Sunday, June 26, 2016

"Of 40 veterans who helped with the cleanup who The New York Times identified, 21 had cancer. Nine had died from it."

From a terrifying report in The New York Times on a 1966 hydrogen bomb accident in Spain, and the appalling behavior afterwards by the U.S. government:

If the men could prove they were harmed by radiation, they would have all costs for their associated medical care covered and would get a modest disability pension. But proof from a secret mission to clean up an invisible poison decades ago has proved elusive. So each time the men apply, the Air Force says they were not harmed and the department hands out denials.

“First they denied I was even there, then they denied there was any radiation,” said Ronald R. Howell, 71, who recently had a brain tumor removed. “I submit a claim, and they deny. I submit appeal, and they deny. Now I’m all out of appeals.” He sighed, then continued. “Pretty soon, we’ll all be dead and they will have succeeded at covering this whole thing up.”

The Erectus Shot

No, nothing to do with Draymond Green.

Don't try it at home.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Thank God for the University of Louisville

If you were raised in South Carolina (or Alabama, or Louisiana, or for that matter, Kentucky) you probably grew up with an abstract sense of gratitude to the state of Mississippi for ensuring that your state will never quite rank last in measures of poverty, disease, or accidents involving guns and motor vehicles.

Here at the University of Minnesota, we owe a similar debt of gratitude to the University of Louisville for ensuring that despite our research deaths and injuries, sex tapes, administrative bloat, Title IX lawsuits, sexual harassment charges, and illegal Xanax sales, we are still not the worst-managed university in America.

On Louisville, in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

Among the controversies that have swirled: Three university officials are now under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and a whistle-blower lawsuit alleges that the president ignored warnings about possible misconduct. Two years ago, another university official pleaded guilty to tax fraud and embezzling nearly $3 million. And the NCAA is investigating charges that a former basketball coach paid for strippers and sex for players and recruits.

Now the Governor of Kentucky is cleaning house -- firing the president and trustees -- and the Attorney General is suing him. Stay tuned for fun!