pain pills damage hearing

  1. Acetaminophen and hearing loss is an important public health issue.
  2. Acetaminophen and hearing loss has not been examined previously.

Users of acetaminophen aged under 50 were 61% more likely to develop hearing loss; those 50-59 were 32% more likely, and those aged 60 and older were 16% more likely. For aspirin, regular users under 50 were 33% more likely to have hearing loss.

Hearing loss is the most common sensory disorder in the US, afflicting over 36 million people. One third aged 40-49 years already suffer from hearing loss. The study tracked over 26,000 men every 2 years for 18 years.

sampling queries

This year, Google will introduce 550 or so improvements to its fabled PageRank algorithm.

But there were obstacles. Google’s synonym system understood that a dog was similar to a puppy and that boiling water was hot. But it also concluded that a hot dog was the same as a boiling puppy.

Jason Kottke‘s snippet of a conversation that Google might have with itself:

A rock is a rock. It’s also a stone, and it could be a boulder. Spell it ‘rokc’ and it’s still a rock. But put ‘little’ in front of it and it’s the capital of Arkansas. Which is not an ark. Unless Noah is around.

merely one exec will say it?

“The CEOs and directors of the failed companies, however, have largely gone unscathed. Their fortunes may have been diminished by the disasters they oversaw, but they still live in grand style.

“It is the behavior of these CEOs and directors that needs to be changed.”

Warren Buffett seeks oversight and penalties for those in charge.

“If their institutions and the country are harmed by their recklessness, they should pay a heavy price — one not reimbursable by the companies they’ve damaged nor by insurance.

CEOs and, in many cases, directors have long benefited from oversized financial carrots; some meaningful sticks now need to be part of their employment picture as well.”


Republican Trent Franks of Arizona reflecting on his belief that African Americans may have been better off under slavery:

“Far more of the African American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by the policies of slavery.”

we won't bow down

Rebecca Solnit:

Our supposedly capitalist society is seething with anticapitalist energy, affection and joy, which is why most of us have survived the official bleakness. In other words, that’s not all there is to our system. Our society is more than and other than capitalist in a lot of ways.

Resistance to the status quo can be a pleasure and an adventure.

Don’t bow down. To capital. Or to cliché or oversimplification or defeatism. Try rising up instead. It’s more interesting.

in support of a nation

The real Adam Smith did not believe in a magically benevolent market which operates for the benefit of all without checks and balances.

Capitalism has to grow up, become less naive, rely less on a blind faith in ‘the invisible hand’ and rely more on an understanding of human nature.

Quoted endlessly by Republicans as their granddaddy of unfettered markets, here’s what Adam Smith actually said:

“When the regulation, therefore, is in support of the workman, it is always just and equitable; but it is sometimes otherwise when in favor of the masters.”

quake wave racing

tsunami water columnThe wave’s water column is around 2.5 miles from top to bottom. This mass of water is hurtling from Chile toward Hawaii at 446 mph. The wave is small when it’s mid-ocean, but it may rise 16 to 33 feet.

Jim Borg’s explanation for why, unlike 1960, Hilo Harbor on the Big Island got through with only minor sloshing. It’s not so much that the tsunami was smaller as it crossed the wide sea, although this is a factor. The key, it says here, was its lack of resonance with the harbor basin and its nearby marine topography, something that the 1960 wave column did have.

contrary to the film

The building of the bridge on the River Kwai took a terrible toll on us, and the depiction of our sufferings in the film of the same name was a very sanitized version of events.

Alistair Urquhart. For 60 years, he has remained silent:

Sergeant Seiichi Okada, known to us Brits simply as Dr Death. Short and squat, he took the roll-calls and carried out all of the camp commandant’s orders.

Ruthless in the extreme, he loved tormenting us. He especially reveled in a sickening brand of water torture.

He had guards pin down his hapless victim before pouring gallons of water down the prisoner’s throat using a bucket and hose. The man’s stomach would swell up from the huge volumes of water.

Okada would then gleefully jump up and down on him. Sometimes guards tied barbed wire around the poor soul’s stomach. Most died; only a few survived.

the right score

As Republicans stump spending cuts and since Bush took office January 2001, the nation hurts.

There’s $2.6 trillion in spending not paid for, more than $2.0 trillion in tax cuts. The new House PAYGO rule, effective immediately, stalls or stops any bill that would increase deficits.

Republican spending

willfully under-regulated

Streamlining Accomplished.

The government willfully under-regulated both Toyota and Goldman for the sake of the race to the bottom — the never-ending quest for more profits — regardless of the dangers posed to taxpayers whether those hazards be derivatives or cars that accelerate for no apparent reason.


“The root cause of their problems is that the company was hijacked, some years ago, by anti-(Toyoda) family, financially oriented pirates,” said Jim Press, Toyota’s former U.S. chief and only American to hold a seat on the company’s board.

let's start a coffee party

It is not Us against the Govt. It is democracy vs corporatocracy . . . I just can’t believe that the Tea Party speaks for all patriotic Americans.

Dan Zak at the Washington Post:

You’re dealing with a nation that’s jaded, paranoid, distrustful, broke, angry — it’s like they just woke up from an eight-year binge. We’ve become so polarized. Once we say our political affiliations, everyone goes to their corner and then comes out swinging. . . . A lot of people have the same goals and desires.

feet for services

“If we don’t do it, you know this whole city is going to go down. I’m hopeful people will understand that,” Detroit Mayor Bing said. “If we can incentivize some of those folks that are in those desolate areas, they can get a better situation. If they stay where they are I absolutely cannot give them all the services they require.”