Advice & Dissent: 2005

"Indonesia on brink of bird flu epidemic," blares the headline in the online version of the Courier-Mail, one of Australia's largest-circulation newspapers. Total deaths? Uh, one possible but none confirmed. Okay, total infected? Uh, seven possible but none confirmed. Total…Read More
Once again the media show either their ignorance or bias or both in reporting on stem cells, this time regarding a study finding that fetal stem cells can help restore movement in mice whose spinal cords have been severed. Mind you, these are not the media's favorite type of stem…Read More
Oh my, Michael! She's BAAAAAA-CK!!!! It's Joyce Reilly, nurse/ghoul, she of the thousands of dying Desert Storm Vets and their deformed children and fluorescent semen. It's late here on the left coast and I've been listening to Lars Larson's talk show and there she was, making…Read More
In my recent piece on Chernobyl and the disaster that wasn't, I noted that no American has ever been harmed by nuclear energy but "that accidents caused by natural gas, petroleum products, and accidents and black lung disease from coal take a steady toll of lives each year." That…Read More
Some months ago Korean researchers claimed to have allowed a paraplegic of 19 years, a 37-year-old woman, to walk again with a treatment that included an injection of umbilical cord stem cells into the injured area. At first I welcomed this development with open arms, then since…Read More
I hope nobody got the idea from my column on Tysabri that its return is a done deal just because it ought to be a done deal. It's not. A bit of lobbying by MS patients and their loved ones won't hurt a bit. You can e-mail FDA at In the subject line it needs to…Read More
She left a message on the leftist blogsite sniffing, "I am watching CNN and it is 100 percent Rita .... even though it is a little wind and a little rain ... it is bad, but there are other things going on in the country today ... and in the world." Yes, that tiny…Read More
Well, at least that's what Chris Cheronis says in an open letter he sent to me. "My thesis infers that windmills are the principal sic manmade cause of global warming through slowing the long established pre-windmill flow of surface air. Slower winds over oceans retard…Read More
Wesley J. Smith has a good piece in the Weekly Standard on the "baloney, baloney, and pure baloney" of embryonic stem cell hype, both in terms of progress (or lack thereof) and funding. Writes Smith, "When confronted with these and many other astonishing advances in non-embryonic…Read More
John Hawkins from Right Wing News is polling 50 blogers on who should be Pres. Bush's next Supreme Court nominee. I told him that despite being a lawyer I just don't keep up on these things. That said, I told him, "I do concur with the MSM that what's needed is more diversity. So…Read More