Publicly, at least, the Start Small Foundation is living up to its name By Owen Thomas Updated 5:23 pm PST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey favors transparency and openness — except when it comes to how he gives away his money. Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey favors transparency and openness — except when it comes to how he gives away his money. Photo: Prakash Singh / AFP / Getty Images Photo: Prakash Singh / AFP / Getty Images Image 1 of / 32 Caption Close Image 1 of 32 Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey favors transparency and openness — except when it comes to how he gives away his money. Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey favors transparency and openness — except when it comes to how he gives away his money. … [Read more...] about Where is Jack Dorsey’s charitable foundation?
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Once again, repeat after me: Homeopathy is quackery. In fact, it's what I like to refer to as The One Quackery To Rule Them All. You would think that, in a modern world and given the incredible advancements in our scientific understanding of biology, physiology, chemistry, and physics over the course of the over 200 years since Samuel Hahnemann pulled the concepts behind homeopathy out of his nether regions, it never ceases to depress me that there are large numbers of people who think that homeopathy could ever work. But they do. A couple of weeks ago, I took notice of a, well, notice from the FDA announcing that it was considering revamping its regulation of homeopathic remedies. What? you're thinking (if you haven't read this blog before or somehow missed my post on this). The FDA regulates homeopathic remedies? WTF? Why would the FDA regulate water? The long version of the explanation is in the link above. The short version follows. Basically, when the law authorizing the FDA was … [Read more...] about Regulating the magic that is homeopathy: I have a very bad feeling about the upcoming FDA public hearing
“If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens… Where Is Everybody?” -Stephen Webb It's one of the biggest conundrums in the Universe, known as the Fermi Paradox: if the Universe is so conducive to life, and if there are so many opportunities for it within our galaxy alone, why isn't there any evidence (outside of the History Channel) of extraterrestrial life? Image credit: Peter Essick, via National Geographic. Moreover, why haven't we been visited by some extraterrestrial intelligence? After all, given the fact that our Universe is nearly 14 billion years old, while our galaxy itself is only a hundred-thousand light years from end-to-end, shouldn't all of the potentially habitable planets have been visited, and colonized, by now? A couple of years ago, I went through the estimates -- both conservatively and liberally -- of how rare or common intelligent life in the Universe is. But what I wanted to focus on, today, are the difficulties in even intelligently … [Read more...] about Where is Everybody? (Part II)
"If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens... Where Is Everybody?" -Stephen Webb As egocentric as we are, we know that not only are we but one planet of many orbiting our Sun, but that when we look up in the heavens, every point of light we see is another chance -- another opportunity -- for planets, for life, and even for intelligence. Image credit: Ned Wright, COBE / DIRBE, and NASA. With hundreds of billions of stars (visible here in infrared wavelengths) in our galaxy alone, we have many, many chances for life to have evolved similarly to how it did here on Earth. With hundreds of billions of galaxies in the Universe, it seems unfathomable to us that we would be alone as the only self-aware, intelligent, sentient lifeforms in the Universe. Image credit: Hubble Ultra Deep Field team, NASA, and STScI. The question atop -- where is everybody -- is known today as Fermi's Paradox. Image credit: M. Groening et al. Is there really anything paradoxical about it at all? Let's take a look. … [Read more...] about Where is everybody?
TRACEY Crouch is a Tory MP who resigned as Sports Minister in November 2018 - but who is she, and what triggered the resignation? Here's all the info on the member for Chatham and Aylesford who spent years calling for laws on addictive fixed odds betting terminals. Why did Tracey Crouch resign as Sports Minister? On 1 November 2018 Tracey Crouch quit as Sports Minister over delays to shake-up the law over fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). She said she had "great sadness" at having to resign from her job because of "registered interests" delaying government plans to cut the maximum bet on FOBTs from £100 to £2. This is presumed to refer to claims that Tory MP Philip Davies has strong links to the gambling industry, and forced the government to delay the crackdown. Davies denied the allegation, saying: "I'm flattered anyone thinks I could be so influential." The government's justification for the delay was to protect jobs and government revenue - which equalled … [Read more...] about Why did Sports Minister Tracey Crouch resign, what did she say about fixed odds betting terminals and where is she an MP?