The Corpus Callosum

Archives for March, 2007

A while back, I posted about a nutty thing Eric Keroack said: PRE-MARITAL SEX is really MODERN GERM WARFARE… I was not the only one criticizing him; a total of six ScienceBloggers wrote about it.  The reason was that Bush appointed Keroack to head the family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services.  As…

More Telecommuting

Perhaps a minor issue in terms of national priorities: the Senate is considering a bill that would make nearly ll federal employees eligible for telecommuting. Senators Push for More Telecommuting By Stephen Barr Washington Post Friday, March 30, 2007; Page D04 Two senators think it’s time for more federal employees to be telecommuting. Ted Stevens…

Selection of Antidepressants Pt. 5

A while back I started a series about the science and logic (and other factors) involved in the selection of antidepressant medication.  I suppose I could put in the pinks to the first four parts, but anyone can use the search box in the left-hand sidebar to search for “selection of antidepressants” to find them.…

Impeachment Update

A few years ago, the more progressive elements in the Blogosphere were pressing for impeachment of the President.  They were upset that the traditional media were not going along.   Prior to the 2004 election, when you could not turn your head without seeing another poll result, major news and polling organizations refused to even…

Crime, in Perspective

According to the Corporate Crime Reporter, at least 257 companies have “backdating problems.”  That refers to the shady practice of backdating stock options, resulting in larger payouts to those who receive compensation in the form of stock options.  But it isn’t merely “shady:” CORPORATE CRIME REPORTER At Least 257 Companies Have Options Backdating Problems 21…

Ministers were told…

This is depressing.  Now the UK is misusing and distorting scientific findings.  I suppose it is contagious.  This pertains to the Lancet study that found an estimated 50% increase in the risk of death in the immediate aftermath of the Iraq war (2003-2004).   I could understand Tony Blair or George Bush, or any other…

Finally, we have a nice succinct statement from a politician on the subject of health care coverage. I know this is controversial, in the sense that, so far, the mainstream operatives in both major parties reject this.  Still, I truly believe that if most people understood the issue, they would agree with Kucinich.  

Memo to Bush

“You go to war with the funding you got, not the funding you wish you had.”

What can you say?   Arch Gen Psychiatry is one of those non-open-access journals that publishes one free-access article in each issue.  Usually the free article is not particularly interesting; they do not seem to make use of the open-access articles routinely to make material of general public interest available to all.  This is an…

Yet Another Critique of Pay for Performance The concept of Pay for Performance is one of those things that seems sensible and appealing on the surface.  But if there was ever a better example of the maxim, “the devil is in the details,” I haven’t seen that particular devil yet. The latest critique is in…