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The healthcare debate in Lincoln, NE, earlier this year. photo: Nat Harnik, AP, via the NY Times The tone of discussions of reform in both Congress and the blogosphere has changed remarkably over the last few days. It’s gone from pessimistic to optimistic, and from a sense of retreat and a whittling away of substantive…

Probably dreaming. But these the rise of the public option and the fade of the flu sometimes seem so real. swine flu, public option, healthcare reform

Never know what’ll top the charts. Top post was a post I put up in January, “Pfizer takes $2.3 billion offl-label marketing fine.” That post reported the news (via FiercePharma) that Pfizer had tucked away in its financial disclosure forms a $2.3 billion charge to end the federal investigation into allegations of off-label promotions of…

Notables from the last 24: Over at Gene Expression, Razib casts a skeptical eye on a study of the neuroanatomical variability of religiosity. The brain areas identified in this and the parallel fMRI studies are not unique to processing religion [the study states], but play major roles in social cognition. This implies that religious beliefs…

But every version of reform fails to deal with the root cause the uninsurance problem: millions of employers in our “employer-based” system do not provide their workers with health insurance. Why isn’t there more discussion about the free rider distortions in that state of affairs?  Instead putting the mandate on employer free riders, the bills…

Every other industrialized country has a national health care system that makes keeping track of these elementary facts possible. The US doesn’t. We have a lot of electronic medical records, all right, but they are mostly devoted to billing and insurance. And there are a lot of different proprietary software systems that can’t be easily…

Eric Michael Johnson contemplates the hearts, minds, teeth, and claws of bonobos and other primates. Tara Smith explains why she’ll be getting her kids their (seasonal) flu vaccines. Revere does likewise Daniel Menaker, former honcho at Random House, defends the midlist. (Where was he when my book was getting so much push?) Just in case…

OK. Animals first, then everybody else. (Other) Animals Want Your Own Dinosaur? Place Your Bids Jellyfish numbers rise  My son and I saw this last year when we were at the EuroScience conference (highly recomennded) in Barcelona (ditto). The beaches had warnings of whole rafts of these. Determined to get wet in the Med, I…

I regret I can’t treat at more, um, length, the following weighty matters: Size Matters; So Do Lies   Nate Silver finds that Matt Kibbe, the president of FreedomWorks, speaking of the 9/12 tea party rally in DC, ” did the equivalent of telling people that his penis is 53 inches long.” Dr. Nobody Again Questions…

via youtube.com As Gooznews (h/t) put it, “This says it all.” My own rant will come later. Posted via web from David Dobbs’s Somatic Marker