Novelist Accurately Portrays Semantic Dementia Decades Before Neurologists
SD patients seen at the Memory and Aging Center tried to preserve their vocabulary by making extensive word lists. A patient fills page after page of specific words followed by parenthetical descriptions of the category into which the words belong, such as "cucumber (food)" and "Cincinnati (city)" In the novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude," Colombian author and Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez describes a whole town
Wednesday, January 14, 2009(14 comments)
Some U.S. House members withhold unconditional support to Israel
While the U.S. Senate gave unanimous approval to a resolution expressing solidarity with Israel last week, a small group of House members refused to give Israel their unconditional support and warned of growing enmity against Israel and the United States.
Saturday, December 20, 2008(5 comments)
Medical conscience rule blends religion and medicine
The Bush administration's new "medical conscience" rule gives moral rights to health care workers in federally funded institutions but undermines a patient's right to informed decision-making and legal health services.
U.S. churches join UN call to end torture
"It is crucial for people of faith to remind the President that the United Methodist Book of Discipline clearly states that "the mistreatment or torture of persons by governments for any purpose violates Christian teaching and must be condemned and/or opposed by Christians and churches wherever and whenever it occurs," according to a statement from the United Methodist Church.
Electron filmed for the first time
Until now an electron's velocity of movement prevented it from being photographed. The recent development of laser technology that can capture images at a speed of 1/1000000000000000000th of a second changes that.
Supreme Court Struts its Conservative Ideology
Remember the calls from citizens, Constitutional experts, and civil rights activists to Sen. Harry Reid to "Shut it down!" (it being the U.S. Senate) when Alito and Roberts were presented for confirmation? Today's Supreme Court rulings confirm their fears.
Saturday, June 23, 2007(2 comments)
What are you doing September 11, 2007?
While impatiently we wait -- for future clean election cycles to pad the Congress and White House with enough "progressives" to take our government and media away from corporations -- we could easily force change in a matter of months.
Iraqi asks Americans to carry on the struggle in "Open letter to Cindy Sheehan"
"Despite all those calamities and difficulties created by these forces, we have decided to continue our struggle to end the occupation.... we have no choice; either ascend to the highest hills and watch how the fire expands and ravages large areas, or carry on the struggle to save humanity in Iraq and the United States."
Iraq Labor vs. ExxonMobil, BP and Shell
Iraq labor unions are finding growing support for their resistance among other unionists, humanists, the international solidarity movement and every day citizens who know the occupation of Iraq is all about controlling the world's oil.
Artists protest Guantanamo and torture
Artists across the country use different means to express their sorrow over the illegal detention and torture of prisoners from more than 40 countries at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Could understanding Terror Management Theory deter human aggression?
For the past 25 years three experiential social scientists have collaborated on the study of human aggression from a biological perspective as well as a cultural one. Their Terror Management Theory is based on the work of the cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker -- who theorized that humans' awareness and denial of death is the guiding force in human behavior.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Minnesota launches first post-election review
The accuracy of Minnesota's e-voting machines will be assessed this fall thanks to a new state law that takes effect with this year's elections. Races for federal office and the governor's race will be reviewed to assess the accuracy of e-voting machines.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
U.S. troops raid IFC head office in Baghdad
The Baghdad headquarters of the Iraq Freedom Congress were raided by U.S. troops last week, according to IFC member Amjad Al-Jawhary.
The IFC, a nonviolent secular resistance movement, condemned the attacks Sept. 7-8, and pledged to continue its peaceful struggle to end the occupation.
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Bioterrorism - An Update on Preparedness
A July 31 Guardian article, "US begins building treaty-breaching germ war defence centre", describes a new germ warfare laboratory that is under construction near Washington. This related article explores America's bioweapons initiatives, what one medical specialty is doing to prepare for bioterrorism threats, and words of caution from physician and scientific organizations.