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Bodies Revealed Controversy

A fellow blogger, Logtar,  tipped me off to a controversy, and asked if I had anything to say about it.  The controversy has come about over an exhibit: Bodies Revealed.  It’s a traveling exhibit that displays plastinated human cadavers.  The exhibit was organized by Premier Exhibitions, Inc. A bit of background can be gotten from…

The Smartest People in the Room

In February 2005, a bunch of smart people met to eat Chinese food and talk about a new way to make money.  This included Greg Lippman, a trader at Deutsche Bank; Rajiv Kamilla, a trader at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. with a background in nuclear physics; and Todd Kushman, who led a contingent from Bear…

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.…

True Cost of Alternative Energy

People who advocate alternative energy (i.e. not oil or natural gas) often fail to appreciate the true cost of developing the necessary technology.  Courtesy of Cryptogon, I now present a chart that illustrates these true costs, in proper perspective. As you can see, development of alternative fuels costs almost nothing, compared to fighting a war…

Placebos for Performance Enhancement

Athletic regulatory bodies have a new headache.  This time, the pain is being caused by placebos (an unexpected side effect!)   As reported in New Scientist, athletes have found that they can exert themselves to a greater extent, while under the influence of opioid pain killers.  That is not permitted in competition, of course, but…

Support the Troops

A recent study indicates that the lifetime cost of medical care for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans will be greater than the cost of the war to date.  We really have no choice, but it is going to cost us.  A lot.  Of course, the ones really paying are the troops themselves.  From Medscape (free registration…

Nov. 5 event at U-M will feature top experts discussing alternatives to “criminalization” of America’s mentally ill ANN ARBOR, MI – Across America, prisons serve as an unofficial holding system for the mentally ill. Families desperate to get treatment for their loved ones’ psychiatric issues instead wind up retrieving them from the police station. And…

Follow-up on Gerberding’s Testimony

Dr. Gerberding’s congressional testimony was heavily edited by the Administration.  Fortunately, that fact was picked up by the MSM.  As of now, there are 711 mentions on Google News.   In the interest of completeness, however, I noted that Dr. Gerberding herself denies that there was censorship.  As reported in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Gerberding said…

In the most recent debate among Presidential hopefuls in the Democratic Party, there was an exchange regarding the so-called “ticking bomb” question.  The question itself, and the way it was handled, reveals shortcomings in the way we evaluate our candidates. TIM RUSSERT: I want to move to another subject, and this involves a comment that…

Sexual assault is a common and serious problem.  It is hypothesized that misconceptions (rape myths) may play a role in this. About 50% of sexual assaults involving adolescent or young adult female victims occur in the context of alcohol consumption.  The authors of a recent study from the University of Michigan Institute for Research on…