March 11, 2004

Thursday (de)tritus

The digital cable is back (sorta); now it reverts to Channel 3 about once an hour for no apparent reason.

Ashcroft's Dept. of Justice can't have patients' medical records. DOJ wanted abortion records from Planned Parenthood's affiliates, ostensibly to defend itself against lawsuits resulting from the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. A District Judge in San Francisco said it had no need for those files; it could defend itself without them. Tuesday DOJ said it's dropping its demand for those records.

De Tocqueville called Americans "a nation of joiners," so it shouldn't surprise me that there's an American Academy of Actuaries, I suppose. The Academy has just issued Volume 2 of 3 election guides; this one focuses on questions about the 43 million Americans without health insurance. The previous one covered Social Security reform.

I found a couple of new science blogs: Pharyngula is written by a biology prof in Minnesota, while The Loom is written by Carl Zimmer (whom I've referred to before). Zimmer is a science writer whose work has been published in Science, Newsweek, and Discover, among other places. He has a new book out; it's entitled Soul Made Flesh. The subtitle tells it all: The Discovery of the Brain and How It Changed the World. I look forward to reading it.

Posted by Linkmeister at March 11, 2004 02:24 PM

Hand it to the news:
When Ashie was first diagnosed they said he had gallstones of the pancreas!!

Lovin' the cave art, Linky!!!!
It is a nice change, yes???

Posted by: toxiclabrat at March 12, 2004 04:21 PM