Archives for June 30, 2005

Dr. Tony has a Bad Night in the ED

Holy cow.  This is the scariest thing I’ve read in an ED.  Dr. Tony is to be commended.

Indy F1 Debacle Hearing Result? Typical F1 Stupidity

Just when you thought they couldn’t look any more incompetent, they do this: The Official Formula 1 Website. (For the background story see this post).

…Following a meeting of the FIA?s World Motor Sport Council attended by the teams in Paris, President Max Mosley revealed that they were deemed guilty of not being in possession of suitable tyres for the event, but with strong mitigating circumstances, and of wrongfully refusing to allow their cars to start the race.

The teams were cleared of three other charges of refusing to race subject to a speed limit, of combining to make a demonstration damaging to the image of the sport by stopping after the parade lap and of not informing the race stewards of their plans to withdraw.

Okay, that’s insulting enough.  If that wasn’t a "demonstration damaging to the sport", what does it take?  The people in the stands booing and giving the thumbs down for the race really appreciated the demonstration.

Then the bizarreness continues, and really gets insulting:

However, the Council decided to delay a decision on what punishment the teams will receive until a further extraordinary meeting on September 14. Before then Mosley said they would be considering the steps taken by Michelin and/or the seven teams to compensate fans who attended the US race and to ensure nothing similar happens again.

Speaking in a press conference following the Council meeting, Mosley hinted that if the situation has been satisfactorily resolved by then, penalties were likely to be financial, rather than extending to points deductions or race bans. He stressed that the FIA?s primary concern was the American fans and the image of Formula One racing in the United States.

What in the world?  If Michelin covers the ticket price for those who attended the race, it’s all OK?  This is some small consolation to those who attended (though I’d hold out for reimbursement of my travel, lodging, etc), and those of you who are fans who watched on TV, well, tough luck.  This isn’t nearly harsh enough, and the delayed nature of the fines is a perfect example of F1 making the future worse (and appearing even more incompetent at best) by trying to avoid the present unpleasantness.

Here’s where this blows up in their faces, and just makes their failure to take their medicine and move on worse: Waiting until September 14 leaves three races left in the season when the hammer falls, and nobody is going to be happy with the result on September 15th.  Why?  If the penalties assessed change the constructor’s or driver’s championship significantly, those teams are going to be howling until the (very near) end of the season; if it’s perceived as not being a significant enough penalty, favoritism will be alleged by the Bridgestone teams (who did bother to race), reviving the well-deserved feckless reputation of F1 leadership.

Either way, this just keeps the issue boiling until the lid comes off September 14.  Mark my words, postponing the punishment is going to poison the entire season, not just the USGP at Indy.

Phishing isn’t just for Grammarians

Wow, who wouldn’t fall for this?

Dear PayPal User ,

After fraud complaints from the PayPal members, the PayPal Inc. had developed a security program against the fraudulend attempts of accounts thefts. For that we have to securise all the members informations by updating and checking the registrated informations. Please go to…

I wonder if ‘fraudulend’ and ‘securise’ are words in some language, not to mention the grammar errors.   At any rate, I suspect this genius doesn’t have English as his first language.

No, we didn’t fill out the form, but did send this one to PayPal, like all the others.

Info on Phishing.  To report PayPal phishing:

Nurses Week Tribute: Grace under fire

Excellent article about Military Nurses in Iraq: NursingCenter.

WE SEND OUR American patients home?sometimes on their feet, sometimes in wheelchairs or on crutches or stretchers. Some of our patients are badly disfigured, and some have horrendous scars that can’t be seen. Others we send home in black body bags, after we lovingly wrap their bodies in woolen Army blankets.  But send them home we do. We’re nurses of the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, and soldiers pass through our hands by the hundreds.

Besides American soldiers and marines, we care for coalition troops, Iraqi and foreign dignitaries, and ordinary civilians, including children and babies. We also take care of Iraqi soldiers, whether friend or foe. They all need our caring and our compassion, so we push ourselves to do more than we’d ever have thought possible.

Being a caregiver in a combat zone takes a special set of skills, and a lot of compassion.  Thanks to all of you, from me.

Hat tip to reader Janelle for the link.