Placebo and Nocebo effects

A placebo is a simulated or otherwise medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or other medical condition intended to deceive the recipient.

Sometimes patients given a placebo treatment will have a perceived or actual improvement in a medical condition, a phenomenon commonly called the placebo effect. …


BBC – The contagious thought that could kill you

In the opposite effect, a patient who disbelieves in a treatment may experience a worsening of symptoms. This effect, now called by analogy nocebo (Latin nocebo = “I shall harm”) can be measured in the same way as the placebo effect …

Gone Girl – a review

I’ve not yet read the book. But the film is excellent.

Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name. It stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. …

Affleck can only play Affleck. He’s OK. But there’s not much acting there.

Rosamund Pike is fantastic.

… she received nominations for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. …

What a freak.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

The Silkworm – J. K. Rowling

The Silkworm is a 2014 crime fiction novel written by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. It is the second novel in the series of private investigator Cormoran Strike, and is a sequel to The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013). …

Much like The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm was met with critical acclaim but, since Rowling’s identity as the series’ author was revealed in early 2013, managed to sell more copies than its predecessor in its opening weeks. …


Both books are good. But Silkworm even better than Cuckoo’s. Strike and his sidekick get more interesting. Rowling does an impressive job of writing from an old, gruff male perspective. Strike is believable.

I’ll certainly continue to read the Strike series. I’m suddenly a crime fiction buff. 

Amazon – The Silkworm (A Cormoran Strike Novel)

rich getting richer, the poor poorer

Why is that?

Many of the rich (Cheap-Labor Conservatives) like “cheap labour”.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Though former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich overstates a bit, his key points are true.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer for Robert Reich’s documentary on YouTube. Inequality for All.

I can’t see why any poor or under-employed person should vote for the Republican Party. The American Tea Party hates the poor. Despises any program that gives one dollar to the poor. Yet wants to waste hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars in the Middle East.

I’m still trying to find a national American politician who’s a true fiscal conservative.

Films for Action – The Cheap-Labor Conservatives’ “Dirty Secret”: They Don’t Really Like Prosperity