- New Scientist tells us of a report that lethal injection protocols are unreliable. We've known that for some time, but now some researchers have studied it and seem to have confirmed it. If this makes more states stop executions, that's good. But we shouldn't stop killing people because our execution methods don't work well. We should stop because our justice system doesn't work well, and because it's wrong.
- The US Department of Veterans' Affairs has decided to allow a Wiccan symbol on the headstones of dead soldiers. Of course they should.
The group attributed the delay to religious discrimination. Many Americans do not consider Wicca a religion, or hold the mistaken belief that Wiccans are devil worshipers.How do we draw our lines, and why? Wicca isn't any less sensible than any other belief system. And even if they were “devil worshippers”, why should that be any different?
- In what is surely the best news to come along in quite some time, it seems that “eating dark chocolate may be almost as effective at lowering blood pressure as taking the most common antihypertensive drugs,” according to a review of studies:
Four of the five studies on chocolate found reduced blood pressure after eating, but none of the tea studies showed significant benefit. The magnitude of the effect of eating three and a half ounces of dark chocolate a day was clinically significant, comparable to that of beta-blockers like atenolol, known by the brand name Tenormin, or propranolol, known as Inderal.They note that “results may not apply to habitual use”, and that it has to be dark chocolate, because “milk chocolate is not effective.”
- Just a photo:
- OK, just another photo:
Tuesday, April 24, 2007