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2009 July 10 — Why Now?
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And The Beatings Go On

In Western China the Xinjiang protests continue despite the claims that everything is “under control”.

In Iran the opposition has switched to distributed demonstrations, small demonstrations in multiple cities to remind the authorities that nothing is settled. If the government keeps up their current program, they’ll soon pass the US in the percentage of the population in prison.

July 10, 2009   Comments Off on And The Beatings Go On

Knowing What’s Important

The CBC correctly files this under its “Oddities” category: Air Canada ordered to pay Montreal doctor $1,000 for mid-air consultation

MONTREAL – Air Canada has been ordered to pay a Montreal doctor $1,000 in compensation for having to perform medical duties during an international flight in 2006.

That is less than the $3,058 initially sought by Dr. Henry Coopersmith, which he calculated as the equivalent of an executive-class fare, the value of medical services rendered and compensation for a day of vacation lost.

Coopersmith and his wife were on a Montreal-Paris flight on Oct. 11, 2006, when cabin crew implored him to help a woman who was suffering from an anxiety attack.

Coopersmith also had to fill out numerous forms and claimed he did not get any sleep during the transatlantic flight.

What a wonderful human being. Three thousand dollars for a consultation is what this guy thinks he’s worth and he filed suit to get it. I wouldn’t go to him on a bet with someone else’s money, because he obviously went into medicine for the paycheck.

July 10, 2009   6 Comments

Stage 7 – Major Changes

Tour de FranceBrice Feillu (F/Agritubel), 29th +04:26 overall, won the stage and the polka dot jersey in the first of the serious climbs of the Tour. Most of the field was scrambled.

Overall standings:

1. Rinaldo Nocentini (I/AG2R) 25:44:32 [yellow jersey]
2. Alberto Contador (E/Astana) +:06
3. Lance Armstrong (US/Astana) +:08
4. Levi Leipheimer (US/Astana) +:39
5. Bradley Wiggins (GB/Garmin) +:46
6. Andréas Klöden (D/Astana) +:54
7. Tony Martin (D/Team Columbia) +01:00 [white jersey]
8. Christian Vande Velde (US/Garmin) +01:24
9. Andy Schleck (LUX/Saxo Bank) +01:49
10. Vincenzo Nibali (I/Liquigas) +01:54

Further back:

18. Cadel Evans (AUS/Silence) +03:07
21. Christophe Riblon (F/AG2R) +03:20 [red numbers]
28. Nicolas Roche (IRE/AG2R) +04:25
29. Brice Feillu (F/Agritubel) +04:26 [polka dot jersey] stage 7 winner
39. Fabian Cancellara (CH/Saxo Bank) +05:37
110. David Millar (GB/Garmin) +27:18
121. Mark Cavendish (GB/Team Columbia) +28:23 [green jersey]

From the BBC Cycling results and the official results sites.

July 10, 2009   Comments Off on Stage 7 – Major Changes

Friday Cat Blogging

Surprised Reprise

Friday Cat Blogging

Why am I here?!

[Editor: Because of issues at my host, here’s Surprised Cat again. She has the annoying habit of only showing up in the evening when the light is bad, and you need good light and small pupils to appreciate her expression.]

Friday Ark

July 10, 2009   4 Comments