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Archives for November, 2007

Foreign Policy: A Suggestion

Turkey is considering adding the letters “Q,” “W,” and “X” to their alphabet.  The idea is that it would appease the Kurds.   Gov’t reform envisages including X, Q, W in Turkish alphabets Changing the Turkish alphabet to include the letters Q, W and X to appease Turkey’s Kurds, who have previously faced prosecution for…

Tech Tip #5: Search ScienceBlogs

Why use Google, which will give you ten million irrelevant hits, when all you really want to do, is to find the juicy stuff on ScienceBlogs? Well, you can navigate to the ScienceBlogs home page, and search there, or go to any of the blogs and use the search boxes there.  Or, to simplify things…

Buy Nothing Day

MTV is taking some heat for its refusal to broadcast an advertisment for Buy Nothing Day. MTV, the channel that markets itself to hip youth, has decreed that our Buy Nothing Day public service spot “goes further than we are willing to accept on our channels”. Gangsta rap and sexualized, semi-naked school girls are okay,…

Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving

We found a recipe for pecan pie that does not use corn syrup.  I would not try to argue that this confection is salubrious, mind you, but at least there is no corn syrup. Most pecan pie is so sweet that it is annoying.  That is unfortunate.  We are hopeful that this will not have…

Here is a part of a screenshot, showing the most-viewed pages: Notice that the page on homosexuality has 78% as many visits as the main page.  The site?  Conservapedia: “The Trustworthy Encyclopedia.”  It is a wiki, like Wikipedia, but for conservatives.

Cannabis Extract for Cancer?

Any time something related to a medical use for cannabis is found, it makes headlines.  Mostly, the interest is generated by the relationship to an illegal drug.  Sometimes, though, the media do a decent job of reporting the real issue. Researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute have announced that one of the…

America missed her chance to elect a sane pro-environmental candidate in 2000.  Or rather, the Supreme Court missed its chance.  Whatever.  The critical point is that environmentalism cannot be understood as an isolated issue.  Pro-environmental thinking must pervade everything we do from now on. That is not to say that it is the only issue.…

Distorted Perception of Sleep

It is common for tension to occur in the doctor-patient relationship occurs when the patient reports symptoms that are distressing to the patient, but which do not seem serious to the doctor. Each instance of this is different, so it is hard to make generalizations.  However, in the case of sleep problems, patients have one…

According to the Guardian: …because it minimally adheres to certain superficial conventions, it can masquerade as a “news” outfit and enjoy all the rights that accrue to that…

The Great Escape

Video of Pandas cooperating so one can escape: