2016-08-16 Deceptive statistics on iatrogenic deaths
A favorite ploy of medical and nutrition quacks is to quote
studies that report high numbers of deaths in hospitals due to
“medical errors” as a way to cast suspicion on the medical
establishment as a whole. But these impossibly large numbers are the
result of poor methodology and sloppy definitions.
2016-07-29 Garrison Keillor
“We made our mistakes back in the 20th century, Lord knows, but we never nominated a man for president who brags about not reading.”
2016-07-28 Overdue Media Self-Examination
The French media are struggling to balance the duty to inform with the responsibility to avoid
encouraging terrorism. I hope the reluctance to provide posthumous fame for terrorists spreads
to English-language media.
2016-07-27 Corpse Flower in DC
I’m looking forward to getting my first in-person look at one of these. I plan to wait
until peak stink at the end of the week.
2016-07-27 Ominous Change at Starbucks
New dress code invites workers “to wear fedoras and beanies, to dye their hair and to incorporate accent ties and socks.” This is not good for the world.
I may not be able to afford to take the family to Hamilton. But I probably got more
entertainment from this scathing takedown than I would have from the show.
2016-07-26 Newly-Discovered Planet Has 3 Suns
A rare, directly-imaged exoplanet is part of a three-sun system. Its seasons last longer
than a human lifetime, which suggests some interesting science fiction scenarios.