I love talking to scientists and engineers. They think deeply about ways to solve difficult problems or create new opportunities, seemingly out of nothing at all. I’m fascinated by that process, so I seek out these people wherever I go. And at Oracle, they aren’t that hard to find.


Ivermectin: enigmatic multifaceted ‘wonder’ drug continues to surprise and exceed expectations, The Journal of Antibiotics volume 70, pages 495–505 (2017)

Abstract: Over the past decade, the global scientific community have begun to recognize the unmatched value of an extraordinary drug, ivermectin, that originates from a single microbe unearthed from soil in Japan. Work on ivermectin has seen its discoverer, Satoshi Ōmura, of Tokyo’s prestigious Kitasato Institute, receive the 2014 Gairdner Global Health Award and the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which he shared with a collaborating partner in the discovery and development of the drug, William Campbell of Merck & Co. Incorporated. Today, ivermectin is continuing to surprise and excite scientists, offering more and more promise to help improve global public health by treating a diverse range of diseases, with its unexpected potential as an antibacterial, antiviral and anti-cancer agent being particularly extraordinary.


This is my favorite Stasi movie. I watch it every year or so. It’s a good drama from the past. You know, it couldn’t possibly happen now, right? And certainly not in the West — especially not America! Anyway, the best part of the movie is watching what’s possible using utterly antiquated, manual systems. Can you imagine what’s possible with all of the super smart, modern tech tools we have today? The Stasi would be so jealous! Fortunately, we have nothing to worry about. We have laws and stuff and our politicians are fully accountable.


I was wondering what was going on back there in the U.S. in the schools the last two years. Seems at this point people are just leaving. Can’t blame them. I would have too. American Homeschooling Goes Boom


I was never a fan of Malcolm Gladwell. I always thought he was a clown. I read one of his books one time and it burned my eyes so bad I never went back. It’s nice to see him ripped apart from time to time: When Pop History Bombs: A Response to Malcolm Gladwell’s Love Letter to American Air Power


SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccination-Associated Myocarditis in Children Ages 12–17: A Stratified National Database Analysis

Conclusions: Post-vaccination CAE rate was highest in young boys aged 12–15 following dose two. For boys 12–17 without medical comorbidities, the likelihood of post vaccination dose two CAE is 162.2 and 94.0/million respectively. This incidence exceeds their expected 120-day COVID-19 hospitalization rate at both moderate (August 21, 2021 rates) and high COVID-19 hospitalization incidence.Further research into the severity and long-term sequelae of post-vaccination CAE is warranted. Quantification of the benefits of the second vaccination dose and vaccination in addition to natural immunity in this demographic may be indicated to minimize harm.

Further commentary.


How the Pandemic Is Changing the Norms of Science, by John P.A. Ioannidis

That is one wild piece, wow. Especially considering the source. The mobs haven’t been able to get Ioannidis yet, so he’s still speaking and publishing freely. I’ve heard him in several interviews, and he can sound surprisingly…

Jim Grisanzio

Software Program Manager. Sun/Oracle.

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