From Bohannon I finally learn what being a perpetual student is really worth. Bus fares and reduced entry are peanuts when my library shells out $ 2.00 for every article I read online, that’s $ 50.– for a typical blog entry every week. Does the taxpayer get any value back for his money? Read the rest of this entry »
‘Iron dome’ blamed as ‘likely to prolong conflict’
By Thomas Lifson
Just when you thought
Jew-hatred double standards applied to Israel couldn’t get any more ridiculous, along comes this gem, via Rob Garver of The Fiscal Times and Yahoo News: Read the rest of this entry »
Apologies for tardiness and skipping a week.
For Gillespie et al.’s hypothesis to make sense, menopause would have to be an exceedingly young phenomenon, only appearing after the establishment of sedentism and agriculture. This means we’d have to expect at least some residual hunter-gatherer societies not to possess it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Moshe Feiglin
Just be quiet!
All the political warning bells are going off in my head.
Are you crazy?
(From the Wall Street Journal)
By Bret Stephens
In March 2004 a Palestinian teenager named Hussam Abdo was spotted by Israeli soldiers behaving suspiciously as he approached the Hawara checkpoint in the West Bank. Ordered at gunpoint to raise his sweater, the startled boy exposed a suicide vest loaded with nearly 20 pounds of explosives and metal scraps, constructed to maximize carnage. A video taken by a journalist at the checkpoint captured the scene as Abdo was given scissors to cut himself free of the vest, which had been strapped tight to his body in the expectation that it wouldn’t have to come off. He’s been in an Israeli prison ever since. Read the rest of this entry »
Although the Solutréen hypothesis is unanimously condemned by the archaeological mainstream, John J. Shea is not someone whose opinion can be easily dismissed out of hand. As Stanford & Bradley point out in their reply to O’Brien et al., what counts is not the average state of ice over thousands of years, but a stable shelf for less than a century suffices Read the rest of this entry »
Richard Feynman has included Social Psychology in his list of Cargo Cult sciences and according to Bohannon and Klein et al. not much has changed since. The blame of persecution is of course utter nonsense. If the data were reported and evaluated honestly and correctly, all but one in twenty studies would be successfully replicated Read the rest of this entry »
If the trace element concentration in grain is reduced, as Myers et al. find under elevated CO2 conditions, then just eat more of it. This may sound glib, but people having to cope with malnutrition at all, typically don’t just get too little zinc or something, they get too little to eat in total. Of course Myers et al. fail to give any numbers, but Read the rest of this entry »
Von Moshe Feiglin
Lezte Woche drohte Israel damit, den Kontakt zur „palästinensischen“ Behörde zu beenden, falls diese mit der Hamas eine Einheitsregierung bilde. Das ist eine leere Drohung. Abbas versteht das sehr gut während er sich lachend auf in die Arme der Hamas wirft. Solange Israels Führung keine klare Alternative zu den Osloer Abkommen vorweisen kann, Read the rest of this entry »
If, as Couzin-Frankel seems to imply, feminists want to insist on untried pharmaceuticals with unknown risks and yet to be found side effects being tested on women, preferable pregnant, so be it, just don’t blame me for the outcomes. But feminists really ought to decide which it is to be: Are women so different, that trans-sex inferences are even less secure than trans-species ones, or are they so indistinguishably identical, that each and every slight difference in career choices has to be culturally imposed by suppressive male chauvinists? Read the rest of this entry »