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The Seablogger on cancer

Divide and Conquer
The cells divide. The cells that will not die
divide too well and so they multiply.
They kill the host to keep themselves alive.
The blood goes bad. In vain physicians try
to purge the veins with drugs the cells defy.
The cells divide. The cells that will not die
mutate anew. The hardy few survive.
The few recruit the many teeming by.
They kill the host to keep themselves alive.
They colonize the nodes from neck to thigh.
The tumors grow, and scanners never lie.
The cells divide. The cells that will not die
stifle the very organs where they thrive.
Blind, stupid things—their purpose gone awry—
they kill the host to keep themselves alive.
Exploding through the flesh, they multiply,
but immortality eludes them. Why?
The cells divide. The cells that will not die
kill the host to keep themselves alive.

Good stuff. The fitting end to this good interview by his longtime partner. Too soon he died. Yet, as he says there, he could be proud of what he left behind.

Seablogger sinking

For some time now, the health of Alan Sullivan, the Seablogger, has been sinking. It seems that he is near death:

“Steve and Tim have conferred with Dr. D. this morning. He told them that there is little hope of Alan ever communicating again. Accordingly, they directed Dr. D. to discontinue ‘heroic measures.’ Father Tom is going up to the hospital to bestow a final blessing.”

Adios to a sometimes irascible, but always readable and interesting blogger whose last post was simple and compelling: “What I yearn for: Pineapple juice, orange juice, milk, oh milk.”

Via Instapundit. (Alan’s going out with an Instalanche.)

UPDATE:  It’s 9:24 p.m. Alan died earlier today. He wanted the blog sealed from comments. But there’s talk among his “rare readers” of a chat room, at least. As long as someone wants to pay the isp, I suppose… Which also applies to his blog.

Memo to the Titanic

I’m trying to ignore our ignoble politics, wishing a pox on both parties. So I think the best way to deal with this weekend’s takeover of the health-care system is to ignore it. But the Seablogger’s take is just too good to miss (including the title above):

“I am a cancer patient, and I would have been dead years ago if my private insurer had not seen me through. Your death panels would surely disallow the drugs that have kept me alive. My life lacks the social worth to be prolonged.”

Oh, indeed. Only the young (and Dems) will prosper from this catastrophe.

UPDATE:  Usually, the legacy media can be counted on to cover a protest at the hint of a chant. Ah, but not when they’re the wrong kind of protesters.

Science fraud

The anthropogenic global warming guys have been whacked again and again and, now, again. But these scientific fraudsters (in it to keep their research funding and salaries healthy) keep rolling on. Barry may be sliding on Cap & Trade, but the EPA still is penalizing emitters of carbon dioxide and trying to put the coal industry out of business. So even if Copenhagen now deserves to be stopped in its tracks, the "climate-change" circus likely will keep traveling on for a while longer.

Via the Seablogger and Power Line.

Ana and Bill

Where to, oh storms? To Texas, hence, to shed a little rain upon our cracking, dusty drouth? As the Seablogger notes, none can say:

"We cannot model and hope for more than partial accuracy ten days out, yet politicians profess to be panicked about models of the climate a century hence. Some of them are simply grabbing for money and regulatory power. Many others believe — like the idiot Senator from Michigan, Debbie Stabenow, who thinks she can feel global warming when she flies."

So, unlike the idiot senator and her other credulous colleagues, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Shuttle mission

Watch the STS 125 Atlantis astronauts make the final visit to the Hubble Space Telescope live on NASA TV. It’s hard to overstate the beauty and scientific value of the Hubble’s nineteen years of discoveries.

Enjoy it while you can. As the Seablogger puts it "The remaining shuttles are soon to be retired, and no replacement is likely. I suspect much of the space program will be terminated as health care and other costs overwhelm the federal budget." That does seem likely, and that Barry will be content to grovel in the mud.

Compassion in death

This is an idea I got today from the Seablogger, who is usually a good read. A thoughtful, lately-become-religious fellow. I share his belief in G-d, if not his particular creed. The expression refers to people who are able to go to their own death without continuing to blame others for perceived or actual wrongs. To forgive them, even reassure them, when one’s own end is near.

My own father, despite his religious belief, was unable to do it. But I suspect it is not a common thing. Indeed, I’ve only known one who achieved it. He was a scientist, and so I could presume that he was not religious, since so few of them seem to be nowadays. But, then, I really don’t know. If he wasn’t, if he had nothing to gain, so to speak, that makes his compassion in death all the more impressive.