Robert Young's Blog – May 2016 Archive (7)

Something Smells

And it ain't in Denmark. (Pepe Le) Pew Research recently published a report claiming that the middle class was being hollowed out by migrations not only down but up as well. I just don't recall such an assertion before. Every news organ on the planet, especially the Right Wing cabal, has written it up. Here's the Times take on it. With nice R graphs.

The study defined…

Added by Robert Young on May 20, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

A Man's Home

is his "Castle". One of the few scripted TeeVee shows I watched with regularity. "Elementary" is better, and hopefully won't devolve as quickly as "Castle". We'll see.

Suffice to say, the final episode of "Castle" was a Frankenstein monster. Wondering whether I was alone in finding the whole renewal/Katic/"Castle, P.I."/alternate ending mashup utterly lame, I went surfing. Turned out, I wasn't alone.

3) Beckett was an autonomous character. Yes, Castle had the…

Added by Robert Young on May 17, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments

You Can't Make This Stuff Up


8:32 am Kindred Biosciences announces positive results from pivotal study of KIND-010 for the management of weight loss in cats (KIN) :

Co announced positive topline results from its pivotal field study of KIND-010, mirtazapine transdermal gel, for the management of weight loss in cats. This study, KB105, was a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pivotal field study that enrolled 231 cats to assess the effectiveness of KIND-010…


Added by Robert Young on May 16, 2016 at 9:02am — 1 Comment

A Man's Got To Know His Limitations

There are some areas of human striving where quant is mostly about manipulating other humans rather than discovering more about God's Rules, finance comes to mind. Other areas are more amenable, since they are real science involved in discovering God's Rules.

One of the areas that exists on the margin betwixt the two is drug development and clinical trials. I forget where I read it, but there's the lovely adage in the field, "pancreatic cancer is where good drug companies go to die".…


Added by Robert Young on May 16, 2016 at 6:15am — 4 Comments

The Good. The Super. The Supreme. part the seventh.

It's good to be alive.

It's Super Tuesday.

It's impossible for the Rabid Right to get it's way with the Supreme court.

Regular reader may recall the proposition that motive and incentive always trump (hehe) data when they are in conflict. With the passing of Scalia, the RR immediately looked at the data, their control of the House and Senate, and pronounced that there would be no Obama replacement. They intended to get a Super Scalia, i.e. more rabidly right, next…


Added by Robert Young on May 11, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Rent is Too Damn High

For some of us, The Rent's Too Damn High Party was a SNL skit. Turns out, there was/is such a party in New York. And you thought all the nutballs lived in California. My SNL consumption devolved to just tuning in for "Weekend Update", and when Fey and Meyers decamped, I've not seen it much.

But the Rent for drugs is Too Damn High. Pharma continues to spend more on SG&A than R&D. Billions of dollars to create a new drug? Most these days are re-working of existing with a pretty…


Added by Robert Young on May 8, 2016 at 8:18am — 5 Comments

Land of the Cake Eaters, Home of the Wretched


"Let them eat cake."

-- Marie-Antoinette

As presaged in these essays over the last few years, we live at the beginning of the Revenge of the 1%'s War On The Others. Economic and political democracy is just social tribalism codified. It worked because most of a society bought the notion "We're all in this together", notably in the USofA post World War II. The political and economic leaders still remembered the shared burden of world war,…


Added by Robert Young on May 1, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments


Pen for Hire ( Bathos, Pathos)

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 19, 2019 at 11:23am 3 Comments

Always Out Front.... Anyway

Posted by Robert B. James on June 19, 2019 at 8:34am 1 Comment

One Flew Under Radar

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 18, 2019 at 3:15pm 0 Comments

Tolerance and Bigots

Posted by alsoknownas on June 18, 2019 at 2:20pm 6 Comments

Where Jaws was Filmed

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 18, 2019 at 11:19am 3 Comments

I’m Not A Buddhist

Posted by Robert B. James on June 18, 2019 at 7:42am 5 Comments

2 Questions for Kosh and Jon

Posted by Ron Powell on June 18, 2019 at 2:30am 9 Comments

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