Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Not really about politics.

I sometimes discuss political subjects on this blog, but I'm not really that interested in politics. Much like a lot of people, apparently, as The Monkey Cage reports on a survey finding:

Percent who have not heard of Glenn Beck: 42%

Percent who have heard nothing about the Baucus health care bill: 45%

Percent who have heard nothing about the ACORN prostitution scandal: 43%

Percent who have heard nothing about the 9/12 rally in Washington: 40%


Some people treat politics as a hobby. I'm not really one of them...or, if I am, it's a hobby I only rarely pursue.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A minimum recommended dose?

Of radiation? Maybe. Isegoria links to a study reporting on the result of an accidental Cobalt-60 contamination incident that exposed 10,000 people to 9 to 12 years of chronic radiation.

If the linear-no-threshold (LNT) model constructed based upon data from the atomic explosions in Japan is appropriate for evaluating chronic radiation, such excessive doses received by the contaminated apartment residents could induce at least 35 excess leukemia and 35 solid cancer deaths after 21 years. However, actually no increase cancers were observed. On the contrary, the spontaneous cancer deaths of the residents totaled 243 over 21 years based upon the vital statistics provided by the Taiwanese government. The mortality rate from these cancers dropped to only 3% of the general population as shown in the following graph.

There were also fewer hereditary defects in the children of exposed persons.

Scientists may be able to produce a radioactive vaccine to prevent cancer.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

What has amused me lately

How I got out of writing an essay on HG Wells' The Time Machine.

Lojack your kid!

What goes with toad in the hole? Porn.

"Yeeessss," says Ian, a little unconvinced. "I'd like to do cabbage with something, though. Make it more interesting, give it an extra dimension. Cabbage and [ ]," he says, using his hands to explain. "Rob always cooks it with extra [ ]: it's really nice. Raisins or something."

"Hmmm," I say, unwilling to see in the first toad of the season with wizened fruit.

"I should ask the Internet," says Ian, summoning Google. "Ask it what goes with cabbage."

"Porn."