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March 31, 2005

Titanic in 30 Seconds

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Titanic in 30 Seconds

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March 30, 2005

Anita Jain: Is Arranged Marriage Really Any Worse Than Craigslist?

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ecently, i was cc’d on an e-mail addressed to my father. It read, “We liked the girl’s profile. The boy is in good state job in Mississippi and cannot come to New York. The girl must relocate to Mississippi.” The message was signed by Mr. Ramesh Gupta, “the boy’s father.”

That wasn’t as bad as the time I logged on to my computer at home in Fort Greene and got a message that asked, forgoing any preamble, what the date, time, and location of my birth were. Presumably sent to determine how astrologically harmonious a match with a Hindu suitor I’d be, the e-mail was dismayingly abrupt. But I did take heart in the fact that it was addressed only to me.

I’ve been fielding such messages—or, rather, my father has—more and more these days, having crossed the unmarriageable threshold for an Indian woman, 30, two years ago. My parents, in a very earnest bid to secure my eternal happiness, have been trying to marry me off to, well, just about anyone lately. In my childhood home near Sacramento, my father is up at night on arranged-marriage Websites. And the result—strange e-mails from boys’ fathers and stranger dates with those boys themselves—has become so much a part of my dating life that I’ve lost sight of how bizarre it once seemed.

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March 27, 2005

Damn!

It had completely slipped my mind that the clocks go forward today. That means I have lost an hour of my precious sleep and, more importantly, a valuable hour of studying. Damn!

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March 26, 2005

Cancer Test Faulty

Study: Colorectal cancer test faulty
Tuesday, January 18, 2005

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A common screening test failed to detect potentially cancerous colon growths 95 percent of the time, falsely reassuring patients and doctors, according to a new study.

Researchers found that the digital, in-office test on stool samples was not as reliable as a six-sample test given to patients to do on their own at home -- although even that test detected potentially cancerous growths less than 24 percent of the time.

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"What we found is that it was pretty worthless," Dr. David Lieberman, one of the study's authors, said of the in-office test. "It's a wake-up call that we shouldn't be relying on this test."

The study, published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was conducted at 13 Veterans Affairs medical centers and involved 2,665 patients -- most of them men -- who were given the at-home test and the in-office test followed by a colonoscopy.

The digital fecal occult blood test was positive in only 5 percent of patients with tumors or large, precancerous growths called polyps; the take-home test found 24 percent.

The reliability of the at-home test, however, improves if patients use it every year, said Lieberman, gastroenterogy chief at Portland VA Medical Center in Oregon.

Because polyps and tumors often bleed intermittently, the chances of detecting them increase as more samples are taken over periods of days and years, he said.

Early testing can find growths before they turn cancerous, a process that can take five to seven years, Lieberman said. The take-home test was positive for 43 percent of patients who actually had cancer, the study said.

An accompanying survey of physicians also published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that about a third used only the office test, a fourth used only the home test, and about 40 percent used both.

The survey, funded by the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said one possible reason for using the  office tests was concern that patients won't complete the home tests. The completion rate varies greatly, with the median between 40 and 50
percent.

"My guess is that many physicians may not be aware that the in-office test is such a poor test," said Marion R. Nadel, a CDC epidemiologist who worked on the survey. Nadel said doctors should be trying to find more ways to get patients to complete the home test.

But while the new research should make doctors and patients more skeptical of a negative result from an in-office digital test, it shouldn't be written off altogether, said Dr. Christine Berg, chief of
the early detection research group of the cancer institute.

Doctors shouldn't miss an opportunity to give a patient an annual digital FOBT while they're in the office, she said.

"I wouldn't say it's worthless," Berg said. "I would say you shouldn't rely on it solely."

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March 25, 2005

Girl Raped In Own Home

This is a horrific occurrence and frightened me to the core.

Girl Raped In Own Home

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March 24, 2005

Dear Boss

Hi Boss,

People who do lots of work...
make lots of mistakes

People who do less work...
make less mistakes

People who do no work...
make no mistakes

People who make no mistakes...
get promoted

That's why I spend most of my time
sending e-mails & playing games at work;
I need a promotion.

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March 23, 2005

True Bravery

During The Attack on Akshardham temple on 24th September 2002 this Brave man fought the Greatest battle of his life. Yes he was the N.S.G. Commando Late Mr. Surjan Singh,who sacrificed his life for the Nation. Sadly On 19th May 2004 he Lost the. Toughest and Longest battle against Life exactly after 600 Days being in Coma, he lost this life. The Bullet Which hit him in the head, made him Unconcious for almost 600 days. His Family members were hoping that one day their Hero will open his eyes but he didn't.

It was the Longest Wait for the family members of this Brave Man.. When the whole india was busy in Guessing Who will be the Next PM of the Country - Will it be Sonia or will it be Manmohan singh,This man was fighting his Last battle. But it's so sad that in the hype of all the
Political Drama, the News abt his Death was Lost like a needle in a hay stack! Even the Leading News Papers & So Called Best News Channels of India which Works on 24 X 7 basis, failed to highlight  this story of the Brave Man. Unfortunately it was mentioned somewhere on the middle page of some newspaper

.......This was the Reward for the Brave task for which he lost his life. Besides his Family members, Only one thing was there with him During thoseToughest 600 days. It was there near his bed till the last Moment.

Can you Guess what it was ?...............

It was the "Tiranga", Yes our National Flag, which was Saluting him for his Great cause. Absolutely No words can Suffice our Gratitude towards him. If news papers refuse to cover, TV channels refuse to cover, let us do our bit. This is the only way we can Salute his Bravery...

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March 22, 2005

Interview With Letterman

I am not an Aishwarya Rai fan but I do think that she handled this interview very well. I especially liked the bit where she says, "We don't have to make appointments to see our parents for dinner". That was particularly witty!

Aishwarya Rai on the David Letterman Show

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March 21, 2005

How to Detect PMS

  • Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
  • You're adding chocolate chips to your cheese omelet.
  • The dryer has shrunk every last pair of your jeans.
  • Your husband is suddenly agreeing to everything you say.
  • Your using your cellular phone to dial up every bumpersticker that says, >"How's my driving- call 1-800-***-****."
  • Everyone's head looks like an invitation to batting practice.
  • You're convinced there's a God and he's male.
  • You're counting down the days until menopause.
  • You're sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.
  • The ibuprofen bottle is empty and you bought it yesterday
  • You look in the mirror and see......

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March 20, 2005

If I Knew

If I knew it would be the last time

That I'd see you fall asleep,

I would tuck you in more tightly

and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.


If I knew it would be the last time

that I see you walk out the door,

I would give you a hug and kiss

and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time

I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,

I would video tape each action and word,

so I could play them back day after day.


If I knew it would be the last time,

I could spare an extra minute

to stop and say "I love you,"

instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.


If I knew it would be the last time

I would be there to share your day,

Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,

so I can let just this one slip away.


For surely there's always tomorrow

to make up for an oversight,

and we always get a second chance

to make everything just right.


There will always be another day

to say "I love you,"

And certainly there's another chance

to say our "Anything I can do?"


But just in case I might be wrong,

and today is all I get,

I'd like to say how much I love you

and I hope we never forget.


Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,

young or old alike,

And today may be the last chance

you get to hold your loved one tight.


So if you're waiting for tomorrow,

why not do it today?

For if tomorrow never comes,

you'll surely regret the day,


That you didn't take that extra time

for a smile, a hug, or a kiss

and you were too busy to grant someone,

what turned out to be their one last wish.


So hold your loved ones close today,

and whisper in their ear,

Tell them how much you love them

and that you'll always hold them dear


Take time to say "I'm sorry,"

"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."

And if tomorrow never comes,

you'll have no regrets about today.

 

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