October 01, 2014

3:23 PM | Not Even Trying To Hide It: Politico’s The President Must Die Edition
So, today we learn via  TPM* that a bottom feeder by the name of Ronald Kessler, writing at Politico, has nailed the real take-away from the Secret Service scandal: Agents tell me it’s a miracle an assassination has not already occurred. Sadly, given Obama’s colossal lack of management judgment, that calamity may be the only catalyst that will reform […]
6:00 AM | Exclusive: Q&A with Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, president of the ERC, on its work to engage East Europe
The next meeting of the scientific council of the European Research Council (ERC) takes place – for the first time – in Zagreb, Croatia, this month (20-22 October 2014). I recently spoke to Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, who took over as president of the ERC in January, about what the ERC can do to improve research in East Europe. The ERC is the 1st pan-European funding body for frontier research, funding only the very best researchers and selecting them through rigorous, peer-reviewed... […]

September 30, 2014

9:30 AM | Seven day access – policy goes in the wrong direction – again!
Politicians just don’t get it. They are (and have been for years) obsessed with increasing access to GPs. And of course it sounds good for elections. But it’s not what the population needs. Increasing access comes at the expense of continuity of care. You can’t see your own doctor and expect him or her to more
8:50 AM | Wrong Way Driving On The Rise
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8:37 AM | Flowchart Simplifies OSHA’s New Reporting Changes
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8:01 AM | Did Boss’s Threats Cause PTSD? Will Employee Get Workers’ Comp?
A manager told an employee he’d “shave her dog, sugar her gas tank and burn her house down.” The boss thought the employee was gossiping to his wife about an alleged improper relationship. How did all this turn into a workers’ comp case? Jo Dean Nuchols worked as a secretary for Bount County, TN, Sheriff [...]
7:03 AM | Man Beheads Coworker in Workplace Dispute
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September 29, 2014

8:25 PM | Oh, By The Way (1): Leo Marx Was (Is) No Dummy
I just joined the public beta of the Ello, which seems to be a wannabe hipster alternative to Facebook.  Seeing as I never got Facebook, and despite my utter lack of hipster-tude (now and forever, amen), I thought I’d see if it made any sense to me.  It doesn’t, at least not yet, but I […]
2:04 PM | Why the science of science communication needs to go back to highschool (& college; punctuated with visits to museum & science film-making studio)
I got to be opening act for former Freud expert & current stats legend Andrew Gelman (who focused mainly on stats but so as not to disappoint expectations of 85% of audience did mention Freud) at SENCER symposium in DC.  Of course, the audience really loved him b/c he spoke, among other things, about how commonplace yet weird it is that people who teach students about validity, reliability, sample construction & other essentials of empirical measurement never stop to examine […]
2:19 AM | QOTW: Orwell
If it once became general, wealth would confer no distinction. It was possible, no doubt, to imagine a society in which wealth, in the sense of personal possessions and luxuries, should be evenly distributed, while power remained in the hands of a small privileged caste. But in practice such a society could not long remain stable. [more]

September 27, 2014

5:56 PM |
“well-funded companies would love to disprove climate change to the satisfaction of the scientific community at large. So if scientists could be bought, these motherf***ers would have already made it rain in nerd town, trust me.” Jon Stewart
1:15 PM | Proceed with Caution: The Possible Impact of Preferred-Provider Networks on Patient Care
The increasing use of preferred provider networks by insurers could lead to poor health outcomes for patients and undermines the importance of the pharmacist-patient relationship.

September 26, 2014

1:44 PM | Are military investigators culturally predisposed to see "consent" in acquaintance rape cases?
This is the last (unless it isn't) installment in a series of posts on cultural cogntion and acquaintance rape. The first excerpted portions of the 2010 CCP study reported in the paper Culture, Cognition, and Consent: Who Sees What and Why in Acquaintance Rape Cases, 158 U. Penn. L. Rev. 729 (2010). The next, drawing on the findings of that study, offered some reflections on the resurgence of interest in the issue of how to define "consent" in the law generally and in university disciplinary […]
2:13 AM | Lysistrata Was A Documentary…
…Or so it could be, in John Scalzi’s retelling.  [h/t PZ Myers] I want to drink in that bar. All of which makes this a give Rush Limbaugh a feminazi sad kind of post. Image: Francis William Edmonds Barking up the Wrong Tree, between 1850 and 1855.

September 25, 2014

2:42 PM | University and Montenegrin government ‘ignored evidence of science minister’s plagiarism’, minister may go
The relevant authorities in Montenegro have ignored evidence of possible plagiarism by the science minister there for up to two years, according to the president of the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, Momir Djurovic. He says that documents showing suspicion of plagiarism by the minister were sent to the academy as far back as two years ago. The academy has passed these on to the relevant authorities but with no reply, he says. “Two years ago the academy warned... Read more
5:35 AM | Date-rape debate deja vu: the script is 20 yrs out of date
There's definitely a new strategy being deployed to combat sexual assault on college campuses. Along side it, however, is a debate that is neither new nor interesting.   On the contrary, it features a collection of stock characters who appear to have spent the last twenty years at a Rip van Winkle slumber party. The alarm bell that woke them up was the Obama Administration's two-prong initiative to reduce campus sexual assaults. The first part aims to pressure universities to more […]

September 24, 2014

1:16 AM | 52 Pickup
According to Wikipedia, the game 52 Pickup requires at least one player who is familiar with the game and one player who wants to be initiated into the game. The first player, as "dealer", throws the entire deck into the air so the cards land strewn on the floor. The other player must then pick them up. Other card games sometimes transpose into this game. For an example, a child falling behind in Go Fish or Crazy Eights, or bored by a never-ending game of War, may simply declare "52 Pickup!" […]

September 23, 2014

10:10 PM | Everybody Has Seen Jon Stewart vs Congressional Climate Denial, Right?
It's pretty funny. Also, while I think Holdren overreached vs Pielke a few months back, he handles himself very well here. [more]

September 22, 2014

9:33 PM | This Also Changes Everything
Some good news for a change via Peter Sinclair via several reliable sources: Battery backup to rooftop solar is on the threshold of going commercial. [more]
11:33 AM | Why has the Welsh government approved Sativa for multiple sclerosis and not NICE in England?
Sativa is a nasal spray based on a cannabis extract which is used for painful muscle cramps in multiple sclerosis. There doesn’t seem much doubt that it works, and in its most recent draft guidance on MS, NICE has based it’s decision on cost effectiveness grounds – the benefit came out at £49,300 per QALY more
3:39 AM | QOTW: A Political Position
“I’ve tried over the years to to define a political position that no one can decipher.”Leonard Cohen
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