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War on Drugs prohibition comic – Stuart McMillen…

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The War on Drugs?!

Interesting cartoon showing a historic comparison, and I learned that Milton Friedman was against in for economic reasons.

via Russell Nelson??

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War on Drugs prohibition comic – Stuart McMillen cartoons

The uncanny parallels between alcohol Prohibition and the ‘war on drugs’. 28 page comic by Stuart McMillen about Milton Friedman’s views on drug laws.

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October 9, 2012 at 6:44 am

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It’s the incentive structure, people! Why science reform must come from the granting agencies.

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I discussed this same issue in Medicine sometime ago, if it were so that a solution is thought te have been found them the sampling rate should increase. This is a case of search satisfaction – you expected to find something found something so you stop searching rather than finishing your search. While in a larger sample set or more regression to the mean takes place, which means the results come closer to the average..

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April 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm

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6 Months of Security Links #2011

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I’m a regular curator of daily links, and like to give overviews of my collection of curated links and posts. This is partly as there are some good sources and articles in here and as I am working on a research project which I started based on a number of books I read.

I’m sure you’ll find something interesting in the items below – there are some gems in the list – and I dare to hazard the guess you might learn something you wanted to know. 🙂

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July 15, 2011 at 4:10 pm

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This year’s book reviews #2010

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Programming Hands

As always I read far more in 2010 than I blogged about, and most of the books I did blog about were treasures. I hope I inspired you to read at least one of them. And you have certainly noticed that I have added them all to the bookstore to make it easier for you to find out more about them.

I’ve had this title in my head for about a week now, the title is natur…

I’m reading Bruce Sterling‘s Islands in the Net – Amazon de…

As followers of mine will know I love xkcd, and he has some gems such as this…

I read Amsterdam: The Brief Life of a City by Geert Mak in English rather tha…

I’ve seen the film more than a dozen times, but I had yet to read Star …

Brian Jacques‘s book Outcast of Redwallfollows Veil the ferret who is r…

The Odessa File, by Frederick Forsyth, is another of the books I am keeping s…

Brian Jacques‘s book Martin the Warrior is another book from the Redwal…

I found The Moon’s a Balloon, by David Niven, in a box of old books. I …

Mossflower by Brian Jacques is probably my favourite of the Redwall series, t…

Timothy Leary once told us to “Turn on, tune in, drop out“, and a…

For some reason I had the book Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, by Br…

After having seen many films and read many books I expected that Hitler: The …

One of my first real American comics was Thor, I really liked it. Sadly it re…

I like Ontologies, Taxonomies and Folksonomies. I’m currently reading W…

I read Mario Puzo famed book The Godfather after having seen the movie a numb…

As I previously said I bought Anathem at the same time I bought Cryptonomicon…

I borrowed a number of books from an aunt of mine, who reviewed these books f…

I was standing in a secondhand book store with my father, and we wandered rou…

As an early Christmas gift my father gave me vouchers he didn’t want to…

The Snake is the first book I have read by John Godey, it was recommended to …

In the company I work for they are introducing the Agile FrameWork, in the fo…

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Go to Warp #science

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According to Discovery Warp Drive Engine Would Travel Faster Than LightYou just wouldn’t travel faster than light.” It’s apparently the space around the ship which is travelling faster than light, the ship itself would remain stationary.

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July 29, 2008 at 2:05 am

Why We Can Believe Conspiracies #health

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Everybody has some kind of believe in conspiracies, whether they are based on true or false data. The ability to see connections in the world around us is something that led to modern science as we know it. Scientific American reports that Anecdotal Evidence Can Undermine Scientific Results and make us believe there are connections that can’t be substantiated by scientific method.

Our brains have evolved so that they “… pay attention to anecdotes, false positives (believing there is a connection between A and B when there is not) are usually harmless, whereas false negatives (believing there is no connection between A and B when there is) may take you out of the gene pool.

But I still don’t know who was on the grassy knoll.

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July 28, 2008 at 9:38 pm

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Environmental Problem? Just Add Chemicals!

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In the article A dash of lime — a new twist that may cut CO2 levels back to pre-industrial levels they go into the details of removing CO2 from the air by adding lime to seawater. “Adding lime to seawater increases alkalinity, boosting seawater’s ability to absorb CO2 from air and reducing the tendency to release it back again. … The process of making lime generates CO2, but adding the lime to seawater absorbs almost twice as much CO2. The overall process is therefore ‘carbon negative’. ” There is a nice Open Source project Cquestrate.

So we have a problem of our own creation, a problem from introducing too much of one chemical into the environment. The solution might be to pour a different chemical into the sea to fix the problem. It could also be completely misguided.

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July 28, 2008 at 9:24 pm

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Granite Contains Uranium #health

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Your beautiful kitchen could be poisoning you! I though it was very funny when I started reading it. “Granite, as it turns out, contains levels of uranium, which is not only radioactive but releases radon gas as it decays.1” According to the article it can also contain other nuclear materials such as thorium and potassium, although I can’t exactly remember when potassium became nuclear.

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July 28, 2008 at 9:57 am

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Tr2n Trailer (Tron 2) #movie

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A trailer for the movie Tron 2, due to be released in 2011, has leaked onto the internet. They have already started blocking the links so hurry over to watch the trailers on Filmstalker or Gizmodo.

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July 27, 2008 at 11:31 pm

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Quantum Entanglement [rant]

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I just read Testing “spooky action-at-a-distance” on the International Space Station, which is quite an old article. I was lead there because I was Meta-Moderating on /.. I can’t believe that somebody had rated the following comment as Insightful:

He’s suggesting using entanglement to communicate faster than light. I think he’s forgetting that once your manipulate the photon, it will no longer be in sync with its pair.

It’s as if this person didn’t read the first line in the article explaining:

Entanglement is the strange and beautiful property of certain quantum particles to become so deeply linked that they share the same existence. According to quantum theory, that link should be maintained whatever the distance between the particles, whether the width of an atom or the diameter of the universe.

In other words if you manipulate it in one place it will change in the other, how could it otherwise be quantum entangled. He is confusing changing the photon’s spin in Quantum Encryption, which allows Alice and Bob to see whether the message has been tampered with, and Quantum Entanglement.

Now I don’t claim to understand Quantum Physics, and I understand confusing Quantum Encryption with Quantum Entanglement. Just read the first line of the article already! *sigh*

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July 15, 2008 at 4:27 pm

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