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Archives for January, 2007

Molly Ivins

We’ve lost one of the great journalists of our time: Molly Ivins.  She died after her third round of treatment for breast cancer. The photo above is from The Nation, one of our premier progressive publications.   I Remember Molly John Nichols pays tribute to the warmest-hearted populist ever to pick up a pen: Molly…

And what an unflattering light it is.  It occurs to me that often, when I write about the pharmaceutical industry, I have something negative to say.  Really, my thoughts are not all negative.  It’s just that it is easier to come up with criticisms when responding to news items.  Anyway, this one (from Washington Post)…

…the USA has not gotten all of its highly-enriched uranium back.  As reported in a special report in the Chicago Tribune, the USA had a program in the ’50’s and 60’s called “Atoms for Peace.”  Initially, we supplied low-grade uranium fuel to countries that pledged to not develop nuclear weapons.  But at some point, the…

Clinical Trials dot Gov

In response to a question, where can I sign up for a clinical trial on…? The answer is: go to www.clinicaltrials.gov, to find out.  For example, if you search on “Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation”, you get 16 results.  However, no current trial involves treatment for pain.  There is one for treatment of depression, but it…

Our Version of “Truth”

I tend to be skeptical of causes or organizations that include the word “truth,”  as in Swiftboat Veterans for Truth. But I suppose that if one side does it, the other can, too; so, here goes: “Truth“.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder of chronic generalized muscle pain and joint stiffness with the presence on physical exam of at least 11/18 designated tender points.  (The formal definition is a bit more involved.)  Interestingly, the term was not accepted by the AMA until 1987; the formal definition was not developed until 1990(1).  Prior to that,…

Update on Geothermal Energy

Remember geothermal energy?  It was a popular topic back in the 1960’s, particularly among those who were stridently opposed to the massive investments in nuclear power.  Somehow, though, it was never pursued very aggressively. Now, there is a massive report published by MIT, at the behest of the US Dept. of Energy.  It is a…

Two Views of Same Event

Two different news organizations chose two different photos to illustrate the same event: Jimmy Carter speaking at Brandeis University, in response to criticism of his boook: Palestine Peace Not Apartheid. The top photo is from the New York Times, At Brandeis, Carter Responds to Critics.  The bottom is from Fox News, Carter Defends Book on…

Great idea: create a “volunteer civilian corps” that would give Americans the opportunity to contribute their valuable skills, to take the stress off the regular military. Translation: let’s hire mercenaries, who’ll think they’re getting a good deal, making $100,000 a year, while getting shot at; even though their corporate bosses make millions, sitting in their…

Under-the-Radar Politics

Under-the-Radar Politics I sure hope this doesn’t sound too alarmist, gevalt, over-the-top, whatever, but I noticed a post on Integrity of Science that woke me up a little bit – before my coffee was finished brewing. (The coffee, by the way, is Trader Joe’s Tarrazu; it’s made in a co-op in Costa Rica. It’s worth…