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Archives for October, 2007

Humans to Undergo Speciation?

PZ has already written about this, primarily to dismiss it as nonsense.  He is correct, but there is one point (or two) that I want to add. Oliver Curry  is described in WIkipedia as an evolutionary theorist as well as a political theorist.  He was granted a Ph.D., on the topic of morality as natural…

Not much to add to this.  I do want to make sure that more people see it. Why did you include a chapter on your bout with postpartum depression and were you concerned that the CIA would look unkindly on the fact that you sought help for your condition? I included the chapter on postpartum…

The Clean Air Act was passed in 1970, and amended in 1977 and 1990.  It has been mildly controversial, but most people supported it then and support it now.   A retrospective economic analysis done in the early 1990′s indicated that the cost of implementation from 1970 to 1990 had been about $523 billion in…

Follow-up on Gerberding’s Testimony

Dr. Gerberding’s congressional testimony was heavily edited by the Administration.  Fortunately, that fact was picked up by the MSM.  As of now, there are 711 mentions on Google News.   In the interest of completeness, however, I noted that Dr. Gerberding herself denies that there was censorship.  As reported in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Gerberding said…

Bizarre Dialog Box

One of the occasional problems with commercial software is the need for “activation.”  One problem with any software is the potential for inevitability of bugs. Both problems are illustrated in the screenshot. So I only have 12,209 years to act.   I would like to be able to trust Symantec to have reliable software, but…

Balloon Neuroanatomy

From BoingBoing, an illustration of the neuroanatomy of balloon dogs: Original source: Pneumatic Anatomica.

Legislation to End War in Iraq

The Honorable John Dingell has drafted legislation that would bring an end to the war in Iraq.  There is no bill number yet, so it is a bit too early for us all to write our Representatives to urge support. Dingell Introduces Legislation Requiring U.S. Pullout from Iraq by January 20, 2009 Tuesday, October 23,…

Home Testing for Sleep Apnea?

The Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee currently is in the process of examining the question of whether to pay for in-home testing for the diagnosis of sleep apnea.  If approved, this could lead to a significant loss of income for sleep specialists.   Pulmonologists can’t get a break, can they?  In the 1980′s…

Most people expect a wait when they call tech support.  Knowledgeable users arrange to have something to do to kill some time: a book, magazine, something like that. This is the story of Timothy Scott Short, who is going to have to wait a very long time. Short stole a specialized printer, used to make…

About Those Reforms…

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the government reforms proposed by The Center for Inquiry.  Specifically, Enact legislation to specifically permit government scientists to communicate freely with the media and the public. Re-establish the Office of Technology Assessment Reform the Data Quality Act Now, Think Progress has a post in which they detail…