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A note tacked to the door

The lights are out at Effect Measure. It is closed and locked. No one is there any more. So consider this a note tacked on the door. I had always intended to leave it as a way to connect you with The Pump Handle and that’s still its purpose. But now I feel compelled to…

We bid you farewell

It’s been a long time coming but the time has come. Effect Measure is closing up shop, after 5 and a half years, 3 million visits and 5.1 million page views of some 3500. You commented on them some 37,000 times. It’s been a grand ride but to all things there is a season. It’s…

Blog matters: who is “revere”?

The person who taps the keys here over the signature “revere” (or sometimes “Revere”; it’s at most one at a time) is not Paul Revere. The real Paul Revere died in 1818. If you want to know the name or names of any of the key tappers here I’m going to disappoint you right away.…

E. coli rides the wave

I’m fully immersed in writing a big grant proposal so I have even less time for blogging and reading blogs than usual, but that doesn’t mean I have no time. Along with my colleagues I’ve been working on this beast for 9 months, but now with only 3 months to go before the deadline it’s…

Fifth blogiversary

We just realized that today is our fifth blogiversary. Young if you are a human, prime of life if you are a dog, but Methuselah if you are a blog. We’ve not gone dark for a single day in those five years, although on many we’ve thought about turning off the lights permanently. But we’re…

One of the by-products of the brouhaha (here, here) over The Atlantic article on vaccines was some interesting issues raised by the way the Knight Science Journalism Tracker handled it (here, here). If you aren’t familiar with KSJ Tracker, it’s a site that does “peer review” of science journalism. It’s goal “is to provide a…

People complain that ministers in the cabinet Iran’s recently selected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government will say things so outlandish no one else would even think of saying them, but Declan Butler over at the Nature blog, The Great Beyond, begs to differ. Take Iran’s Science Minister, Kamran Daneshjou. Daneshjou’s credentials had been questioned in an…

Science reporting and personal bad habits

One of my healthier, but alas more expensive habits, is that I walk a mile or so several times a week to my neighborhood shopping area and visit one or another bookstore. I live in a college town, so my neighborhood shopping area has some of the best bookstores anywhere. Not just a university bookstore…

Malawi redux

This morning we reported some hopeful news about the desperately poor country of Malawi, where childhood mortality is incredibly high but being slashed. It’s still too high. Way, way too high. And in response I found this very sad post from another blogger, this one a doc now in rural Canada, but once in Malawi:

We don’t fish, but if we did . . .

If the Reveres fished, they’d put up a sign that says, “Gone fishin’”. But we don’t fish, so that wouldn’t be true. By now everyone probably knows the Reveres are at the beach, allegedly on vacation. Since only one Revere writes at a time, I will use the first person here (it’s easier), but I…