Day: June 13, 2005

Yowzas

We’re told that change comes from within, and if we want to make a difference, we need to get along to get ahead. I haven’t seen this strategy work in my technology-related profession, conditions of which seem to have worsened…

Breasts, redefined

According to the LA Times, a growing number of American women are getting breast implants — and many want the FDA to speed up its approval of silicone implants, despite the fact that the safety of silicone is questionable. Now,…

Thoughts about Italy

First, in Italian politics, the referendum to allow a more reasonable fertility-assistance law in Italy failed because of low voter turn-out. It’s a disappointment, but not a huge surprise. The vote was scheduled for a Saturday during the summer months,…

“Weekend, dolce weekend”

One of the more interesting things about being in Italy has been learning the language better, and seeing just how much American culture/English language influences the way people speak, dress and generally communicate here — even though every few people…

The Illiterate Surgeon

This woman is truly an inspiration. With less than a third grade education, she has become one of the world’s leading fistula surgeons, after suffering the devastating injury herself. And kudos to Nicholas Kristof for drawing attention to obstetric fistulas,…

Sensing Humor

I’ve heard men say one should never trust someone that bleeds seven days a month without dying, but we think a bit differently on this blog. Never trust anyone that can talk through an endless steaming stream of mouth diarrhea,…