Note to self: If you decide to rid your house of termites, make sure that yourextermination company doesn’t decide to just plain [rid you of yourhouse](http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/10/08/state1446EDT0077.
As seen in the Wisconsin State Journal:> Drop the big one on peace freaks I can only hope thatif and when Iraq strikes with chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons thatit will be against one of our wonderful “allies” like Germany,France, or Canada. If not them, it could be San Francisco, Berkeley,or Madison.
Perhaps then these peace freaks will see the danger to our nation. Yes, the economy is important but job security and retirement funds are notimportant if you and your family are dead!
–Robert Linn,Lyndon Station
If I had any doubts about from whence Bush/Cheney’s support springs,those doubts are laid to rest. Perhaps the gentlemen above, who makessuch a…ahh, umm…well-reasoned argument, should be in the vanguard of anytroops sent into conflict in Iraq. Strangely enough, he seems eagerenough to send others into danger but we don’t get the first hint from hiswriting that he’d be willing to sign up today, right now for an extendedtour-of-duty in the desert.
It’s a good thing that I went for a long ride on Friday. Saturdaywas cold and rainy. Today was even colder, but at least it wassunny.
Well, the Twins are out of the playoffs. Their complete inabilityto hit the ball in the ALCS was baffling. Several of their players(Jones, Pierzynski, and Guzman to name a few) sported batting averages thatcould only lead one to suppose that the players in question had never beforeencountered major league pitching.
Overcome by rampant paranoia, the [EPA has decided to let people poison other peoplewithout first getting permits for this activity](http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/10/10/national1614EDT0811.
DTL). The poisoningwill involve the unregulated spreading of Malathion over wetlands to,theoretically, kill mosquitoes. However, given the nation’sunfortunate philosophy of “if a little of this stuff works well, a lotmust work really, really well,” it seems unlikely that great restraintwill be shown by those spreading the toxic chemicals on wetlands. Also, since only specific areas, theoretically, can be targeted by thisunregulated spraying, it seems unlikely that this will somehow end thehealth threat of West Nile disease. Howdoes killing mosquitoes poison people? Unsurprisingly, Malathion, likemany chemicals toxic to animals, is toxic to people. Even scientists at the EPA admitthat Malathion is a toxin, as detailed in a recent Village Voice article:
One of the EPA’s top in-house malathion experts, seniortoxicologist Dr. Brian Dementi, has spent 10 years arguing from dataprovided by Cheminova itself and other companies that the pesticide is aprobable carcinogen, a position contrary to the largely sanguine reports ofhis colleagues. As a result, he was bypassed when new malathion issuesarose, and frozen out of meetings until his union intervened. Needleman, who as an EPA Science Advisory Board member reviewed Dementi’sreports when he was finally allowed to present them, notes that as doses ofmalathion were increased in rats, tumors grew in proportion. “I thinkmalathion is a carcinogen. I think the evidence is pretty strong forthis,” Needleman says, who argues the chemical should be banned. In the case ofWest Nile, he says, “They were spraying enormous numbers of people toperhaps prevent a small number of people from getting thisdisease.”
But his became a minority opinion at the EPA after a statistical adjustmentignored higher doses as unrealistic in human exposure, he recalls. Thatdefeats the laboratory method, which is meant to speed up the process and toprovide a basis for extrapolating downward. The jiggering of numbers in theEPA’s cancer assessment of malathion “was not bad science,” he growled.”Itwas not science at all.”
The Bush government in action: killing hundreds to save ahandful.
One particularly bad bit of grammar keeps recurring in both conversationand in the media. Athletes play the game good. Youdid really good to get here on time. He drives really good. Almost no one does anything well anymore. Instead we all do thingsgood. The interesting thing is that one almost never hears the wordgood used as an adverb immediately after the verb in a sentence. Thissounds incorrect even to those who misuse good in other forms. However, toss a word or five between the verb and the adverb and suddenlygood starts showing up as a round peg adjective in a square adverbhole. I cannot even begin to hazard a guess as to the number of timesI’ve heard good used as an adverb on national television. Even thosetelevision personalities to whom I don’t mind listening (John Madden inparticular) occasionally use good when they should use well. I worrythat good will have completely subsumed well’s purpose in another ten yearsor so. Such is the evolution of the English language.