What I was thinking myself

This was exactly my opinion last night while I was watching the debate. The constant repetition of “my friends” was spooking me out, but I didn’t think anyone else had noticed it, until I read the following.

Via The Volokh Conspiracy – Dear Senator McCain:

Dear Senator McCain:

Repeatedly calling me and everyone else in the United States “my friends” is extremely annoying. In part, it’s just an irritating phrase. Beyond that, I’m not your friend. I don’t know you, and, from what I know of you, I don’t even really like you. Sorry to focus on such superficialities when the world economy is going to Hell, but you probably lost more votes with your constant repitition of “my friends” than from anything Obama said.


David B.

What to get me for my next birthday

Via Notebookism:

Review: Field Notes Brand Pocket Notebook:


Breck shared his opinions of the Field Notes:

“You can see for yourself below how much pride of provenance DDC/CP take in their product. When manufacturers put this all out there, you know they believe in what they’re doing. Sometimes the product is still junk (I’m looking at you, Tom’s of Maine GingerMint toothpaste. Why wait all night to develop morning breath when you can just squeeze it straight from a tube?), but it’s still nice to see sources and methods listed.

Other printing on this book includes absolutely perfectly proportioned and placed blocks to put owner info, record the dates of use, and offer or decline to offer a reward if lost and found…”

Read the full review at his blog.

Cancer myths, and debunking

Via Jeanne Sather, we have…

The Assertive Cancer Patient : Sunday: More Cancer Myths.

My personal favorite debunking is that of

Cancer Myth 1: The risk of dying from cancer in the United States is increasing.

Respondents Who Agreed: 68 percent

Origin of Myth: Many people believe that their risk for cancer is growing because cancer figures are sometimes reported out of context. The actual number of people who are diagnosed and who die of cancer each year has indeed grown — because the U.S. population is growing larger, and is aging. Cancer is more common among the elderly, so more cases are to be expected as the average age of the U.S. population increases. A closer look at the numbers by age group shows the cancer risk for Americans is actually dropping.

Reality: The risk of being diagnosed with cancer and the risk of dying of cancer have decreased since the early 1990s.

I think that it’s my favorite because it debunks the seemingly normal fear that we all have of “It’s gonna come back!” I think that’s a bugaboo that nearly all recovering cancer patients have

Good news for me: Genvec says cancer therapy increases survival

Via Reuters…

Genvec says cancer therapy increases survival; shares up | Industries | Healthcare | Reuters:
May 29 (Reuters) – Genvec Inc (GNVC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said its gene therapy product, TNFerade, increased survival of patients with esophageal cancer longer than comparable studies, sending its shares up 11 percent before the bell.

The company said long-term survival data from the mid-stage trial showed that following treatment with TNFerade and chemoradiation, the median overall survival of patients was 48.4 months. Literature review of comparable studies shows median survival ranging from 9.7 to 18.6 months, it added.

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Words of One Syllable Dept.

So that explains about the food…

FOXNews.com – Experts to Probe Mysterious ‘Little Green Man’ Lights Seen Over London – International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News
UFO experts in England Thursday called for a probe into this summer’s “Little Green Man” sightings — as one was spotted above a TESCO supermarket.

Wherein "dumb" wins out

Maybe I don’t have enough sympathy for poor spellers, but I think there are just some things you need to do right. Spelling is one of them.

Spell it like it is | spiked
Many educators now consider the teaching of Correct Spelling as an elitist imposition that discriminates against the disadvantaged, or, in the case of Quayle, against those who have had a literacy-bypass.

More cancer news from PA

In the “not raining but pouring” department, I found this extra tidbit of cancer news. Apparently, geography can make you ill.

There’s supposed to be another such area of heightened risk here in Cincinnati and surrounding areas, but right now, I can’t find news/proof of that. Just some information floating around the doctor’s office, I guess.

FOXNews.com – Government Officials Confirm Cancer Cluster Within 20-Mile Stretch of Pennsylvania – Health News | Current Health News | Medical News
HAZLETON, Pa. —  A federal agency admits there’s a 20-mile stretch in Pennsylvania where residents have an elevated risk of contracting a rare blood cancer.

A further effect of cancer

I understand the fear that cancer brings; I’ve felt it myself. But surely part of winning the fight, or at least partaking in the fight, against cancer is simply showing up.

However, what if I had received worse news from the doctor? I did “only” have stage one of the cancer. Right.

(highlights are mine)

Older Patients with Cancer at Heightened Suicide Risk
In the first study, researchers at the University of Washington analyzed U.S. data from 1973 to 2002 and found that the suicide rate among cancer patients was 31.4 per 100,000 person-years, compared to 16.7 per 100,000 person-years in the general population.

Higher suicide rates were associated being male, white and older at the time of cancer diagnosis. Patients with the highest suicide rates were those with lung, stomach, oral/pharyngeal and larynx cancers. Suicide risk was greatest within the first five years after diagnosis but remained elevated for up to 15 years after diagnosis.

The second study found that older Americans with cancer are more than twice as likely to commit suicide as those without cancer. The Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School study compared 128 New Jersey residents, age 65 and older, who committed suicide between 1994 and 2002 and 1,280 living people in the same age group.

The suicide risk was 2.3 times higher among cancer patients than among those who were cancer-free. This increased risk held true even after the researchers adjusted for age, sex, race, medical and psychiatric illnesses, and use of prescription medications.