John R. Moffett PhD is a research neuroscientist in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Moffett's main area of research focuses on the brain metabolite N-acetylaspartate, and an associated genetic disorder known as Canavan disease.
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(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 18, 2014
"We have set the world ablaze, and we are the only firemen" The neocons and their neoliberal allies in United States spend a lot of time and energy meddling in world affairs, and then using the dire blowback as an unassailable reason for much more meddling. In every case it appears as though some of the volunteer firemen are themselves pyromaniacs, intent on immolating easy targets and then presenting themselves as the only solution to the inferno.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 5, 2014
"HTTPS Everywhere" More secure browsing courtesy of the EFF and Tor The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tor Project have teamed up to make a browser extension called "HTTPS Everywhere" which will set up secure connections to many web sites.
(14 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 28, 2013
Cloud services now remove your fourth amendment rights to your data A ruling by NY District Court Judge William H. Pauley III has effectively resulted in revoking your ownership of your data if you use cloud data backup services in the US. Citing concerns about terrorists Judge Pauley ruled that if you turn your data over to third parties, then you no longer are protected by the fourth amendment.
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 31, 2013
How Monsanto and Friends Put the Frankenstein in Frankenfoods Frankenfoods sounds like a catchy way to cast doubts on the safety of genetically modified foods, but does the analogy with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein really apply?
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 20, 2013
Terrorism is just so darn sensational, who can resist? The New York Times this morning had at least 8 top stories on the bombings and manhunt in Boston, and just one on the Texas fertilizer plant explosion disaster. And this is while the disaster in Texas was still unfolding with funerals and a continued search for the missing. It wasn't as interesting that people are still missing in the Texas explosion because it wasn't a terrorist event.
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, April 5, 2013
Definitely Not a Wolf in Dog's Clothing; New Evidence on how Dogs are Different from Wolves Are dogs just funny looking wolves? Substantial scientific evidence indicates that modern domestic dogs were originally derived from wild wolf populations over 30,000 years ago, probably somewhere in Eurasia. Dogs can interbreed with wolves to produce "wolfdogs", indicating that they have not changed sufficiently to have lost the capacity to produce hybrids. Dogs share many similarities with wolves...
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 1, 2013
ARMY Inc. The initial IPO for the stock (ticker ARMY) is set for later today, and is expected to shatter records for all previous IPOs combined.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, November 5, 2012
Can corporations convince California voters that they don't want to know what's in their food? The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a Washington DC based trade association of major food manufacturers, has made it their top priority to defeat Proposition 37 this November. As a result, many agribusiness, chemical and food industry corporations are donating large sums of money to defeat proposition 37.
(58 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 23, 2012
President Obama's Complete Dismissal of the Progressive Agenda Setting aside what the President says about his agenda on the campaign trail, let's take a look at his record over the last 3 and a half years and some of the reasons why so many progressives are looking for alternatives this coming November.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 1, 2012
Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on the Constitutionality of the US Constitution The Commerce Clause of the US Constitution reared its ugly head again today as the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Scalia v Ginsberg on the constitutionality of the US Constitution.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 23, 2012
War Nation: Military Keynesianism's Iron Grip on Washington When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 there was discussion of a peace dividend, meaning a shift away from a wartime economy to a peacetime economy. This would entail "economic conversion" of a substantial portion of the industrial base of the US economy from "guns to butter" as they saying goes. We never did see a peace dividend, and military spending has more than doubled in the ensuing two decades.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, April 1, 2011
GE to Acquire US Government Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of GE and the White House Business Czar was said to be in talks with US CEO Barak Obama on the details of the acquisition.
(70 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Many Progressives will Sit this Election Out The progressive movement that propelled Barack Obama to the Presidency has very little reason to come out to vote for the Democrats this fall. If Republicans make gains in the House and Senate, it is not because they offer a better plan for America, it is because the progressive Democratic electorate have been demoralized by the decidedly un-progressive agenda of the Democratically led Congress and White House.
(32 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 29, 2010
Homeopathy: A Touch of Glass So what is really in that vial of homeopathic "medicine"?
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Is Your Drinking Water Safe, and what can you do about it? The NY Times reported today that over 49 million homes in the US receive municipal water that is contaminated with pollutants at levels that far exceed Safe Drinking Water Act standards. The pollutants range from arsenic to radium to dry cleaning solvent. Some water systems were found to contain high levels of dangerous bacteria from human sewage.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 2, 2009
The Real Swine Flu Conspiracy Both the political left and the political right have their favorite swine flu conspiracy theories concerning the origins of the H1N1 strain of influenza that has caused unnecessary panic around the world.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Dinosaur Murder Plot Thickens Most non-scientists have an unrealistic view of science as some edifice of knowledge that inexorably grows larger and more precise with time and effort. In reality, science is a messy business whose practitioners are often forced to toss out long held dogma after it has become part of the public consciousness. So it is with one of the most popular beliefs about earth's history, and the fate of the dinosaurs...
(14 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Senator Arlen Specter to Switch to Democratic Party In the Republicans worst nightmare, the powerful Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter, is said to be contemplating switching to the Democratic party, or running for re-election as a Democrat in 2010.
(87 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Was it Nanotech-Thermite or Phasers that took down the WTC? A recently published article in an online science journal has come to the conclusion that minute flakes of thermite have been identified in particle samples collected at the site of the World Trade Center collapse.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Is Your Computer Ready for the Confiker Virus on April 1st? It will probably turn out to be as non-eventful for most computer users as Y2K was back on Jan 1st 2000, but there is reason to make sure your computer is updated before April Fool's Day tomorrow. April Fool's Day is a notorious day for hackers to unleash their work, and this year is no different.