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Archives for January, 2010

Jaws meets the grant writer

I’m coming up for air during my grant writing (so far this weekend I’ve spent in excess of ten hours yesterday and today just writing; all the rest of the time I spent obsessing about what I wrote and what I still needed to write), but you know I’m desperate when I start posting stuff…

Pat Robertson said something impolitic about Haiti (like the earthquake was because they made a pact with the devil) and as result he gets a lot of hate mail. I wouldn’t ordinarily reprint any of it, but it seems like the devil (aka Satan) was pretty pissed and sent him a letter (hat tip readers…

Advice from Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn is gone, now, but he left us plenty. Here is a short piece he wrote a little over ten years ago in Z Magazine (hat tip, SR). It’s typical of his style: inspiring, humble, practical, especially in these times: On Getting Along Howard Zinn, March, 07 1999 You ask how I manage to…

Howard Zinn, 1922 -2010

Howard Zinn died on Wednesday. He was a colleague and more than an acquaintance but a friend, although not a close friend. I knew him for 40 years, although hadn’t seen him recently, the last time was a few years ago when we shared a platform together. The auditorium was packed, not to see me…

Fire in the hole: Wolfgang Wodarg and WHO

The Reveres have written many posts about the World Health Organization in five years. Some just reported on their activities, others, as seemed appropriate, were critical or praised them. WHO operates in a difficult landscape under rules of engagement not well suited to fighting an enemy that recognizes neither national borders nor national sovereignties and…

Death on the job

Carl “Dan” Fish worked at Dupont’s Belle plant for 32 years until last Saturday. That’s the day he was sprayed in the face by phosgene gas. Sunday he was dead:

[Previous installments: here, here, here, here, here, here] Last installment was the first examination of what “randomized” means in a randomized controlled trial (RCT). We finish up here by calling attention to what randomization does and doesn’t do and under what circumstances. The notion of probability here is the conventional frequentist one, since that’s how…

Joint pain and migraines: weather or not

While I work on my monster grant proposal — I and my colleagues have been working on it for 9 months, but with the deadline only 3 months away it is time to turn the volume up to 11 — blogging may be light or brief. But posting something is an excuse to take a…

Ozone from China

It used to be my job to teach the environmental health survey course for public health students and air pollution was a topic I spent a lot of time on because it interested me and intersected some of my research work. One of the things I taught my students was that some air pollutants were…

Some readers seem to think I should be commenting on the election of Scott Brown to the US Senate in Massachusetts. I don’t have much to say. Senate Democrats brought it on themselves, although it’s too bad they also brought it on the rest of us, but that’s the way the system works. So Welcome…