Pseudo Random News and Comment

Why Is It So Hard to Keep the IRS Out of Politics? A: Because it’s so damn politically useful. I especially love this bit: “If I were Obama, I’d ask Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor…” Eric Holder. Ummm……

Is Psychiatry Dishonest?  Are its lips moving? Good piece on the emperor’s new clothes.

Let’s Cut Through the Bitcoin Hype: A Hacker-Entrepreneur’s Take The best thing I’ve read about bitcoin recently, maybe ever.

Our Algorithms Can Predict Future Disasters — Now What?  Knowledge is power, but also questions and confusion. Too many false alarms will quickly be ignored.

Living close to major road may impair kidney function. At least in stroke patients.

How to quickly spot signs of a stroke. Maybe. I had a hemorrhagic stroke and had none of these signs.

Did FBI Counterterrorism Agent Reveal That Feds Now Record All Phone Calls?  Of course! An obvious attempt to prove we’re getting our money’s worth with the million acres of server farms. They can’t fill up that much hardware with only employee porn stashes.

Exercise-related changes in estrogen metabolism may lower breast cancer risk. Get up, stand up, stand up for your breasts. If that gets used in a PSA I want some money.

Secular Bull or Bear? Excellent summary. Secular bears are no stranger to new highs, which makes diagnosis difficult. But if it was obvious which, it would have already happened.

Investment Risk Re-imagined Excellent rethinking of risk.

Study links diet with daytime sleepiness and alertness in healthy adults.  Fat puts you to sleep. Carbs do the opposite, Protein does neither.

Antibiotics could cure 40% of chronic back pain patients I had to check the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. It’s not. Backaches could be contagious.

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