NGC 1097, a spiral galaxy about 45 million light years from Earth, glows relatively brightly at its centre. That suggests a black hole is devouring surrounding stars and gas there, but the light’s glare has overwhelmed any detailed images of the process.
according to the Boston Globe. How many have you seen? How do you sleep at night?
In an interview, Alan M. Levine, secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, estimated that no more than 5 percent of Medicaid recipients would hit their annual limits. At that point, Mr. Levine said, ‘the health plan will still be responsible for providing services to the consumer, but the state’s reimbursement would be limited to that amount.’
Asked whether the beneficiary would be responsible for paying costs beyond the limit, he said: ‘That can happen today. There are arbitrary limits and caps embedded in the state Medicaid program, limits on home health services, doctors’ visits, prescription drugs.’
For each beneficiary, Florida will pay a monthly premium to a private plan. Insurance plans will be allowed to limit ‘the amount, duration and scope’ of services in ways that current law does not permit.” (New York Times )
The Dateline report, broadcast on Wednesday night, said US soldiers burnt the bodies for hygiene reasons but then a US psychological operations unit broadcast a propaganda message on loudspeakers to Taliban fighters, taunting them to retrieve their dead and fight.” (theage.com.au)
Interesting controversy rages around plans for the Dalai Lama to address the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting about the research in which he is collaborating on the cognitive effects of meditation practice. Over five hundred researchers have signed a petition urging the lecture be canceled, fearing the loss of credibility to the field because “it will highlight a subject with largely unsubstantiated claims and compromised scientific rigor and objectivity.” Supporters of the Dalai Lama say that many of the petitioners are of Chinese descent and motivated politically. As a college undergraduate thirty years ago, I was a research assistant to then-graduate student Richard Davidson in his fledgling research into the psychological effects of meditation. Davidson is now the Dalai Lama’s major neuroscientist collaborator and the object of the petitioners’ discontent, partly because he is a meditator himself or, as one of the drafters of the petition puts it, a “declared believer playing a dual role as advocate and researcher,” a characterization which Davidson, quite rightly in my estimation, considers overblown.
Of Jakob Nielsen’s Top Ten Weblog Design Mistakes, I estimate that I commit at least 5.5. Another, his no. 8, “forgetting that you are writing for your future boss,” I also commit but does not concern me in the least.
Larry Johnson gossips that 22 inndictments may be being looked at. (No Quarter)
Sources close to the investigation say a senior Cheney aide is cooperating with the prosecutor, says The Raw Story.
“…Sparked by today’s Washington Post story that suggests Vice President Cheney’s office is involved in the Plame-CIA spy link investigation, government officials and advisers passed around rumors that the vice president might step aside and that President Bush would elevate Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,” as reported in US News & World Report.
Is Colin Powell implicating Cheney? (The Agonist)
Why stop there? Unsurprisingly, Bush knew: “An angry President Bush rebuked chief political guru Karl Rove two years ago for his role in the Valerie Plame affair, sources told the (New York Daily News).”
But Ed Fitzgerald predicts: “To sum it up: There will be indictments, some people who have done wrong things will be prosecuted, other people who did wrong things will skate, the administration will not be taken down, or neutered. Bush and Cheney will still be in power, somewhat weakened, perhaps, and missing the talents of some of their people, but still running the country.” [thanks to richard for the image from 2politicaljunkies.com]