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Archives for September, 2008

Annals of McCain – Palin, XIV: gambling man

Many people characterized Dishonest John McCain’s shenanigans around the bail-out bill a gamble that didn’t pay off, but it was hardly uncharacteristic. McCain is not only a risk taker but an inveterate gambler, literally and figuratively. He is also a Big Friend of the gaming industry and a customer. Over the weekend the New York…

A fascinating paper in CDC’s journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases has more details on a problem we first mentioned, on the basis of news reports, back in June. It’s about a possible relationship between West Nile Virus infection and the mortgage crisis, but the paper also gives a dramatic example of how the physical, biological and…

A lot of people, especially in the media, have had a hard time reconciling John McCain’s past reputation as an honest reformer with his current dishonest and dishonorable campaign behavior. Now that he is in the harsh spotlight of a national campaign, dogged investigators are beginning to lift the rock and what’s come crawling out…

A new study of foodborne illness has just been published and has made quite a bit of news. The typical headline is something like: “Animals Farmed For Meat Are The No. 1 Source Of Food Poisoning Bug, Study Shows.” That makes it sound like most cases of food poisoning are from a particular bug and…

There’s been a lot of talk about McCain’s failure to look at Obama during Friday night’s debate. Here’s Chris Matthews (who is a total bonehead as far as I am concerned) speculating:

Mirabile dictu. This is not the place you usually read about miracles, but I have to say this one is pretty convincing. To me, anyway. These two guys were working on drywall down in Florida and suddenly this image appeared to them. They’ve been doing this for 30 years and never seen anything like it,…

So here’s my problem. I think this is satire. So I think it’s funny (your mileage may differ, of course). On the other hand, this could really be a conservative website. Then it’s just more of the last eight years. Not so funny. Is Art imitating Life or is Life imitating Art? You decide:

The Chinese food adulteration scandal is spreading. I’m calling it a food adulteration scandal because it’s not just milk any more. Products with milk derived ingredients are also suspect:

Once in a lifetime opportunity

I don’t know how many of these you received yesterday, but here’s one more: Dear American: I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude. I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused…

Spilt milk in China

The Chinese food contamination scandal continues to widen. The European Union (EU) is now banning imports of all Chinese baby foods that contain milk. The problem is the presence of melamine, a cheap chemical used to make plastics that looks like protein in the screening assays used to see if food products meet standards for…