“A year ago, researchers at Johns Hopkins University published the results of a program that instituted in nearly every intensive care unit in Michigan a simple five-step checklist designed to prevent certain hospital infections. It reminds doctors to make sure, for example, that before putting large intravenous lines into patients, they actually wash their hands and don a sterile gown and gloves.
The results were stunning. Within three months, the rate of bloodstream infections from these I.V. lines fell by two-thirds. The average I.C.U. cut its infection rate from 4 percent to zero. Over 18 months, the program saved more than 1,500 lives and nearly $200 million.
Yet this past month, the Office for Human Research Protections shut the program down. The agency issued notice to the researchers and the Michigan Health and Hospital Association that, by introducing a checklist and tracking the results without written, informed consent from each patient and health-care provider, they had violated scientific ethics regulations. Johns Hopkins had to halt not only the program in Michigan but also its plans to extend it to hospitals in New Jersey and Rhode Island.”
“How we got to this point is an interesting study in reactionary politics, fear-mongering and a disconcerting willingness of the American public to accept almost anything in the name of “security.” Conned and frightened, our nation demands not actual security, but security spectacle. And although a reasonable percentage of passengers, along with most security experts, would concur such theater serves no useful purpose, there has been surprisingly little outrage. In that regard, maybe we’ve gotten exactly the system we deserve.”
“These stores are going to become iconic places that people go to see when they come to New York,” said Mr. Gartenberg, the analyst. “Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall and Apple’s great glass cube on Fifth Avenue.”
“We’re playing a major crap shoot with our planet.”— Human genome researcher Craig Ventor on climate change after mentioning he has changed his carbon output slide three times this year as new data shows carbon levels rising. Terrific Charlie Rose interview here.
“Normally the band, the Death of Jason Brody, slips promotional CD singles between the pages of The Village Voice newspaper and into the racks at large music stores. But lately, band members have been slipping into department stores and putting stickers with logos for trendy designers like Diesel, John Varvatos and 7 for All Mankind on their CDs, which they then slip into the pockets of designer jeans or place on counters.”
“The human death toll has risen from 111 in 1995 to around 200 in 2005, the most recent year for which figures are available. Officials say better designed highways would help lower the number.
Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, has been a large laboratory for studying measures to prevent such collisions, which had been frequent on a four-lane highway that runs through the park in the heart of the wildlife-rich Canadian Rockies. Officials there have built 24 underpasses and overpasses, and the changes have reduced collisions by more than 80 percent, park officials said.”
“The day-to-day news feed out of Iraq misses one of the country’s saddest, and most important, stories: the exodus of Iraq’s intellectual class. While tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees are heading back, many professionals will never return. And they leave an enormous void - one that hurts the prospects for stability.”
“That all graphic designers, like all creative people, are somehow politically progressive, even if the majority are not Marxist firebrands, is a fallacy perpetuated by liberal and left-wing designers. History actually tells a more complex story – just look at F. T. Marinetti, Paolo Garretto, Fortunato Depero or Ludwig Hohlwein and their respective links to Fascism, assuming, of course, we can agree that Fascism is not progressive. Nonetheless, each believed that their art and design served a social revolution, and in that sense it was progressing the cause.”
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg served for 30 years as a university president. He is now president emeritus and university professor at the George Washington University, where he teaches courses on the university presidency in America
Very fun. After you generate one set of letters and set it to play, pick a new instrument and regenerate. The old one will still be playing but layered with the new one. I think this is a flaw but, inadvertently allows you to layer different instruments. Also try typing repeating letters or alternating letters.
That’s it, no more sleep mode for my computers (rare to do anyhow) but the kitchen radio, cordless phones, and toothbrush will probably not be such a worry when I am out of town for a week or less. I may just unplug the DVD player though since it is only used once every two weeks at most.
Even the rich and famous buy puppy mill dogs and don’t even know it - as this Humane Society undercover video shows. In short, never ever ever buy a dog from a pet shop. It surely comes from a puppy mill and the pet shop will tell you whatever you want to hear to sell you a dog. Cruel people who sell dogs in pet shops. Cruel farm like puppy mills. Why be a part of animal cruelty when you can adopt a dog from a local shelter or buy a dog raised in a home by an AKC breeder (go to AKC web site for list of breeders). AKC breeders breed to show dogs for themselves. Dogs that are not show quality need homes. Only about two litters a year. Mother dogs are given proper health care so the babies are very healthy. All in a warm home.