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2007 October 11 — Why Now?
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New Words

Blogtopia is fertile ground for neologisms, newly coined words.

While reading various peoples’ reaction to the attacks on young Mr. Frost by the Blight I came across a pair that I really like.

Echidne offers Malkinized, which can be considered “swiftboating by blogs” and Watertiger offers us Malkintents, for the mob which gathers around Ms. Malkin’s hangin’ tree, as opposed to the “ditto heads” who are limited to AM radios.

October 11, 2007   3 Comments

The Real Joy Of Aging

As my Mother is constantly telling people who try to tell her she can’t say something – “I’m an old lady, what are they going to do?”

Doris Lessing [no, not Paul Krugman’s cat, the real one] is the 88-year-old British writer who just won the Nobel for literature and isn’t very impressed. Jams has the more formal BBC interview, while August has her instant response when told by the reporters waiting for her on her front stoop.

If she decides to give a Nobel lecture, I would expect her to say whatever she thinks.

October 11, 2007   4 Comments

The Turks Respond

The BBC confirms an earlier report: Turkey recalls ambassador to US

Ankara is recalling its ambassador to Washington for consultations amid anger at a vote in Congress labelling the mass killing of Armenians as genocide.

The passing of the resolution by a House committee on Wednesday despite appeals by the Bush administration was denounced by President Abdullah Gul.

Turkey accepts there were mass killings in 1915-17 but denies genocide.

Turkey’s foreign ministry said the ambassador would return to Turkey for a stay of “a week or 10 days”.

“We are not withdrawing our ambassador,” said ministry spokesman Levent Bilman.

“We have asked him to come to Turkey for some consultations.”

I hope Ms Pelosi is happy, but she must be aware that the Armenian community tends to vote Republican and I don’t think this attempt to curry favor is going to do much to alter that. This is the same kind of pandering that the Miami Cuban community gets through the Cuban policy.

October 11, 2007   2 Comments

Children’s Cold Medicine

Manufacturers have removed over-the-counter cough and cold medications in response to over 50 deaths, almost all of which believed to have been caused by overdoses. The medications were designed for children two and younger, all had warnings against overdose, but the warnings don’t seem to have been effective.

CNN provides a List of withdrawn infant cold medicines.

It has been reported for some time that these medications have the most minimal of effectiveness, but people insist on taking pills if they don’t feel 100%.

October 11, 2007   2 Comments