Advice & Dissent: 2009

Geron Corp. has announced that the FDA has again put on hold what we've long been told will be the first clinical trial involving embryonic stem cells. If you're not shocked, it's because you don't know that it has been portrayed as the first human clinical trial since 2002 when…Read More
This graph from today's weekly CDC influenza report depicts flu and pneumonia deaths collected from 122 cities. Compared to the three previous years you see no unusual flu activity at all; it's within what's called "background noise" range.This is WHO's pandemic? Oh, most…Read More
From the* Washington Post*: Animal Watch Boa Finds New Home Is Quite Commodious Sunday, August 30, 2009 SILVER SPRING, Delancy Dr., 400 block, Aug. 13. A homeowner called Animal Services to report a snake in a toilet. An investigator confirmed that a small boa constrictor had…Read More
In the wake of the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology with its "plausible scenario" of 30,000 - 90,000 swine flu deaths during the cold season comes a report from New York showing how truly mild the disease appears to be. City officials estimate about 80…Read More
Letter to the editor, Washington Post, September 1, 2009 HIV/AIDS Isn't A Shared Risk Regarding the Aug. 29 Metro article "District Launches HIV-Test Campaign": D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was quoted as saying, "Everybody is at risk" regarding HIV/AIDS. Really? Everything I have…Read More
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology got lots of press with its report giving a "plausible scenario" of as many as 90,000 deaths this fall and winter from swine flu. But new research and actual flu data from Australia indicate we could be in for a milder…Read More
The following is from an essay on why people love conspiracy theories: Unfortunately, most people in our culture don't seek enlightenment in their daily reading. They seek either confirmation bias or entertainment, or better yet both together. The last thing they want is a…Read More
"Student's Flu Death Raises Concerns at Nation's Universities," blares the headline of a Fox News story. Turns out the student hadn't even started classes and had a serious underlying health problem, MS. That condition is especially important, because MS is often treated with…Read More
To a grand media reception, the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology issued a paper giving as a "plausible scenario" 30,000 - 90,000 U.S. swine flu deaths, with a peak before Americans would have a chance to get vaccine immunity. It's pork baloney, as I write…Read More
As I write in the New York Post, the Waxman-Markey climate legislation could cost the nation nearly $10 trillion -- while doing virtually nothing to stop warming. That's because to the extent it would reduce warming at all it would do so through limiting "greenhouse gas…Read More