Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Aluminum Foil Helmets

I thought everyone would appreciate a glimpse into recent cutting-edge research on the effects of aluminum foil helmets on blocking signals from the government. For those without the proper exposure to extremely paranoid people, I should explain that aluminum foil helmets are often used to block the reception and transmission of radio signals between the wearer and some nefarious agency, such as the CIA or NSA. A recent MIT study concluded that aluminum foil helmets are not effective at blocking all frequencies of radio signals, and in fact, can amplify certain government-controlled frequencies. These results are disputed, however, by this online post, which criticizes the MIT study for focusing only on simple radio frequencies instead of the more important psychotronic energy emissions. For those of you who don't know about psychotronic energy, the poster suggests you buy his book, though it might be just as helpful (and certainly cheaper) to just rent the original Ghostbusters movie. The real tragedy of this entire dialogue is that very little statistical discussion is present, and data is not provided for any sort of followup investigation. Considering the importance of this issue, I'm surprised that there hasn't been a greater cry for data availability.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Oh once there was a fisherman

According to the US Department of Labor, 1 of every 718 fisherman died on the job in 1998. In contrast, 1 out 4613 policemen died on the job in the same year. Not exactly, PIC but interesting nevertheless. Thanks, Mike. A question? I had read (can't remember where) that the really dangerous fishing is up in Alaska and the compensation is really high. Confirmation?

Not Causation...

Anyone watch Law & Order SUV? During last night's episode, a doctor was forced to admit during cross examination that causality cannot be established without experiment. Statistics makes the big time.

Sunday, January 01, 2006


I have opened up comments to the public.