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Archives for February, 2009

Props to Papa

The Pope has decided that forgiven doesn’t mean forgotten. When he recently un-excommunicated some dissenters, and they continued to spew hateful, anti-semitic Holocaust-denial, the Pope’s silence implied consent. He is silent no more. That isn’t to say he has re-excommunicated the offender, but he has called him out. It’s a start.

WTF is going on here?

There’s been some pretty cryptic talk on ScienceBlogs over the last day or so, which brings up some topics that may seem obscure to some readers.* Worse, it gives an appearance that bloggers are engaged in some sort of self-indulgent flame war over minutiae. Let me help draw a guide for those of you who…

Notes from Honduras IV

In 1999, during my intern year, Hurricane Mitch struck Central America. As stated below, I wanted to become involved. The program director of my residency was kind enough to view this as a worthwhile educational experience. This is my diary from the trip. Part III is here. After Hours We returned each night over the…

Notes from Honduras III

In 1999, during my intern year, Hurricane Mitch struck Central America. As stated below, I wanted to become involved. The program director of my residency was kind enough to view this as a worthwhile educational experience. This is my diary from the trip. Part II is here. Zopilotepe; the Clinic We loaded our supplies and…

Health care is infrastructure

There’s a lot of talk about there about “economic stimulus” and “infrastructure”, but what is “infrastructure”? Traditionally, it’s the basic physical and social structure needed for a society to operate. Roads, sewers, utilities, schools—these are the “guts” of our nation. Without these things, and the pooling of resources they require, we are nothing more than…

Notes from Honduras II

In 1999, during my intern year, Hurricane Mitch struck Central America. As stated below, I wanted to become involved. The program director of my residency was kind enough to view this as a worthwhile educational experience. This is part II of my diary from the trip. Part I is here. To Juticalpa As we left…

Paternialism is not patriarchy

I keep pandagon.net on my google reader. I don’t agree with everything I read there, which is a good thing, but I do respect Amanda Marcotte’s opinions (and they are always well-written). I must take some exception with her recent analysis of the octuplet fiasco. It’s not just that I have a problem with blaming…

Via Tara Parker-Pope at NYT I learned of a little economics piece in the same paper. It looks into the economics and cost of waitng for health care services. No one like waiting at the doctor. I’ve heard many people say, “Well, if he is going to use up my valuable time, then I’m sending…

Notes from Honduras I

In 1999, during my intern year, Hurricane Mitch struck Central America. As stated below, I wanted to become involved. The program director of my residency was kind enough to view this as a worthwhile educational experience. This is my diary from the trip. Beginning The idea to go to Honduras came about in a way…

It’s generally a bad idea to assault the religious beliefs of your friends, neighbors, and relatives. That being said, sometimes it’s unavoidable. My being Jewish is hard for some people, who feel that just by being me, I am denying their Lord and delaying His return (and before you start tossing No True Scotsmans at…