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Archives for November, 2006

The Union of Concerned Scientists is concerned again.  This time, they are concerned the possibility that a fourth-generation cephalosporin, cefquinome, could be approved for use in animal feed. It seems obvious that this could lead to more problems with antibiotic resistance.  If bacteria are exposed to these antibiotics in sublethal amounts, in animals, those bacteria…

First there was Alternative Medicine, then there was Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, and now there is Integrative, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.   I guess the natural cynic in me becomes suspicious when I see acronyms undergoing hypertrophy.   So is this growing collection of concepts worthwhile?  Do we really need to create a terminology?  Or…

They are monitoring the content of children’s books, that’s what.  From the Senate web site of the Environment and Public Works committee: New UN Children’s Book Promotes Global Warming Fears to Kids MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2006 Nairobi, Kenya – A new United Nations children’s book promoting fears of catastrophic manmade global warming is being promoted…

Aircraft Carrier as Parable

News reports suggest that the new Democratic majority is planning to try to change the course of US environmental policy: Democrats to Stress Environmental Issues By JOHN HEILPRIN Nov 14, 2:42 PM EST WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats who will steer environment issues in the new Congress are polar opposites of their Republican predecessors, but…

Googling for Diseases

I noticed this a few days ago and meant to comment on it.  Then, I noticed Dr. Charles beat me to it.  He even gave some examples in actual use.  If you’ve already read his, skip the excerpt and go directly to the few thoughts I’ve added at the end. Web-Based Search Engines Help Diagnose…

Good Day for Michigan

I am not having such a good day, but it is a good day for Michigan.  The Wolverines won in Bloomington, paving the way for for a big showdown with Ohio State. More importantly, the jack-o-lantern is off the deer. This deer has been making headlines for days.  Everyone has been worried about it.  Now…

Environmentalism Creates Jobs

Often political discourse breaks sown, when both sides resort to platitudes.  This is true especially when the debate is carried out on the basis of deeply-held generalizations.  This is especially true when empirical evidence is not taken into account. It often is argued that environmentalism is bad, and environmentalists are bad, because pro-environment policies are…

World Opinion: I Don’t Entirely Agree

A good site to sample world media outlets, and to see what they have to say about the USA, is Watching America. Die Welt, Germany Right-Wing Extremist Viciousness Punished I actually don’t agree with the anaylsis published in Die Welt (The World).  

Foundations

Often I see people who have been admitted to a psychiatric hospital after hitting bottom.  They have nothing.  At first, it seems difficult to know what to do.  The guiding idea, though, is always the same: you have to establish a foundation.  That means a safe place to stay, food, water, clothing, etc.   (By…

Photo of Glacier

For some reason, I really like this picture.  The version here is reduced in size and quality.  NASA Earth Observatory has an explanation of the photo, along with a better version, and a link to the original, which is a tad over 6 MB in size.   Along with the subtle gradation of  colors, the…