Archives for January 5, 2005

Military Censorship Closes Medical Blog

Mudville Gazette

A Bucks County military doctor serving in Iraq says he was forced to shut down his Internet war diary last week after Army officials decided his gripping accounts of frontline medicine constituted a breach of Army regulations.
Maj. Michael Cohen, a doctor with the 67th Combat Support Hospital unit, had chronicled the bloody aftermath of the Dec. 21 mess-hall bombing in Mosul that killed 22. That account and 12 months of other postings on his Web log,, were replaced with a short notice:

“Levels above me have ordered, yes ORDERED, me to shut down this Web site. They cite that the information contained in these pages violates several Army Regulations,” Cohen wrote, adding that he disagreed with the ban…

This is the kind of crap that drove me out of the service. Some pinhead gets a bug in their ass, and we’re all expected to squirm.

I hope he keeps some sort of journal and publishes it when he’s out of the service (this should help the military doc reserve retention, eh?). Dumbasses. Quote me.

Condom testing

I have never wanted to blog about condoms, and I do so now only because it appeals to my sense of irony: – Condom testing reveals best brands – Jan 4, 2005

A melon-colored model distributed by Planned Parenthood performed the worst, bursting during a test in which the latex condoms were filled with air.

Well, now. This is quite amusing, but not as amusing as one of the last paragraphs:

While abstinence has a 0 percent failure rate, doing nothing to prevent pregnancy has an 85 percent failure rate, the group found.

I wonder who came up with that statistic. Many people “try” abstinence, and a lot of them are called “parents”.

OK, no more condom blogging for a while. Or abstinence blogging, for that matter.

Jigsaw puzzles and personalities

BBC NEWS | Health | ‘Jigsaw plan’ reveals personality

The researchers said examining how people tackle jigsaws, alone and with others, can give clues as to how people behave in such situations.

Count me a “border obsessive”, but I’m not a hoarder.

via Kevin, MD