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March 14, 2006
Bulk Blogging

Another long, hard day. Another grab bag o'links I'm too lazy to comment on intelligently.

Angry scientists confront NASA officials

Funding cuts, lack of communication cited as researchers air complaints

It was billed as an official NASA Headquarters briefing to space scientists — but turned into a powder-keg of emotion.

Frustrated researchers are demanding explanation as to projected NASA budget cuts, mission deferrals, and space agency decision-making that could derail solar system exploration plans.

New Medicare Drug Plan Vexes Pharmacists

Small, independent pharmacists _ those who don't work for big chain drugstores, such as Wal-Mart or Walgreens _ say the Medicare program has been a huge financial problem.

The trouble, they say, is cash flow. States used to reimburse them at regular, often weekly intervals for serving elderly Medicaid patients. But, now, those patients have been moved into Medicare. Payment comes at a time selected by the dozens of insurers offering coverage.

>State Attorney General Seizes Newspaper Hard Drives--CEO Says Shield Law Failed

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has seized four computer hard drives from a Lancaster newspaper, the Intelligencer Journal, as part of a grand-jury investigation into leaks to reporters. The state Supreme Court declined last week to take the case, which allows agents to begin analyzing the data.

The decision has alarmed free-press advocates as word of the seizure spreads. "This is horrifying, an editor's worst nightmare," Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "For the government to actually physically have those hard drives from a newsroom is amazing. I'm just flabbergasted to hear of this."

Alabama’s case of mad cow brings worry closer to home

Government to Scale Back Mad Cow Testing

You know the sad thing? I'm not even surprised. By this, or by the accompanying reports saying that newspapers and television are moving "mad cow" stories off the front page because they don't think anyone cares.

The government hasn't gotten any more intelligent since I got too busy to read the news in the morning, has it?

Medical Evidence Points To A Cover-Up In Boot Camp Beating

A second autopsy shows a boy beaten at a Florida Juvenile camp died from his beatings, and not from a blood disorder as the first medical examiner initially ruled.

In the case involving 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson’s death, a noted pathologist believes the boy died from injuries sustained during videotaped severe beating- fueling fears of an initial cover-up.

Canadian website lets people track brands in films

A Montreal media studies professor has created a website that makes it easy to monitor products placed in movies.

Matthew Soar, who teaches communications at Concordia University, said he recently set up Brand Hype (www.brandhype.org ) to highlight the most flagrant examples of brand placement in films.

It's a game in my house. We watch movies (and televisions shows) and shout, "gratuitous product placement!" Which is, you know, fun, but it's still annoying.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:48 PM