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Archives for October, 2008

Superbowl commercials are a thing unto themselves. Some people watch just for the commercials. The famous Apple “1984” ad only ran once, during the 1984 Superbowl, although it has been seen online hundreds of thousands of times since. Another famous ad was the 1999 Budweiser “Whassup” ad. If you’ve never seen it, here it is:…

The world has had its fill of religion-inspired terrorists. But exactly who is a “terrorist”? In my book, a terrorist is someone who knowingly kills, maims or creates terror in innocent people for a political purpose. The political purpose might be to change a government (from secular to theocratic, from one economic system to another,…

John McCain chose Governor Palin as a nod to the Republican base and they love her. But it’s not just the base. Her neighbors also love her:

“I will please” (placebo)

A study just published in the British Medical Journal (full disclosure: I haven’t read it, only seen wire service reports of it, but I have absolute confidence it is true — or, more accurately, I’d say it accords 100% with my prior beliefs so I’d have no reason to question it), says that US doctors…

OK, so Governor Palin spent $150,000 in two months on clothes and accessories. Big deal. It wasn’t illegal. And it wasn’t taxpayer money. It was campaign money. Money donated to the Republican Party by people who trusted Republican officials to be good stewards of their (possibly) honestly earned dollars. Yes, there are people who are…

Still more BPA sleaze from FDA

Everyone knows newspapers are struggling, which means cutting back on everything, including investigative reporting. So it is nice to acknowledge that there is still some wonderful reporting going on. A particular standout has been Susanne Rust, Meg Kissinger and their colleagues at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, whose investigation of FDA’s handling of the bispheonal A (BPA)…

If an al-Qaeda website had endorsed Barack Obama I think we know what the McCain campaign would do with it. It would be absolutely ridiculous, but we know they’d be trumpeting it from small town to small town in “the real America.” Now that the shoe is on the other foot, with an al-Qaeda website…

Bird flu reminder

With the advent of flu season the perennial question of the “next pandemic” is again making an appearance, although I think it is more of a cameo appearance than a substantive one. WHO, CDC and numerous state health departments are warning citizens about seasonal flu, still a major public health problem, and the continuing threat…

The Maddow era

I confess that I am a political news junkie. In the 2004 election my main source of information were blogs (DailyKos, MyDD and Eschaton were my mainstays, with lots of others being hit on a regular basis). I still read them (I’ve added OpenLeft, AmericaBlog and ThinkProgress to the must read list, hitting lots of…

Tiger attacks and climate change

The interconnected web of health and the environment never ceases to amaze me. A good example is a new report from India’s Sundarban islands suggesting that climate change, among other things, is contributing to an increase in tiger attacks: