Day: June 25, 2009

Stop it!

I’ve been sending this Mad TV Bob Newhart Skit with Mo Collins around to all my friends in the psychiatric field. (If it is not what we actually do in dealing with some patients, perhaps it is what we ought to do??). You might find it amusing. It runs around 6 minutes. (YouTube )

Did Michael Jackson suicide?

There has been much web speculation at times past that he was suicidal (Google search). In a total vacuum about autopsy findings, I wonder if it is reasonable to speculate about whether he took his own life, as troubled as he evidently was mentally, and with incredible mounting financial woes.

Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands

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“A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, and it is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island. Prior to June 12, the last explosive eruption occurred in 1989, with eruptions in 1986, 1976, 1954, and 1946 also producing lava flows. Ash from the multi-day eruption has been detected 2,407 kilometers east-southeast and 926 kilometers west-northwest of the volcano, and commercial airline flights are being diverted away from the region to minimize the danger of engine failures from ash intake.This detailed astronaut photograph is exciting to volcanologists because it captures several phenomena that occur during the earliest stages of an explosive volcanic eruption.” (NASA)