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Archives for February, 2007

Live Blogging Superbowl pt. 3

Author getting bored.  Turn attention to menu.  Eating fresh guacamole from Arbor Farms, drinking Pilner Urquell, from Plzen Czech.  Some people claim that it is the original pilsner, and that it is the best beer in the world.  Could be.  Oh, the score is 7 to 6, and the Colts just recovered a fumble, then…

Live Blogging Superbowl

I almost never watch football.  But this year it is being broadcast in High Definition TV.  Looks great on my 36cm screen.  Pregame show was colorful and totally uninspired.  The coin flip: the Bears win.  That’s the tenth coin flip in a row won by the NFC team.  Commentator notes that the odds of that…

Endocrine Disruptors

Yesterday, both Abel and I posted about the unexpected effects of lavender and tea-tree oils: they’ve been implicated as causing gynecomastia in boys.  Blogpulse indicates that the Blogosphere has reacted quite a bit to this: the blog at Wired News picked it up, as did Skepchick, I see Invisible People, Plasticized, Aromaconnection, Science Blog (not…

Another Caution About Natural Product

Regular readers know I am not globally opposed to the use of various natural products.  Even so, I do, from time to time, point out why we need to be cautious about some herbal or alternative medicine products.  A good case in point was reported recently, pertaining to breast enlargement in young boys.  (Not Self-Portrait)…

Yet Another Shrubism

It recognition of the lifetime achievements of Molly Ivins, I propose that the term “Bushism” be replaced with “Shrubism.”  But I’m not the decider when it comes to the popularity of colloquialisms.  That aside, Shrubisms rarely make me laugh any more, because they are so commonplace.  But this one gave me a chuckle: Bush, making…

A Little Consistency Check

This morning, or noon, or whatever, I read Jonah’s post at The Frontal Cortex, The NFL and Mental Illness.  It is a tragic story, but there is one thing about it that I want to comment upon, regarding the reported Adderall prescription. But first, a digression.  Reporters are expected to do at least a little…

Job Market Good/Bad

This is just strange.  Not profound, just strange.  The same newspaper on the same day carries two headlines on the same subject: Jobs Growth Slows but Remains Strong Stocks End Mixed on Lackluster Jobs Data Jobs Growth Slows but Remains Strong By JEREMY W. PETERS Published: February 2, 2007 Employers across the nation added 111,000…

I almost wrote about this yesterday: a pair of articles indicating that the FDA is getting more serious about protecting people: FDA Revamps Process for Safety of Drugs After Approval FDA to Monitor Post-Market Drug Safety The need to bolster post-marketing surveillance has long been a sore spot with FDA-watchers.  It seemed that improvements were…

Pfizer Inside Joke

It’s not really funny, but… Some rights reserved. HT: Mitten