Friday, January 06, 2006

---Sharon Improves, H5N1 in Turkey, West Virginia, Hadj Hotel Collapses, Cassinni SAR Video, Pontchartrain Causeway Reopens, and Other Stories 

Ariel Sharon Improved After Further Surgery
[FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Sharon's Emergency Surgery Ends]
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has stabilized after another emergency surgery to correct hemorrhaging in his brain.

“FOX News has learned that after Sharon's massive stroke and brain hemorrhage, doctors were ready to pronounce the Israeli leader dead, but were dissuaded from doing so by family and close associates. They promised to do everything they could to save Sharon's life.”
Good thing he wasn’t “little people”, or one of the ordinary elderly, and that his insurance hadn’t run out.

Various Fools Say Stuff...
[FOXNews.com/AP - U.S. & World - Iran President: I Hope Sharon Dies]
[FOXNews.com/AP - U.S. & World - Robertson: Stroke Was God's Wrath]

...about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s medical situation. The monstrous jackass in charge of Iran continued his non-stop verbal excretions. Telembarassment Pat Robertson attributed another of his out-of-brain experiences to the Almighty. The only remarkable thing is that the AP continues to consider these pronouncements newsworthy.

Other Fools Say Stuff About Other Stuff...
[FOXNews.com/AP - U.S. & World - Zawahiri Claims Victory for Islam in Iraq]
Ole’ Lumpy Head has apparently determined that the wholesale butchery of children, wedding parties, and funeral processions is having its desired effect. Based on U.S. administration announcements of future troop withdrawals from Iraq, what’s-his-name announced that the Al-whatever-you-call-it terrorist organization had achieved "the victory of Islam." AP also considered this newsworthy.

Another Probable H5N1 Death in Turkey
[FOXNews.com/AP - U.S. & World - Third Sibling Dies of Bird Flu in Turkey]
The Avian Influenza strain H5N1 has apparently crossed the doorstep of Asia, with the death of a third human victim in Turkey. These infections still seem to be associated with poultry contact rather than direct transmission among humans.

Twelve Dead in West Virginia Mine Explosion
[FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Mine Officials: 'We Sincerely Regret' Mixed Messages About Miners]
Various officials allowed the family members of the miners to believe erroneously that their relatives had been found alive, which was not the case. There was little or no effort at apology from the major news services, which reported the improbably positive outcome of the rescue effort to the rest of the world without verification.

Hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia Collapses on Hadj Pilgrims
[FOXNews.com/AP - U.S. & World - Mecca Hotel Collapse Death Toll Hits 76]
The owner of the hotel declined to attribute the disaster to the cracked foundations of the building, preferring instead to blame God.
How long has it been since they had a hadj without major loss of life? Islam, however, apparently teaches that getting trampled to death during a hadj is a golden ticket to paradise.

Cassini SAR Video of Titan
[Cassini-Huygens: Multimedia-Videos]
An interesting presentation summarizing the radar imaging results from the Titan flybys.

Pontchartrain Causeway Repairs Complete
[FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Lake Pontchartrain Bridge Reopens]
The Interstate Highway 10 causeway over Lake Pontchartrain, virtually destroyed by hurricane Katrina, has been successfully repaired and reopened. I posted pictures earlier of the damaged causeway shortly after the storm.

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