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Archive for January 7th, 2011

Global scare in food prices

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Interesting article on the current food-price crisis—the first since the 2008 food crisis. The entire article never mentions global warming as a factor in crop failures, anomalous flooding, and so on. I guess the most effective plan against global warming that we’ve developed to date: Try not to mention it.

In fairness, their graphic hints at global warming as a factor. (PDF at the link.)

Written by Leisureguy

7 January 2011 at 3:36 pm

Sinn Fein backs drug-law reform in Ireland

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Sinn Féin, Ireland’s fastest growing political party, has taken several steps to encourage a more effective, evidence-based approach to tackling the problems of drug addiction and drug-related crime.
In its most recent drug policy document, Sinn Féin demonstrates a welcome and pragmatic understanding of the factors influencing drug abuse, stating:

Harmful drug use has a complex relationship with class, inequality and poverty. Unless poverty and inequality are tackled, the scourge of drugs will continue.

The party’s reasoned stance on drug use continues with the call for a drug policy which is founded on facts rather than ideology:

The administration of criminal justice as it interacts with drug-related crime should be reviewed, reformed and tailored to more effectively address and reduce systemic crime, economic compulsive crime and psychopharmacological crime. A broad societal debate considering every possible approach and all relevant evidence from other jurisdictions including those that have experimented with decriminalization and/or legalization is warranted to this end.

New approaches must be informed by the most credible emerging evidence and international best practice.

Sinn Féin has further indicated its willingness to embrace drug policy reform with the introduction of a bill to regulate the sale of ‘legal highs’. Presented to the Irish Parliament in April this year, the bill proposes the establishment of a Non-Medicinal Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority, whose main functions would be: . . .

Continue reading.

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7 January 2011 at 2:25 pm

The study that indicated that vaccines can cause autism: fraud

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And it seems to have clearly been a deliberate fraud, with records altered, false data added, data inconsistent with desired conclusions concealed, and the whole thing. Of course, the idea that vaccines cause autism has long since been debunked—I think the only people who still hold to that are those who inexplicably look to celebs for their scientific and medical information.

Full story here, along with video of Anderson Cooper interrogating the researcher about his fraud.

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7 January 2011 at 2:22 pm

Posted in Daily life, Medical, Science

Progress report

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I’m back to Firefox: Chrome just has too many problems currently, and they are too slow to fix them.

Did 29 minutes on the Nordic Track, no problem. Tomorrow begins 30 minutes, where I’ll leave it for a while.

Almost finished with The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000, by William H. McNeill. What an illuminating book! He demonstrates connections and causes among events and movements that were totally new to me. Highly recommended. Secondhand hardbound editions at the link—and I highly recommend reading this one in hardback. I promise you that you’ll be amazed. (I did find the Pagekeeper bookmark useful with this book.)

Written by Leisureguy

7 January 2011 at 2:13 pm

Posted in Daily life

When you lack time for a three-razor shave…

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In truth, I just wanted to show you these two razors, both British Gillettes. One is the Aristocrat Jr., the other the Rocket. Which is which? I have always thought that the flat back denoted the Jr., a diamond back the Rocket. But a commenter once told me differently. I now believe that the commenter was wrong: the Rocket has a diamond back, the Aristocrat Jr. a flat back. I used the Jr. (on the right) for this morning’s shave: three smooth passes, enjoying the stout fragrance of Honeybee Soaps Coffee Mocha shaving soap, a favorite.

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7 January 2011 at 1:13 pm

Posted in Shaving

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