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July 12, 2008

Recommended reading

-Pioneering heart surgeon Michael DeBakey dies at the age of 99. [folo]

-John McCain is befuddled by insurance coverage for Viagra vs. birth control (video). [Wash Ind]

-A federal grand jury declines to indict Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen, who had been accused of improperly monitoring employee emails. [GovExec]

-Jon Eisenberg on suing George W. Bush. Even when you win, you still don't win. [Salon]

-Gail Collins cites Jessica Valenti and Full Frontal Feminism in an op/ed about virgins and vampires. (I'm not sure Collins accurately represents Jessica's views on pornography. Nevertheless, it's exciting to see a friend and colleague cited as an authority in such a high-profile piece.) [NYT]

-The second-most senior member of the Office of Special Counsel (a federal agency that supposedly protects whistle blowers) has resigned in protest as a grand jury mulls the fate of his boss, Scott Bloch. [POGO]

-An interesting, if lightly-sourced, article on the emergence of bariatric obstetrics as a medical sub-specialty. [NYT]

-Visualize domestic spying: An outstanding set of flowcharts illustrating how the FISA capitulation affects our rights and freedoms. [Ketchup and Politics, via LGM]

-Mexico's hitmen may be drumming up business on the Internet. [BBC]

-Rupert Murdoch gets wasted, loses wedding ring. [NY Observer]

-Texas Education Agency's science director was forced to resign because she wasn't neutral towards the creationists trying to hijack science education in her state. She's suing. [Blog from the Capitol]

-Microsoft and Google: "We'd like some regulation, actually..." FTC: "No!"

The FTC won't intervene to safeguard user's privacy from data mining companies. [McLatchy]

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RIP, Dr. DeBakey. This genius performed two open-heart surgeries on my cousin when she was a toddler, repairing severe congenital heart defects. We still only had her until she was 30, but that's 25 years we would not have had otherwise. I'll never forget that, and I'm sure that there are thousands and thousands of others who'll always be thankful.

Dr. DeBakey was a towering figure in 20th Century surgery. Thanks for telling us about your cousin, Ailei. I'm sure that's exactly how the good doctor would like to be remembered.

-Gail Collins cites Jessica Valenti and Full Frontal Feminism in an op/ed about virgins and vampires. (I'm not sure Collins accurately represents Jessica's views on pornography. Nevertheless, it's exciting to see a friend and colleague cited as an authority in such a high-profile piece.)

I read the same column and had quite a different take, apparently. I don't think Collins' reference to Valenti's "book", in a piece that was all about fluffiness and irrelevance was as flattering as you seem to think. Still, the title was mentioned, and if you shill crap that that, I guess any attention is good attention, eh?

Doesn't that diminish Gail Collins by citing Valenti?

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