Doctors Decry Guantanamo Treatment

The New York Times

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. medical establishment appears to have turned a blind eye to the abuse of military medicine at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, doctors from around the world said in a letter published Friday in a prestigious British medical journal.

Health care workers in the U.S. military seem to have put their loyalty to the state above their duty to care for patients — and American regulatory bodies have done nothing to remedy the situation, said the letter that appeared in The Lancet.

HT:  Truthout 

A spinster and two mountains

[Note: I was a little concerned about using the sexist term “spinster” here but, as Zooey is taking great delight in the behavior of the female praying mantis in the post below, I think turnabout is fair play.]

I’ve been digging through my old diaries because I vaguely remember having penned something right after 9/11 that I thought might be appropriate to share here on the anniversary.

Of course I cannot find that entry. It seems I was going through a stylistic phase of not dating my entries about that time, and so it is temporarily lost in the shuffle.

However, I did run across a bit I had written that reminded me of a recent discussion I had with some fellow Zookeepers about the merits of enforcing good spelling and grammar here at the blog. I thought this might put that issue into some perspective:

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Friday Praying Mantis Blogging


Ohhhh, I love the praying mantis. They’re so big and green and creepy-looking. They are a type of beneficial bug, because their main diet is other insects — although I found a report of a praying mantis catching and eating a hummingbird.

The coolest thing about the female praying mantis is her mating habits. The male praying mantis jumps on the female’s back, and has hot, sweaty, kinky bug sex with her, and while he’s distracted by her obvious charms, the female begins to dine on the poor devil’s head. There’s a cautionary tale, guys — take her to dinner first.

Photo from Fotosearch.