Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Links to Drink By-- fetus-in-a-jar Edition

Brits deny Bush's claims that torture helped foil terror plots.

Ron Paul is crazy, but he's intellectually honest.

Chris Hedges: Cynicism laid bare, the corporate elite vs the fearful screamers, and the rest of us stuck in the crossfire.

A climate science heretic speaks out: the inherent uncertainly of science and groupthink. Judith Curry blogs about the article.

Scientists saw global warming as far back as the 1970's.

George Bush says that a fetus-in-a-jar led to his pro-life views. I don't know about that, but it certainly explains the alcoholism and drug abuse. What a whack family.

Speaking of which, here's another clear case of child abuse. How can this be accepted in civilized society?

Surgeon Atul Gawande presents the compelling reason to pursue the profession I have, and it's not the glamor of long sleepless nights:

Doctors in other fields have always looked down their masked noses on their obstetrical colleagues. Obstetricians used to have trouble attracting the top medical students to their specialty, and there seemed little science or sophistication to what they did. Yet almost nothing else in medicine has saved lives on the scale that obstetrics has. Yes, there have been dazzling changes in what we can do to treat disease and improve people’s lives. We now have drugs to stop strokes and to treat cancers; we have coronary-artery stents, artificial joints, and mechanical respirators. But those of us in other fields of medicine don’t use these measures anywhere near as reliably and as safely as obstetricians use theirs.

(Excellent piece; if you read one thing today, read this entire article)

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