American Council on Science and Health The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is a consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health. ACSH is one of the few fearless voices of reason on these matters.
Chemically Speaking McGill University's Dr. Joe Schwarcz argues that chemicals are to be understood, not feared. Here, chemical issues are discussed in a responsible, unbiased fashion.
Christopher Whalen One guy who really understands the financial crisis. Brilliant insights. Links to his other sites.
Coach Is Right Coach Kevin Collins has an impressive resume, and uses all of his talents to demolish the Left. Site includes some guest columnists, as well.
Discussions In Infection Control This blog, designed and written exclusively by Lawrence F Muscarella, PhD, gives you the most comprehensive discussion of healthcare-associated (hospital) infections (or, “HAIs”), infection control, and both instrument and endoscope reprocessing in the world.
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Provides much-needed balance to the increasingly strident health care lobby that seems intent on scaring everyone about almost everything.
Formaldehyde Facts Your antidote to formaldehyde phobia in the media, from ACC's formaldehyde panel.
Interscan Corporation The independent pros in gas detection, known for taking on the tough applications. Site has much technical material, way beyond mere product touts.
Jewish World Review One of the original news/opinion aggregate sites. Founder/Editor-in-Chief/Publisher Binyamin L. Jolkovsky calls it "The intersection of faith, culture and politics." Loaded with content tending toward politically conservative. An oasis for energetic Judaism.
JunkScience.com Steven Milloy and company do a great job in exposing junk science, which he defines as: Faulty scientific data and analysis used to advance special and, often, hidden agendas. Lots of good content.
Lifehacker Tips and downloads for getting things done
Overlawyered Chronicling the high cost of our legal system. Water Olson and company explore an American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public’s expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability.
Paradigms and Demographics Ohio-based "bug guy" Rich Kozlovich dishes on junk science, junk politics, and many other matters. Rich is also on the prowl 24/7 for supplemental content written by Others. And he still has time to kill pests!
Selwyn Duke Hard-hitting and well-written conservative commentary, from a modern day renaissance man. The Duke is not afraid to ruffle some feathers, or invoke his Catholic faith, either.
SenSoft International Expert assistance on GSA, VA, DOD, and other federal contracts. Yes, there really can be great customer service in such an esoteric space.
Small Dead Animals An artist from Saskatchewan posts a lot of common sense. And the commenters are actually intelligent. Who knew?
The BPA file Prolific blogger Alan Caruba puts another notch in his gun with excellent coverage of this era's most senselessly demonized chemical.
The Excel Addict Most of us use Excel. Some of us use it a lot, and are constantly looking for easier ways to do things. Francis Hayes--the Excel Addict--offers plenty of free tips, a regular newsletter, and an inexpensive book to download.
The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics Everything you know about cholesterol causing heart disease is wrong, and this website is run by eminent doctors who are trying to set the record straight. But, with billions of dollars in drug sales at stake, it won't be easy.
The Nutrition Experts The name says it all. Jo-Ann Heslin and Karen Nolan have sold millions of books, and have re-launched their information-packed website. What's more, they encourage website visitors to submit questions.
Warning Signs Alan Caruba's blog is a daily look at events, personalities, and issues from an independent point of view.
Weasel Zippers Conservative commentary from all over the Web. Updated constantly.
This HND piece compares the faux reality/science fiction series Dark Secrets to the pathetic current state of "true" science. Our starting point is the incandescently ridiculous notion of peer review—especially these days with big money and PC controlling all science.
We include details on one recent scandal, but volumes could be written. The sad fact is that at least half of today's published science really is junk science.
This HND piece starts off by defining "iatrogenic," and then moves into the sorry business of healthcare-acquired infections. While most of the attention to HAIs is directed at acute hospital care, people are starting to realize that dental offices are far from immune.
Indeed, with upwards of 500 million dental visits annually, and almost all of these involving blood, saliva, or tissue, infection control in this setting should be a much bigger deal than it currently is.
We give a shout-out to Support Clean Dentistry, and tell the sad story of a woman who lost an eye--needlessly--because of an infection acquired in a dental office.
This HND piece names some names (including Adolf Hitler as the founder of government-controlled health care), and explains why the Feds are the worst possible entity to be running this. As if the VA debacle weren't enough proof.
Notably, the VA is the only built-from-the-ground-up government-controlled health care system in the world. All others were originally run privately. More than that, considering that the VA has essentially an unlimited budget, it is truly frightening (or it should be) how badly they've screwed that up.
As always, we include the reminder that our current system is not health care at all, but is disease care. And, there is simply not enough money in the world to support a disease care model. Rationing, if not euthanasia, is inevitable.
I got this one off Jason Mattera's wonderful Daily Surge website. I agree with Eubanks on pretty much everything except soccer. Here's the piece in its entirety...
Two embarrassing news stories draw attention to one very salient point.
First, the University of Florida (and, full disclosure: I’m a Georgia guy so I take great glee in poking fun at the Gator Nation), made the tragic error of putting Aaron Hernandez, the former Gator and New England Patriot tight end who is sitting in jail awaiting trial for murder, in this year’s calendar as “Mr. July.”
Secondly, UFC president Dana White announced that the mixed martial arts league is severing all ties with Chael Sonnen, the middleweight and light-heavyweight contender, for repeatedly failing drug tests for steroids and human growth hormone.
So what do these two stories have in common? Simple: both reinforce the axiom that sport does not build character: it reveals it.
Anybody who spent five minutes around the Florida football program during the Gators’ championship run knew that Hernandez was the worst kind of thug, an unbridled sociopath who made you want to keep your distance. It might have shocked the casual fan when he was arrested for murdering one man who was allegedly threatening to expose Hernandez’s role in the killing of two others, but those who knew him from college simply nodded and said, “What took so long?” You only had to see him in a locker room once or twice to know that this guy was missing a chip.
The same is true for Sonnen, a man who copped a plea to felony mortgage fraud and conspiracy. Did any really think he was clean in all other aspects of his life? MMA insiders long suspected that he was dopping. The only question was: what would Dana White do about it?
The moral of the story is easy: image and PR consultants can’t hide your true character during the heat of competition. The character you see on the field, on the course or in the ring – the guy you suspect is a class act or a phony or a really bad dude – is, more often than not, exactly that.
Just as alcohol tends to loosen the tongue on what you really think, top-level competition almost always drops the mask and reveals your true character.
This HND piece proves that there's more to mobile apps than games, still cameras, social media, music, and video. Among other things, we discuss a cool new app, that ties a personal emergency warning device into a mobile phone.
Spain went down in flames, with a host of awful performances, and Andrés Iniesta really being the only player who showed up. Inexplicably, in the wake of a hideous defeat by the Dutch, and the tournament on the line, manager Vicente del Bosque elected to make almost no changes on the field.
Bear in mind that there was stellar young talent on the bench, ignored by del Bosque. This sort of brilliant coaching earned Spain the dubious distinction of being the first defending World Cup champion eliminated with one game left in group stage.
What a way to bow out! Burned-out stars who couldn't get motivated, led by a coach who couldn't get his head out of his ass.
As disturbing as this HND piece might be, it only scratches the surface regarding one of the most egregiously inhumane experiments in decades. And, for those of you who thought such things ended with Nazi Germany, be prepared for a big shock.
This ghoulish clinical trial was not only done with the full faith and credit of NIH, when the outrageous ethical lapses were discovered, the perps were exonerated. Yes, exonerated by the same HHS agency that accused them, and is supposed to be protecting human research subjects. Here's a tip: Unless you know that you are going to die imminently, NEVER be part of a clinical trial.
The victims here were premature infants. Their (mostly poor) parents were misled (lied to would be more appropriate) regarding the risks, and here's the best part. Even if you don't care about the lives needlessly lost, the experiment proved absolutely nothing. More than that, the "problem" of oxygen concentration in the NICU—whereby too much causes blindness, but too little causes brain damage or death—is total nonsense, and has been known to be such for over 50 years. And if all that weren't bad enough, the research that "proved" this oxygen dilemma was run by champions of eugenics, and their results were shamelessly dinked.
This HND piece examines the very murky world of BYOD in the workplace. Whoever thought that BYOD would save companies money must have made a career change by now. Of course, BYOD was inevitable, but the security issues are overwhelming, and the standard McAfee/Symantec/Peter Norton approach to computer security does not cut it in the mobile world.
Mobile apps not only dredge all sorts of personal info, but many of them are poorly designed with gaping security holes. We give a shout-out to viaForensics, who have introduced their own app, set up to notify you if your privacy is being compromised--and thus the network that your BYOD is connected to.
The Netherlands crushed defending world champion Spain 5-1, and the game wasn't as close as the score indicates. By all rights, the score should have been more like 7-0. After all, Spain's only goal was on a questionable penalty kick. A few observations are in order...
After the first 20 minutes or so, Spain played with no heart, looking flat and slow. Their defenders were frankly awful, and goalkeeper Iker Casillas, a former prodigy, who is no longer a starter for his club Real Madrid, had a bad day. He is also likely past his prime.
As to the Dutch, coach Louis van Gaal's strategy of holding five men back in defense worked brilliantly. Also credit sensational performances from speedster and ball handling wizard Arjen Robben, striker par excellence Robin van Persie, world class midfielder Wesley Sneijder, and young Daley Blind with his essential passes to the forwards.
Will the Dutch win this tournament? Well, they've looked good many times before, including 2010, when they lost to Spain in the final. Is Spain done? Well, they lost their first game in 2010, only to win the whole thing. But their loss in 2010 was 1-0, not 5-1.