Returned to Self-Rule Two Days Early
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States transferred sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government on Monday, formally ending the controversial 14-month occupation two days earlier than expected.

In a surprise ceremony that was finished before it was announced and before ordinary Iraqis were aware of it, Iraq's outgoing U.S. governor Paul Bremer handed a letter to Iraqi officials sealing the transfer of powers.

Although the interim government led by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi will have "full sovereignty," according to a U.N. Security Council resolution on the handover earlier this month, there are important constraints on its powers.

It is barred from making long-term policy decisions and will not have control over more than 160,000 foreign troops who will remain in Iraq. The government has the right to ask them to leave -- but has made clear it has no intention of doing so.

Smart move on our part, but I doubt it will alleviate the attacks.

Sunday, June 27, 2004


Yahoo! News - 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Tops $8M in First Day
LOS ANGELES - "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore's assault on President Bush, took in $8.2 million to $8.4 million in its first day, positioning it as the weekend's No. 1 film, its distributors said Saturday.

Friday grosses for "Fahrenheit 9/11" ran about $1.5 million ahead of its closest competitor, the Wayans brothers comedy "White Chicks." The performance of "Fahrenheit 9/11" was even more remarkable considering it played in just 868 theaters, fewer than a third the number for "White Chicks."

"Fahrenheit 9/11" benefited from a flurry of praise and condemnation. Supporters mobilized liberal-minded audiences to see it over opening weekend to counter efforts by some right-wing groups to discredit the film.

"It always helps when there's a group out there that says, 'Don't go see this movie. It's bad for you,'" said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films, one of the film's distributors.

Hee hee. WTG right wing!

Saturday, June 26, 2004

My inner child is sixteen years old today

My inner child is sixteen years old!

Life's not fair! It's never been fair, but while
adults might just accept that, I know
something's gotta change. And it's gonna
change, just as soon as I become an adult and
get some power of my own.

How Old is Your Inner Child?
brought to you by Quizilla

(A couple days have gone by and I still can't get over how accurate this is.)

From the Files of the Truly Desperate:

Received this in my mailbox this morning from the Kerry campaign.

"Yesterday, the Bush-Cheney campaign, losing any last sense of decency, placed a disgusting ad called "The Faces of John Kerry's Democratic Party" as the main feature on its website. Bizarrely, and without explanation, the ad places Adolf Hitler among those faces.

The Bush-Cheney campaign must pull this ad off of its website. The use of Adolf Hitler by any campaign, politician or party is simply wrong.

P.S. It's hard to believe that the Bush campaign would use images of Adolf Hitler. See it for yourself: "

Go view it before they pull it. I don't think it will last long. It also makes me wonder just how far they will go as this campaign progresses. What a scary bunch.

Yahoo! News - Cheney Says He Has No Regrets for Cursing Leahy
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney said on Friday he had no regrets about a bitter exchange with Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy in which the vice president used an obscenity.

According to congressional aides, Leahy said hello to Cheney after a photo session on the senate floor.

Cheney, who is president of the Senate, then ripped into Leahy for the Democratic senator's criticism this week of alleged war profiteering in Iraq by Halliburton, the oil services company that Cheney once ran.

Leahy noted Republicans had accused Democrats of being anti-Catholic because they are opposed to some of President Bush's anti-abortion judges, the aides said.

That's when Cheney used the obscenity in telling Leahy what he could do, aides said. Cheney said that was not the "kind of language I usually use."

"I think a lot of my colleagues felt what I had said badly needed to be said, that it was long overdue," he added.

Um, excuse me Dick? People have problems with Halliburton ripping off the taxpayer and the best you can muster is, "Go fuck yourself?" And, why should we "go fuck ourselves" when your administration and all your buddies are already fucking us to the tune of billions of dollars?

I guess I have no regrets about flipping you the bird. It was long overdue.

Friday, June 25, 2004

It's All About Me:

Take the quiz: "Which Random Irish Gaelic Phrase Are You? "

Is maith liom bananai
Is maith liom bananai - 'I like bananas.'You're laid-back and you enjoy the simple things in life. Some might say you're a little too laid-back. Just what is it you're smoking, anyway?

Yahoo! News - Will the Boss Get Drafted?
Is the Boss born to run the GOP out of town?

That's the question being put to Bruce Springsteen by an ambitious concert promoter who has launched an online petition to persuade New Jersey's native son to headline a major rock concert in an attempt to steal the spotlight from the Republican National Convention.

The so-called Concert for Change would take place at Giants Stadium on Sept. 1, the same day President Bush is scheduled to accept his party's nomination to run for a second term at festivities across the Hudson River in New York's Madison Square Garden.

The petition and concert is the brainchild of Andrew Rasiej, a Big Apple-based producer of large-scale music festivals and a Democratic activist who says he wants "to find a way to deliver a simple yet powerful counter message to the Republican National Convention."

The promoter says that once expenses are met, all profits generated from ticket sales and TV rights for the Concert for Change would go toward voter-registration drives by organizations like the League of Woman Voters or Rock the Vote.

Bruuuuuuce! We need you now, man.

Springsteen has always been sensitive to the use of his name and songs for political purposes. He spoke out against Ronald Reagan's description of "Born in the U.S.A." as a patriotic anthem, when the '80s anthem was an indictment of the ugly reception Vietnam veterans received after the war.

Every election cycle, Springsteen routinely fields requests from both parties to use the tune in political ads and repeatedly rejects them.

This I never could understand. "Born in the USA" is a subtle slam on America. I don't think these politicians have ever really listened to the lyrics.

Yahoo! News - Uninsured Patients Pay Far More for Care
WASHINGTON - Hospitals routinely charge uninsured people up to four times as much than patients with coverage, financial experts told lawmakers Thursday.

The overbilling largely is caused by hospitals that are trying to recoup the growing costs of indigent care. As a result, people who are financially strapped are subject to aggressive debt collectors.

"We're talking about people who don't have insurance because either they never had it, can't afford it, they've lost it," said Rep. Jim Greenwood, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations.

"An average working man or woman treated at a hospital can be stuck with a bill that is double what managed care or government programs pay," said Greenwood, R-Pa. "Then, to add insult to injury, they are sometimes aggressively pursued for these inflated debts. This situation is unfair and unjust."

Hospital executives said the cash crunch would best be solved through universal health care coverage for Americans. An estimated 43 million Americans have no health insurance.

It ought to be illegal to charge different rates for the same procedures. Is health care a right, as Mr. Kerry says? If we are smart, we wil make it one. It will be cheaper in the long run to start now, rather than wait for a total collapse.

Yahoo! News - Majority of Americans Now Call Iraq War a Mistake
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For the first time since the start of the war in Iraq, a majority of Americans now say the U.S.-led invasion was a mistake, according to a USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll released on Thursday.

Amid continuing violence in Iraq and questions about the justification for the war, 54 percent of the 1,005 Americans polled said it was a mistake to send U.S. troops into Iraq, compared with 41 percent who held that view three weeks ago.

The findings mark the first time since Vietnam that a majority of Americans has called a major deployment of U.S. forces a mistake, USA Today reported on its Web site.

'bout time.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

It's All About The Pictures:

I now have 1.97 GB of pictures on my computer. Yikes.

New photo site will allow me 150 pics and 2048MB of bandwidth a month. Be patient as I move, resize, resave and republish the work I've done so far. (Dad- note new address)

Check the slideshow function. Unfortunately some of the "art" ones that I did originally are saved at 600 px wide, so I can't make them "big" to fill the whole screen. Damn. What little did I know.

Daily Zen Meditation

Good deeds stand tall
Like a green pine,
While evil deeds
Bloom like flowers
It seems the pine is not
As brilliant as the flowers.
When the frost comes,
The pine will still stand tall,
While the flowers, withered,
Can be seen no more.

- Anon

I've come to the conclusion that evil eventually implodes on it's own, but we still must speak out against injustice to try to thwart it's impact.

Yahoo! News - Report: U.S. to save $1B with gay marriage
Allowing same-sex couples to marry would have a positive impact on the U.S. federal budget to the tune of an additional $400 million per year until the end of this decade, the Congressional Budget Office announced Monday.

Such an allowance would boost federal income tax revenues mainly due to the alleviation of the so-called "marriage penalty" income tax -- a glitch in the tax code that prior to last year's tax-cut legislation, imposed a penalty on newlyweds. Receipts from other taxes, particularly payroll taxes, would be unlikely to change significantly.

Social security payments would also rise over time, as would spending on spousal health insurance benefits for federal workers, if gay couples were allowed to legally marry, the report affirms. However, spending on Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income would fall, CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin wrote in a letter to Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, who requested the analysis.

The net impact would be a federal budget savings of nearly $1 billion per year, assuming that same-sex marriages are legalized in all 50 states and recognized by the federal government, he reported.

This must be why the "conservatives" are so against it- it would make good fiscal sense. God knows they can't have that.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Yahoo! News - Close Female Friends Help Women Through Depression
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nearly all women say they get depressed, stressed or anxious at some point in their lives, and most turn to their female friends for support during these and other tough times, according to new survey findings released Wednesday.

"Girlfriends are probably the first line of defense for women who are suffering from depression," author Vicki Iovine told Reuters Health.

Could be why I struggle so now. I don't really have any "close" friends anymore.

Yahoo! News - Cigarettes Rob Smokers of 10 Years of Life
LONDON (Reuters) - Cigarette smokers die on average 10 years earlier than non-smokers but kicking the habit, even at 50 years old, can halve the risk, according to half a century of research reported on Tuesday.

So I've got 10 more years? Heh. The cynical part of me asks why I'd want to live longer anyway- I'll never be able to afford to retire.

Yahoo! News - U.S. Amends Report to Show Rise in Terror
WASHINGTON - Significant acts of terror worldwide reached a 21-year high in 2003, the State Department announced Tuesday as it corrected a mistaken report that had been cited to boost President Bush's war on terror.

Incidents of terrorism increased slightly during the year, and the number of people wounded rose dramatically, the department said. J. Cofer Black, who heads the department's counterterrorism office, said the report, even as revised, showed "we have made significant progress" in the campaign against international terror.

How so, J?

The corrected report shows that the Bush administration is "playing fast and loose with the truth when it comes to the war on terror," said Phil Singer, spokesman for Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign. The administration "has now been caught trying to inflate its success on terrorism," he said.

What?!? The Bush administration misleading the public? Say it ain't so!

In all, the department recorded 208 incidents of terror last year, compared with 205 in 2002.

There were 175 "significant events" in 2003, which Black said was the highest number since 1982.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Yahoo! News - Lawmakers Back Media Ban on War Dead at Air Base
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday backed the Bush administration's ban on media coverage of the flag-draped caskets of dead soldiers being received at Dover Air Base, despite complaints that the policy was an attempt to mask the rising death toll in Iraq.

Republicans who control a Senate majority defeated an amendment pushed by Democrats to make the Pentagon write new rules to allow media coverage of the return of the remains of soldiers to the United States.

As a result, "The over 830 service men and women who died in Iraq passed through a politically imposed void hiding the truth," Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, said in floor debate on the issue last week.

Instead of protecting the soldiers' families, Lautenberg said, "This policy has everything to do with keeping the country from facing the realities of war, shielding Americans from the high price our young service people are paying."

If this war is so just, why would the pictures be such a threat? Family privacy is not being breached as long as names are not read as to who is in those coffins.

Yahoo! News - Nobel Winners Back Kerry, Say Bush Ignores Science
DENVER (Reuters) - Democrat John Kerry picked up the endorsement on Monday of 48 Nobel Prize-winning scientists who attacked President Bush for "compromising our future" by shortchanging scientific research.

"The Bush administration has ignored unbiased scientific advice in the policy-making that is so important to our collective welfare," the 48 scientists, who have won Nobels in chemistry, physics and medicine dating back to 1967, said in an open letter released by the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign.

"We need a president who will again embrace the tradition of looking toward the future and new discoveries with hope based on scientific facts, not fear," Kerry said, citing his plans to lift barriers to stem cell research, a move Bush has opposed.

This reason alone should be enough to throw Bush out. While the rest of the world moves ahead, the religious right would keep this country in the dark ages.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Yahoo! News - Clinton Counts Health Care Among Failures
WASHINGTON - For Bill Clinton, his greatest failures as president have nothing to do with the scandal over his affair with a White House intern. "I'm sorry on the home front that we didn't get health care and that we didn't reform Social Security," the former president told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview aired Sunday.

Great interview. God, I miss this man. Can you imagine Georgie saying that he was sorry for anything? I can't. With George, it will be, "I did everything right, how dare you doubt me? You must be a terrorist sympathizer."

There was a great spot at the end where Dan Rather showed Bill a tape of Bill's mom, who has since passed away, talking about what a great son he is. Bill had never seen it before, and the look on his face as he watched his dead mother was so touching, it brought tears to my eyes.

Intelligent, articulate, thoughtful, I hesitate to say honest but I believe he is being honest now- all the things George is not. I hope that someday we can find another one like him.

Yahoo! News - Iraqi Officer Tied to Al Qaeda - 9/11 Commissioner
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks has been told "a very prominent member" of al Qaeda served as an officer in Saddam Hussein's militia, a panel member said on Sunday.

Republican commissioner John Lehman told NBC's "Meet the Press" program that the new intelligence, if proven true, buttresses claims by the Bush administration of ties between Iraq and the militant network believed responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America.

"We are now in the process of getting this latest intelligence," Lehman said.

"Now in the process"???? More than a year after we invaded, we come up with ONE guy, maybe, we still aren't sure, but yet the headline reads that he is, so I guess that's close enough for us.

Clutching at straws. I find it very interesting (and disgusting) that all this stuff is coming out now.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Dock skeletons.

Kirk grass dune.

It's rained so much in Michigan this year that even the sand dunes are green.

Yahoo! News - Saudis Search for Slain Hostage's Body
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi security agents searched homes in the capital and surrounding deserts for the body of slain American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr., while Saudi officials hailed as a victory their slaying of his executioner, the top al-Qaida figure in the kingdom.

But the U.S. ambassador said he doubted the death of Abdulaziz al-Moqrin during a Friday night shootout would stop the ongoing violence against Westerners in Saudi Arabia.

Militants initially denied that al-Moqrin was killed, but late Saturday the al-Qaida cell in Saudi Arabia confirmed his death in an online statement. The group also vowed to continue its "jihad," or holy war.

Saudi officials initially said Johnson's body was found Friday dumped on the capital's northern outskirts, hours after his captors killed and decapitated him and posted Web photos of his severed head.

All kinds of false statements coming out of this story. Hard to believe either side.

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Daily Zen Meditation

This body’s existence is like a bubble’s
May as well accept what happens
Events and hopes seldom agree
Who can step back doesn’t worry
We blossom and fade like flowers
Gather and part like clouds
Worldly thoughts I forgot long ago
Relaxing all day on a peak

- Stonehouse

Friday, June 18, 2004

Planning Begins for July 4, 2005; T-Shirt Sale To Benefit Next Year's Celebration
COMSTOCK PARK, MI - With the 2004 Fourth of July celebration in downtown Grand Rapids on track, local businesses, leaders and concerned citizens have turned their focus to July 4, 2005. To ensure the funding is there for next year's event, environmentalist Peter Wege has come up with a way people can support the downtown fireworks and show their Grand Rapids pride at the same time.

Earlier this month, Wege commissioned local artist Mark Heckman to create an image that represents the spirit of Grand Rapids on the Fourth of July. Heckman's final painting, which shows the Calder decked out in red, white and blue with fireworks in the background, has been placed on a t-shirt that people can purchase for $5.00 with all profits going towards the 2005 Grand Rapids fireworks fund.

What a great idea. It's too bad that they can't line up the corporate bucks, but what a wonderful way for people to pitch in. If it's cool-looking, I'll get one.

Yahoo! News - Russia Says It Warned U.S. Saddam Planned to Attack
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - Russia warned the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that Iraq's Saddam Hussein planned to hit targets on U.S. soil, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday. (NOW he comes out with this?!?!)

Putin's remarks looked certain to help President Bush, but officials at the State Department expressed surprise, saying they knew of no such information from Russia.

Putin said Russian intelligence had been told on several occasions that Saddam's special forces were preparing to attack U.S. targets inside and outside the United States.

"This information was passed on to our American colleagues," he said. He added, however, that Russian intelligence had no proof that Saddam's agents had been involved in any particular attack.

State Department spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters he did not know anything about the information that Putin said Russia passed on. No such information was communicated from Russia through the State Department, he said.

"Everybody's scratching their heads," said one State Department official, who asked not to be named.


IRAQ, AL QAEDA CONNECTION: Bush says he has never tied Hussein to Sept. 11 terrorism
WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush defended on Thursday his assertions that ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had ties to Al Qaeda, but he denied that his administration accused Hussein of collaborating in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

A review of statements by Bush and his top aides and U.S. documents, however, shows that the administration systematically sought to justify an invasion of Iraq by connecting Hussein with the perpetrators of the bloodiest terrorist strikes in U.S. history.

The administration went to extraordinary lengths to associate the secular Iraqi ruler with the terrorist network of Muslim radical Osama bin Laden. They included publicizing claims by Iraqi defectors that Iraq was training Muslim extremists in the same hijacking techniques used by the Sept. 11 terrorists.

The administration's efforts to connect Hussein with Al Qaeda had a major impact on public support for the invasion of Iraq. Polls found large majorities of Americans said they believed Hussein was involved in the Sept. 11 plot.

The independent bipartisan commission investigating the terrorist attacks reported Wednesday that although there were contacts between the two, there was "no credible evidence" that Hussein ever collaborated with bin Laden's terrorist network.

On Thursday, Bush insisted: "There was a relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda. This administration never said that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated between Saddam and Al Qaeda."

Still he continues the lie. Amazing.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Yahoo! News - Cubs Pick Up Fifth Consecutive Victory
HOUSTON - Greg Maddux earned his 295th win, pitching the Chicago Cubs past the Houston Astros 4-1 for their fifth straight victory.

Todd Hollandsworth's RBI triple sparked a two-run eighth for the Cubs. Maddux (6-5) befuddled the Astros, allowing only one run and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Happy news!

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Enough With Reagan Already / The Gipper's true legacy? Making the GOP as it is today: nasty, brutish and shortsighted.
Let's get this straight. Ronnie Reagan allowed AIDS to flourish for years after it was discovered and did next to nothing to stem its virulent, lethal tide, and wouldn't even utter the word until the end of his term, when it was too late.

Ronnie Reagan denied the existence of the nation's homeless problem that he largely created, and then blamed the problem on not enough people caring to get out there and get a job as he meanwhile slashed civil services and assistance for the poor.

Ronnie Reagan pillaged the U.S. Treasury and ballooned the deficit more than 100 percent during his term. He gave the wealthy enormous tax breaks and gouged the living crap out health care and social services and increased defense spending so much you'd think America was on the verge of being attacked by giant marauding alien centipedes.

Get that man's face on the dime!

Read the whole thing. I love this man.

Yahoo! News - Bush Defends Limits on Stem Cell Research
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Tuesday defended his policy of strictly limiting stem cell research, despite pressure to reconsider after former President Ronald Reagan died of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Bush, speaking to an audience of core conservative Christian supporters, underscored his opposition to most embryonic stem cell research.

"Life is a creation of God, not a commodity to be exploited by man," Bush told the Southern Baptist Convention via satellite. The group's convention was held in Indianapolis.

Although Bush did not specifically mention stem cells in the speech, a spokesman later confirmed that the rejection of the use of life as a "commodity" was a reference to his stance on stem cells.

He doesn't even have the balls to say it. So your family member has Alzheimer's? So sorry, but we won't fund a cure because the Christians won't allow it. A woman's right to choose? Well that's against our religion, too. Right to life and all, but we sure as hell will ignore that life once it's here. Want to marry your partner? No no, that would be a sin, according to our interpretations.

So, America, do you want a theocracy? Do you really want the fundamentalist Christians deciding the direction your life will take? That is the road we are heading down if we elect George again.

This morning I am angry. I want these people and their religion out of my life. I want a cure for these diseases that have robbed so many families of their loved ones. I want it to be available to me should I ever need it.

Bush and the Holy Rollers have got to go.

Yahoo! News - Pistons Crush Lakers to Claim Championship
Showing attacking flair to go along with their trademark gritty defense, the Pistons completed one of the biggest upsets in the NBA finals to lift their first title since 1990 with a startling dissection of the heavily-favored Lakers.

With three titles in the last four years and a roster stocked with All-Stars and future Hall of Famers, the swashbuckling Lakers arrived at the finals expecting to add to the franchise's glorious legacy.

But the Pistons, who rely on teamwork over glitz and glamor, utterly dominated the Lakers to win the best-of-seven finals 4-1 and return the title to the Eastern Conference for the first time since 1998.

Is Detroit still standing this morning? Congrats to the Pistons!

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

When is my turn?

Yahoo! News - Poll of Iraqis Reveals Anger Toward U.S.
WASHINGTON - A poll of Iraqis commissioned by the U.S.-backed government has provided the Bush administration a stark picture of anti-American sentiment — more than half of Iraqis believe they would be safer if U.S. troops simply left.

The poll, commissioned by the Coalition Provisional Government last month but not released to the American public, also found radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is surging in popularity, 92 percent of Iraqis consider the United States an occupying force and more than half believe all Americans behave like those portrayed in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse photos.

There are your "hearts and minds". Good God, we sure did fuck this up.

The poll results conflict with the generally upbeat assessments the administration continues to give Americans. Just last week, President Bush predicted future generations of Iraqis "will come to America and say, thank goodness America stood the line and was strong and did not falter in the face of the violence of a few."

The current generation seems eager for Americans to leave, the poll found.

The coalition's confidence rating in May stood at 11 percent, down from 47 percent in November, while coalition forces had just 10 percent support. Nearly half of Iraqis said they felt unsafe in their neighborhoods.

And 55 percent of Iraqis reported to the pollsters they would feel safer if U.S. troops immediately left, nearly double the 28 percent who felt that way in January.

More lies from George? What a surprise!

Yahoo! News - New Report Finds Problems with Iraq Contracts
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The handing out of some early no-competition work to rebuild Iraq (news - web sites) was flawed and U.S. government agencies failed in several instances to comply with procurement laws, said a new government report on Monday.

The General Accounting Office said while agencies generally complied with applicable laws, the Bush administration violated requirements when it issued some "task orders" for work in Iraq under contracts the government already had with companies.

The report, to be discussed at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, found instances where contracting officers issued work that was not within the scope of these existing contracts.

For example, Halliburton unit Kellogg Brown and Root was asked to do contingency planning for Iraq's oil infrastructure under a logistics deal it had with the U.S. Army, a task the GAO said likely overstepped competition laws.

So, will they have to give the money back? Or will it be a slap on the wrist? My guess is the latter. Moral of the story: white collar crime pays, always.

Yahoo! Sports - MLB - Cubs 7, Astros 2
HOUSTON (AP) -- Mark Prior, Todd Walker and the Chicago Cubs finally made Roger Clemens look his age.

Prior pitched five shutout innings in his third start since coming off the DL and Todd Walker homered twice, ending Clemens' unbeaten streak at 13 games with a 7-2 win over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

That little hill in the outfield in Houston's park should be illegal, even though it helped us last night.

WTG Mark!!

Monday, June 14, 2004

Yahoo! News - Doctor Proposes Not Treating Some Lawyers
CHICAGO - A doctor's proposal asking the American Medical Association to endorse refusing care to attorneys involved in medical malpractice cases drew an angry response from colleagues Sunday at the annual meeting of the nation's largest physicians group.

Many doctors stood up to denounce the resolution in passionate speeches - even after its sponsor, Dr. J. Chris Hawk, asked that it be withdrawn.

Hawk, a South Carolina surgeon, said he made the proposal to draw attention to rising medical malpractice costs. The resolution asks that the AMA tell doctors that - except in emergencies - it is not unethical to refuse care to plaintiffs' attorneys and their spouses.

"It expresses the frustration I have with a broken system," said Hawk. He said doctors are leaving his state or retiring early because of insurance premiums - making it harder for patients to receive care.

This is indicative of the growing problem in health care- doctors who cannot afford malpractice insurance. How long till the whole thing collapses?
It's All About the Internet:

Out of space on my "host". Going to have to delete older pictures, or set up a new site on one of the five names I can have under Comcast.

(The answer is "setting up a new site." What a lot of f'ing work.)

Happy Flag Day everyone.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Rochester bench.

Old-time baseball featured today
The teams belong to the Vintage Base Ball Association, which includes more than 40 national clubs that play the sport as it was in 1860s, less than 20 years after the first recorded baseball match took place in Hoboken, N.J.

Back then, the sport was known as "base ball." Pitchers were called "hurlers." Batters were "strikers," and fans were "cranks." Only wooden bats were used, and balls were hand-sewn.

All of this will be demonstrated during today's tournament, and teams will play in two brackets based on the National Base Ball Association guidelines set in 1860 and 1867, Olson said.

(This was yesterday.)

Saturday, June 12, 2004

It's All About Palma:

Palma Sola is free! Pictures of his release here.

Good luck Palma. Watch out for the boats.

Yahoo! News - Panel to Review Electric Device for Depression
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chronically depressed U.S. adults who find no relief with drugs or psychotherapy could soon be able to try an implanted pacemaker-like device that sends electrical pulses to the brain.

The stopwatch-sized device by Cyberonics, is surgically inserted in the chest, where a wire runs up to wrap around a nerve in the neck.

On Tuesday a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel of outside experts will meet to discuss whether to recommend the agency approve the device -- already cleared for epilepsy -- for patients with stubborn depression.

I think I've found what I want for Christmas.

Friday, June 11, 2004

Yahoo! News - The Brain May Start to Age at 40 Years
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - US researchers studying the brains of people 26 to 106 years of age have found evidence that brain function starts to slow around age 40.

In science journal Nature, Dr. Bruce A. Yankner, from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues report that they've identified a set of genes in the brain that show reduced activity after age 40. These genes, they note, play key roles in a variety of cell functions.

According to the team, DNA damage begins to accumulate in these genes. This damage could affect vital brain activities, such as learning and memory. Moreover, this may initiate a program of brain aging "that starts early in life."

Shit. One year left.

Yahoo! News - More Americans Abuse Alcohol, Study Finds
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More Americans are abusing alcohol than in the 1990s, but fewer are technically alcoholics, U.S. government researchers said on Thursday.

They found that the number of American adults who abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent rose to 17.6 million or 8.46 percent of the population in 2001-2002 from 13.8 million or 7.41 percent of the population in 1991-1992.

The researchers cannot say why heavy drinking is up. Lack of legal alternatives?

The NIAAA study defines alcohol abuse as causing a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home; interpersonal social and legal problems; and/or drinking in hazardous situations.

Alcohol dependence, also known as alcoholism, is characterized by impaired control over drinking, compulsive drinking, preoccupation with drinking, tolerance to alcohol and/or withdrawal symptoms.

Still a very fine line there. But I think that generally most people are "abusers".

Across the decade, the rate of alcohol abuse increased to 4.65 percent of the general population from 3.03 percent, while the rate of alcoholism fell to 3.81 percent of the general population from 4.38 percent, Li's team reported in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Yahoo! News - Music Icon Ray Charles Dies in California at Age 73
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ray Charles, who overcame poverty, blindness and heroin addiction to lay the foundation for soul music and become one of America's most beloved entertainers, died on Thursday at the age of 73 after a long fight with liver disease, his spokesman said.

Quitting school at age 15 after his mother died, Charles moved to Jacksonville, Florida, then on to Seattle to pursue a music career.

Charles came into his own musically in the early 1950s after signing with Atlantic Records, where he recorded the seminal hit "I Got a Woman," popularly credited as the first true soul record ever made.

He went on to collect 13 Grammy Awards during his career, including a lifetime achievement honor in 1987. He played his 10,000th concert last May in Los Angeles and in 2002 celebrated the 40th anniversary of his first hit on the country music charts, "I Can't Stop Loving You."

Thank you for the music Ray.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Yahoo! News - National Poll Gives Kerry Solid Lead - LA Times
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat John Kerry has a solid lead over President Bush among voters nationwide, according to a Los Angeles Times poll on Thursday that cited widespread unease over the country's direction, Iraq policies and the economy.

Kerry, the U.S. senator from Massachusetts, led Bush by 51 percent to 44 percent nationally in a two-way match-up, according to the poll of 1,230 registered voters taken from Saturday to Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Yahoo! News - Plane Scare Empties Capitol, Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court were temporarily evacuated on Wednesday when a small plane entered restricted airspace during preparations for former President Ronald Reagan's funeral, Capitol Police and Court spokesmen said.

Officials said the alarm was sounded when the small plane, carrying Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher, entered restricted airspace.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the twin-engine turboprop aircraft, registered to the Kentucky state police, had trouble transmitting an electronic identification signal while flying through the restricted airspace.

Employees at the Supreme Court were told to shelter in the basement before police gave the all-clear. Reuters reporters at the Capitol said fire alarms rang out and police officers shouted at people to "run, run, run."

We should probably shout "run, run, run" at the Congress every once in awhile just to keep them on their toes. See who's awake.

I'm glad we didn't shoot down the Gov. of Kentucky. That would have been embarassing.

Yahoo! News - Memo Says Bush Not Restricted by Torture Bans
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush, as commander-in-chief, is not restricted by U.S. and international laws barring torture, Bush administration lawyers stated in a March 2003 memorandum.

The 56-page memo to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld cited the president's "complete authority over the conduct of war," overriding international treaties such as a global treaty banning torture, the Geneva Conventions and a U.S. federal law against torture.

Media reports of the memos prompted a fierce exchange in a congressional hearing, at which Attorney General John Ashcroft refused to release the documents while Democrats accused the Bush administration of undermining prohibitions on use of torture.

"Contempt of Congress" was the phrase being bandied about.

The March 2003 memo was written by a "working group" of civilian and military lawyers named by the Pentagon's general counsel.

The memo labeled as unconstitutional any laws "that seek to prevent the president from gaining the intelligence he believes necessary to prevent attacks upon the United States."

The memo recommended a presidential directive from Bush allowing for exercise of this power by "subordinates," although it remained unknown whether Bush ever signed such a document.

"It shows us that there were senior people in the Bush administration who were seriously contemplating the use of torture, and trying to figure out whether there were any legal loopholes that might allow them to commit criminal acts," said Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch.

Joe Biden ripped Ashcroft a new one, and he was right. This practice will put Americans in danger, and we no longer have the "moral highground". (If we ever did in the first place)

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Bea and Gerald, 2003.

In memory of Beatrice Britten, dedicated Whitecaps fan, who passed away on June 6th at age 84.

Thank you for the fudge, and thank you for being my friend. I'm going to miss seeing you and Gerald at the ballgames, somehow the place will never be the same for me. But I will always carry the memory of a kind lady who struck up a conversation with me one cold May evening, who became my "baseball" friend over time, who always brightened my day with her joy at seeing me walk down the concourse, who chastised me with a smile when I missed some games, (tsk tsk!) but always had the contraband fudge and peppermints and conversation ready.

My world grows a little smaller today, and I am sad. I hope that someday I will be in my eighties, at the ballgames, and get to return the favor for some young lady.

It's something to shoot for.

Yahoo! News - Venus Begins Rare Transit of Sun
LONDON (Reuters) - Venus began a transit across the sun on Tuesday for the first time in more than a century.

Unlike a solar eclipse by the moon that is over in two or three minutes, Venus's transit -- which last occurred in 1882 -- will go on for six hours. The planet will appear as an intense black dot, looking tiny on the solar disc.

Venus was crossing from bottom left of the solar disc to the right and will be 26.7 million miles from earth.

"Venus will be about 1/30 the size of the diameter of the sun, but it will be much darker and more intense than sunspots," said Dr Robert Walsh, of the University of Central Lancashire's Center for Astrophysics in northern England.

Monday, June 07, 2004

Yahoo! News - Weeklong Memorial for Ronald Reagan Starts Monday
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Throngs of mourners headed to California Monday to pay their final respects to Ronald Reagan in the first of several public events planned this week to honor the 40th U.S. president's last wish that ordinary Americans be given a chance to say goodbye.

Wake me when this is over.

Sunday, June 06, 2004


"Still in my 30's...." LOL! Happy B-day to me. Cubs win!

I'm so grateful that the ones I care about are still with me today- from my parents, to my friends, to my furbabies...bless you all.

Yahoo! News - World Leaders Hail D-Day Heroes and Pledge Unity
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (Reuters) - World leaders honored Sunday the thousands of Allied troops who fought and died in the D-Day landings in Normandy and vowed to safeguard the transatlantic alliance forged 60 years ago.

President Bush and French President Jacques Chirac, putting aside differences over the Iraq war, said modern leaders had a duty to honor what the soldiers died for by standing together in the cause of freedom and democracy. "In the trials and that sacrifice of war we became inseparable allies," Bush told a ceremony at the U.S. cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, near the beach code-named Omaha where U.S. troops landed and suffered heavy losses on June 6, 1944.

Neither made any reference to Iraq. French officials had feared Bush would draw parallels between the Iraq war and D-Day by portraying both as a struggle for freedom and democracy.

Good. This day belongs to those soldiers of 60 years ago.

Bush also used the occasion to remember former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who died Saturday. "He was a courageous man himself and a gallant leader in the cause of freedom. Today we honor the memory of Ronald Reagan," he said.

Well, I suppose that he should get a mention. But I don't think that today is the day to honor his memory. We will get plenty of that in the weeks to come.

Yahoo! News - Smarty Jones Foiled in Triple Crown Bid
ELMONT, New York (Reuters) - Birdstone used an explosive stretch drive Saturday to capture the $1 million Belmont Stakes and ruin Smarty Jones's attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner in more than 25 years.

Ridden by Edgar Prado, 36-to-1 longshot Birdstone caught race leader Smarty Jones inside the sixteenth pole and won going away, giving trainer Nick Zito his first Belmont Stakes victory.

"I feel a little bad," said Prado, who won the Belmont in 2002 aboard Medaglia d'Oro.

Birdstone, who finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby, paid $74 for a $2 win ticket. The son of Grindstone paid $14 to place and $8.60 to show.

Sure wish I'd had some money on Birdstone.

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Yahoo! News - Former President Ronald Reagan Dies at 93
WASHINGTON - Ronald Reagan, the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to winning the Cold War, trying to scale back government and making people believe it was "morning again in America," died Saturday after a long twilight struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 93.

Reagan's body was expected to be taken to his presidential library and museum in Simi Valley, Calif., and then flown to Washington to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. His funeral was expected to be at the National Cathedral, an event likely to draw world leaders. The body was to be returned to California for a sunset burial at his library.

Over two terms, from 1981 to 1989, Reagan reshaped the Republican Party in his conservative image, fixed his eye on the demise of the Soviet Union and Eastern European communism and tripled the national debt to $3 trillion in his single-minded competition with the other superpower.

Although I blame Ron for sewing the seeds of Republican conservatism that sprouted the Evil Empire that it has become today, I'm glad that the man is finally free of the horrible disease of Alzheimer's.

I attended Ron's inauguration in 1981, where I met George Bush the Elder on the Capitol steps. I have pictures of Ron riding in an open air limo, him and Nancy smiling and waving at the crowd. It was quite a party.

That day seemed to mark the "end of the 70's"- the end of peace as an ideal, the end of gentleness, the end of the long hair hippie freak and their music, the end of the movement towards personal freedom. The country turned toward the right; conformity, short hair, electronic music and "get tough" rhetoric, and saw the beginning of the cowboy mentality that still occupies the Republican Party to this day.

I remember being bummed and worried about where Ron would lead us. And I was right. The 80's weren't very fun (well, I partied a lot- heh heh) as far as opportunity goes; interest rates were high and the jobs seemed to be scarce. Kind of like today. A pattern was set that I will probably be plagued with for the rest of my life, unless George the Son totally blows "conservatism" for all of them.

We can only hope.

Rest in peace Ron. A part of the "past" you become.

Truth’s naked radience,
Cut off from the sense and the world,
Shines by itself.
No words for it.

- Pai-chang (720-814)

Friday, June 04, 2004 & WOOD TV8 - Vice President Cheney campaigns in Grand Rapids
Vice President Dick Cheney made a campaign stop in Grand Rapids and picked up a union endorsement along the way.

The Vice President spoke to the Police Officers Association of Michigan and accepted their endorsement for reelection Friday at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

The leadership of the 12,000 member labor union said that the Bush-Cheney ticket would best serve the needs of their membership. In return, Cheney promised more funding for homeland security and support for first responders.

First of all, the helicopters aren't black, they are blue. This one circled about the entire time....

The "big tent" in front of the Grand Plaza to get Cheney into the building. Rumor has it that Dick is a vampire and sunlight would cause him to catch on fire and turn to ashes. Ergo, the need for the tent.

The limo. Sorry the image is blurry, I was shooting with one hand and flipping him the bird with the other. Plus, he was really hauling ass.

Grand Rapids counter-culture. I got a Kerry sign and some bumper stickers from these fine folks. They came in all ages and colors, and I was heartened by the number of positive responses I got as I walked through the Festival crowd holding my sign.

For those of you outside Grand Rapids, "Festival" is an arts show we hold every year downtown on the first weekend in June. Bands, dance troupes, choirs perform and artists show their work, if you can muscle through the crowd to see it. Basically, it's 200,000 people standing in food lines on hot concrete with their children running and screaming all around you. Fun for the kids, a living nightmare for the agoraphobics amongst us. Myself included.

Why they scheduled Dick during this madness we will never know.

Happy protest. What a beautiful day.

My Kerry sign. As Dick's motorcade was leaving, I stood in front of the Federal building, all by my lonesome, smiling and waving as I held my sign. Did he see me? I hope so.

Bye Dick!


Yahoo! News - N.Y. May Reform Rockefeller Drug Laws
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York lawmakers are ready to roll back the state's infamously harsh Rockefeller drug laws if they can agree on how to reform mandatory sentences for less serious drug violations.

This week, members of a legislative conference committee verbally agreed to reduce the 15 years-to-life mandatory sentences for the most serious offenses to as little as 3 to 10 years.

Gov. George Pataki and most legislators have called it an injustice that a first-time offender could face a life sentence for possessing as little as 4 ounces of a controlled substance or for selling only 2 ounces.

New York spends more than $500 million a year to incarcerate nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom can rebuild their lives faster if they receive treatment, said Michael Blain of the Drug Policy Alliance, an organization that espouses reducing both drug misuse and drug prohibition, and promoting the sovereignty of individuals.

Twenty-seven states have rolled back mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, liberalized drug treatment options or otherwise eased drug statutes in the last year, Blain said.

I think most states are realizing that it costs too much money to keep the small time users in prison. Here's a thought- why not just legalize it and make it a buck off of it instead?

Yahoo! News - After Major Lapses, CIA Spymaster Resigns
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA Director George Tenet, who presided over major intelligence lapses involving the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the mistaken belief that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, has resigned and will leave in July, the Bush administration said on Thursday.

The White House said Bush had no prior warning of Tenet's move and denied suggestions he was forced out over erroneous intelligence reports that have prompted the president to create a bipartisan commission to examine the quality of pre-war U.S. intelligence.

"He told me he was resigning for personal reasons. I told him I'm sorry he's leaving," Bush said in a surprise announcement shortly before heading to Italy and France. "I will miss him."

Interesting. When's the book coming out, George? Better hurry before Colin beats you to it.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Yahoo! News - Cancer Deaths Down in U.S., Report Finds
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More Americans are surviving cancer for five years or more and cancer rates overall are steadily declining, according to the latest annual report on cancer in the United States issued on Thursday.

For the first time, fewer women are being diagnosed with lung cancer, the joint report from the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries finds.

Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease. This year 1.368 million Americans will learn they have cancer and 563,700 will die of it.

Good news, although I wish that we would take all that money we are spending on war and put it toward research to find a cure(s) for the various forms of this disease.

All my thoughts, hopes and prayers are with my friend Marybeth today as she faces surgery to remove two tumors from her brain. I hope that they can get it all and then find a chemo that works for her, give her a fighting chance to continue on with her life. It's hard to say that you "love" someone that you only know through the internet, but as far as that goes, I do. She's a great lady who has been very kind to me, and I'm honored that she considers me a friend.

Hang in there, kiddo. See you when you get home.

Yahoo! News - Army Issues Order to Keep Soldiers from Leaving
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers designated to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan will be barred from leaving the military when their volunteer service commitment ends, the U.S. Army said on Wednesday.

The latest "stop loss" and "stop movement" orders, broader than others issued previously, were a further sign of increasing stress on the Army as the Pentagon strives to maintain adequate troop levels in the two conflicts.

Hagenbeck said the orders were open-ended, and could be in place for several years while the Army reorganizes itself into smaller, more interchangeable, units. The orders were meant to preserve unit cohesiveness by keeping together soldiers who have worked and trained together, he said.

Critics argue that keeping soldiers beyond the end of their contractual obligation is a breach of trust, and undermines the concept of the all-volunteer military.

The "stop loss" order means soldiers who otherwise could leave when their commitments expire, starting 90 days before being sent, will be compelled to remain to the end of a yearlong overseas deployment and up to another 90 days after returning to their home base. That means some may remain in the Army involuntarily for up to 18 months beyond when they were scheduled to leave.

Sorry guys.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Yahoo! News - Junk Food One-Third of U.S. Diet, Study Finds
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Junk foods such as sugary sodas and chips make up nearly one-third of calories in the U.S. diet, researchers said on Tuesday.

A study of 4,700 adults showed that, despite the increased popularity of low-carbohydrate diets, soft drinks and pastries pile on more calories in the daily diet than anything else.

"What is really alarming is the major contribution of 'empty calories' in the American diet," said Gladys Block, a professor of epidemiology and public health nutrition at the University of California, Berkeley, who led the study.

Writing in the June issue of the Journal of Food Chemistry and Analysis, Bock and colleagues said that sweets and desserts, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages account for nearly 25 percent of all calories consumed by Americans.

"In contrast, such healthy foods as vegetables and fruit make up only 10 percent of the caloric intake in the U.S. diet. A large proportion of Americans are undernourished in terms of vitamins and minerals," Block added.

And someday they will strengthen the correlation between mental health and diet. (see story below) Is it any wonder we have "issues" when we put all this garbage into our body?

Yahoo! News - Judge Rules Against Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Federal judge in San Francisco on Tuesday declared unconstitutional a law banning what critics call "partial birth abortions," saying the measure was too vaguely worded and placed an undue burden on abortion rights.

U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton said the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 was also unconstitutional because it lacked an exemption to protect a mother's health.

The decision was hailed by pro-abortion rights groups who saw the law as a first step toward restricting abortions and removing a safe option for some seriously ill women.

And Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign Chairman Marc Racicot said, "Today's tragic ruling upholding partial-birth abortion shows why America needs judges who will interpret the law and not legislate from the bench. A majority of Americans oppose partial-birth abortion, and Judge Hamilton's decision flies in the face of Congress passing and President Bush signing legislation banning such horrible acts of violence."

Ah, yes, another activist judge legislating from the bench. Thank God for the activist judges, for they shall keep us all free.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Yahoo! News - Mental Illness Undertreated Globally, Study Shows
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mental disorders from severe depression to uncontrolled anger are surprisingly common around the world, and most of the worst cases are not being treated, researchers reported on Tuesday.

The biggest concerted study of global mental illness shows that rates vary greatly -- with 4.3 percent of people living in Shanghai showing symptoms of mental disorders in the past year, compared to 26 percent in the United States.

26 percent? Well, that explains a lot, actually....

Yahoo! News - Many Fail to Recover with Depression Treatment
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many people who receive standard therapy for depression still suffer from the condition up to two years after starting treatment, a new study suggests.

The study, which involved more than 1,200 patients diagnosed with depression at 46 U.S. primary care centers, found that nearly half of those who received "at least minimally appropriate" depression treatment did not improve.

Sometimes it never goes away...