Daily Archives: February 16, 2013

Paper to Use

Of all the things that you trust every day, you want to believe your prescription medicine is safe and effective. The pharmaceutical industry says that it follows the highest standards for quality. But in November, we found out just how much could go wrong at one of the world’s largest drug makers. A subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty to distributing adulterated drugs.

There was reason to believe that some of the medications were contaminated with bacteria, others were mislabeled, and some were too strong or not strong enough. It’s likely Glaxo would have gotten away with it had it not been for a company insider: a tip from Cheryl Eckard set off a major federal investigation.

She’s never told the public what she saw inside Glaxo, but now she has. Her story opens a rare window on how one company traded its good name for bad medicine.

Glaxo Response to…

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I know, I’m so photogenic!

Dogpaddling Through Life

Oh Dog! Happy Saturday! It’s Jen’s only day off this week, and she has committed to spending quality time with us! She’s also going to be a part of another transport today, helping this sweet kitty go to her new forever home.

And while we’re on the subject of adoration, you might want to check out this great contest Iams is sponsoring. Just share a photo and write in 500 characters or less about the unique relationship you have with your dog or cat and how Iams helps you show your love. Then submit your story following the steps on their Facebook page.  Entries will be accepted through March 3rd.

Iams will select 50 stories as semi-finalists. Ten finalists will win a case prize and free Iams for a year. Then in April, their Facebook fans will chose a grand prize winner.


Friend and fellow blogger Anne Schilde has…

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That is so true!

I’m sure the study was conducted by heavy coffee drinkers, on non-coffee drinkers study subjects: What do you think? Just a marketing tool?

Hear, hear!

Atoms for Peace! But…not for peace of mind!

Molecule (poetic thought, by George-B)

Molecule (poetic thought, by George-B) 

Love so deep…
I understand,
love is what you are –
chalice golden of nectar, sweet,
that every life adores.

A kiss – an image of a scintillation,
wave of enchanting harmony
love that lasted long enough as to become encrusted,
as name, as bone and blood and dust, a universe evolved,
a name, a bone, blood and dust, new universe…enchanting.

Antonín Dvořák Humoresque- RAGTIME Piano version and the original version (choose your treat!)


Meteor Explodes over Russia’s Ural Mountains Injuring Many

meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday morning, sending fireballs crashing to Earth and causing ashock wave that shattered windows. More than 1,000 people were injured, mostly by flying glass. According to the Russian Academy of Sciences, the approximately 10-tonne meteor entered Earth’s atmosphere traveling at a speed of at least 33,000 mph (54,000 km/h) and broke up about 18 to 32 mi (30 to 50 km) above the ground. The energy released when it did so was equal to that of a small nuclear explosion. Experts are divided on whether the event has anything to do with an asteroid that was due to pass close to Earth later in the day. More… Discuss


This Day in the Yesteryear: THE ALTMARK INCIDENT (1940)

The Altmark Incident (1940)

While passing through neutral Norwegian waters during WWII, the German supply vessel Altmark was boarded by Norwegian inspectors. They were told the craft was merely a commercial ship, but it was in fact being used to transport 299 British prisoners of war. The captives tried to make their presence known by banging on the hull, but winches were run to drown them out. The Royal Navy, however, pursued the ship and mounted a rescue. What now-famous phrase alerted the men to their liberation? More… Discuss


Today’s Birthday: VERA MENCHIK (1906)

Vera Menchik (1906)

A Russian-born British international chess master, Menchik won seven consecutive Women’s World Chess Championships, beginning with the first one ever held and ending in 1939, when World War II halted the tournament. She and her family were killed in an air raid on London in 1944. When Menchik entered a men’s tournament in 1929, Viennese master Albert Becker ridiculed her by saying that anyone who lost to her should become a part of the “Vera Menchik Club.” Who was the first of its many members? More… Discuss

Happy Birthday, Galileo: The Father of Modern Science on Religion, Truth, and Human Nature by Maria Popova

Happy Birthday, Galileo: The Father of Modern Science on Religion, Truth, and Human Nature by Maria Popova

Happy Birthday, Galileo: The Father of Modern Science on Religion, Truth, and Human Nature
by Maria Popova (click Here to access “BRAIN PICKINGS”)

“Che in effetti stabilirà limiti alla creatività umana? che affermano che tutto nell’universo può essere percepito è già scoperto e conosciuto? ”  (Galileo Galilei)

“Who indeed will set bounds to human ingenuity? Who will assert that everything in the universe capable of being perceived is already discovered and known?”

Missy Higgins

Just found Missy Higgins on #SoundHound for Android.

Human nature (poetic thought by George-B)

Human nature   (poetic thought by George-B)

promises we make ,
promises we keep,
promises we strangle

source of reasons
commitments, failures,
when reason is not an option.

Inevitable Moments (poetic thought by George-B)

Inevitable Moments (poetic thought by George-B)

Lately he dreamed not 
While asleep
But while awake.

Sands, shallow waters,
Mixing with each other at the ever moving line between them,
Yet never an angry charge, tide high, low, very low-
Half a mile into the water up to the knees, pinched now and then by little water creatures- until the white whale came
asking for a place to rest,

Permanently, silently, just with slow taps of the tail, like a long tap on the tatami, by the one pinned to the floor – just that – then some people trying to keep the whale from giving up – the whale didn’t care – It was too late to resume the position of the largest creature of the sea.

At that moment he stopped dreaming…