I discovered a new web comic today. I must say that I found the quality quite hit and mis, but two recent ones are pretty neat in my opinion

I love the cliffhanger in this one while the next one might explain my love for the noble pun.


Just look at this 404 page, and smile.

Intolerable cruelty

This New York times article is very depressing.

On average, 24 horses die each week at racetracks across America. Many are inexpensive horses racing with little regulatory protection in pursuit of bigger and bigger prizes. These deaths often go unexamined, the bodies shipped to rendering plants and landfills rather than to pathologists who might have discovered why the horses broke down.

The main cause according to the NYT? Doping and the use of painkillers on race days.

Illegal doping, racing officials say, often occurs on private farms before horses are shipped to the track. Few states can legally test horses there.

“They are pharmacist shops,” said Dr. George Maylin, the longtime head of New York State’s testing laboratory. “Nobody has any control over what they are doing.”

Even so, legal therapeutic drugs — pain medicine in particular — pose the greatest risk to horse and rider. In England, where breakdown rates are half of what they are in the United States, horses may not race on any drugs.