August 14, 2007

I ain't seen the sunshine since I don't know when

Tim Gardner, Mobile Home, water color on paper, 2001

* Harper's Index -- September 2007

-- Average annual cost to taxpayers of a U.S. government intelligence officer: $126,500

-- Average annual cost of a private intelligence contractor: $250,000

-- Number of times FDA officials met with consumer and patient groups as the agency revised its drug-review policy last year: 5

-- Number of times they met with industry representatives: 113

-- Cost of Medicare in 2030 of treating dementia, expressed as a percentage of the program's total budget today: 98

-- Chances that a U.S. firefighter is overweight or obese: 9 in 10

-- Rank of on-the-job heart failure among the top killer of firefighters: 1

* Gregory Corso discusses Kerouac, Morrison, Dylan and Burroughs. Excellent stuff.

* Joan Baez as Bob Dylan. Pretty convincing.

* "Music should never be harmless." -- Robbie Robertson


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