Here is an interesting Sciscoop story -- apparently, while having surgery, listening to one's favourite music (and not blocking ambient noise) reduces the need for sedatives. I can almost imagine, while my innards are somewhat less innard as they usually are, hearing Beethoven's Fifth, and imagining lyrics to it...
Da.. da-da.. we're taking out your guts
Don't.. wor-ry.. we'll sew up all the cuts
I'd then probably start laughing, and they'd think it's not such a hot idea anyhow.
I pointed a friend at this comic, and provided this link for reference. She enjoyed it, although noted that one of the things that she doesn't like about political cartoons is that they tend to oversimplify and be one-sided. This is true by their nature -- they're just another tool in the framework for competition for mental space. The previous cartoon from the same guy is probably the most disturbing one I've seen so far -- not because of its content, but because of a side characteristic.
Ilario Pantano is another one of those asshats in the military that helps give America the thuggish reputation it deserves. He apparently gets away with torture that caused the death of two prisoners in Iraq. A quote from his lawyer: "Down at the unit level, there was never a question about Ilario's conduct and whether or not he did the right thing. It was up in the higher echelons. The people removed from combat situations needed to put more trust in their officers rather than assuming they're guilty". All this from someone who went on to put a sign over their bodies portraying America as "no better friend, no worse enemy", and shooting them 60 times after they were already dead, in order to make an impression. It's infuriating that people like this are likely to walk free after what they did. I keep hoping that someone is collecting names of the thugs who do all this, so if a time for justice comes, be it in an international court or elsewhere, they can get their just deserts.
Netscape has made several blunders in their recent release. Apparently, it has the chutzpah to mess with the settings that belong to Internet Explorer, and breaks the ability of IE, running seperately, to parse XML. I can't think of any excuse for this kind of behavior -- Microsoft may be the enemy (or one of them, anyhow), but there's no excuse for an application to be all-elbows.