Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pharmalot is shuttered -- again

But have no fear. According to Ed Silverman, Pharmalot will resume publication at "Stat, a forthcoming website that will devote itself to tracking the fascinating ins and outs of life sciences."  Watch this space for more details.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Podcast of "The Best-Selling, Billion-Dollar Pills Tested on Homeless People"

The podcast Shaken and Stirred has just released an audio version of my Matter article, "The Best-Selling, Billion-Dollar Pills Tested on Homeless People."

It is also in the iTunes podcast store:

You can sign the petition asking the FDA to take action here. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Universities cultivate tribal solidarity among students and alumni in order to paper over the emptiness at their core

So says Kevin Carey in the New York Times, quoting Clark Kerr: "Professors are a series of individual faculty entrepreneurs held together by a common grievance over parking.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

City Pages on the U's forgery scandal

From Susan Du at City Pages:

A University of Minnesota student reporter was caught fabricating quotes for news articles last week. About the same time, a U researcher was caught forging a federal document. The key difference between the two cases: the Minnesota Daily fired its writer, but the faculty member will not be disciplined.

The rest of the story is here.

Madness Made Me

Madness Made Me from Loading Docs.

"Down the end of the long polished corridor, New Zealander Mary O'Hagan comes face to face with the condemning words written about her in her psychiatric files."

You can read more about Mary O'Hagan, a recipient of the New Zealand Order of Merit, in The New Zealand Herald. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

South Carolina man trolls the KKK with "Ride of the Valkyries" on his sousaphone

 Matt Buck explains: “I didn’t really know how to show my opposition, so that was my way of doing it. Nobody knew where they were; we just happened to see them. Most of the crowd was at the Statehouse waiting for them, and I saw them coming out of a garage.”