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Kalamazoo Beers

It has come to my attention that Kalamazoo is on the map, again.  The last time was is 1942, when the Glen Miller Orchestra played I’ve Got A Gal In Kalamazoo (lyrics). Now, Ratebeer.com has included TWO Kalamazoo beers on their “top rated” list: Westvleteren Abt 12 Närke Kaggen Stormaktsporter Three Floyds Oak Aged Dark…

On Empathic Judges

Last night I heard a snippet of an interview with some Senator, who expressed fear that the Supreme Court candidate, Sonia Sotomayor, would let her feelings interfere with her judgment.  Evidently, this was based upon Obama’s characterization of Ms. Sotomayor as “emphatic.”  Although I can’t recall who the Senator was, these sentiments are captured in…

“Green Shoots” in Graphs

Courtesy of Chart of the Day… Click on the graphs to see the Chart of the Day explanations for the data. The top chart shows the aggregate earnings, over time, of the companies in the S&P 500 Index.  The second chart shows the ratio between the aggreagte price of the stock, and the earnings of…

Bad Science at the Pentagon

Traumatic Brain Injury has been called the “signature injury” of the Iraq War, due to the reported high prevalence of the injury there.  This is in contrast to previous wars.  It’s not that head injury is necessarily more common; what is more common is for soldiers to sustain such injuries and survive.  The Pentagon has…

This is a continuation from last time.  Sort of.  Last time I wrote about some things from a recent program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  I took the material from one of the many presentations.  since then, I have looked…

A post at Energy Bulletin recaps a recent presentation at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The post is U.S. public health community begins discussing peak oil. The presentation was: Peak Oil: Implications for Disaster Preparedness & Response (the link goes to…

Revere has an alarming post about one potential problem.  This could occur if there is a serious influenza pandemic: Swine flu: breaking the acute care system [H]hospitals and emergency departments have been shrinking, while their patient populations have been growing. The Institute of Medicine calculated in 2006 that ER visits rose by 26% between 1992…

Patti Smith auf Deutcsh

Patti Smith reads the Declaration of Independence, in a rousing performance.  She follows it with an indictment of George W. Bush.  She speaks in English, but with German subtitles. In a way, I’m hesitant to dignify Bush by mentioning him on my site.  But the performance is worth watching.  Lest we forget. This is from…

I’ve been trying to figure this out.  I don’t think I need to include any links to the evidence, because it’s all over the place.  Some people think there is a ridiculous amount of hysteria about H1N1/2009, others think people aren’t worried enough.   It is abundantly clear that nobody can predict the future; nobody…

Not sure what to make of this, as the prediction appears to be based entirely upon the intuition of an experienced pediatric infectious disease specialist. It is reported on Medscape (open access, free registration required). PAS 2009: H1N1 Flu Predicted to Wane and Reemerge in Fall Martha Kerr May 4, 2009 (Baltimore, Maryland) — Pediatric…