The Corpus Callosum

Archives for August, 2007

Hard to know what to make of this.  The American Psychological Association considered a proposal to ban participation in military interrogations.  Specifically, APA members would have been prohibited from assisting in interrogations “in which detainees are deprived of adequate protection of their human rights.” The APA national meeting is being held in San Fransisco this…

Photo Chase

Spent part of the afternoon trying to get better pictures of the woodpeckers, but I am not happy with any of the pictures I got.  So here is someone else’s picture: I think it is easier to get pictures of birds when they are in a confined space. Source.

The Forever Mortgage

No money down, but the payments go on forever.  The only people who win are the bankers and the contractors.  We make it easy to get in.  But like herpes and condominiums, it is hard to get rid of. When I was a kid, one of my favorite books was Starship Troopers, (1959).  It was…

How refreshing: a Presidential appointee speaks out unequivocally against Administration policy.  This is from a Medscape News article (free registration), which is from  Reuters Heath Information. The report quotes a professor of Immunology who is on the President’s Cancer Panel at the National Cancer Institute.  Margaret Kripke Ph.D. is well qualified, being one of the…

Not much commentary needed on this graphic.  HT to Blast Off!.  Most of the liberals are actually conservative.  Some of the Republican candidates are close to being as authoritarian as Hitler or Stalin. I  thought Ron Paul would have been in the lavender zone.  It does not surprise me, though, to see most of the…

Pirates in Utah (Really)

At first you would not think that pirates would try to establish a base in Utah.  There are not a lot of coves or bays there.  Even so, it is the first State to have an official pirate base.  They have a logo.  They are even circulating a petition to gain official recognition as a…

Ironic Randomness

Next to the headline “Corporate America Braces for Market Fallout,” is a photo, selected at random, of a guy diving in front of some skyscrapers. It is not intended as an illustration for the article, but at first glance it appears to be. The actual photo is less alarming, when you can see the full…

This is from a small study, so it would be inappropriate to draw a broad conclusion from it.  Still, it is kind of interesting. Bupropion in the Treatment of Outpatients with Asthma and Major Depressive Disorder E. Sherwood Brown, Lana A. Vornik, David A. Khan, A. John Rush The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine…

For the Surfing Dog Skeptics

Some people did not believe that the picutre of the surfing dog was real.  I can’t prove it either way, with respect to that particujlar dog, but I did find a video of a different dog surfing.  This might give pause to the skeptics.  The dog in the video is a golden retriever.  If any…

Spend 20 Percent On Commute?

An article in Forbes documents exorbitant commuter costs in some communities.  In and around Houston, for example, the average commuter spends 20% of their household income on commuting.  That, together with housing costs, adds to more than 50% of household income.  The author ends up making a case for a pro-environmental cause: mass transit. The…