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Archives for August, 2008

Question For An Economist

I am wondering if the USA, as a whole, is more prosperous now that it was in 2000.   We are told that the GDP has gone up every year.  Population growth has been modest.  The published per-capita GDP has gone up, from $33,000 to $46,000 (as of 1 January 2008).  That seems positive… From…

Mandatory Voting

It’s all over the Internet, so I won’t belabor it.  People are talking about the McCain video that allegedly implies that Obama might be the Antichrist.  It’s said to be a “dog-whistle,” meaning that only the intended audience gets the message.  Others might see it, but miss the hidden meaning.   From Crooked Timber: Abominations…

Seeing Is Almost Believing

We’ve already seen photoshopped images that have been used in political campaigns.  Sometimes they are used to discredit opponents.   However, still images never will have the emotional impact that videos have.  Already, there is technology that allows for some fairly realistic rendering of emotional expressions, on video characters that are entirely fabricated.   Pendulum…

Enola Gay

August 6 is the anniversary of the first use of a nuclear weapon in war.   This is a work of the US Government, and is not subject to copyright.

I chose three articles from this month’s edition of Archives of General Psychiatry, upon which to comment.   For those not familiar with it, Arch Gen Psychiatry is an AMA journal, like JAMA, but for psychiatrists.  It’s an influential journal.

Krauthammer: Sloppy, or Liar?

There are other, more interesting things to write about.  But someone is WRONG on the Internet, so it must be corrected.  Moreover, we must speculate about the rationale for this blatant misstatement.  And wonder why it was printed in a prominent newspaper. Pelosi: Save the Planet, Let Someone Else Drill Friday, August 1, 2008

Midnight Post-Call Surfing

Mammon slept. And the beast reborn spread over the earth and its numbers grew legion. And they proclaimed the times and sacrificed crops unto the fire, with the cunning of foxes. And they built a new world in their own image as promised by the sacred words, and spoke of the beast with their children.…