September 22, 2005

You and James Read The News (Animal Husbandry Edition)

In which you and James read the news together. Paper open. Feet on the ottoman. Tongue often in cheek and head squarely on your shoulders.

Please, read on.

FDA Rethinks Women’s Chief

One week ago, the Office of Women’s Health of the Food and Drug Administration sent an e-mail notice to women’s groups and others announcing the appointment of Norris Alderson as its new acting director.


The last director, Susan Wood, resigned last month to protest the agency’s unwillingness to make a decision on whether to make emergency contraception more easily available.

So, what are the new appointee’s qualifications?

An FDA veteran trained in animal husbandry who spent much of his career in the agency’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, Alderson quickly became the subject of active and largely negative comment on the Internet and elsewhere.

Really? You mean people objected to putting a veterinarian in charge of the Office of Woman’s Health Services? Well, the important thing is, was he willing to bend public policy to be in line with his boss’ religious and political ideologies. Because that’s who we want in charge of our health.

Well, you women can rest assured that a vet was only in charge of your issues for a few days before the government changed direction, appointed someone else and then proceeded to lean closer to their speakwrites and pretend the Alderson appointment never happened.

We in the reality-based community are not amused. (Well, OK, we are a little bit. But mostly appalled.)

Men Are Dirty

Well, some men.

Men are dirtier than women. Scientists confirmed this by spying in public restrooms, watching as one-fourth of the men left without washing their hands.

Wednesday’s results mark the American Society of Microbiology’s latest look at how many people take what is considered the single easiest step to staying healthy: spending 20 seconds rubbing with soap under the faucet.

It also explains why infection experts use paper towels to open bathroom doors

If you get sick more than you like, consider this. You may not be washing your hands enough. Or, sadly, the people around you may not be washing their hands enough.

And when it comes to opening doors, I’m right there with those infection experts. Towel, please.

Face of Jesus Ringo Osama Appears In Cloud

THIS astonishing “face” was spotted floating in a cloud formation in Spain.

Whoever it is, he looks sleepy, grumpy and dispeptic.

A few cigarettes a day ‘deadly

Smoking just one to four cigarettes a day almost triples a person’s risk of dying of heart disease, according to Norwegian researchers. Their work suggests the health impact is stronger for women and that even “light” smokers face similar diseases to heavier smokers, including cancer.

C’mon people. Do I have to tell you not to smoke? A surprising number of my friends have begun to smoke “occasionally” this year. It’s been a stressful year, true. But don’t kill yourselves over it. ‘K?

If someone’s causing you stress, keep healthy and hang around long enough to annoy them.

Posted by James at September 22, 2005 11:25 AM
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RE: FDA Vet in charge of women's health, well, who is surprised by this, really, when we have another vet in charge of the FDA! Lester M. Crawford, Commissioner of the FDA, under which the Office of Women's Health falls, is a vet.

I love how Bush has not quite figured out that he has got to get his head out of his ass and start paying attention. "Brownie" may have been a fabulous Arabian horse show judge but he had no practical experince to prepare him for the important job of Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Use some horse sense, people.

Similarly, Norris Alderson has no practical experince dealing with women's health issues. While the basic idea of caliving is similar to human birth, we do a lot more than squeeze out babies, Bushie. Again, pull your thumb out of your ass and start doing your job, as you should have been for the past 6 years.

We live in strange times. Well, more specifically, we live in Bushworld, where people like "Brownie" are doing a heck of a job.

As Gomer Pyle used to say, "SurPRISE, surPRISE, surPRISE!"

Posted by: Patti M. at September 22, 2005 2:44 PM

I just figured out why Crawford and this dude were picked: Because neither is an MD, they have no paper trail of having dealt with human health issues either side of the political spectrum could criticize.


I've just stunned myself.

Bush is wiley, and he plays the "dumb like me" card to get the easily taken to like him.

He's from a rich family, not poor, like Bill Clinton, but they like him 'cuz he says things like noo-kyu-larrr, just like me! And nobody likes the smart kid in the class, like Bill, who was a Rhodes Scholar.

He's not smart, like Al Gore is, but again, nobody likes the smart kid in the class.

It's the "dumb like me" appeal that will never cease to amaze me.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 22, 2005 2:49 PM

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