today's interweb trawl

From the scary

Legal Drugs Kill More Than illegal Drugs

An analysis of autopsies in 2007 released this week by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission found that the rate of deaths caused by prescription drugs was three times the rate of deaths caused by all illicit drugs combined.

Law enforcement officials said that the shift toward prescription-drug abuse, which began here about eight years ago, showed no sign of letting up and that the state must do more to control it.

Funky serendipity here as I was reading (incidentally) about iaotrogenic deaths in a book on epigenetics late last night, and this confirms the claims about numbers… although some question as to underlying causation. Hmm.. typing aloud. Hee hee.

…to the bizarre

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), leading candidate for Republican VP may have participated in exorcism:

We’ve discovered that in an essay Jindal wrote in 1994 for the New Oxford Review, a serious right-wing Catholic journal, Jindal narrated a bizarre story of a personal encounter with a demon, in which he participated in an exorcism with a group of college friends. And not only did they cast out the supernatural spirit that had possessed his friend, Jindal wrote that he believes that their ritual may well have cured her cancer.

You know, that actually may make him more qualified… (His own account of it is here, though you’d have to pay to read all of it…)

… to the beautiful

Pictures of the sky… from higher in the sky. Very pretty and mindboggly.

And the awesome. Free Rice. A game where every time you get a right answer, they donate twenty grains of rice to the UN World Food Program. And the game is about defining words. Perfect for me at least. Though the words get tricky. Whee. Just donated 1000 grains of rice with a best vocab level of 44.

Maybe spread that last one around, people. (Oh yeah, and the hunger site still exists… one click a day gives food to the hungry… probably more relevant than ever.)

3 Responses to “today's interweb trawl”

  1.   Administrator
    June 18th, 2008 | 7:04 pm

    Okay. This is weirdly fun. 1000 grains of rice at level 47.

  2.   michael
    June 18th, 2008 | 9:11 pm

    Heh, addictive…

  3.   Dan
    June 21st, 2008 | 10:06 pm

    Got to 4000 on the game, with a vocab level of 47. I must be a geek?