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Archives for February, 2010

A strange case of presumptive rabies

Rabies is one of those diseases that scares the crap out of me. Once clinical symptoms start, it is essentially a death sentence. “Essentially” because there are 6 cases of survival in the medial record, but 5 of the 6 had had rabies vaccination prior to illness. A single case of survival in an unvaccinated…

According to some notorious hate groups, the Obama administration is meeting with hate groups: Some conservative commentators are accusing the Obama administration of inviting “hate groups” into the White House by holding a meeting with a coalition of secularist and atheist groups. Officials from the Justice and Health and Human Services departments met Friday with…

Fifteen years isn’t a long time. Most of us can remember what we were doing 15 years ago. Often it’s the same thing we are doing now, job-wise. Sure our kids were just kids, not adults. But 15 years isn’t a historical epoch. At least not when you are living through it. But the fact…

Bad flu and underlying medical conditions

It is becoming conventional wisdom that the 2009 H1N1 pandemic was not as severe as a bad seasonal flu year. That might be true, although I don’t find it much comfort because a bad seasonal flu year is no less bad for being more familiar. But I am not yet willing to assent to the…

The copyright mafia makes me scream (again)

If I screamed every time I wanted to scream after reading something on the internet, I’d be so hoarse I wouldn’t be able to scream about something I hadn’t read on the internet. Like the Obama administration’s loser mentality or the Republican Party as just plain losers with no mentality at all. So maybe I…

PowerPoint disease

This post contains an oldie but (fairly) goodie YouTube clip about PowerPoint (.ppt). I hate PowerPoint although I use it a lot out of laziness. I’ve been lecturing a long time and for at least half of it there was no such things as .ppt. If you had data you wanted to show, you thought…

Still working on the grant and today was our Mock Study Section. It was an experiment that in the view of all participants (there were about 35 reviewers in the room) was a highly successful one. But after hearing the litany of strengths and weaknesses I’m worn out. I naturally focussed on the weaknesses. We…

FBI’s mercy killing of the anthrax case

This is our 10th post on the anthrax attacks. Will it be our last? Yes, if the FBI has anything to say about it. They are closing the case. A case they messed up pretty thoroughly from the outset but now want us to believe they’ve solved, even though the culprit they fingered, Dr. Bruce…

This clip is long — about 20 minutes — but fascinating. I was never bored. Not for a moment. It’s a talk given at the 2006 TED Conference in Monterey by Professor Hans Rosling of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute. It’s about . . . well you decide what this is about. It starts out being about…

This is a warning. The clips below are offensive. The second one I’ve had sitting on my text editor for a couple of weeks and had decided it was too offensive to use in the Sermonette. Whatever some of you may think (assuming you think), this space is not designed to be offensive to religion.…