November 23rd, 2009

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My patch for fontconfig 2.8.0

Fontconfig 2.8.0 necessitates a new version of my patch (the names of some functions/macros having changed):

This patch is mainly for people who use GIMP, Inkscape, or other programs that misuse fontconfig. (I do think fontconfig does the wrong thing with ‘preferred names’, but I turn preferred names handling off. Otherwise fontconfig is mostly cool. Maybe the configuration should be done differently; maybe what I would have done is make fontconfig a small programming language, and screw the light-weightness.)
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More on medical screening

Randi Rhodes and Debbie Wasserman Schultz are discussing breast cancer screening, and explicitly accusing Bush appointees on the task force of ‘politicizing breast cancer’.

Interestingly, Representative Schultz explicitly gave the downside, in entire, as ‘an unnecessary biopsy’. No mention of the radiation. No mention of complications of biopsy; no one ever gets infected, or has a complication of anesthesia, or has fibromyalgia triggered. No mention of the occasional needless mutilation such as Montel Williams had when he was a young man. Only the rosy scenarios.

(Yes, men get breast cancer, and, no Williams didn’t have it, but, yes, he did have a double mastectomy. He shouldn’t have, but so what? It happened and happens. Discounting the possibility is self-delusion.)
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Communications expert Richard Greene

Self-described communications expert Richard Greene – Air America’s specialist in incomprehensible (because it is meaningless) ‘New Age’ jargon, just scolded the Democrats for using such ‘jargon’ as ‘public option’.