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April, 2012

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Son of a Gun

British Sailor

Do guns have sons?

Here is where this odd phrase came from: in the 1800s, British sailors at times took women with them on extended voyages.

When babies were born at sea, the mothers delivered them in a partitioned section of the gundeck.

Because no one could be sure who the true fathers were, each of these “gunnery” babies was jokingly called a “son of a gun.”

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Think about it…

The Thinker

* Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in a hospital, dying of nothing.

* How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

* Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?

* If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

* Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV?

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Wisdom to ponder…


Mikhail Gorbachev

The last leader of theSoviet Union(from 1985 until 1991). His attempts at reform helped to end the Cold War, but also ended the political supremacy of theCommunist Party of the Soviet Unionand dissolved the Soviet Union. He was awarded theNobel Peace Prizein 1990.

“America must be the teacher of democracy, not the advertiser of the consumer society.”

“What the 21st century will be like depends on whether we learn the lessons of the 20th century and avoid repeating its worst mistakes.”

“It will not be enough to rely on experts. Ordinary citizens must become experts too.”

“It will take public opinion on a wide scale to ensure that world leaders act.”

“I believe in the cosmos. All of us are linked to the cosmos. Look at the sun. If there is no sun, then we cannot exist. So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals.”

“Why not? “

(when asked by a reporter in 1989 if the Berlin wall should come down)

“What we need is Star Peace and not Star Wars.”

“If not me, who? And if not now, when?”

“If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.”

“Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth.”

“The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries.

It is an invention of civilization.”

“The soviet people want full-blooded and unconditional democracy.”

“My life’s work has been accomplished. I did all that I could.”

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Micro Musings..

Cartoon April 2012

The Uncultured Masses

A Case History

Name That Pathogen

Baby with bottle

A female infant born in New Mexico was delivered vaginally at full term.

She had been fed powdered infant formula since birth. At four weeks old, a family member noted that she had a fever of 100.9 deg. F., and consequently was taken to the emergency room. She was observed then discharged without treatment, but returned to the ER again after becoming fussier, vomiting, and exhibiting seizure-like activity.

This time, she was found to have a bulging fontanel, severe neck stiffness, and dehydration. Cerebrospinal fluid revealed a bacterial infection, but the blood cultures were negative. After 11 weeks of hospitalization and receiving extensive antibiotic therapy, the infant was discharged with severe brain injury.

What would be your best guess as to the cause of this serious infection?See if you are right

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Coming in 2013

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A New Tax
on Petri Plates?

Next year there will be a new tax on all medical devices sold in America.

In 2010, Congress passed the Affordable Healthcare Act, sometimes referred to as “Obamacare,” which calls for a new 2.3% tax on medical devices. This will have an affect on clinical microbiology, since all culture media intended for diagnostic use is considered by the FDA to be a medical device.

This 2.3% tax comes off the “top line,” i.e. from the gross receipts of the provider, not the net profit. It is predicted that many companies will owe more in taxes than they generate in profits from operations.

The Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association (MDMA) claims that this new tax will stifle innovation, ultimately harm patient care, and eliminate jobs. In addition, it will cause American manufacturers to be less competitive in the global marketplace, jeopardizing an industry in which American companies have traditionally dominated due to superior innovation.

Undoubtedly, the prices for culture media will have to be increased. The MDMA is actively pushing to have this portion of the Healthcare Act repealed.

The 2.3% tax is a little known feature of the new healthcare legislation. The bill consists of 2,700 pages, of which few have taken the time to read. The bill’s authors claim that this 2.3% tax will generate about $20 billion in additional revenue for the federal government over the next 10 years. This tax is one of 24 new taxes that will fund the new healthcare legislation.

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Take the Challenge!

Optical Ill. 4-2012

Connect all nine dots

with no more than four straight lines,

without lifting your pen from the paper.

Hint: you may have to “think outside the box.”

See the answer.

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“Believe half of what you see
and none of what you hear.”

~ Marvin Gaye

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Bullet train

The proposed bullet train from Southern California to Las Vegas.

On March 14th, the US Senate passed a bill that will provide $109 billion to improve rail transit infrastructure, which includes funding for high-speed rail. California is embarking on a $68 billion project to provide high-speed (220 mph) rail service from Anaheim to San Francisco. In addition, a $6.5 billion project is planned to take gamblers from Southern California to Las Vegas on a 150 mph train. Congress is being heavily lobbied to help fund these projects. Is this a good use of taxpayer dollars?


Rubes April 2012

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of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor.

“The income tax has made more liars

out of the American people

than golf has.”

Will Rogers


“Drink is the curse of the land.

It makes you fight with your neighbor.

It makes you shoot at your landlord and

it makes you miss him.”

Irish Proverb


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