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Archives for June, 2008

The Wiki Bible Project is a Wikipedia-like project from Wikisource, that aims “to create an original, open content translation of the source text of the Bible that will be in the Public Domain.”   But some see problems.  According to a recent Newsweek article: Biblical scholars see the potential for an inaccurate, bias-filled mess. Of…

Get Hit By Lightning, Get $20

Girl survives lightning strike, then wins $20 Jun 13, 8:47 PM EDT BLANCHARD, Mich. (AP) — No one quite understands the term “striking it lucky” better than 16-year-old BreAnna Helsel. The Michigan teen survived being struck by lightning and went on to win $20 in the lottery the next day. Funny thing, that $20 is…

A study published in JAMA indicates that treatment with bright light alone (1,000 lux), or bright light combined with melatonin, can improve symptoms in patients with dementia.  Melatonin alone appeared to have a slight adverse effect. This already has been reported by Time, the BBC, Modern Medicine, PsychCentral, MedGadget, and Medical News Today.  As I…

Looting the Treasury

That graphic is only a teaser, it is only peripherally related to theis post, and is not scientifically valid.  Still, it is nice to see.  It is from an article on msnbc.com, Spying, the Constitution — and the ‘I-word’.  The article is from 2005.  It used to link to an online poll.  The link in…

Bill Moyers: Unscripted

This won’t make much sense unless you watched at least part of the Bill Moyers video of his speech at the National Conference for Media Reform.  (I posted the video on 7 June 2008.) In this follow-up video, Moyers is confronted after the speech, by a reporter from Fox News.  Needless to say, Moyers gets…

In 1996, the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (“Freedom to Farm Act”) called for elimination of government stockpiles of grain.  I’m sure someone thought it made sense, at the time.   Now, the United States government has no reserves of butter, cheese, dry milk, barley, corn, oats, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, rice, sugar,…

LWSS Journal

Welcome to the Lake Wobegon Scientific Society Journal, where  all research studies are “authoritative”, all scientists “experts”, all findings “breakthroughs”.  Not to mention “above average”. That happens to be almost a direct quote from a recent article in the the Guardian.  (HT: Black Triangle) Overhyped health stories? They’re all pants Peter Wilby The Guardian, Monday…

Consolidation of media is but one step in the consolidation of power, another brick in the wall.  It is a grave threat.  Watch Bill Moyers, speaking at the National Conference for Media Reform, give an impassioned speech about this topic. Seriously, consolidation of media is more of a threat to “our freedoms” than Osama even…

Online Prescription Records

Roy, writing at Shrink Rap, has a post about the prospect of online access to prescription records in the State of California.  The attorney general is proposing a database of all prescription records, that could be accessed by doctors and pharmacists.   Online Access to Prescription Medication History Posted by Roy at 8:02 AM I…

Media Non-Failure

After the release of Scotty McClellan’s book,  What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, there was a big media/blogosphere splash about the supposed failure of the media to examine critically the Administration’s case for the war against Iraq.  There have been accusations, mea culpas, and denials.   Perhaps someone else…