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August 24, 2011

Can The Court Force Treatment on Jared Loughner?

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my attorney has advised me to punch you


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April 7, 2011

After You Shoot Three Women, Who Should You Call?

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dressing the part


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May 27, 2010

NY v Junco: Sex, Civil, Hygiene, and Mental, All In One Post

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when you lay down with dogs, you come up with fleas


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May 20, 2010

What US v. Comstock Means To You

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October 8, 2009

More On Amygdala, Anxiety, and MRIs

After the last post, I thought, "perhaps I was too broad.  Maybe too political, maybe I didn't have enough concrete examples."

Then I opened my mail.


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April 28, 2009

Written Authority For Standard Of Care

A doctor gets sued for an adverse Zyprexa outcome.


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April 6, 2009

Violence Intervention Program

What does the government want to be true?


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April 4, 2009

One Should Note...

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... that these are the same.


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So much easier for the government if they could put the two together.


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March 16, 2009

When Lilly Pays Out $800M, Where Does That Money Go?

It's easy to get confused by big numbers and health care reform by subterfuge.


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February 13, 2009

MMR Vaccine Finally Cleared Of Assault

Listen carefully, medicos.  It's the sound of your approaching irrelevance.


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February 12, 2009

Judges Accused Of Supporting Social Change As Per Script

Their main crime was that they got paid for it.


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January 9, 2009

The Chart Is Dead, Long Live The Chart




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November 17, 2008

Man Convicted Either For Child Porn Or Nothing

You decide.  Make sure that once you pick, you accept the logical consequences of your choice.


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November 11, 2008

The Supreme Court Hears Arguments That Warning Labels Should Include Things Done Correctly

A handy rule of thumb, good for reading published clinical trials and court cases is this: if you can't understand the basics in fifteen seconds, you are being lied to.


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July 17, 2008

When CGI Porn Looks Real: Is Anyone Thinking About The Children?


Making the internet rounds is a post written by Debbie Nathan, (Pornography: A Groundwork Guide and Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt) on what the government is going to do when computer generated child porn becomes indistinguishable from actual photos. 

Other than freak out.




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May 29, 2008

Law Says To Science, "You're Kidding Me, Right? "


The $253M Vioxx verdict against Merck is overturned.

(It was actually only a reduced $26M verdict, but since the media didn't highlight that fact when Merck lost, I'm following in kind.)

Meanwhile, A New Jersey court removed a $9M punitive damages award in another case, and upheld another Merck verdict in another case.

The court found no evidence that Vioxx caused a fatal cardiac embolus, because-- surprise-- there isn't any evidence.  At best we have an association, not causation, and it may be that the Vioxx itself has nothing at all to do with death.  (Though I realize that the law accepts association as evidence.)

The score is now Merck 11, plaintiff's attorneys 3.

Question: well, what are they supposed to do when there's some evidence that a drug poses a health risk?  Ignore it?

Answer:  who is they?  There isn't supposed to be a they at all.  (There it is again, the steady creep of social democracy, sister of narcissism.)  There's a chemical, it exists, doctors are supposed to know when to use it appropriately.  Not to mention it may later be discovered to have additional value (aspirin, thorazine, thalidomide, etc.) 

When you create a body to decide for doctors whether a drug is worth the risk, then you are saying you do not trust doctors to make this assessment.  Therefore, you do not need doctors at all, you need flowcharts.

Unfortunately, I'll admit, they might be right.



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March 23, 2008

Elizabeth Smart: Hey, You Brought It Up


A post sure to offend everyone, conservatives and liberals, parents and pedophiles.






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February 5, 2008

FDA Discovers That Anticonvulsants Cause Suicide, Too

Or so they find in a preliminary review.

You probably think this is an example of the new FDA, the new anti-Pharma FDA, more attentive to public health, getting their act and their data together for the benefit of Americans.

Ha.  Wrong.


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January 23, 2008

You Can Have Your License Revoked For That?

It's hard to see the truth when the truth is uninteresting, long, or contained in PDF.  What's left is the interesting untruth, which then becomes truth.

And then we all have a big problem.


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December 19, 2007

Deus Ex Homonymia

Answer the following questions, and don't look at the next until you answer the previous:

  1. Does depression in kids raise their risk of violence? 
  2. If a kid is violent, is it more or less likely they are depressed?
  3. If someone is depressed and violent, is it likely they are a kid?
  4. Can you define any of the nouns in the preceding questions?






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