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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.
"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.
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.
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.
Friday, April 5, 2013(14 comments)
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...
Monday, April 1, 2013(3 comments)
The initial IPO for the stock (ticker ARMY) is set for later today, and is expected to shatter records for all previous IPOs combined.
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.
Friday, April 1, 2011(5 comments)
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.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010(70 comments)
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.
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.
Saturday, May 2, 2009(8 comments)
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.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009(9 comments)
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...
Tuesday, April 28, 2009(14 comments)
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.
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.