Saturday, March 31, 2007
"Your son is here," she said to the old man.
She had to repeat the words several times before
the patient's eyes opened.
Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart
attack, he dimly saw the young man standing outside
the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The man
wrapped his fingers around the old man's limp ones,
squeezing a message of love and encouragement.
The nurse brought a chair so that the man could sit
beside the bed. All through the night the young man
sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the
old man's hand and offering him words of love and
strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the
man move away and rest awhile.
He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward,
the man was oblivious of her and of the night noises
of the hospital - the clanking of the oxygen tank,
the laughter of the night staff members exchanging
greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.
Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words.
The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his
son all through the night.
Along towards dawn, the old man died. The young man
released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and
went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to
do, he waited.
Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of
sympathy, but he interrupted her. "Who was that man?"
he asked. The nurse was startled, "He was your father,"
she answered. "No, he wasn't," the Marine replied.
"I never saw him before in my life."
"Then why didn't you say something when I took you to
him?" "I knew right away there had been a mistake, but
I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn't
here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell
whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he
needed me, I stayed."
Friday, March 23, 2007
identified as aminopterin, a cancer drug that once was used to induce abortions in the United States
· Stops eating
· Appears tired and lifeless
· Seems excessively thirsty
· Urinates much more than usual
· Has diarrhea
· Seems to have abdominal pain
Source: USA Today
After the announcement, the company that produced the food expanded its recall to include all 95 brands of the "cuts and gravy" style food, regardless of when they were produced. The company also said it would take responsibility for pet medical expenses incurred as a result of the food.
The substance in the food was identified as aminopterin, a cancer drug that once was used to induce abortions in the United States and is still used to kill rats in some other countries, state Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker said.
The federal government prohibits using aminopterin for killing rodents in the U.S. State officials would not speculate on how the poison got into the pet food, but said no criminal investigations had been launched.
The pet deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of dog and cat food produced by Menu Foods and sold throughout North America under 95 brand names. Some pets that ate the recalled brands suffered kidney failure
Aminopterin is no longer marketed as a cancer drug, but is still used in research, said Andre Rosowsky, a chemist with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Rosowsky speculated that the substance would not show up in pet food "unless somebody put it there."
Paul Henderson, chief executive of Ontario, Canada-based Menu Foods, said the company does not believe the food was tampered with because the recalled food came from two different plants, one in Kansas, one in New Jersey. Menu continues to produce food at the two plants.
"Any amount of this product is too much in food," Hooker said.
Aminopterin is highly toxic in high doses. It inhibits the growth of malignant cells and suppresses the immune system. In dogs and cats, the amount of aminopterin found - 40 parts per million - can cause kidney failure, according to Bruce Akey, director of Cornell's diagnostic center.
A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was posted online by Menu Foods. The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information: (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708.
New update I saw on my TV News that the China gluten was in our human foods? Ann
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Director: Sydney Freeland
Running Time: 10 min.
Genre: Live Short
In this hilarious short produced by the IAIA Summer Film and Television Workshop, two sheepherders discover Osama Bin Laden hiding on the Navajo Indian Reservation. As they stake out his remote hiding place, they stumble upon a conspiracy too scandalous to believe.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Indian Health Service
This website provides a calendar of events and further links, including a Brief History on the Creation of a National American Indian Heritage Month.
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
Visit this website for more information on the 1992 U.S. Congress adoption of amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act (P.L. 102-575) that allow federally recognized Indian tribes to take on more formal responsibility for the preservation of significant historic properties on tribal lands.
Tribal Preservation Program
Learn more about the National Park Service (NP Tribal Preservation Program that assists Indian tribes in preserving their historic properties and cultural traditions.
The NPS Archeology Program encourages public interest in and stewardship of the sites contributing to our national heritage. See especially their features on The Earliest Americans, Ancient Architects of the Mississippi and Coso Rock Art.
Applied Ethnography Program
The NPS Applied Ethnography Program is concerned with living communities and the resources that are important to these groups. The program's role in the National Park Service includes providing information about groups who "assign significance to places closely linked with their own sense of purpose, existence as a community, and development as ethnically distinctive peoples."
Library of Congress: Built in America (HABS/HAER/HAL
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HAB, the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscape Survey (HAL collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States, including sites related to American Indian history and culture. Searches on keywords like "American Indian," or on a specific tribe like the Cherokee, will provide information on an array of associated sites. Most of the site records have publication-quality drawings, photographs and historical data.
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)
The National NAGPRA Program develops regulations and guidance for implementing NAGPRA, provides training, assists Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations and museums with the NAGPRA process, and manages a grants program.
National Congress of American Indians
The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative national Indian organization serving the needs of a broad membership of American Indian and Alaska Native governments.
American Indian Heritage Foundation
The American Indian Heritage Foundation builds bridges of understanding and friendship between Indian and non-Indian people.
Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
The newly opened Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian fosters, protects and promotes an understanding of Native American cultures by collaborating with indigenous peoples across the Western Hemisphere. Visit the American Indian Heritage Month calendar of events.
Department of the Navy--Naval Historical Center
American Indians have participated with distinction in United States military actions for more than 200 years. The Navy highlights their involvement online in: 20th Century Warriors: Native American Participation in the United States Military.
American Indian Policy Center
The American Indian Policy Center has put together a resources list that provides access to information about US tribal relations, enrollment, sovereignty, and treaties. It also provides access to more information from the Center.
Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
Native American Resources on the Internet provides a wealth of links to learn more about Native Americans on the internet.
NativeWeb: Resources for Indigenous Cultures Around the World
Developed by a group of historians, independent scholars, and activists, NativeWeb offers a gateway to more than 4,000 historical and contemporary resources relating to more than 250 separate nations.