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So we go again: Not the supermarket this time (06/01/13 19:02:40) Reply
    First some old news
    "Sir Richard Doll, the celebrated epidemiologist who established that smoking causes lung cancer, was receiving a consultancy fee of $1,500 a day in the mid-1980s from Monsanto, then a major chemical company and now better known for its GM crops business.

    While he was being paid by Monsanto, Sir Richard wrote to a royal Australian commission investigating the potential cancer-causing properties of Agent Orange, made by Monsanto and used by the US in the Vietnam war. Sir Richard said there was no evidence that the chemical caused cancer."

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2006/dec/08/smoking.frontpagenews

    Then: Are we being fooled again, or have the conditions improved? Who are really the authors of those scientific papers? Are they dedicated scientists, or are they product peddlers posing as scientists?

    From today's guidelines:
    "Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3."

    (http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html)


    "If final sign-off is ceded to the academic “author”, industry is disqualified from authorship even if it is responsible for most of the study and manuscript development. Manuscript writers are also disbarred even if they have sign-off, unless they were involved in other aspects of the study. These features give industry the opportunity to conceal its originating role behind the names of academic collaborators. Industry also carries out further originating activities not catered for in the ICMJE formula (shown in brackets). The percentage contributions shown here are for illustrative purposes only, and in reality vary widely.

    doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001072.g001"

    (http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001072)
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Abjads (08/01/13 19:33:45) Reply
    I googled one of the Tolkien alphabets (Tengwar)(I didn't know what it was until I read the article). I would not be surprised if others too were interested in my findings.

    http://www.omniglot.com/writing/tengwar.htm
    http://www.omniglot.com/writing/southarabian.htm
    http://www.omniglot.com/writing/alphabetic.htm
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Re: Abjads (12/01/13 19:21:34) Reply
    Do you read epubs?
have

Re: Re: Abjads (13/01/13 16:56:10) Reply
    Sometimes. Calibre is installed on my main computer.
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you have got mail... (n/t) (15/01/13 21:25:22) Reply
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