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HHS Secretary Sebelius Resigning

This is what passes for accountability these days. A good, if long overdue, start. From ABCNews: The president will nominate Budget Director Sylvia Burwell to replace her.

Sebelius approached President Obama about a month ago and asked to step down after the health care sign-up numbers were released, two senior administration officials and a confidante [...]

Sacrifices Must Be Made

William Blake (1809), The Flight of Moloch — one of Blake’s illustrations of On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity, the poem by John Milton

What do you do with rubbish? You burn it of course.

The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used [...]

Boogie in Your Butt

Paging Dr. Eddie Murphy! This guy named Jack Vale filmed this prank video of patients who have just had come out of colonoscopy (and thus out of anesthesia) with surprising news about their exams. It’s a great way to raise awareness about colon cancer.

Bringing Baggage

This is an interesting piece on research into military suicides.  Given the numbers involved I still reject the notion in some quarters that there was an epidemic of suicides among current and former military members.  That being said, each one is a tragedy and we owe it to our service members to help them and [...]

And So It Begins...

Taking a spill without health coverage could get costly. #GetCovered at http://t.co/aFOgfqgxch pic.twitter.com/hF4Vf1eH2w

— Covered California (@CoveredCA) January 28, 2014

Maybe I’m being a bit quick on the trigger… but how soon before the mantra is “Don’t do this because you have health coverage.”

Kidney Tran$plant$?

Hmmmm… cash for kidneys and other organs… an idea whose time has come or an ethical quagmire fraught with unforeseen (and some foreseen) hazards? An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal makes the pro case:

In 2012, 95,000 American men, women and children were on the waiting list for new kidneys, the most commonly transplanted [...]

Oh the Halcion Days Before Ambien — Waking Dead Edition

Here’s an interesting/frightening piece on the side effects of Ambien. I’ve never taken the stuff and as always with these kinds of stories the danger of turning a few data points into a trend is ever present. That being said… it is an interesting read, From Alternet:

On March 29, 2009, Robert Stewart, 45, [...]

Saturday Open Thread

Check It Out!

Or rather… don’t check out the mommy pron classic Fifty Shades of Grey from the library — according to The Guardian (UK) anyway. It’s going viral!

Library copies of Fifty Shades of Grey have reported positive for traces of herpes virus and cocaine, according to two Belgian professors.

A second novel, Tango – a romance [...]

Squatter’s Rights

Brought to you by the United nations… Today is World Toilet Day to “raise awareness about poor sanitation and open defecation”. I Shit you not. The above photo is of Adolf Hitler’s toilet — to highlight the downside of this toilet movement.