Thursday, June 6, 2013

Vice President Biden Eulogizes The Late Senator Frank Lautenberg

Personal note: In late April I had a PET scan which gave me some sad news - that my cancer has spread. Back in January, my doctors had told me that the brachytherapy radiation treatment I had earlier this year had most likely conquered my cancer (which had been localized in my uterus up until that point). Unfortunately, instead of conquering it, the treatment caused the cancer to metastasize to my liver, my spine, and numerous lymph nodes. Now I am undergoing chemotherapy again. I've been dreadfully sick over the past few weeks and haven't been able to post much to this blog. I have a few more treatments and then I will have another PET scan to see if the chemo is working. If my pain and sickness levels are any indicators, then hopefully the chemo is working well.

Anyhow, I thought it would be fitting to post this clip from Joe Biden's beautiful and poignant eulogy to Senator Frank Lautenberg, the New Jersey Democrat who died of complications from pneumonia and who fought ferociously for passenger rail:

...and this tweet from Amtrak:

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Just the Facts, Ma'am...

Stephen Colbert examines PolitiFact's fact-checking of Chris Christie's "Scoobygate" claim to being a Scooby-Doo fan when he was four:

While on the subject of fact-checking, Stephen brings to our attention a significant spreadsheet error in Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff's 2010 austerity debt study:

Finally, an interview with Thomas Herndon, the University of Mass Grad Student who debunked the Reinhart and Rogoff results in his academic paper: "Growth in a Time of Debt."