Archive for December, 2004

Natural born killers

Don’t trust a southpaw

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5ives: Merlin’s Lists of Five Things

Is gud yah.

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Justice Dept. memo redefines acts of torture

Very strange news out of the US. The Justice department has just released an official memo with a realistic definition of torture, and when discussing what circumstances or authorities might allow for torture states: “consideration of the bounds of any such authority would be inconsistent with the president’s unequivocal directive that United States personnel not engage in torture.”

I wonder what Rummy, Dick, and George think of such shockingly librul ideas.

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Biotech companies fight generic genetics

And they use a patheticallyt overburdened and dysfunctional US PTO to do it. (and just in case that fails, they want biotech generics to be much more stricttly regulated than non-biotech generics)

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The Graphing Calculator Story

Oh, that’s a great story!

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Acupuncture works to relieve arthritis pain: study

Excellent news. 570 patients were given drugs and one of:

  • acupuncture
  • fake acupuncture
  • a self-help pain management course

“By week eight, patients receiving true acupuncture began showing a significant increase in function and by week 14 a significant decrease in pain, compared to those in the other groups,” Berman’s team reported in the Dec. 21 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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McFarlane files for Chapter 11

He’s such a dick

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