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Excellent diagnosis, doc

In response to the New York Times' “The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill” (“Paying Till It Hurts” series, front page, June 2,)

Kenneth Prager, a professor of clinical medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, wrote the following short Letter to the Editor, which was published June 3 along with several others:

More compare and contrast

When nuns puked nails
by Josephine Livingstone, Prospect blog, April 5, 2013
{a review of Brian Levack’s new history of demonic possession in the Christian West, "The Devil Within" (Yale, £25)]

VS.

The D.S.M. and the Nature of Disease
by Gary Greenberg, Elements @ newyorker.com, April 9, 2013

China has had more school massacres by 'rampage killers' than the U.S.?

That's what this Wikipedia chart says:

List of rampage killers: School massacres

It's interactive, you can have the chart sort by any of the headings. If you click on "Country," it will sort alphabetically by country.

I count

21 incidents in China from  occurring 1995 through 2012

and

17 incidents in the U.S. occurring from 1927 (yes, that's 1927 ) through 2012.

Geezers rock!

Despite some engaging guest performances including the much-reported reunions with former bandmates Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, the core quartet didn't hit top speed until the show's second half. When they did, they were untouchable.

-Paul Sexton @ Billboard.com, November 26, 2012

As Danny and The Juniors foretold in 1958:

 

Dueling Israelis

A news post that I can't put in the news section because it requires both links to be given equal attention. These two stories are both atop the New York Times website right now:

Christopher Walken on Seven Psychopaths, His Days as a Lion Tamer, and the One Role He's Still Searching For

By Julie Miller at Vanity Fair, September 10, 2012

Excerpt:

What kind of character haven't you played that you'd still like to try?

I haven't played a regular guy. You know, a dad with kids. But I'm not sure I'll ever get that part.

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