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Day February 9, 2009

Multiple Stab Wounds Proven to Shorten Life Expectancy

What News Anchors Do During Commercial Breaks

The only way this could possibly be better is if at the end of the routine, the anchor came back to report on a murder done by that homicidal hamster Rodney.

(via Slog)

Duoseptuagenuple Stuffed Oreo

We’re gonna need a bigger glass of milk.

(via Serious Eats)

Norm Coleman

From Smart Politics:

When asked about the recount and how it is affecting him personally, Coleman said he starts every day with a prayer and that he knows “God wants me to serve.” Coleman did later temper those rather immodest remarks by adding that he “is not indispensable” and that others can serve as well. Coleman closed the interview with an appeal to Gallagher’s listeners for contributions to his campaign website.

Unfortunately, God couldn’t be found for a comment.

Vegas Buses

There’s a blog about everything nowadays. Here’s one dedicated to buses in Las Vegas.

The Sopranos Profanity Cut

27 minutes of every swear ever uttered on The Sopranos.

The Phenylephrine. It Does Nothing

You know the Sudafed that you can still buy without handing over your license so that they can be sure you’re not using it to make meth? Yeah. That stuff doesn’t work.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida pharmacists say a popular decongestant in over-the-counter medications is ineffective at the Food and Drug Administration’s approved dose.

Phenylephrine is making its way into oral cold and allergy medications in response to new federal restrictions on the sale of pseudoephedrine, an industry standard decongestant that can be used to illegally produce methamphetamine.

As the late September deadline to move medications containing pseudoephedrine behind the counter looms, many pharmaceutical companies are reformulating some of their common cold and allergy medications to keep them readily available on store shelves. Most companies are switching to phenylephrine, which cannot be used to make methamphetamine.

But in a peer-reviewed letter to the editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, UF pharmacists Leslie Hendeles and Randy Hatton warn that phenylephrine is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream and will not work as well as medications containing pseudoephedrine. Hendeles, an FDA consultant who served on the agency’s pulmonary advisory committee for six years, said the FDA should further investigate the drug as more companies are beginning to use it.

“When it is ingested, it becomes inactivated somewhere between the gut and the liver,” Hendeles said. “More research needs to be done to determine whether higher doses can be effective and safe.”

I did an experiment with Sudafed on an unsuspecting but rhinovirus suffering Mrs. C once. I gave her the fake Sudafed with phenylephrine which did nothing to relieve her symptoms. Then I secretly replaced her phenylephrine Sudafed with the pseudoephedrine Sudafed that I was using in my underground meth lab which alleviated all of her symptoms and made her feel almost like a human being again.

On a different day I tried replacing her coffee with Sanka and she scalded me with it. The moral of the story is you can mess around with cold medication but never fuck with coffee.

(via Marco.org)

Catholic Church Brings Back Indulgences

From the NY Times:

The announcement in church bulletins and on Web sites has been greeted with enthusiasm by some and wariness by others. But mainly, it has gone over the heads of a vast generation of Roman Catholics who have no idea what it means: “Bishop Announces Plenary Indulgences.”

In recent months, dioceses around the world have been offering Catholics a spiritual benefit that fell out of favor decades ago — the indulgence, a sort of amnesty from punishment in the afterlife — and reminding them of the church’s clout in mitigating the wages of sin.

The fact that many Catholics under 50 have never sought one, and never heard of indulgences except in high school European history (where Martin Luther denounces the selling of them in 1517 and ignites the Protestant Reformation) simply makes their reintroduction more urgent among church leaders bent on restoring fading traditions of penance in what they see as a self-satisfied world.

“Why are we bringing it back?” asked Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio of Brooklyn, who has embraced the move. “Because there is sin in the world.”

Like the Latin Mass and meatless Fridays, the indulgence was one of the traditions decoupled from mainstream Catholic practice in the 1960s by the Second Vatican Council, the gathering of bishops that set a new tone of simplicity and informality for the church. Its revival has been viewed as part of a conservative resurgence that has brought some quiet changes and some highly controversial ones, like Pope Benedict XVI’s recent decision to lift the excommunications of four schismatic bishops who reject the council’s reforms.

The indulgence is among the less-noticed, less-disputed traditions to be restored. But with a thousand-year history and volumes of church law devoted to its intricacies, it is one of the most complicated to explain.

(Thanks RevGeorge)

Lady Madonna

You Try to Live on 500K in This Town

The NY Times on the sad story on banking executives who will have to take a pay cut in order to get a government bailout.

PRIVATE school: $32,000 a year per student.

Mortgage: $96,000 a year.

Co-op maintenance fee: $96,000 a year.

Nanny: $45,000 a year.

We are already at $269,000, and we haven’t even gotten to taxes yet.

Five hundred thousand dollars — the amount President Obama wants to set as the top pay for banking executives whose firms accept government bailout money — seems like a lot, and it is a lot. To many people in many places, it is a princely sum to live on. But in the neighborhoods of New York City and its suburban enclaves where successful bankers live, half a million a year can go very fast.

“As hard as it is to believe, bankers who are living on the Upper East Side making $2 or $3 million a year have set up a life for themselves in which they are also at zero at the end of the year with credit cards and mortgage bills that are inescapable,” said Holly Peterson, the author of an Upper East Side novel of manners, “The Manny,” and the daughter of Peter G. Peterson, a founder of the equity firm the Blackstone Group. “Five hundred thousand dollars means taking their kids out of private school and selling their home in a fire sale.”

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