Yes, I’m Still Gnashing Away

November 26th, 2007  

Nothing to do with US Turkey Day

Despite the fact that many visitors somehow end up thinking that we live in Hawaii, we’re actually Canadians living in the self-proclaimed Best City in Canada. No doubt Mississauga was the first place that sprang to mind. No? Perhaps someone should tell Hazel that the Kool-aid has run out.

This is the long way round to telling you that I’m not using the American Thanksgiving long weekend as an excuse. Not using the Grey Cup weekend either. Nope, this delay was the direct result of time shrinkage.

I know, I know, never use hot water. I just forgot, okay? Next thing I knew the Thursdays (my favourites) had all but disappeared and the Sundays ran into the Mondays causing an awful ruckus let me tell you.

Anyway, that’s all sorted out now. Sorry for any inconvenience. Tuesdays will never be the same though.

New FP Bibliography

It’s been quite a while since we received a new fibropapilloma bibliography. For a long time that bibliography grew by leaps and bounds, and we got frequent updates. These days there are fewer changes, which might be a Good Thing. Maybe. While fibropapilloma in Hawaii has been determined not to be a threat to the continuance of the population, there’s still a lot of it around.

I’d like to believe that the incidence of FP is on the decline everywhere, but in preparing the bibliography update I noticed that one paper describes an increase in the “hot zone” (where FP is found) in Florida. That’s not good, especially given the seeming reduction in research. Perhaps there are a lot of projects that haven’t reached the reporting stage yet, but I suspect not.

We know that in Hawaii–and we have no reason to think this doesn’t apply elsewhere–FP in an area flares up over a period of 5-10 years, but then the incidence drops as the most vulnerable turtles die off and the stronger turtles recover. After 3-4 years of decline you reach a point where few turtles have visible signs of the disease, although many of them have had it. As far as I know, no one tracks FP closely enough to determine the stage any particular area has reached (except for us at Honokowai, of course). Do fewer articles indicate that the disease is on the wane everywhere, or has research simply ground to a halt? I wish I knew.

Twice the Howzit

I’m not the only one who’s been lagging. Our friendly neighbourhood Evil Empire Fighter has been preoccupied as well. This put the brakes on Howzit’s adventures but I see he’s back up to full speed in this week’s Toon, Observe The Loss. Warp 2 in fact: six panels instead of three!

This Toon is dedicated to the memory of Milo Radulovich, a man who stood up to government tyranny and with the help of Edward R. Murrow, managed to win. For a great version of that story, don’t miss Good Night and Good Luck, the movie by George Clooney.

The world could always use another Edward R. Murrow, but really, what we need most is a bunch more Milo Radulovichs. Good night Milo, and good luck.

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