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Archives for November, 2006

Blogging a Bit Less

I have not posted as much recently, compared to my usual.  That’s because I’ve been messing with my computers, setting them up to use Sabayon instead of Suse.  Those of you who can about such things can guess why that is. One thing I’ve noticed.  If I don’t post very much, not as many people…

Shark Cartilage In the Water

I just love the title; it’s from a recent editorial (link to abstract; subscription required for full access) in the British Medical Journal.  The author, Jonathan Waxman, argues that the medical profession should protect patients from exploitation from the alternative medicine industry.  He points out the potential down side to some alternative treatment, particularly in…

I was a bit perplexed by a recent study on a new treatment for alcohol withdrawal.  Ordinarily, I am in favor of new treatment options, based on the supposition that nothing works for everyone, and having more options is good.  This counterbalances, to some extent, the anti-pharma screed about “me-too” drugs, but that is another…

Thanksgiving Pi

Happy Thanksgiving! About the image: it’s big, I know, kind of slow for those with dial-up, and it’s going to mess up the formatting of the page for those with lower-resolution monitors.  I did shrink it some, but shrinking degrades the quality quite a bit. The above image is from the Wikipedia article on pi…

Dangerous Deception

The NEJM has another open-access article about drug safety.  As usual, when they publish something on an open-access basis, it is something of interest to the general public, pertaining to health care policy. This one describes specific instances of drug companies concealing information from the FDA and the public.   Dangerous Deception — Hiding the…

CLASSIC CENTRIST QUOTES

“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, it to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.” -John Adams Source, found at The Center…

There Are Limits

The big news on the USA culture front: Rupert Murdoch has personally intervened, and canned the OJ Simpson deal.  He actually apologized.  So, maybe we have found the outer limit of decency. In other news, a court rejected the argument of a person who sued a city over its logo.  He argued that the logo,…

HT to Murph at Common Monkeyflower for reminding me about this.  Youtube has a video montage, set to the tune of “Let’s Impeach The President” by Neil Young. There’s another video that just has a static picture, and the music, in case you want to hear the song with less distraction.  The audio quality is…

On the Novell-Microsoft Deal

I’ve been holding back on this one, but it is time to speak out.  On November 2, 2006, Microsoft and Novell announced a deal.  The deal involves Microsoft paying Novell, and the two companies working together to ensure a certain level of interoperability between Novell’s Suse (a Linux distro), and Microsoft’s Windows.  In return, Novell…

Catching up on news from earlier in the week, I came across a couple of items.  One is a breathtaking development in Mexico, a country that is 88% Catholic; the other from South Africa: Mexican capital legalizes gay unions City lawmakers give OK despite fierce protest by Catholic Church, conservatives By MARION LLOYD Copyright 2006…