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Created by John Eipper on 08/19/10 5:00 PM

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Medicine (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Give Blood! (Helen Pitlick, USA, 01/16/22 4:28 am) With all the (rightful) focus on COVID over the past two years and the opioid epidemic prior to that, one public health crisis has flown under the radar: the decreasing trend in blood donations in the ...
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Are Omicron Dangers Exaggerated? (Timothy Ashby, -Spain, 12/05/21 3:25 am) I am pro-vaccination but am beginning to believe that there has been an overreaction to the Omicron "variant" by the media and governments. Note that a new official report from Spain ...
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Michigan Leads Nation in Percentage of Covid Cases (Francisco Wong-Diaz, USA, 11/18/21 3:14 am) John, I hope you are taking proper precautions! https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/michiga ...
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World Wide Web (Internet) (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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re: Wikipedia (A. J. Cave, US; ex-Iran) (John Eipper, USA, 08/27/10 3:22 am) A.J. Cave writes: A couple of months ago (well, exactly 79 days ago) I wrote a few lines about Wikipedia in the wake of the news about the collaboration between the British Museum and a group ...
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re: Wikipedia and "Zionist Editing" (Tom Hashimoto, Japan/Slovenia/Albania) (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 1:48 pm) Tom Hashimoto writes: JE commented on Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich's post on August 26 that Wikipedia is his second-favorite website. I hope that WAIS is his first [but of course--JE]. An ...
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Wikipedia and "Zionist Editing" (Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, US; ex-Iran) (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:43 am) Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich writes: I am most surprised that in a Forum which calls itself World Association of International Studies, so many important political issues are left unmentioned. [Y ...
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Alcohol (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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The Quarantini: Powerful Medicine for Troubled Times (David A. Westbrook, USA, 04/05/20 4:21 am) With the news from New York City, and other places, it is time for strong medicine. So, from two evidently old friends, Margaret and Helen, "old friends" in both senses, I give you the foll ...
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re: Alcohol: Whisky and Whiskey in Greece (John Heelan, UK) (John Eipper, USA, 02/08/10 1:19 pm) Harry Papasotiriou wrote on 7 February: For me Scotch should be consumed either neat or with cold water (OK, I admit that in Greece's warm climate I also add ice--purists will cringe!). John H ...
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re: Alcohol: Spirits in Greece (Gilbert Doctorow, Belgium) (John Eipper, USA, 02/07/10 10:18 am) In response to Harry Papasotiriou's post of 7 February, Gilbert Doctorow sends these... Tips from an ex-pro: Southern Europe has been a key growth vector on the Old Continent since at least the ...
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Internet (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Surviving Denial of Service Attacks, SQL Injection (Enrique Torner, USA, 08/30/21 2:22 am) John Eipper's recent comments regarding WAIS being cyber-attacked several times this weekend should make us pause from our spirited debates and start pondering about these attacks, their cause(s), ...
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Is the Social Media Destroying Free Speech? (Francisco Wong-Diaz, USA, 01/12/21 6:26 am) Greetings, Social media has become the playground for the authoritarians seeking to eliminate free speech in the USA and the world at large. I recently left Twitter, never used Facebook, never h ...
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Peregrinations of a WAIS Post: Louis Venters's "No Jim Crow Church" (Vincent Littrell, USA, 07/01/20 3:58 am) I was perusing the Internet this morning and found that a post I wrote for WAIS back on June 18, 2019 about Professor Louis Venters's book No Jim Crow Church was discovered by the author. ...
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Technology (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Who Can Give Advice on Podcasts? (David A. Westbrook, USA, 12/26/21 3:51 am) I hope this finds the Holidays looking bright. Do any WAISers maintain a relatively regular podcast? I, and perhaps others, would be interested to hear about it--the pluses, minuses, requiremen ...
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US Government under Cyber Attacks (A. J. Cave, USA, 12/20/20 3:59 am) In my previous post on elections hacking (written on December 10 and posted on December 11), I wrote a little about cybersecurity, hacking and warfare. I mentioned that FireEye, a Silicon Valley cyber ...
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Drone Strikes, Artificial Intelligence, and the Legacy of Al-Khwarizmi (Mendo Henriques, Portugal, 02/13/20 5:42 am) Thank you, JE, for being the WAIS guardian. I recently delivered a lecture about "Conflicts in the Era of Artificial Intelligence" at Lisbon Nova university with a kind of subtitle, th ...
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Automotives (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Electric Vehicles Take Over Norway (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 08/13/21 7:29 am) A few days ago and speaking of Norway, John E asked about electric cars, EVs, in that country. I don't know much about it, except a few isolated facts and data that may be of interest. As ...
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Want to Buy a New Corvette? You'll Have to Wait (David Duggan, USA, 12/30/20 3:39 am) Here's an automotive topic: a year ago I wrote about seeing (and maybe even buying) the new Corvette mid-engined C-8 at the Chicago auto show. I never got to the show, whether because of Covid fea ...
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A New Prius (Istvan Simon, USA, 12/16/17 4:17 am) I drive a Toyota Prius Prime, a 2017 model. I charge its batteries with solar energy for I have solar panels on my roof. Thus I drive most of the time with renewable energy, with the energy of the sun ...
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Environment (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Birdwatching Report: Red in Tooth and Claw (Edward Jajko, USA, 09/23/20 9:53 am) My wife and I have been feeding birds in our backyard in Cupertino for 30+ years. We live in an Eichler, with immense store-front sized windows looking on the yard. Through the years, many birds have ...
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Wildfires: A "Nuclear Winter" in Western US? (Edward Jajko, USA, 09/12/20 3:31 am) When I woke this morning (9/11; fateful day, requiescant in pace), I checked the news and saw that Oregon, to the north, is much afflicted by wildfires. Five hundred thousand Oregonians, a te ...
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A Cougar in Michigan (David Duggan, USA, 08/25/20 3:23 am) John Eipper asked earlier whether Eugenio Battaglia had seen any exotic animals while steering a tanker up Venezuela's Orinoco River. I want to report that last week I saw an "exotic animal&q ...
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Sexuality (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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re: Homosexuality, Repression, and Censorship (Steve Torok, Thailand) (John Eipper, USA, 11/01/06 3:20 pm) Steve Torok writes: The "Lap-dog" syndrome of journalists mentioned by John Heelan (30 October) is not a US phenomenon, but deep psychology, based on the notion of "have you got the m ...
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: Sexuality: Homosexuality and Morality (Christopher Jones, France) (John Eipper, USA, 10/20/06 10:22 am) Christopher Jones writes: I cannot believe what I have read - Istvan Simon advocates homosexual behavior as a form of birth control? The last time I heard of this was in a study of the sexual peccadi ...
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Sexuality: Homosexuality and Morality (Istvan Simon, US) (John Eipper, USA, 10/17/06 6:35 pm) Istvan Simon writes: Robert Whealey wrote on October 17, 2006, responding to my earlier post: I disagree with this [what I wrote] on three counts. 1. There is no "strong scien ...
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Biological Weapons (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Re: White phosphorus (Robert Gard) (John Eipper, USA, 12/21/05 6:41 am) General Robert Gard writes: I'm personally not in favor of using White Phosphorus (WP) to flush insurgents from theirprotective cover in locations where there are civilians nearby. That is prohibited ...
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RE: White phosphorus (David Krieger) (John Eipper, USA, 12/20/05 3:03 pm) David Krieger asks: What does General Gard mean when he says that While I deplore its use, White Phosphorous is not a forbidden weapon ? If its use results in unnecessary suffering (as is reported ...
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Re: WP (white phosphorus) and media reports (Robert Gard) (John Eipper, USA, 11/29/05 1:41 pm) Tim Brown said the State Department simply clarified a previous statement about white phosphorus (WP) rather than correcting it, and accused those who held otherwise of telling fibs. Glenye Cain repli ...
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Energy (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Tanker Crews and Pilfered Oil (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 07/22/21 11:07 am) I have written in past WAIS posts about "smart" Captains/Chief Engineers who pilfer crude oil cargo, blending it with the ship's fuel oil but risking an explosion with the loss of the sh ...
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Pipeline Update (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 04/17/16 7:11 am) In the past we have reviewed the situation of gas pipelines to Western Europe. Recent news has reported that work on the TAP pipeline from Albania to Puglia (Italy) will begin on 15 May. Environmenta ...
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South Stream Pipeline a "Go"? (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 05/09/15 4:16 am) Great news if true: TV news here has reported that that the Italian company Snam has received an order to resume work on the South Stream pipeline in the Black Sea. JE comments:  ...
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Science and Humanities (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Stephen Hawking at 70 (Henry Levin, USA, 01/13/12 2:12 am) Stephen Hawking turned 70 on January 8. He was given a diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) at about age 21. Normally the life expectation is no more than a decade. Wow. Read more
Thanksgiving Greetings: Science and Society (Martin Packard, US) (John Eipper, USA, 11/29/09 6:53 pm) Martin Packard writes: On this Thanksgiving weekend, I am thankful for the effort being made by many to bridge the gap between Science and Society. As I and many others have suggested, the sup ...
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Physics: Spooky Quantum Behavior (Richard Hancock, US) (John Eipper, USA, 05/08/09 10:27 pm) Richard Hancock writes: Gautam Naik writes in the WSJ of May 8 of two particles that seem to communicate with each other instantly even when they are billions of miles apart. When two photons get ...
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Natural Disasters (John Eipper, USA, 08/26/10 5:02 am)

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Surfside Disaster Claims My Dear Friends (Timothy Ashby, -Spain, 07/06/21 4:13 am) Today I received the tragic news that my dear friend Ricky Rovirosa and his lovely wife María Teresa--"Matuca"--were in their 3rd floor condo in the Champlain Condo building in Surfsi ...
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Hurricane Dorian: A Front-Line Report (Michael Sullivan, USA, 09/07/19 4:35 am) Here in coastal North Carolina we just got our electricity back, having lost it for around 16 hours starting just after 2AM Friday morning. We have a whole-house generator, so we lose nothing when th ...
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Devastating Wildfires in California (Edward Jajko, USA, 11/12/18 3:09 am) Persistent drought in California has brought a new normal. A year after the disastrous wildfires that destroyed whole areas of the city of Santa Rosa and killed 40 people, as well as the enormo ...
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