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HIV Vaccine: Western University Researchers Report Success In Trials

HIV Vaccine: Western University Researchers Report Success In Trials

Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 19:01:50 in Canada Impact

“I'm not attempting to suggest that these workers are faking their results, or that I disbelieve in the peer review process or anything of the sort. All I am griping about is that this article lacks much useful information. For example, there is nothing about what entailed passing the Phase 1 clinical trial, or what a Phase 1 clinical trial is for that matter. I am in science (not clinical, medical, or biological, though), and I don't know these things off the top of my head. We also don't have any mention of where or if this is published work at this point. We have no idea if the results are generally accepted to be true. I would like to know some of these things if I am going to get excited about news that might be a step towards alleviating a massive humanitarian crises in Africa (and elsewhere).”
HIV Vaccine: Western University Researchers Report Success In Trials

HIV Vaccine: Western University Researchers Report Success In Trials

Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 15:39:12 in Canada Impact

“The link leads me to a five paragraph press-release style news entry about the clinical trial. It's definitely not a proper peer-reviewer journal article, and it also doesn't really give any details beyond this HuffPost article (which is essentially the same as the press release, at a glance).

I'm still assuming the news is promising, but it's just not corroborated in any way by other researchers, substantiated by a complete statement of the methods, or validated by a peer-review process, as far as I know. Even if the full publication were available, I'd expect the authors of this article to do as other science reporters do, and speak to other scientists in the field so we can read their take on the findings. It is not really supposed to be a casual reader's job to dig into primary scientific literature (to which they probably don't have free access, nor the expertise to decipher). The whole point of an article like this is to deliver the news in a reasonably complete and accessible way.”
HIV Vaccine: Western University Researchers Report Success In Trials

HIV Vaccine: Western University Researchers Report Success In Trials

Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 14:12:29 in Canada Impact

“Oh dear... I really don't fancy myself as anti-Wikipedia. It's great for straight simple facts like atomic masses, historical dates, species names, chemical formulas of common substances, and the like. But alarm bells go off when the page screams warnings like, "This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards."

Anyway, I'm just lamenting the failure by HuffPost to present a reasonably complete article on an massively important topic. Readers should not need to resort to fourth rate Wikipedia entries to get the information that should be in the article. This one's as bad as those six-sentence Canadian Press stubs everyone keeps publishing.”

Builtintuit on Sep 4, 2013 at 18:41:00

“We should always search for the abstract that researchers are mandated-if they seek legitimacy-to publish in a well regarded science journal. That is where we find out what we need to know. I haven't yet checked to see if and where they have published but this news, which is great no matter how you look at it, but I will read that. It is quite difficult to pull one over on an entire global science community. It has been done, but it is not easy. This news should be very easy to check and verify.”

TwoZeroOZ on Sep 4, 2013 at 15:16:42

“" The specific problem is: needs sections, references not applied, awkward grammar."

Hardly anything to be concerned about.

However, here is the link to the publication: http://europepmc.org/articles/PMC3667948/reload=0;jsessionid=ZhD6dUe2e4XekrjcyZBw.28”
HIV Vaccine: Western University Researchers Report Success In Trials

HIV Vaccine: Western University Researchers Report Success In Trials

Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 13:25:17 in Canada Impact

“This sounds really important and interesting. Too bad the article leaves me wanting for more information and better perspective.

Why is there not any commentary in the article from other experts in the field? And what about other relevant aspects of the study, such as how many subjects were involved?”

ABshig on Sep 4, 2013 at 13:58:12

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAV001

There are several links at the bottom to even more information.”
Rob Ford On Marijuana: 'Oh, Yeah.. I've Smoked A Lot Of It'

Rob Ford On Marijuana: 'Oh, Yeah.. I've Smoked A Lot Of It'

Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 19:38:38 in Canada Politics

“Anyone suppose Ford is setting up his explanation of the crack video, once it emerges? Maybe he'll just claim it's a hash pipe or something similar, and suggest he was totally honest about his drug use.”
Justin Trudeau's Marijuana Admission Slammed As 'Poor Example' While Liberals Defend Leader

Justin Trudeau's Marijuana Admission Slammed As 'Poor Example' While Liberals Defend Leader

Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 21:13:17 in Canada Politics

“Rather, "party" instead of "paper."”
Justin Trudeau's Marijuana Admission Slammed As 'Poor Example' While Liberals Defend Leader

Justin Trudeau's Marijuana Admission Slammed As 'Poor Example' While Liberals Defend Leader

Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 20:43:25 in Canada Politics

“Oh my god, is that seriously Peter MacKay being sanctimonious about setting an example for young people? This guy probably has set a record for the most lies told in a row by an elected official. Never mind the whole duplicitous scheme he partook in to win the PC leadership and then promptly dissolve that paper into the modern CPC, in direct defiance of his own word.

I will take a politician who has smoked dope (who cares?) over one whose most impressive quality is the commonness of his lying.

Boggles the mind. Then again, I am not susceptible to voting Conservative so I'm sure MacKay and the rest of them could not care less what I and people like me think.”

LukeH on Aug 22, 2013 at 21:13:17

“Rather, "party" instead of "paper."”
Pamela Wallin Audit: Senate Culture May Be To Blame For Expense Scandals, Observers Say

Pamela Wallin Audit: Senate Culture May Be To Blame For Expense Scandals, Observers Say

Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 11:52:00 in Canada Politics

“"In 31 years of policing, I have fired people because they did something wrong. But up until then, I trusted them."

Exactly. Hence, one of the reforms to the senate that ought to happen is the possibility of dismissal in the event of fraud or other unscrupulous activities.”
Canadians In Debt: 14 Per Cent Expect Debt To Follow Them To The Grave

Canadians In Debt: 14 Per Cent Expect Debt To Follow Them To The Grave

Commented Aug 7, 2013 at 19:20:37 in Canada Business

“Or she. I don't know what rehousektown is.”
Canadians In Debt: 14 Per Cent Expect Debt To Follow Them To The Grave

Canadians In Debt: 14 Per Cent Expect Debt To Follow Them To The Grave

Commented Aug 7, 2013 at 19:20:05 in Canada Business

“But he makes a point on some level, no? It seems to me our whole culture is totally OK with living beyond one's means, despite that anyone will tell you it's a bad idea. Hell, we are even encouraged, not just by advertisements and TV shows or what have you, but by the governor of the Bank of Canada, to spend beyond our means.”

lombar on Aug 7, 2013 at 19:49:07

“Some people may live beyond their means however most lack the means to live due to the unequal distribution of economic growth. Rather than raise taxes, raise incomes to increase amounts of tax collected. You and I had nothing to do with financing our country with debt.
http://goo.gl/IfIpr1
Justin Trudeau: Marijuana Should Be Legal In Canada To Keep It Away From Kids

Justin Trudeau: Marijuana Should Be Legal In Canada To Keep It Away From Kids

Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 15:16:49 in Canada Politics

“Good idea, except the Rick Mercer part. Not because I don't like him, but because he's probably not the best we can find in terms of leaving his own views at the door, opinionated as he is. Need someone as close as possible to unbiased, if such a person exists.”
Justin Trudeau: Marijuana Should Be Legal In Canada To Keep It Away From Kids

Justin Trudeau: Marijuana Should Be Legal In Canada To Keep It Away From Kids

Commented Jul 24, 2013 at 19:04:30 in Canada Politics

“It will be nice, if the Liberals win next time, to have a Prime Minister that isn't afraid of taking an unscripted question and genuinely seems interested in representing people. I don't think he's phoney in this regard.

The fact the he makes a point of talking about using evidence and science in crafting policy is already a massive improvement over the status quo. I almost can't believe it is necessary for a politician to make such a statement. It should be so fundamental and obvious that the honest respect of facts and evidence is implicit.”

Stormlight on Jul 24, 2013 at 19:12:09

“I hope Trudeau pushes for an unscripted open debate during the election. Get Rick Mercer to moderate and grab random questions from Canadians all across the board.”
Thomas Mulcair's New Democrats Drift Into The Background

Thomas Mulcair's New Democrats Drift Into The Background

Commented Jul 23, 2013 at 14:07:22 in Canada Politics

“This graphic here shows the trends over time, both for the whole country and for individual regions.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ctDaYzJ2elg/Ud7H-YYb2cI/AAAAAAAAPbk/afo285pvHHg/s1600/Monthly+Federal+Polls.PNG

It shows the Liberals ahead everywhere except the prairies, by significant to insignificant margins since Trudeau's leadership win. Personally, I don't think there has been enough time since then to assess whether the trends you mention (e.g., Liberals on the decline in Quebec) are real or just noise.

There is also the matter that all the polls are wrong lately, so why we keep reading much into these articles is a bit of a mystery. And there is the other matter that the election will be in around two years, so whatever's happening now is not a meaningful predictor of much of anything.”
Jason Kenney: David Suzuki's Immigration Views 'Toxic And Irresponsible'

Jason Kenney: David Suzuki's Immigration Views 'Toxic And Irresponsible'

Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 14:46:30 in Canada Politics

“Maybe, but that wasn't clear from his comments. But then again, I am sure that we make way too much out of off the cuff statements from public figures. It must get annoying to have every word picked apart. ”
Jason Kenney: David Suzuki's Immigration Views 'Toxic And Irresponsible'

Jason Kenney: David Suzuki's Immigration Views 'Toxic And Irresponsible'

Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 14:45:26 in Canada Politics

“Well, is the underlying presumption that all/most of the promising people get out actually true?”
Jason Kenney: David Suzuki's Immigration Views 'Toxic And Irresponsible'

Jason Kenney: David Suzuki's Immigration Views 'Toxic And Irresponsible'

Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 14:00:46 in Canada Politics

“Not really understanding Suzuki's reasoning. Surely human overpopulation on Earth is a problem, but our acceptance of immigrants does not factor into the matter. Shouldn't he concern himself with reproduction rates rather than griping about a small number of immigrants coming into a country with a low population density? Maybe he sees our low population density as a thing worth protecting...”

Collin Doyle on Jul 11, 2013 at 14:31:47

“I think his underlying concern is that the conservative immigration policy is driven by industry, and most of our current large scale environmental problem are in lock-step with industry goals. Low population density is not necessarily a bad thing, but the bigger concern is using immigration to fuel growth in less than desirable environmentally sensitive projects.”

edgemo on Jul 11, 2013 at 14:15:04

“But then, how does a struggling country needing leadership and expertise, recover, grow and prosper if those who can do the job keep leaving for greener pastures (here)?”
Tory Senator Puts Senator Mac Harb's Expense Bill At $231K

Tory Senator Puts Senator Mac Harb's Expense Bill At $231K

Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 19:57:38 in Canada Politics

“Fair enough to complain about the ones we know are quite awful (Harn, Duffy, et al.), but there is at least one senator who is pretty amazing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_Dallaire
Bert Brown, Retired Alberta Senator: Former Colleagues Mindlessly Obeying Political Masters

Bert Brown, Retired Alberta Senator: Former Colleagues Mindlessly Obeying Political Masters

Commented Jun 5, 2013 at 11:08:25 in Canada Alberta

“Agreed re: courts and the senate. I'm not so sure dumping the senate is best though, as I imagine it could be useful if the mechanism of appointment changes. In any case, it is definitely not easy to have any faith in it currently, especially with the scandals of the day so fresh in our minds.”

Danny Handelman on Jun 6, 2013 at 13:01:51

“There are positive attributes with every decision, but in my perspective, the costs far outweigh the benefits in this case of the status quo.”
Bert Brown, Retired Alberta Senator: Former Colleagues Mindlessly Obeying Political Masters

Bert Brown, Retired Alberta Senator: Former Colleagues Mindlessly Obeying Political Masters

Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 14:32:50 in Canada Alberta

“Well, I guess it depends on the calibre/background of senators. If we choose senators based on qualifications, they should have backgrounds suitable to scrutinizing legislation that some MPs might not have. 
The other thing is that, if senators are not elected, they should be free t look at longer term issues that might not matter to MPs seeking re-election. Granted, they are not elected now and they are just towing the party line. Which is why I'd like nonpartisan senators, if at all possible. 
The other thing that should be very clear from the current parliament (and probably others) is that in a majority government scenario, there is no guarantee the government side will accept revisions to their legislation. Thus, I think having a completely independent body that looks over these things and can send it back to the house is a good thing. But it has to be done differently than it currently is, if for no other reason than to restore public confidence in the institution (if there was confidence in the first place). ”

Danny Handelman on Jun 5, 2013 at 09:13:16

“It is not possible to have an independent body given the complexity of today's society. I have greater trust in the (relatively) independent supreme court (based on the frequency that supreme court justices rule against the prime minister's party who appointed them) and subsequent election than I have with an elected or appointed upper chamber.”
Bert Brown, Retired Alberta Senator: Former Colleagues Mindlessly Obeying Political Masters

Bert Brown, Retired Alberta Senator: Former Colleagues Mindlessly Obeying Political Masters

Commented Jun 4, 2013 at 00:57:50 in Canada Alberta

“Exactly.

Perhaps senators appointed (i.e., hired) based on qualifications, maybe like how an auditor general or the like is chosen (whatever that process is). Preferably non-partisan senators who would review legislation in search of technical problems, unforeseen possible consequences, even sloppy writing, and consideration of longer term implications (longer term than the election cycle).

Another flaw with elected senators, in addition to your point, is that we then have an elected body full of people who need to pander to popular opinion. We already have one of those! Why do we need a second one? Seems redundant to me.”

Danny Handelman on Jun 4, 2013 at 13:45:33

“If the house of commons, with a larger membership and greater diversity of backgrounds, and its committees, are unable to detect technical problems and unforeseen possible consequences, why would the senate be better able to correct the errors?”
Canadian House Prices Set To Fall 5 Per Cent, Survey Predicts

Canadian House Prices Set To Fall 5 Per Cent, Survey Predicts

Commented May 30, 2013 at 14:55:49 in Canada Business

“"But bulls like CIBC economist Benjamin Tal argue that housing affordability is in good shape because of the very low interest rates mortgage holders have been enjoying in recent years."

I'm no economist, but aren't there grumblings about the Bank of Canada raising interest rates soon? If the so called "bulls" justify their stance based on the anomalously low current interest rates, I presume we cannot bank on their predictions in the event of rate hikes.”

Mr e MaN on May 30, 2013 at 15:32:37

“The rates may stay low but they are indicative of a slow economy. Either way, not good signs.”

opprobrious on May 30, 2013 at 15:28:04

“The softer the real estate market, the less pressure there is to raise interest rates. In fact, I would expect rates to essentially remain the same until the entire economy, not only in Canada but elsewhere, heats up to the point that inflation becomes an issue. That could be a while.”

TrueNorth32 on May 30, 2013 at 15:21:45

“I'm finding that any quotes from someone with a vested interest in keeping the housing market afloat (banks, realtors and REAs, mortgage brokers) should be taken with a tiny grain of salt.”
Thomas Mulcair Grills Harper On Senate Expense Scandal (VIDEO)

Thomas Mulcair Grills Harper On Senate Expense Scandal (VIDEO)

Commented May 29, 2013 at 12:14:23 in Canada Politics

“Ah, I am incorrectly equating the press with the public. I was thinking of press access to caucus meetings, which seems ti violate the confidentiality thing, but caucus isn't cabinet and so the point is moot.”
Thomas Mulcair Grills Harper On Senate Expense Scandal (VIDEO)

Thomas Mulcair Grills Harper On Senate Expense Scandal (VIDEO)

Commented May 28, 2013 at 19:05:07 in Canada Politics

“That is a good point about the cabinet question. But then, why would Harper not just say "Mr. Speaker, the leader of the NDP knows that cabinet meetings are confidential, and I am thus not privy to discuss what was or was not discussed therein." Seems fair enough. Maybe he didn't think of it.

Then again, aren't cabinet meetings on occasion open to the media, or am I mixing up cabinet meetings with caucus meetings?”

opprobrious on May 28, 2013 at 19:21:38

“Neither. I don't recall ever seeing an open cabinet or caucus meeting (although when a party wishes to make a public expression of unity they sometimes do so by allowing reporters to witness the caucus giving the leader a standing O at the beginning of their meeting before shutting the doors).”
Thomas Mulcair Grills Harper On Senate Expense Scandal (VIDEO)

Thomas Mulcair Grills Harper On Senate Expense Scandal (VIDEO)

Commented May 28, 2013 at 19:03:15 in Canada Politics

“Agreed. I'm not a fan overall so far for reasons other reasons, but this was a very good performance. I would submit it is a good example to be followed by other members of the opposition parties.”
Thomas Mulcair Grills Harper On Senate Expense Scandal (VIDEO)

Thomas Mulcair Grills Harper On Senate Expense Scandal (VIDEO)

Commented May 28, 2013 at 18:57:46 in Canada Politics

“I think this a great performance by Mulcair. Very direct and to the point, not over the top in its accusations. The opposition parties are much more effective when thus focussed, when they do not seem hysterical.

I just wish the NDP had a position on matters of national unity I could get behind, but they don't, so I can't.”
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