The Mini Ice Age: “Oh my God, we’re all gonna die!!”

Low sun spot activity – it’s all the rage today in the hysterical global news media.  Lots of terms are being tossed about like “Mini Ice Age”; it’s going to get “very very cold”, and of course every idiot’s favorite: “Climate Change!”.  The quasi historical reference used to surmise that global temperatures will get frosty Read More …

Gartner Technology Hype Cycle 2018

My all-time favorite emerging technology analysis, presented as a simple curve, largely without comment (as it is pretty self-explanatory). For non-techies, we see technology “hype” which leads to all sorts of unreasonable expectations (thanks to corporate PR, government money parasites, retarded MBAs, and news media wonks), then suddenly, the rug gets pulled out – “you Read More …

Data Integrity and Election Recounts

Updates below the fold. With all of the controversy swirling among both Republicans and Democrats on the recounts underway in Florida and Georgia, I feel that there is something important missing from the debate. Democrats are screaming “Every vote must be counted!” while Republicans yell “Voter fraud!”.  The real question is one of data integrity. Read More …

Fake Xanax Abounds Online – Now if they’d only take a hard look at generics

A WSJ article describes the campaign against fake pharmaceuticals – both through online pharmacies and the “Dark Web”. Summary: only about 5% of the Xanax purchased via the Dark Web was found to be authentic (not really a big surprise there). There was more railing against online pharmacies by none other than the National Association Read More …

Interesting Analysis of California’s “Camp Fire”

The Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog has in interesting analysis of the cause of the wildfires raging in California.  To summarize, a PG&E power line failure occurred about 15 minutes before the fire was first reported, and that fire was first spotted very close to the faulty line. PG&E has a difficult time placing Read More …

Why “Wheat Belly” is Junk Science

A few months back, I had a conversation with some family members in the medical profession that enthusiastically proclaimed the work of Dr. William Davis, author of the “Wheat Belly” books, diet, and related website. The book claims (among other things), that gluten intolerance (and we’re NOT talking about Celiac Disease, which effects only about Read More …

60 Minutes Story on Swedish Snus

Swedish Snus has been studied by the Swedish and British medical establishments and is believed to be between 90-99% less harmful than cigarettes.  There is no evidence that it causes oral cancer, or contributes to heart disease. The Swedish medical establishment has already endorsed it as a form of “harm reduction”, as has the Royal Read More …

Researchers Find Sequences from Contaminants Within Genomes Housed in Public Databases

Not to be outdone by other massive publicly funded boondoggles, the 1000 Genomes project joins the Federal panoply of corrupt and not-to-be-trusted databases. Read the article here (requires free registration): https://www.genomeweb.com/informatics/researchers-find-sequences-contaminants-within-genomes-housed-public-databases And the original paper here (open viewing): https://peerj.com/articles/675/