Archive for April, 2006

Injured Soldier Conscious & Joking

Canadian Press:
A Canadian soldier who suffered severe head wounds in an axe attack in Afghanistan has gone from a drug-induced coma to quipping with nurses about his beer-drinking skills, according to his wife.

The recovery of Capt. Trevor Greene, a civil-military co-operation officer, after the incident on March 4 is detailed in a blog by Debbie.

She responded by telephone to an e-mail request for an interview and confirmed she wrote the entry, but she declined to provide any more details or give her last name.

“Some would say it is a miracle he has made it this far,” she said in the entry, dated Wednesday.

She said Greene began physiotherapy this week at Vancouver General Hospital, where he was transferred after a brief stay at a U.S. military facility in Landstuhl, Germany.

Greene, 41, was attacked while he was sitting down for what he thought would be a friendly gathering of elders in an Afghanistan village. More…


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Atlas Shrugged On The Big Screen?

Interesting if true. This was one of my favorite books back in the 70’s.

Ayn Rand’s most ambitious novel may finally be brought to the bigscreen after years of false starts.

Lionsgate has picked up worldwide distribution rights to “Atlas Shrugged” from Howard and Karen Baldwin (“Ray”), who will produce with John Aglialoro.

As for stars, book provides an ideal role for an actress in lead character Dagny Taggart, so it’s not a stretch to assume Rand enthusiast Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie’s name has been brought up. Brad PittBrad Pitt, also a fan, is rumored to be among the names suggested for lead male character John Galt.

“Atlas Shrugged,” which runs more than 1,100 pages, has faced a lengthy and circuitous journey to a film adaptation.

The Russian-born author’s seminal tome, published in 1957, revolves around the economic collapse of the U.S. sometime in the future and espouses her individualistic philosophy of objectivism. The violent, apocalyptic ending has always posed a challenge but could prove especially so in the post-9/11 climate. More…

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We Need a War for Oil
An Editorial by Frank J.

I filled up my SUV this weekend, and, after seeing the bill, my immediate reaction was, “Someone must die for this!” After a little thought, I knew who should die: foreigners. Foreigners with oil.

We need a war for oil. – More @ IMAO

Via Pajamas Media

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Fallen Soldiers Returning Home

IED explosion April 22 2006
Scene of the roadside bomb incident of the 22 April 2006 where four Canadian Forces soldiers were killed while travelling in an armoured G-Wagon near the Gumbad platoon house at about 7:30 a.m. Kandahar Time. – Combat Camera

Fallen soldiers get sendoff at ramp ceremony – CTV

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New Endangered Species

Men hallucinate after eating fish

Two men have suffered terrifying visual and auditory hallucinations after eating a popular local seafish in Mediterranean restaurants.

According to a clinical study on the patients, which is due to be published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, the men started seeing and hearing things after contracting a rare form of hallucinogenic poisoning from the Salema fish they were dining on.

The species is a popular food fish and is not normally hallucinogenic.

Ichthyoallyeinotoxism, or hallucinogenic fish poisoning, is caused by eating the heads or body parts of certain species of herbivorous fish and has previously only been recorded from the Indo Pacific.

The effects of eating ichthyoallyeinotoxic fishes, such as certain mullet, goatfish, tangs, damsels and rabbitfish, are believed to be similar to LSD, and may include vivid and terrifying auditory and visual hallucinations. This has given rise to the collective common name for ichthyoallyeinotoxic fishes of “dream fish”. More @ Practical Fishkeeping

Via Daily Grail

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Junk Science Watch

Error strikes ‘BBC climate model’

A “major error” has been discovered in the world’s biggest online climate prediction project, backed by the BBC.

The fault in a Climateprediction.net model launched in February causes temperatures in past climates to rise quicker than seen in real observations.

The program, which runs on users’ computers when they are idle, aims to generate forecasts of climate change.

The project scientists have now fixed the fault and say the data collected so far is still useful. More @ BBC

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Recommended Listening For The Week

Humble Pie
Rockin’ The Fillmore

1971 commercial breakthrough for band which featured Steve Marriott (Small Faces), Greg Ridley (Spooky Tooth) & Peter Framton who left soon after to pursue a solo career.

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