October 07, 2014

11:16 AM | (Infographic) What to Expect During a Surprise OSHA Inspection
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10:42 AM | Controversial New Safety Video Infuriates Safety Professionals
A safety video published to YouTube by AMEC Worldwide is getting scathing reviews from safety professionals at the SafetyRisk website. “This has to be the dumbest and most condescending safety initiative I’ve seen since Dumb Ways to Die and Hazardman.” – Dave Collins, SafetyRisk Editor “Where is the bucket, I need to throw up.” – Commenter Peter [...]

October 06, 2014

8:37 PM | How do people with diabetes describe their experiences in primary care?
Well, actually quite good news here. People with diabetes in England report primary care experiences that are at least as good as those without diabetes for most domains of care. This is one of our conclusions from our analysis of responses to the English national GP Patient Survey from 85,760 patients with self-reported diabetes. However, more
11:12 AM | Warehouse Worker Safety Training
Warehouses that store and distribute large amounts of materials can be excellent opportunities for employment, but the physical nature of the work and use of large, complex machinery means a higher risk of injury for workers. Material handlers and order pickers are confronted with hazardous materials and strenuous labor all day long. Below, you’ll find [...]

October 05, 2014

2:43 PM | Weekend update: New paper on why "affirmative consent" (in addition to being old news) does not mean "only 'yes' means yes"
As I explained in a recent post, the media/blogosphere shit storm over the "affirmative consent" standard Calif just mandated for campus behavioral codes displays massive unfamiliarity with existing law & with tons of evidence on how law & norms interact.   First, the "affirmative consent" standard isn't a radical "redefinition" of the offense of rape.  It's been around for three decades. Second, contrary to what the stock characters who are today reprising the roles from […]

October 02, 2014

8:48 PM | Girls Just Want To Have Fun — China “Red Princess” Edition
I’ve not commented at all about Hong Kong and the umbrella protests because I don’t know enough to add anything to what much more informed people have saying.  As noted in Anne Laurie’s post this morning, old China hand Jim Fallows has been tracking the story closely, and has been writing himself and keeping tabs on other smart takes […]
3:48 PM | What happens to Pat's perceptions of climate change risks as his/her science literacy score goes up?
A curious and thoughtful correspondent asks: A while ago, I had read your chart with two lines in red and blue, showing the association between scientific literacy and opinion on climate change separately for liberals and conservatives. [A colleague] gave it favorable mention again in her excellent presentation at the * * * seminar today.  The subsequent conversation reminded me that I had always wanted to see in addition the simple line chart showing the association between […]
3:38 PM | I Like To Think Of This As The Universe Expressing An Opinion About Today’s Incarnation Of The Party Of Lincoln
I mean, this picture sure seems to make a cosmic viewpoint clear: Ah well.  It’s back to work for your humble bloghost. Image:  NASA, The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI) – Space Telescope Science Institute, Keyhole Nebula, crop of the feature known as “God’s Birdie,” 1999.
2:50 PM | How to get a ticket for this year’s SpotOn London
With a month to go, we’ve been busy behind the scenes planning for this year’s
6:03 AM | Cambs CCG gives £800m contract to NHS bidder. Should we all be cheering?
There seems to be general relief that the huge £800m contract which Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG have given for integrated care of the elderly hasn’t gone to the private sector. Two of the three final bidders were commercial organisations, but the contract has gone to an alliance between the local teaching hospital, Addenbrooke’s, and the more

October 01, 2014

9:42 PM | And I’ll Take Racist Media for $200, Alex
Alex:  What is the question that evokes the answer:  “A cartoon with a watermelon punchline referencing the President of the United States.” We reply in chorus: “What was the racist garbage in the Boston Herald today?” Again, this has been picked up in the comments, but it’s been making me crazy for a couple of reasons. […]
7:39 PM | Come and do a funded PhD with me
Fancy doing a PhD with me at Cardiff Metropolitan University? I have a fully-funded studentship (for UK/EU students) starting in January, in collaboration with HP in Bristol: The Department of Computing & Information Systems, Cardiff Metropolitan University, is pleased to offer a fully funded PhD Studentship in Provably Optimal Code Generation. This research project (Scaling […]
4:48 PM | Greenland Ice Sheet Failure May Be More Rapid Than Previous Estimates
New research suggests that the sub-glacial surface in much of Greenland is more muddy than rocky in structure, which would imply that he Greenland ice sheet may fail more quickly than heretofore expected. [more]
4:07 PM | Limits to Growth in Science Itself
Geneticist Casey Bergman argues convincingly that the era of exponential growth in academic research is over. The argument is very similar to arguments about the end of growth in general. [more]
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 […]
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