Author: SusanR

Susan Richards is a retired editor living in Thornton, Colo., near the family and mountains she loves. Her long-standing Pied Type blog contains some 3,800 posts dating back to 2002.

Coalition troop numbers

PWHCE – Coalition of the Willing List, Map and Troop Numbers

Regardless of your political leanings, you may wonder just which nations comprise the “Coalition of the Willing” in Iraq. The link above has a great breakdown of the numbers.

The list as of March 2004 was as follows:

  1. USA 130,000
  2. United Kingdom 9,000
  3. Italy 3,000
  4. Poland 2,460
  5. Ukraine 1,600
  6. Spain 1,300*
  7. Netherlands 1,100
  8. Australia 800
  9. Romania 700
  10. Bulgaria 480
  11. Thailand 440
  12. Denmark 420
  13. Honduras 368*
  14. El Salvador 361
  15. Dominican Republic 302
  16. Hungary 300
  17. Japan 240
  18. Norway 179
  19. Mongolia 160
  20. Azerbaijan 150
  21. Portugal 128
  22. Latvia 120
  23. Lithuania 118
  24. Slovakia 102
  25. Czech Republic 80
  26. Philippines 80
  27. Albania 70
  28. Georgia 70
  29. New Zealand 61
  30. Moldova 50
  31. Macedonia 37
  32. Estonia 31
  33. Canada 31
  34. Kazakhstan 25
    Sources: The Australian, 17th March 2004. SBS World Guide, ninth edition, 2001.
    *Spain and Honduras withdrew their forces after this list was compiled

Edwards vs. Cheney: No clear winner

Edwards looked like a cocky kid in some of the cut-aways. And he didn’t always answer the questions put to him. He spoke about Kerry when he was asked about himself and his experience, or lack of it.

Cheney. The Halliburton thing still stinks, but I can’t help liking a serious, intelligent, thoughtful man.

I’d call it a draw.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, neither of these two is at the top of the ticket in November.

Go to the source for medical information

I’m a firm believer in going straight to the source for health and medical information, rather than take as gospel what news organizations say. Reporters necessarily try to “dumb down” and summarize news from the medical and scientific communities so the general public can understand. The result can be misleading and sometimes even inaccurate. If you are concerned about a particular health issue, I urge you to go to reputable, knowledgeable sources for your information.

The media may alert you that a new report or study has been released, but if it’s of interest to you, go to the source they cite and read the report for yourself. There are details, explanations, conclusions, exceptions, etc. that a reporter may overlook or not have time to mention.

News releases, such as those from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, are an example. Note these ares not the original reports either, but summations written by medical professionals for release to the public. Better to read these news releases than some reporter’s interpretation of them. Better still, drill down even further and obtain the full reports. That’s where your doctor gets his or her information.