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Long-time suburban U.S. representative Phil Crane is by far the biggest scofflaw in the House of Representatives when it comes to disclosing the occupations and employers of his contributors to the Federal Election Commission, according to the July 25 issue of "Money in Politics Alert," published by the Center for Responsive Politics. Contrary to federal election law, he has disclosed the information for only 14 percent of the money he received for 1999 and early 2000. The next least compliant house candidate has disclosed the information for 63 percent of the contributions he's received.

If these doctors remove 10 percent of my appendix and say I'm cured I'll sue! The following news was in a recent press release from Medem, an "e-health network" founded by the AMA and medical-specialty societies: "Ten percent of physicians are using e-mail on a daily or weekly basis to communicate with their patients, refuting the widely held perception that physicians are not Internet-savvy." Last time I checked, 100 percent minus 10 percent equals 90 percent of physicians who are not "Internet savvy" by this criterion.

"Fully one-third of Michigan's population live in an urban brownfield city," reports the Anderson Economic Group, a Lansing-based consulting firm ("A Report on the Demographics of Michigan's Urban Brownfield Communities," December 27, 1999). "If environmental contamination leads to health risks, minority populations have a higher likelihood of exposure to such health risks." But that doesn't mean environmental racism is the reason: "Many of the automobile industry manufacturing sites, such as those in Lansing, Detroit, and Flint, were established before the great waves of migration that brought minority groups to Michigan. Thus, plant location decisions made in 1900, for example, may not be related to the demographic, cultural, and political divisions that exist today."

Insufficiently edited books. Chapter title from the book Science and the Sacred, recently published by Theosophical Publishing House in Wheaton: "Science and Reason Are Quite Two Things."

"Even if all the antiretroviral medications were free of charge [in Africa], only a few thousand of the millions of infected and yet-to-be infected would safely benefit," writes Richard Marlink, in the Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (July). Over 90 percent of Africans with HIV don't even know they're infected, he points out, and "in many areas of Africa basic medical care is scant," and the resources for HIV case management, such as laboratories and drugs for related infections, are scarce. "Both Africans and non-Africans must define their 'tribe' more broadly than they have...in the past."

You never know who's listening.

"My daughter, Mary Kate, who is just 5, has begun singing church songs with great gusto, not only in church but around the house," writes Catherine O'Connell-Cahill in the Chicago-based newsletter "At Home With Our Faith" (August/September). "One of her favorites is the responsorial psalm we sang at our parish all during Lent: 'Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.' It's a version of the 23rd Psalm....Last week the two of us were driving around town with her cousin, Liam, 4 years old....They had been taking turns: One used the child car seat, while the other rode in the big kid seat and used the seat belt. At the last stop each of them refused to get into the car seat. After a few mild threats I said, 'Well, let me know when you figure out who's going to ride where. I can wait.' I pulled out a newspaper and began to read. Silence descended on the car. Then, after a minute or so, I heard Mary Kate heave herself into the car seat. 'Liam, I'm doing this for you,' she said, 'because I know you don't want to sit here even though it is your turn.' Then, realization dawning, she cried, 'Mom! It's just like in the song, isn't it? "Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants"!'"

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