Friday, April 25, 2008

United Airlines and FedEx Donate Plane to Create a New Flying Eye Hospital

Orbis International is bringing sight to the world

CHICAGO -- ORBIS International, a nonprofit development organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide, today announced it will replace its current DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital with a DC-10 Series 30 freighter. United Airlines , with the support of FedEx Corp. , is donating the airplane to ORBIS. The $2 million donation is based on the plane's estimated value and being funded equally by United and FedEx.

"Through the extraordinary generosity of United and FedEx, millions of people who would otherwise go blind or remain blind for lack of proper eye care will reap the rewards of advanced ophthalmic training," said ORBIS Executive Director Geoffrey Holland. "The new aircraft will allow ORBIS to continue its mobile sight-saving training for 20 years. This is a truly wonderful gift to the world."


Thursday, April 24, 2008

River Cooters of Carolina

a river cooter basks on a log

For what it's worth: Who will win American Idol?

Syesha Mercado

Syesha Mercado will win. Best all 'round. Sexiest.
David Cook will come in second. Most original, intellectual and hard working.
David Archuleto, third. A slightly lesser David Cook.
Brooke White might be fourth, although I think she should have already been kicked off. I suspect she has a strong fan base who vote early and often. It is, after all, only Fox.
Jason Castro will probably be next to go, although it ought to be Brooke, who has issues.
Syesha and David Cook are a cut above the rest.

Now...back to important things.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Bush Challenges Limbaugh, Polluters on Climate Change

Conservatives Accused of Slowheadedness

WASHINGTON -- Lame Duck, George W. Bush, in a rare instance of lucidity, gained the insight and understanding that human beings, while alive, create heat. He is now claiming that his global war on terrorism, is helping reduce the temperature of the earth, by reducing the number of living people.

"That is laughable!" says Moby K. Dick of Science Faction Fime, whatever that is. "MOAB did more to trigger the final phase of this crisis than any other event, including his trumpeted loss of life."

Meantime the Buddhic drone of Diane Rehm echoes through my apterous coil, the dense popularity of this pivotal moment, falling like the dollar around my barefoot sense of things.