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.
Christopher Whalen One guy who really understands the financial crisis. Brilliant insights. Links to his other sites.
The Coach's Team 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.
Health Care Renewal Expert analysis of what's wrong with American health care. Advocating for accountability, integrity, transparency, honesty, and ethics in leadership and governance of health care.
Health News Digest One of the best and biggest health sites on the web. New content on a daily basis, geared to the professional and informed lay audience.
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.
Loren Feldman Feldman does videos, marketing, commentary and...puppets. He also understands tech and art.
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!
Quiet Music Nick Francis is a superb music programmer. Of course, it helps that he has an encyclopedic knowledge of music. Stream, subscribe, enjoy.
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.
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.
Weasel Zippers Conservative commentary from all over the Web. Updated constantly.
Zero Hedge Works to...
Widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public; provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint; liberate oppressed knowledge
It's quite interesting when virtually all of the mainstream movie critics miss the boat on a nifty little feature. This stylish neo noir boasts a stellar cast and first-rate production design, along with an offbeat story.
This week's HND piece examines the colossal screw-up by the National Toxicology Program, in which they listed the essential chemical styrene as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." This was done despite massive amounts of scientific evidence to the contrary, and is now the subject of litigation.
Given the obdurate attitude of the NTP, my take is that they are actually desperate to show "something" to their allies in the lunatic fringe of the fear entrepreneurial chemophobes. Apparently, a petition from 63 members of the House to go slow was not enough, so this mess is now in federal court.
The biggest joke of all is that the NTP claims that listings in its Report on Carcinogens are science-based, but nothing could be further from the truth. Science fiction, maybe.
This week's HND piece looks at health care and financial planning. For those of you approaching age 65, it might come as a shock that Medicare doesn't cover many items. In fact, even the best supplemental insurance will still have gaps.
To get a better understanding of this, I interviewed good guy financial planner Bob Jackson, of Scottsdale, AZ. Pull quote: "We used to plan for a longevity in the mid-80s, but we now plan for a longevity of 93 for most clients, unless they have major health problems."
Also included is the sad tale of a couple that thought they had it made for retirement, until...
Let's get this clear at the outset. I don't care a fig about steroid usage by pro athletes, and I have written about this before. Here, here, and here.
So, the very notion of the Feds going after Roger Clemens starts off as a fool's errand. I know that his offense is perjury, but that case only existed because of the whole steroids nonsense.
After spending millions of dollars—presumably to get the sure win—the prosecution failed in a manner that sets an unbeatable all-time record for stupidity.
Let's use a sports analogy here. There is at least one record in pro football that will never be surpassed, since by definition it cannot be improved upon. That would be the 98 yard longest punt record, achieved by the New York Jets' Steve O'Neal in 1969. Consider that the line of scrimmage was the 1-yard line, and the ball traveled to the opponent's (Denver Broncos) 1-yard line. While commentators may speak of a "half-yard line," this has no official recognition.
Likewise, presenting evidence in open court that has already been ruled inadmissible is probably as bad as it can get for the prosecution. "I think that a first-year law student would know you can't bolster the credibility of one witness with clearly inadmissible evidence," U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said. A mistrial was declared, and that's probably the end of the line for this case.
So much for the idea that we should try terrorism suspects in civil courts, when moronic prosecutors such as Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Durham are at large. I'm not sure why Durham wasn't cited for contempt.
I start off by discussing the surprising fact that there are nearly twice as many car accidents between Memorial Day and Labor Day than the rest of the year combined. And then there's the sad statistic that teenage drivers are responsible for nearly 50 percent more drunk driving accidents during the summer months, compared to the rest of the year.
We take a look at the new FDA sunscreen rules, extreme heat precautionary measures, and a wonderful natural cure for poison ivy, courtesy of our buddy, Dr. JJ.
Is it just me, or have you also noticed that the most important part of health care, namely outcomes, is almost never discussed? I look at one aspect of this in my latest HND piece.
I started off writing about the pitfalls of implementing information technology in health care, but then found myself in yet another scenario where patient outcomes were not even on the radar, let alone of any priority. Case in point: Dirty PCs used in the intensive care unit—and elsewhere in the hospital—caused the spread of super bugs.
Even if you don't care about outcomes in this context, you will not be pleased with the finding that there is no agreement as to what constitutes a "successful" HIT (health care information technology) implementation. But don't worry. Obama and company have set up a bounty of $19 billion to reward "Meaningful Use" of HIT. The tragedy is that so many people think the mess he and his co-conspirators came up with is actually health care reform.