Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Chuck Strahl has Mesothelioma

If the reports are accurate, then Chuck Strahl does not have lung cancer (as is being widely assumed) but mesothelioma, a cancer of the pleural membrane surrounding the lung which is specifically linked to a certain type of asbestos.

This is terrible news for his family. Chuck Strahl has always struck me as one of the honourable men in politics: a stable, earnest, good-hearted leader. The type of man you would be please to have as a neighbour.

Cancer is an ugly thing.

This is normal mesothelium:

It's the thin, one-cell-layer-thick row of cells at the bottom of the image.

This is mesothelioma:

The cells are piled up, disorderly, chaotic. Chaos is evil.

My thoughts are with you and your family, sir.

Friday, August 12, 2005


Nothing to say, and no time to say it.

I have recently turned away from Canadian politics, the way one turns away from a news story about some hiker discovering a dismembered corpse in the woods. It's disgusting. Why would I want to watch that?

I am reminded of the comment attributed to US Chief Justice Earl Warren:
I always turn to the sports page first. The sports page records people's accomplishments; the front page nothing but man's failures.

As an aside, the Senate of the University of N=1 has made a number of staff promotions, and a couple of deletions. Whatever happened to Peter Rempel?

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