I read this article in The West a little while ago, and it hit my bad-science peeve button. “Half of WA women drink throughout pregnancy“. This beat-up is certainly not alone in drawing conclusions that do not follow from the data, but it’s a particularly egregious example. The newspaper reports on a study that looked at data from the Western… Read more →
Update 16 Sep 2009: Last year’s $211 million figure for taxpayer-funded obstetric care, mostly of pregnancies and births that are or could have been normal, has blown out further to $298 million. [Via the Courier Mail.] ~~~ The Maternity Services Review is finally out. But you knew that, because last week the Australian Medical Association published a badly flawed paper… Read more →
This otter, courtesy of IRGlover on flickr, is begging for a caption. (For a simple captioning tool, try roflbot.) Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a great book? Anything in the news that you’d like… Read more →
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O, video editing software, how I love thee so! Actually, I have very little skill with video editing software, nor do I have the time to acquire such skills, but fortunately, there are plenty of people with an abundance of both, who are willing to put their efforts towards splicing episodes of Doctor Who, putting them to music, and sharing… Read more →
Emma_in_oz has identified as a feminist for fifteen years. (And as an SF fan, and as a medievalist, and as a fan of crafts, and…) Emma_in_oz is a single mother by choice – Pearl is nine months old. ~~~ I have a friend who says ‘being child-unfriendly is just the same as being women-unfriendly’. I used to agree, but now… Read more →
Have peer review committees just given up on actually including a statistician these days? or do the statisticians need to do more sociology classes?
An otter juggling pebbles. What more could you want on a Saturday morn? Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires, so long as it’s not the subject of an already active thread. (The bushfires are ——–> that way.) What’s on your mind? ~~~ Update: (for those following the Whedon subthread, direct links to… Read more →
I was rather taken today by the story of Jean Hirst. This 72-year-old woman was giving three teenage girls a lift after asking them directions to a theatre. One of the girls thought she saw an easy mark, grabbed Hirst’s handbag, and ran off. Not so fast, however. What she didn’t know was that Hirst wasn’t just a retired teacher,… Read more →
Apparently, ladies, we are expecting far too much on Valentine’s Day and are just selfish, selfish, selfish! We should be, according to this little spiel, be secretly arranging for him to have the day off on Friday (and three of his mates as well) packing his golf clubs in the car and driving him to the golf course to play… Read more →
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I just watched “The Doctors” on birthing. They called the show “The Alternative Birthing Debate”. I thought I’d live-semi-transcribe it for you. Some of this is quickly paraphrased, but the quoted material is not misquoted in ways (I hope) that misrepresent the speakers. Typos and grammos probably abound. I could have point-by-pointed it, but I thought it might be more… Read more →
THE doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.