Pseudo Random News and Comment

Consciousness After Death: Strange Tales From the Frontiers of Resuscitation Medicine  I think he’s let a desire to believe something outrun the science to support it. He also seems to assume consciousness resides only in the brain rather than being an emergent property of a complex system involving the entire body as well as the brain.

The Most Stressful Places to Live  The least stressful state is, of course, Hawaii.

I’m on the drug that killed Paul Erdős  Smart drugs are coming to a workplace near you, and some day they may even do what is hoped. Keep in mind you can’t turn a donkey into a racehorse, and more isn’t always better.

Two days of staging as effective as four for high-altitude climbs  The short-term adaptations are quite rapid so there’s no point in diddling around any longer.

After Boston: Don’t Get Fooled Again by the ‘War on Terror’ Hawks  Nice dissection and prophylaxis.

Low-dose aspirin stymies proliferation of two breast cancer lines, study finds  More benefits from lowly, old aspirin.

Flu shots boosted by exercise  In moderation – prolonged intensive exercise is an immunosuppressant.

IRS Says It Will Change Its Policy On Looking At Emails Without A Warrant… At Some Point  Never assume you have any privacy. Perhaps at the end of a long trail, under a waterfall, whispering into the ear of someone is safe, but only perhaps, only if you’re not already under surveillance, and only for a very limited period of time.

My answer to John Hussman  Good example of the importance of knowing your time frame and goals. In 1995 when I first had the epiphany that we would be repeating the market action of the 1970’s on a grander scale I had intended to trade the swings like a madman. Instead, my time frame changed and I’ve mostly done nothing. Either way can be right (and it’s possible to do both at the same time).

An example:  Broadening the Window – Aligning Indicators with Correct Holding Periods

Virus kills melanoma in animal model, spares normal cells  Edging just a little closer to the immortality virus.

Decision making in scientific peer review unravelled with mathematical modelling  With all the fraud going on, is there any doubt this bit of reverse engineering will be abused?

Random Thoughts on Apple  Nice summary. The biggest risk to me is a very large percent of revenue is from the latest products so it wouldn’t take more than a couple bad quarters for Apple to lose a significant chunk of their revenue….and Samsung Galaxy is doing quite well in China.

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