Category Archives: Science, Tech & Medicine

Crazy people to stay in Tuscaloosa where they belong

Board votes to recommend rebuilding Bryce hospital in Tuscaloosa | Breaking News from The Birmingham News – al.com.

Birmingham was trying to get the state to move the insane asylum mental health facility to the empty Carraway Hospital there, but instead they’re going to build a whole new facility here in Tuscaloosa. The University gets the old place, which is going to be lots of fun when they start stashing freshmen there.

This explains why Republicans are so big on “disciplining children”

Children who are spanked have lower IQs, new research finds | Science Blog

They’re just looking out for the brand.

That’s our Dick!

Silicon Valley: HealthSouth Paid For Someone’s Fake Boobs

I haven’t mentioned it, but there’s a civil trial going on where Scrushy’s being sued — basically, an OJ situation. One thing that’s come out is that the Scrush had the company pay for replacement fake boobs for a member of his silly girl group.

Burn in hell, Arlen

‘Specter For The Cure’ Cancer Website, Really Political Fundraising Tool | TPMDC

Next on the stimulus package!

UAB doctor, other experts recommend HIV screening for everyone – al.com

Let’s spend billions of dollars to test people who don’t have AIDS and can’t have AIDS for AIDS.

In that they actually know something about science

Obama science choices break from Bush – White House transition- msnbc.com

I won’t miss him

Conservative activist Paul Weyrich dead at 66 – Politics- msnbc.com

But I’m not here to attack the dead. Well, not exactly. The story goes on to say that he had been “in ill health” for years and had had both legs amputated. That sure looks like diabetes, and as a diabetic I’m sensitive to that. But I can’t think of why you’d try to keep that secret.

I suppose so

Drummond says natural gas could power cars more cheaply – Business News from The Birmingham News – al.com

On the other hand, I think there might be a little trouble with explosions and leaks. And the Drummond Company is evil, so I tend to not believe anything they say.

Like I said, only a moderate exaggeration

Tropical Weather and Storms – Hurricane Updates from weather.com

A couple of weeks ago, I linked to an Onion video, Hurricane Bound For Texas Slowed By Large Land Mass To The South. I said that this was only “a moderate exaggeration” of how the news media reports on hurricanes. As proof, I offer this quote from The Weather Channel’s latest hurricane story:

Some of the latest model track guidance points to a potential path that would take Ike across Cuba, on a east to west track. Although this is not a good outcome for Cuba, it would be a positive outcome for south Florida and the Florida Keys. The center of Ike would stay south of Florida and the interaction with Cuba would allow Ike to weaken significantly.

Apparently, tropical storms can get drunk

Look at this storm path:

This storm is just stumbling around the Atlantic Ocean. You don’t normally see loop-the-loops like that, do you?