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22 June 2009

And, finally, two rather serious stories

I haven't read the full story yet. It's sitting on the little table next to my recliner waiting for ample brain time to digest, but if what I understand is true, the Philadelphia VA Hospital, where one of my friends actually goes to receive his doctoring services, basically violated the human rights of those there to receive prostate-cancer treatment. Oh, and then the radiation-safety committee helped them keep it quiet.
Had the government responded more aggressively, it might have uncovered a rogue cancer unit at the hospital, one that operated with virtually no outside scrutiny and botched 92 of 116 cancer treatments over a span of more than six years — and then kept quiet about it, according to interviews with investigators, government officials and public records.
The team continued implants for a year even though the equipment that measured whether patients received the proper radiation dose was broken. The radiation safety committee at the Veterans Affairs hospital knew of this problem but took no action, records show.

Disgusting. Dr. Gary D. Kao (NYTimes picture to the upper right) should face war crimes if this holds true.
As for the second story, well, these four photos are what I remember of being at and around the Alhambra in Granada during my exchange-student summer in Spain...

It's safe to say that I long considered it one of the most beautiful places on earth. The scanned photos taken in 1990 do them little justice. Just like how the Spain under Franco did the people there little justice other than lining Federico Garcia Lorca up before a firing squad in a cemetery that still bears bullet holes in the walls.


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