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Author's note: This is a piece I wrote with the intention of publishing in a medical journal. It was rejected twice, so in my frustration I have given up, and I am putting it here for anyone who might be interested.

Balaji Varatharaju entered medical school at Adelaide University as a model student, known for his generosity and altruism. He studied, he volunteered at the Red Cross, and helped in aged care, despite suffering from depression and back pain. He wanted to help the most disadvantaged people of Australia, and he took up as an intern in Alice Springs Hospital in 2009.

Quite soon his colleagues noticed his severe lack of clinical knowledge, and his ineptitude in basic tasks like IV cannulation. After he had spent ten months treating hundreds of patients, these concerns were finally raised with the Medical Board, who discovered that he had been expelled from Adelaide University for forging a lecturer’s…

I'm actually seeing the odd new user here and there. Apparently they don't stick around for long. I'm also conjecturing that there's no indication of the slow pace of this site (slow compared with the e2 of yore, but also slow compared with, say, a regular Discord server).

I'd love to ask new users about their expectations for the pace of a site like this. But alas, they seem to be around for just a bit, and many times they don't see/write on the catbox. That, and the polls…

On March 21, 1980...

  • U.S. president Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will boycott the 1980 Summer Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Moscow that summer, in protest of the Soviet Union's refusal to remove its troops from Afghanistan.
  • The crime boss of the South Philadelphia mafia, Angelo Bruno, is shot in the back of the head with a shotgun and killed by an unknown assailant while sitting in his car in front of his home. The killing

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2021 begins!

July 1: Canada Day.

July 4: America Day.

July 26: Happy birthday teleny!

July 31: Brevity Quest 2021 ends.


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June 4: Aesop's Birthday.

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June 16: Bloomsday.

June 19: Juneteenth.

June 20: Summer solstice (northern hemisphere) and winter solstice (southern hemisphere).

June 23: AdamTheDewott's birthday!

June 28: Tau Day.

June 30: Get ready for Brevity Quest 2021!


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May 1: May day.

May 4: May the Fourth be with you!

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April 24: Happy birthday, Rancid_Pickle!

April 30: SciFiQuest 3021: The Quest From the Black Lagoon starts as the month dies.


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March 6th: Happy birthday Wifey!

March 14th: Pi day.

March 20th: The first equinox of the year.

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