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Archives for April, 2006

Today is Führerstodestag or “Death of the Führer Day,” I join my friend Andrew in wishing Holocaust deniers out there a very happy Führerstodestag! If there is indeed a hell, Adolf Hitler must surely be rotting in it. In commemoration of Führerstodestag, I’m resurrecting a blast from the past, my post about this topic from…

Derf on President Bush’s popularity

Having lived in Cleveland for 8 years, I appreciate a Cleveland guy Derf‘s take on things. Even as a conserative-leaning sort, I have come to the conclusion that I’m with Barney as far as our President goes: Click for the full size version.

My theme song?

When the test fits my interests, I cannot resist a fellow ScienceBlogger (although I did manage to resist this particular meme that’s been spreading through our little community). Like a lemming, compelled by Grrlscientist, I answer: Your Theme Song is Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd “There is no pain, you are receding. A distant ship’s…

Here’s something I haven’t done in quite a while: The Friday Random Top Ten. So, let’s fire up iTunes, set it to “shuffle play” and see what comes up, shall we? Here we go: The Kinks, Going Solo (from: Word of Mouth). David Bowie, White Light/White Heat (from: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars:…

I tell ya, life just ain’t fair. I work and slave for many years to master medicine, surgery, and molecular biology because I want to be part of developing new therapies for cancer. My reward? Instead of being in the lab directly participating in experiments, I spend more of my time begging for money to…

Cure for cancer worth $50 trillion

Here’s an interesting tidbit that I came across: A new study, to be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Political Economy, calculates the prospective gains that could be obtained from further progress against major diseases. Kevin M. Murphy and Robert H. Topel, two University of Chicago researchers, estimate that even modest advancements…

I just have time for a short take today. (If you need more, fortunately, Bora has posted the 33rd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle for your edification. Yes, my preamble was just an excuse to plug the Skeptics’ Circle one more time.) In the comments of yesterday’s post about a medical student who is a…

The 33rd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle

The 33rd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle has been posted at Science and Politics. Bora has kindly provided an abstract: Complaints like “hurts my brain” and “blows my mind” as a result of exposure to incredible stories have recently been definitively tied to the neuronal cell death (apoptosis). Furthermore, the notion of the usefullness of…

Tangled Bank

The latest Tangled Bank is up at The Inoculated Mind, this time with a nifty Star Wars theme! Orac “Skywalker,” Jedi Knight? I like it. I like the reference to “Darth Voxer” (a reference to Vox Day and his antivaccination idiocy) even more…

Oh, boy. Last week, as part of my series Medicine and Evolution, I mentioned the blog of a homeschooled medical student who also happens to be a young earth creationist and used her as an example of why I feared that credulity towards a a pseudoscience that is so obviously wrong based on the empirical…

Today, April 25, 2006 is Holocaust Heroes and Martyrs Remembrance Day. In commemoration, here’s a list of almost everything I’ve written regarding the Holocaust, Holocaust denial, and anti-Semitism since the beginning:

Is a medical Wikipedia a good idea?

I had wanted to proceed to part 5 of my Medicine and Evolution series, but, frankly, I wasn’t much in the mood for anything serious over the weekend, and, let’s face it, that case of the blog blahs continued even into yesterday. Otherwise I would have done my blog buds Abel Pharmboy and Bora more…

Grand Rounds is up!

Grand Rounds, vol. 2, no. 31 has been posted at Health Business Blog. Check it out.!

More RIAA stupidity

This time, as part of their campaign of intimidation, they’re suing a family that doesn’t even own a computer: A Rockmart family is being sued for illegal music file sharing, despite the fact that they don’t even own a computer. A federal lawsuit filed this week in Rome by the Recording Industry Association of America…

As a surgical oncologist whose practice is made up largely of treating breast cancer, I really hate guys like this: MIAMI – A 76-year-old man claiming to be a doctor went door-to-door in a Florida neighborhood offering free breast exams and was charged with sexually assaulting two women who accepted the offer, police said Thursday.…

A new blog carnival

I’m actually surprised to find this out, but up until now there was a noticeable lack as far as medical blog carnivals go. Sure, we have Grand Rounds, but that’s a general medical carnival that covers every specialty and all issues that relate to medicine. Although it’s usually chock full of great blog material, Grand…

Whoever thought this would be a good idea?

Sometimes people come up with ideas that are just so mind-bogglingly inappropriate that I have a hard time grasping them. Case in point, recently Polish authorities granted permission by a local theater group to perform Jesus Christ Superstar at an old Nazi death camp: POLISH authorities have withdrawn permission for the musical Jesus Christ Superstar…

New Star Trek movie to be released in 2008

According to Trek Today: Paramount Pictures announced today that Lost creator J.J. Abrams will co-write, produce and direct the eleventh Star Trek film, set for release in 2008. According to an article in the Daily Variety, the new film will be a prequel to the original Star Trek series, featuring younger versions of characters like…

This Jack Chick parody is a bit incoherent at times, but parts of it are still pretty amusing nonetheless. I’m still not entirely sure what it’s about, and maybe someone can help me out there. This particular parody seems to be a parody put together from more than one Chick tract. However, one of them…

The Skeptics’ Circle is coming

OK, skeptics, listen up! Bora’s set to host the 33rd Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle over at Science and Politics on next Thursday, April 27. If you haven’t already done so, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to submit your best skeptical blogging to Bora before 5 PM EDST on Wednesday, April 26. Bora has…

Types of medical students

Via an incoming link, over at The White Coat Rack, I’ve found a rather amusing description of the twelve types of medical students one is likely to encounter in medical school. Looking at the description, I realize that I probably was the Overly Academic, the one who “came into med school with plenty of research…

The 50 Worst Albums Ever

Well, well, well. The blogging this week has been mostly serious and dense, with discussions of Hitler’s mother’s breast cancer and two rather long posts about medicine and evolution. I don’t know why, but I got a little carried away. In any case, it’s Friday, and it’s time for lighter fare. And, given my huge…

A Japanese soldier not seen since World War II has been found alive in the Ukraine: TOKYO (AP) – A former Japanese soldier last seen by his family when he went off to fight in the Second World War has surfaced in Ukraine and is returning to Japan to see his relatives after 60 years,…

Wow. There was quite a response to yesterday’s piece about why doctors are seduced by the pseudoscience of “intelligent design” creationism, more so than I expected from what I thought might be a dry topic. A couple of the comments provoked by the post are worth discussing briefly in a separate post, rather than my…

I already know what the biggest musical flop of the year 2007 will be. Don’t worry; it’s not a difficult prediction. I just learned that Michael Jackson is back in the studio recording an album: LONDON Apr 19, 2006 (AP)– Michael Jackson has returned to the studio and plans to release a new album next…