Pseudo Random News and Comment

Jeb Bush Slams Republican Anti-Immigrant Stance as Loser  Proof that the sun even shines on a dog’s ass once in a while: Jeb gets one right – though his reasoning is unsurprisingly shot full of holes. A family trait.

Guesthouse / HHF architects + Ai Weiwei  Screw the guests, I’m taking this one.

ISM House / I.R.A  Too closed for my taste, particularly in that setting, but I still like it.

Urinary protein excretion—even in the normal range—raises diabetics’ heart risks I guess my paranoia about peeing protein is justified.

Human, soil bacteria swap antibiotic-resistance genes: study  Damn commie bacteria! To each according to his needs.

Harvard Plunges Into Samsung Circle Of Hell As Record 125 Undergrads Probed For Plagiarism  It’s not their fault, they had yet to take an ethics course so had no way to know they were doing anything wrong, and were taken in by the “sharing is caring” file sharing slogan. Or their parents’ example. Not sure which.

EFF Sues to Get Secret Court Rulings Showing Feds Violated Spy Law   Government employed judges ruling on the legality of government action, based on the government’s interpretations of legality. Good luck with that.

Moving toward regeneration: Scientists show how pluripotent stem cells mobilize in wounded planarian worms  A long way from being able to get them to march on command.

Focus Media – the key post: Four interpretations of the accounts  Most likely a mixture of B,C and D. It’s just the way things are done. Looting public companies is a way of life and you simply can’t operate on any scale in China without bribes. There is no point in running a company that falls completely under interpretation D since there’s little money to be made absent looting. Further, anyone who thinks they can discern related parties in China is delusional. It’s a constantly shifting web, spanning generations, remote family connections, former classmates back to grade school, former business partners, neighbors, friends, and/or whomever is convenient in the current circumstances. I have immense respect for their abilities in this game, but there is no way in hell I will ever knowingly play it by investing there. But I’m sure the self-described smartest guys in the room from Wall St. will have no trouble figuring it out.

Lance Armstrong cycling debacle slowly coming to a boil:

Hamilton says Armstrong gave him EPO before 1999 Tour de France Pimping the new book with some details.

USADA responds to Liggett’s claims of bribery in Armstrong case  Long time apologist for LA has lost it. Maybe his long friendship with Lance and a partnership with LA and Paul Sherwin in a Ugandan gold mine has influenced his judgment.

Armstrong: I won the Tour de France seven times  Yes, he did. But, even though everyone was doping, he appears to be the only one who was able to make positive tests disappear and get advance warning of surprise tests. The UCI is still waiting to see how much dirt was spilled to USADA before deciding how to CYA.

If the UCI gets control of the Armstrong case and buries it, look for a breakaway cycling federation to form, and threats of cycling being booted from the Olympics.

No, Dude, China is Not “Okay”  Several interesting points in this. My favorite quote: “According to the National REO Brokers Association, more than 50 percent of homebuyers nationwide are investors, paying 5 to 25 percent above market prices.”  When I think of investors, I think of Buffett and Klarman. Does getting into bidding wars and paying above market prices sound like something they would do? Sounds more like unrepentant flippers and late-night infomercial watchers to me.

20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Autopsies  Good pre-meal reading for dieters.

Genome Brings Ancient Girl to Life  Fascinating stuff. I still have some doubts about the methodology and assumptions based on a sample of one.

What Makes Work Worth Doing? This always seems to elude me.

Hemoglobin Targets for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients with Anemia: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis  I think until these studies account for baseline pre-CKD Hb levels it will never make any sense. Someone who is naturally 16 Hb should have different results when raised back to 13 than someone whose pre-CKD level was naturally 11. Data availability is a big problem though.

Hula found to be a promising cardiac rehabilitation therapy  Unfortunately it probably won’t work if you only watch.

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