Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREAT MOMENTS OF FACT-CHECKING: New York Mag’s Boy Genius Investor Made It All Up.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WELCOME TO THE 21st CENTURY: Scientists have put a worm’s brain into a Lego robot’s body - and it works. There's video.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

DOES MALCOLM GLADWELL have a plagiarism problem?

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

WHAT, NO DEMONSTRATIONS HERE? Grand Jury Refuses To Indict Cops Who Killed Man With Down Syndrome Who Wouldn’t Leave Movie.

Friday, December 05, 2014

NO, China hasn't overtaken U.S., and may not ever.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

WHY 84% of vegetarians and vegans return to meat. I'd have never imagined there were so many.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AS IF THEY WEREN'T DOING THAT ALREADY: John Kerry Advised Russian Foreign Minister ‘Just Ignore Obama’.

Friday, November 21, 2014


When the late Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez came into power in 1998, he saw in his movement an answer to capitalism and a solution to Latin America's soaring inequalities. Chávez's aspirations were clearly global, and he even had the gumption to list "preserving life on the planet and saving the human species" as part of his 2012 election platform.

For a while, it seemed as if all of Latin America would catch the chavista wave. But though voters in Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, and Nicaragua elected governments that shared Venezuela's ideology and outlook, the wave seemed to die down toward the end of the 2000s.

Now, it seems to be rising in the unlikeliest of places: Spain.

Read the rest for a good rundown on the extensive links between Venezuela and the new kids on the block in Spain. And then pray for us if they win. I'm not too concerned, though. I see this a bit like the Beppe Grillo phenomenon in Italy: a seemingly lifechanging phenomenon that fizzles as soon as they find themselves elected and people realize they're not as different to the others as they claimed while campaigning.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Five nuclear engineers were assassinated last week in a mysterious attack just north of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based NGO that monitors the crisis in Syria, one of the victims was gunned down when their car was ambushed was Iranian.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MUST BE A PANDEMIC: Virus that 'makes humans more stupid' discovered.

AND THE NYT explains it as if was the most normal thing:

The apartment checked off every box on the buyers’ wish list: airy, gracious, great views of the park. It was in a terrific building, one of the most prestigious on the Upper East Side. The couple moved in, unpacked and tried without success over the next few months to get settled.

In the end, they packed up and moved out, said their broker, Barbara Fox, the founder of the Fox Residential Group, because of a pervasive sense that they didn’t belong. It wasn’t that their neighbors were standoffish, ignored them in the elevator or didn’t invite them to their parties — though in fact the whole thing did come down to parties.

“Frankly,” Ms. Fox said, “they just felt the building had too many Republicans.”

To me it looks pretty intolerant and close-minded.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

NO OFFENSE: The New Threats to Free Speech.

Friday, October 31, 2014

THE POPE DECLARED there's no conflict between Big Bang, evolution and Catholic faith… in 1951.

UPDATE. Time magazine has more.

GREAT PIECE at The New Yorker on Billy Joel. Long, but well worth a read.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AT THE SAME TIME? Sex with 21 women lowers risk of prostate cancer, academics find.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TRUE: The Internet Has Enriched Us More Than Flying Cars Would Have.

I'm no fan of flying cars: if people are lousy drivers in 2D, just imagine on 3D — a nightmare. Plus, imagine the debris of what would be a fender-bender down on earth, falling down on pedestrians…

WAIT, WASN'T SCIENCE SETTLED? Past Climate Change Was Caused by the Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere, New Rutgers Study Finds.

JUST ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES? Taxes on Information Technologies Threatening Economic Growth, Report Says.

Is there a reason why this principle doesn't apply to just about any sector?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

VEGETARIANS, MURDERERS! Researchers Have Found That Plants Know They Are Being Eaten.

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREAT RESOURCE: Every Single Flu Vaccine Myth, Debunked.

GREAT! Nina Pham, Dallas nurse treated for Ebola at NIH now ‘virus free’.


Venezuela is forcing companies to pay an average 61 percent more for dollars in government auctions compared with a year ago, according to estimates by Barclays Plc. The sales are the only way most of them can get their hands on scarce foreign currency to purchase goods from abroad without access to the official exchange rate of 6.3 bolivars per dollar.

The South American nation is seeking to ease a chronic dollar shortage caused by years of increasing government control over the foreign-exchange market and economy. At the same time, President Nicolas Maduro may be reluctant to pursue a devaluation of the official rate out of concern it would add to the world’s highest inflation rate and deepen shortages that sparked deadly protests earlier in the year.

“They’re not jumping up and down and putting ads in the paper that they’ve devalued the currency, but that’s what they’re effectively doing,” Jim Craige, who oversees $50 billion of emerging-market assets as a money manager at Stone Harbor Investment Partners LP, said by phone from New York on Oct. 6. “The 6.3 rate isn’t anywhere close to reality.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MORE GOOD NEWS: Dallas Nurse Amber Ray Vinson Reportedly Free Of Ebola.

Meanwhile, Nina Pham, the other nurse, seems to be doing better, just as her dog. “If this good news continues, it would appear that the first “Ebola crisis” in the United States will be over by early November.”

Just in time for the election!

REGARDING YESTERDAY'S TERROR ATTACK IN OTTAWA: Muslim convert who shot dead Canadian soldier is the privately-educated son of country’s immigration chief and has links to Syrian terrorist claims friend from mosque.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TINA BROWN nails it: “And I think they’re beginning to feel a bit that Obama’s like that guy in the corner office, you know, who’s too cool for school, calls a meeting, says this has to change, doesn’t put anything in place to make sure it does change, then it goes wrong and he’s blaming everybody.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

IS 21 DAYS LONG ENOUGH FOR EBOLA QUARANTINE? Short answer: we don't really know.

EXCELLENT NEWS: Spanish nurse's aide found to be Ebola-free in third test.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DAMN: “The Texas Department of State Health Services says that a second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease.”

Monday, October 13, 2014

SOME HEADS WILL EXPLODE OVER THIS: “Bono: controversial tax laws have brought Ireland the only prosperity it’s ever known; U2 singer says capitalism and commerce play a vital role in lifting people out of poverty and that Ireland’s tax policies benefit the country’s economy.