David Katz: Knowing What to Eat, Refusing to Swallow It
This is genuinely tragic, because we have known for literal decades that a short list of behavioral factors, diet salient among them, could cut prevailing overall rates of chronic disease and premature death by an astounding 80 percent. We know this from a vast, diverse, global, impressively unbiased and remarkably consistent literature.
T. Colin Campbell: Cancer: Is It Just Bad Luck or Failed Research?
The consequences of this mutation theory of cancer are deadly. Wrongly assuming that cancer is primarily a product of genetic mutations implies that cancer progression, once started, is unstoppable. It implies that cancer control will depend on identifying and selectively killing specific cancer cells and blocking their responsible genes with targeted drugs. This strategy has been and will continue to be futile because countless combinations of genes and cancer risk factors can change cancer development. Understanding and accepting this complexity means that funding research to identify new cancer drugs, especially targeted drugs with certain but unpredictable side effects is the wrong priority.
Senators McCain, Feinstein, and Levin write to Sony Pictures regarding the depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty:
Recent public opinion polls suggest that a narrow majority of Americans believe that torture can be justified as an effective form of intelligence gathering. This is false. We know that cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of prisoners is an unreliable and highly ineffective means of gathering intelligence.
The use of torture should be banished from serious public discourse for these reasons alone, but more importantly, because it is a violation of the Geneva Conventions, because it is an affront to Americaâ€™s national honor, and because it is wrong.
I’ve finally finished moving this site to a new hosting provider, which was one of the things keeping me from posting lately. Expect blogging activity to resume shortly.
. Shuttleworth and Ubuntu in NYTimes
The RIAA is halting file-sharing lawsuits and instead hopes ISPs will do its dirty work for it. The new tack seems even more nefarious to me. We need collective licensing.
Funny excerpt from Carrie Fisher’s new autobiography.
SpeedFit, first men-powered treadmobile!
Dune buggy + big fan + parasail = flying car!
My brother started a blog about his and his wife’s experiences renovating their new home in Vermont and build a pottery studio.
Cool population-adjusted election maps.
Michael Palin for President. Because apparently anyone can run the free world these days, so why not?
Ubuntu 8.10 is out today.