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Archive for August, 2005

Most Scientific Articles Are…

Posted by Mark on August 31, 2005

Wrong, wrong, wrong:

Most published scientific research papers are wrong, according to a new analysis. Assuming that the new paper is itself correct, problems with experimental and statistical methods mean that there is less than a 50% chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper are true.

John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at the University of Ioannina School of Medicine in Greece, says that small sample sizes, poor study design, researcher bias, and selective reporting and other problems combine to make most research findings false. But even large, well-designed studies are not always right, meaning that scientists and the public have to be wary of reported findings.

If you want to read the actual study, you can find it here. Of course,if the article is correct, the study has more than a 50% chance of being wrong, in which case it would be..right. Which would be…wrong. Right?

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Adopt a Town, or a Family

Posted by Mark on August 31, 2005

Nariel over at Ancient Eyes has come upon a great idea. Head over and read it, then pass it on.

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Most Scientific Articles Are…

Posted by Mark on August 31, 2005

Wrong, wrong, wrong:

Most published scientific research papers are wrong, according to a new analysis. Assuming that the new paper is itself correct, problems with experimental and statistical methods mean that there is less than a 50% chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper are true.

John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at the University of Ioannina School of Medicine in Greece, says that small sample sizes, poor study design, researcher bias, and selective reporting and other problems combine to make most research findings false. But even large, well-designed studies are not always right, meaning that scientists and the public have to be wary of reported findings.

If you want to read the actual study, you can find it here. Of course,if the article is correct, the study has more than a 50% chance of being wrong, in which case it would be..right. Which would be…wrong. Right?

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Do You Believe We Are Fighting Evil People in Iraq?

Posted by Mark on August 31, 2005

Dennis Prager:

Because if you cannot answer it, or avoid answering it, or answer “no,” we know enough about your moral compass to know that further dialogue is unnecessary. In fact, dialogue is impossible. Our understanding of good and evil is so different from yours, there is simply nothing to discuss. Someone who was asked a hundred years ago “Do you believe that whites who lynch blacks are evil?” and refused to answer in the affirmative was not someone one could dialogue with.

Read the whole thing before commenting.

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Adopt a Town, or a Family

Posted by Mark on August 31, 2005

Nariel over at Ancient Eyes has come upon a great idea. Head over and read it, then pass it on.

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Do You Believe We Are Fighting Evil People in Iraq?

Posted by Mark on August 30, 2005

Dennis Prager:

Because if you cannot answer it, or avoid answering it, or answer “no,” we know enough about your moral compass to know that further dialogue is unnecessary. In fact, dialogue is impossible. Our understanding of good and evil is so different from yours, there is simply nothing to discuss. Someone who was asked a hundred years ago “Do you believe that whites who lynch blacks are evil?” and refused to answer in the affirmative was not someone one could dialogue with.

Read the whole thing before commenting.

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My Hardest Post Yet…

Posted by zaphriel on August 30, 2005

I recently wrote the hardest post I have ever had to write in my (short) blogging career. And I decided to do it at the Balance of Power, to open the subject up for discussion. I ask you all please to go there and read what has been written, and add your comments to the comments section. This is what it’s all about people, peaceful, levelheaded, political discussion so go check it out.

and just to wet your appetite… Here’s part of what I wrote.

This is a subject that I only briefly touched on in my own blog. As with allot of things I reserved judgment on this issue until I knew more about it. At first it appeared that Cindy Sheehan was a mother, grieving her son’s death and acting out during the grief process. Having been through this process myself a few times I understand this, and I empathized. For a while I defended her actions in my mind and felt for her, prayed for her.

It soon became apparent that this Gold Star Mom was using her son’s death as a springboard, a way to get herself heard. Not a bad tactic, if it wasn’t so reprehensible. You see the worst thing one can do in the military community is dishonor the fallen. Casey Sheehan knew what he was getting into, and did so of his own free will. I would venture to say that he knew what he was fighting for, since most of us currently serving have known from day one, there has not been any new news that we did not already know.

I am all for a good protest, hell I fight for everyone’s right to do that every day, I swore an oath to it. But I’ll tell you what, the people who need to be protested are not the honorable upstanding soldiers, sailors, and airmen who fight for us all each and every day…(More follows)

Go check it out, become part of the Balance of Power.

Thanks be to Basil’s Blog for the trackbacks

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Catastrophe: Eating Crow

Posted by Mark on August 30, 2005

I desperately wish my post from Monday, LJiC Bought the Hype, had been correct. It’s now clear the hype was real, the catastrophe of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast not overblown, simply delayed. I was horribly, tragically wrong. One of the joys of blogging is seeing your opinions read worldwide. One of the nightmares is when your opinion is so wrong, like this one obviously was.

Few have reported more horrifically, and more eloquently on the disaster than Eye of the Storm:

Monday, August 29, 2005

We the writers of this blog humbly bow ourselves in respect to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and their families.
We cannot understand your pain.
The information we are giving you is filtered through our experiences.
What began as an adventure has quickly turned into heart-wrenching tragedy.
We joked, and may try to find respectful humor again before long, but we do so honestly as a need for distraction.

For those of you seeking information, the following is what we are comfortable passing on for now and we will try to do more as time passes.
-Every building in a low-lying area along the Coast experienced bad damage.
-The roads are mostly impassable or destroyed and the communications lines are spotty at best. This situation will persist for several days.
-Do not try to come here yet. Police, fire and rescue are beyond overworked. Looters are rampant. Hospitals have overflowed. Officials of all stripes lack the words to properly describe the devastation.
As much fun as its been to do this blog, Mike and I are going to be overworked before long. We want to help those of you seeking information but fear telling you the wrong thing, especially with this much destruction and confusion.
Thank you for reading us.

Read through this blog, as it’s writers go from lighthearted to frightened to devastated. It’s a fitting tribute to the power of this storm.
The pictures from this site are devastating as well, as is the wall to wall coverage on the Cable News channels. And it’s likely to get worse. I’ll continue to report as it comes in, humbled by the devastation.

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Catastrophe: Eating Crow

Posted by Mark on August 30, 2005

I desperately wish my post from Monday, LJiC Bought the Hype, had been correct. It’s now clear the hype was real, the catastrophe of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast not overblown, simply delayed. I was horribly, tragically wrong. One of the joys of blogging is seeing your opinions read worldwide. One of the nightmares is when your opinion is so wrong, like this one obviously was.

Few have reported more horrifically, and more eloquently on the disaster than Eye of the Storm:

Monday, August 29, 2005

We the writers of this blog humbly bow ourselves in respect to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and their families.
We cannot understand your pain.
The information we are giving you is filtered through our experiences.
What began as an adventure has quickly turned into heart-wrenching tragedy.
We joked, and may try to find respectful humor again before long, but we do so honestly as a need for distraction.

For those of you seeking information, the following is what we are comfortable passing on for now and we will try to do more as time passes.
-Every building in a low-lying area along the Coast experienced bad damage.
-The roads are mostly impassable or destroyed and the communications lines are spotty at best. This situation will persist for several days.
-Do not try to come here yet. Police, fire and rescue are beyond overworked. Looters are rampant. Hospitals have overflowed. Officials of all stripes lack the words to properly describe the devastation.
As much fun as its been to do this blog, Mike and I are going to be overworked before long. We want to help those of you seeking information but fear telling you the wrong thing, especially with this much destruction and confusion.
Thank you for reading us.

Read through this blog, as it’s writers go from lighthearted to frightened to devastated. It’s a fitting tribute to the power of this storm.
The pictures from this site are devastating as well, as is the wall to wall coverage on the Cable News channels. And it’s likely to get worse. I’ll continue to report as it comes in, humbled by the devastation.

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Open Office: A Real Threat to Microsoft

Posted by Mark on August 30, 2005

I’ve been using Open Office for years now. It’s a great alternative to the massively expensive Microsoft Office, and it’s free. If you’ve got a broadband connection, give it a try. You won’t be sorry.

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