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Archives for March, 2008

JPMorgan Exploits Taxpayers

This is interesting.  Banks think they have found a way to make money no matter what happens.   As Houston Auctions Fail, JPMorgan Exploits Taxpayers By Darrell Preston March 6 (Bloomberg) — The collapse of the auction-rate bond market may cost borrowers from New York to California at least $1 billion in fees, enriching JPMorgan…

The LA Times has a story about the author’s own struggle with panic disorder and agoraphobia.   For a Paxil-free life, she’ll take the long route It takes some time, but this student learns there’s no quick fix for panic attacks. By Summer Beretsky, Special to The Times March 3, 2008 Some people can’t stand…

Snow in Chicago

In late winter, 1979, I knew an architecture student at the University of Michigan.  She wanted some pictures of buildings, in downtown Chicago, for a presentation she had to do.  She was from Chicago, but did not have a car and did not have a camera.  I, on the other hand, had a Mazda Rx-3…

Hoisted from the comments: I find it particularly alarming that children are prescribed some of these drugs. How much is truly known about how various psychiatric drugs affect the development of the brain? If a fifteen-year-old is put on a regimen of SSRI inhibitors, how will it affect him down the road? If he’s on…

Can Scientists Dance?

Generally, no.  But some can.  Some are rather good at it.  A contest was reported in Science Magazine: The rules were simple: Using no words or images, interpret your Ph.D. thesis in dance form. Entrants were divided into three categories—graduate student, postdoc, and professor—and the prize for each was a year’s subscription to Science. The…

One of the darker chapters in the history of the AMA is their historical opposition to universal, single-payer health care coverage.  The term socialized medicine came into use in the post-World-War-II period, in an attempt to falsely conflate such a health care plan with the menace of Communism.   Evidently, many people did not bother…