Monthly Archives: November 2013
Myth: Doctors are bound by the Hippocratic Oath.
A binding agreement, as much a social contract as Social Security or Medicare, the traditional Hippocratic Oath holds those who swear to it to a strict code of professional and personal conduct. Contrary to popular belief, though, most doctors never take this oath, and, actually, most of us are probably glad they never do.
Original Hippocratic Oath
Although scholars disagree about when it was written, or even who wrote it, the general consensus is that the Hippocratic Oath was penned about 2500 years ago. Most commonly attributed to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, the ancient vow demands a lot from doctors, including a certain level of chastity, charity and swearing to pagan gods. It provides in pertinent part:
I swear by Apollo the physician, and Asclepius, and Hygieia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses as my witnesses…
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What conference, besides TEDYouth, could bring together an elephant communication expert, the head of research at Pixar, a professional storm chaser, and a 16-year-old DJ? TEDYouth 2013, “The Spark,” happens tomorrow, November 16, at 11am CST in New Orleans, Louisiana. And you can watch along via the live webcast, which will be available in English, Spanish and Arabic. To get you ready for this fast-paced, mind-blowing conference, here’s a playlist of some of the best talks from TEDYouths past.
Adam Savage: How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries
Adam Savage is the host of Mythbusters, and the king of making scientific analysis fun. In this talk from TEDYouth 2011 — which happens to be half animated — he shows how simple methodologies led to two of the most exciting scientific discoveries of all time: Eratosthenes’ calculation of the Earth’s circumference and Hippolyte Fizeau’s measurement of the speed…
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INDIAN FOOD SYSTEM
(More precisely South Indian, but more or less applicable to all Indian meal systems)
The following are rough translations of the words of Kanchi Paramacharya extracted from the Tamil publication titled Sollin Selvar (The Expert of Words), Sri Kanchi Munivar by Sri Ra. Ganapathy. The different Indian delicacies are explained as follows.
Sambar is also known as kuzhambu in Tamil, a term that literally translates to ‘get confused’. Paramacharya explains how these three courses are related to the three gunas of spirituality: the confusion of sambar is tamo guna, the clarified and rarified flow of rasam is rajo guna and the all-white buttermilk is satva guna. Our meal reminds us of our spiritual path from confused inaction to a clear flow of action and finally to the realized bliss of unity.
Cooked rice, the main dish of a South Indian meal is
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LONDON (AP) — Three women have been freed after spending 30 years held captive in a south London home, including one woman believed to have spent her entire life in domestic slavery, police announced Thursday.
London’s Metropolitan Police spoke about the rescues after two people — a man and a woman, both 67 — were arrested early Thursday on suspicion of forced labor and domestic servitude.
The arrests came as part of a slavery investigation launched after one of the captives contacted a charity in October to say she was being held against her will along with two others. The charity went to the police, the force said.
Those freed on Oct. 25 are a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman, police said.
Kevin Hyland, head of the Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking unit, said the women are “highly traumatized” having had “no…
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“I don’t know who George is anymore,” Shellie Zimmerman said on Katie Couric’s show “Katie.” After his murder trial, he became unpredictable and “a pacing lion.”
“I like to think I married a person who was a good person, and going through the past year and a half, I don’t know how that changes a person, or how a person’s spirit breaks, but it certainly seems that’s what happened to him.”
Later, she said: “He does seem like a ticking time-bomb.”
Shellie Zimmerman said she doesn’t think her husband intended to kill the 17-year-old Martin in February 2012. He has said he fired in self-defense.
Martin was an unarmed black teenager and his death set off protests nationwide by people…
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In 1931, nine black boys were hitching a ride aboard the Southern Railroad freight train. The illegal use of the freight trains was a common mode of transportation for Depression-era workers, both white and black. News had spread that jobs were available in Memphis, so those in search of survival hopped on the Chattanooga train. The group included boys, ranging from age twelve to nineteen, some from Chattanooga and four others from Georgia. They were: Andy Wright, Willie Roberson, Charles Weems, Ozie Powell, Olen Montgomery, Eugene Williams, Haywood Patterson, Clarence Norris and Roy Wright. They rode the car that included other white children and adults who were ‘hoboing’ to Memphis.
On March 25th, a fight broke out between the black and white kids. One of the white kids stepped on the hand of Haywood Patterson and a fight broke out. When one of the white…
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My gmail SPAM filter sends all spam to my Trash folder. This spam includes notifications from a dating site I’d joined years ago but had since forgotten about. Thought I’d share some pick-up lines that were obviously selected from a list for your evening’s entertainment.
“Why aren’t you in jail? It’s illegal to look that good.” RESPONSE: I brought bail money. Enjoy your stay, though! DELETE/BLOCK
“Is your dad an astronaut? Because someone took the stars from the sky and put them in your eyes.” RESPONSE: No, those are floaters. They’ve worsened with age. DELETE/BLOCK.
“Do you trust your gut instinct?” RESPONSE: Not usually, but I’ll err on the side of caution and DELETE/BLOCK you.
“Do you have a map? I keep getting lost in your eyes.” RESPONSE: All roads lead to Hell; you might want to make a u-turn. DELETE/BLOCK.
“I’m not a photographer, but I can picture us…
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