Science Continues to be Unsettled

Local geology doesn’t yield such a sight, so Frank went back a few weeks later and crawled inside. It was a single shaft, about 15 feet long; at its end, while on his back, he found what looked like claw marks all over the ceiling. Unable to identify any natural geological explanation for the cave’s existence, he eventually concluded that it was a “paleoburrow,” dug, he believes, by an extinct species of giant ground sloth. Continue reading Science Continues to be Unsettled

Name your poison, pardner

So I was glancing at the American Council on Science and Health article The Environmental Defense Fund’s Silly Food Chemical Claim, and came across an unfamiliar term, the threshold of toxicological concern (TTC). A bit of link-chasing landed me in the midst of a delightfully geeky set of toxicology tutorials at the ChemSafetyPro website. Probably more than you or I would ever want to know, but it’s all in plain view for the interested. Cool stuff. Tip from Maggie’s Farm. Continue reading Name your poison, pardner

Coronavirus Cumbia

Mexicans (and their Tex-Mexican cousins) can always turn tragedy into hilarity.  Check out these coronavirus cumbias: + Mr Cumbia does a great mash-up Grupo EL CAPI does a straight-up band performance with social distancing Ricardo Munoz does another over-the-top mash-up at ChinoVlogs Erik Arturo and buds ham it up to Mr Cumbia’s soundtrack My fave: Mexican health professionals showing how it’s done (handwashing si, cumbia, no) Continue reading Coronavirus Cumbia

(Clinical) Trial of the Century

The World Health Organization steps up to the coronavirus plate with what appears to be history’s most ambitious screening experiment. On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a large global trial, called SOLIDARITY, to find out whether any can treat infections with the new coronavirus for the dangerous respiratory disease. It’s an unprecedented effort—an all-out, coordinated push to collect robust scientific data rapidly during a pandemic. The study, which could include many thousands of patients in dozens of countries, has been designed to be as simple as possible so that even hospitals overwhelmed by an onslaught of COVID-19 patients … Continue reading (Clinical) Trial of the Century

Some Wu Flu Hacks

We’re all getting into social distancing big time, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  And everyone knows about wash-your-hands-don’t-touch-your-face-sneeze-into-a-tissue precautions. But here are four more behavior changes to help avoid infection: avoid those hot-air hand dryers in public restrooms, they’re germ blasters use disposables instead of  reusable shopping bags, they’re mobile petri dishes clean your freakin’ cell phone periodically, it’s a crud collector ditch the face mask, it may increase your risk, and it just makes you look like a poser a$$hole Oh, a pilon:  THE FIVE SECOND RULE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY. Over at Breitbart, John Nolte unleashes a … Continue reading Some Wu Flu Hacks

It Takes More Than a Beard

So it’s not just me who thinks the current craze for men’s beards is just so much bullshit.  Writing in the Washington Examiner, Suzanne Venker says “Looking masculine is one thing, being masculine is another”. Will these beards help attract women? Absolutely. But unless men learn to develop and proudly own their masculine core, the lack of shaving will be all for naught because it’s just a ruse. Looking masculine is great. But being masculine? That’s a home run. To top it off, most bearded males are sloppy groomers, suggesting they’re lightweights from the get-go.  Think I’m wrong?  Consider this … Continue reading It Takes More Than a Beard