Archive for August 25, 2011
OMG. We the People don’t have anyone — on the right or the left — who speaks for us like this anymore:
(Too tired to post a transcript so go here for more.)
This sad and infuriating article appeared in my local paper today:
The Boulder owners of a golden retriever have filed a lawsuit against Pfizer, makers of the veterinary anti-inflammatory drug Rimadyl, after the dog died of severe poisoning associated with the medicine.
Shelley Smith and Chris Cooper said Rimadyl toxicity is far more common than Pfizer acknowledges, and the pharmaceutical company needs to do more research on the dangers and change the way it deals with veterinarians.
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Clinic in Longmont gave Rimadyl to Sophie in 2009 after surgery on a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament in her knee (the equivalent of her ACL). Aspen Meadow is not named in the lawsuit. For several days after the surgery, Sophie seemed to be recovering well, but by the sixth day she was extremely lethargic and not eating, Cooper and Smith said. Sophie was diagnosed with Rimadyl toxicity.
Jennifer Edwards of the Wheat Ridge-based Animal Law Center, which is representing Cooper and Smith, said the poisoning is a known complication of the drug that appears to affect golden retrievers more frequently than other breeds.
Cooper and Smith said they never would have given Sophie the drug if they had known the dangers.
Sophie went through numerous treatments and eventually was admitted to the clinic at Colorado State University, where she went into respiratory failure and died more than a month after the surgery.
Smith described Sophie as “my best little friend” and the “love of my life.”
Cooper said he’s angry at the vet, but the issues are far larger than any one doctor’s practice.
Edwards, the attorney, showed a flyer for a local veterinarian that she received in her mailbox.
In large type, at the top, it asked, “Does your dog or cat lack the pep they used to have?” It offered a free sample of Rimadyl.
“Some of them are handing it out like candy,” she said.
In the last few years, Edwards has received more than 240 complaints from pet owners whose dogs died after taking Rimadyl. Cooper and Smith’s complaint turned into a lawsuit because they have definitive evidence Rimadyl poisoning killed their dog, Edwards said, and the resources and desire to pursue the lawsuit to its conclusion.
I have two dogs. I will never give either one of them Rimadyl. Dogs can take aspirin for pain.
Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.
The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must be crystalline, so a large part of this strange world will effectively be diamond.
“The evolutionary history and amazing density of the planet all suggest it is comprised of carbon — i.e. a massive diamond orbiting a neutron star every two hours in an orbit so tight it would fit inside our own Sun,” said Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.
Lying 4,000 light years away, or around an eighth of the way toward the center of the Milky Way from the Earth, the planet is probably the remnant of a once-massive star that has lost its outer layers to the so-called pulsar star it orbits.
4,000 light years away? Bleh.
This would be our Tweet of the Day:
Irene is a government plot to drive you out of your house and into a concentration camp so Obama can take all your money and give to women in Kenya who want abortions. Yeeeeeeeee.
The ransacking of Moammar Gadhafi’s compound is turning up some bizarre loot. Following on from the Libyan leader’s eccentric fashion accessories and his daughter’s golden mermaid couch, the latest discovery is a photo album filled with page after page of pictures of Condoleezza Rice.