Monthly Archives: August 2009

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Philosophical spam

Kant: spammer?I’ve recently noticed a new trend in comment spam. I get perhaps fifty or more spam comments on this website per day at the current time. (Comments are moderated so none of them actually get published.) As anyone in a similar boat would be aware, most of them are long strings of gibberish with links embedded to whatever websites the spammers are attempting to promote. The comments, I’m sure, are left by machines rather than by real people. Very often, the websites being promoted appear to be ones dealing in pharmaceuticals like Viagra and Cialis. (Proving yet again, I suppose, that sex is about the only thing that generates real profit on the internet.) Continue reading Philosophical spam

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Vitamin D: Told ya so

Vitamin DThe story today is: Lack of Vitamin D in Children ‘Shocking’.

About 70 percent of U.S. children have low levels of vitamin D, which puts them at higher risk for bone and heart disease, researchers said today.

“We expected the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency would be high, but the magnitude of the problem nationwide was shocking,” said Dr. Juhi Kumar of Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center.

Cases of rickets, a bone disease in infants caused by low vitamin D levels, have also been increasing, other research shows.


The cause? Poor diet and lack of sunshine, the researchers conclude today in the online version of the journal Pediatrics.

And this doesn’t even get into the mounting evidence that Continue reading Vitamin D: Told ya so