Friday, August 28, 2009

The Myth of the Monolith

There was an interesting opinion piece by Professor Olivier Roy and Justin Vaisse in the NY Times entitled, "How to Win Islam Over."

Vaisse is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute

Olivier Roy, is author of "The Failure of Political Islam," a standard text on political Islam. There is an interesting interview of him as part of the series, "Conversations with history."

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Qur'an: Surah Baqara by Salah Budair

Ramadan 2009 - The Big Picture

Absolutely beautiful photo essay in The Boston Globe about Ramadan...check it out:

Friday, August 07, 2009

Give that bird a drink, never mind I'll get it myself!

This is a fascinating story about some ingenious birds. Check it out:

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Ghostwriters paid by Wyeth Aided its Drugs

The NY Times and others have uncovered that Wyeth used ghostwriters to write a large number of journal articles trumpeting the merits of hormone replacement therapy. These articles were often published as review articles or editorials, formats that are designed to influence physician thinking on a subject.

Often, physicians would sign their names on to such documents, with minimal original contribution, presumably in exchange for pay or simply the "academic" output such a publication would provide.

These discoveries were made as a result of ongoing lawsuits against Wyeth for the deleterious effects of hormone replacement therapy on inappropriately selected female patients.

It's just a reminder to me about the importance of learning to read the medical literature critically and objectively.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Status: Managed

Well, it can be tough to keep your status updated across all the social networking platforms out there. I mean logging in, typing it, logging out and repeating for 3-4 sites...who wants all the hassle?

You all want to know what I'm doing right now, right away, don't you? Here are three different ways to do just that...the sites are called, pixelpipe and quub...anyone else use any of these services? Let me know what you think...

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Flying with faith

Nice story about airport chapels and the increasingly diverse mix of faiths that use them...I have certainly found them useful, especially when flights are delayed...