Strange Scientific Journal Retraction Practices

Check out the text of this recent retraction in Nature Cell Biology:

We regret the lack of integrity of exemplar data in Figures 2–4 in this publication. The irregularities have been investigated by the co-authors and Vanderbilt University in collaboration with the US PHS Office of Research Integrity, and the investigation concluded that exemplar data in this publication were fabricated (http://ori.hhs.gov/content/case-summary-dzhura-igor). We have therefore decided to retract the publication and have been unable to contact the first author, Igor Dzhura, to sign the retraction statement.

The science showing CaMKII activates CaV1.2 Ca2+ channels and facilitates CaV1.2 current is now extensively validated, so our view is that the overall conclusions from this paper are valid. We apologize to the scientific community for any inconveniences or challenges resulting from the publication and retraction of this manuscript.

Emphasis added. Why do journals let fuckers like this routinely claim in retractions that they got lucky and their conclusions based on fraudulent data turned out to be sound, because other subsequent published studies turned out to be consistent? (This kind of thing is pretty common in retractions.)

This means that the editors are allowing a scientific claim to be published in their journal without subjecting that claim to peer review. And the authors whose unvetted scientific claim they are publishing have already proven by virtue of the retraction that their claims going forward should be subject to extraordinary scrutiny!

Hypocrisy

Look, Ted Cruz is a despicable human being, and a lying manipulative scummebagge. But it isn’t “hypocrisy” to arrange your own personal affairs within the context of a legal regime that you disagree with and whose repeal you seek. The people gleefully calling Cruz a hypocrite for obtaining health insurance within the Obamacare system don’t understand what hypocrisy is.

Plane Crash International “Tragedy”

Look, there’s no question that it’s fucken horrible for 150 people to die in a plane crash. But all this “international solidarity” with heads of state calling each other with condolences regarding this “moment of sorrow” and blah, blah, blah, is fucken absurd. According to the World Health Organization, worldwide 1.24 motherfucken *million* people died in traffic crashes on the roads of the world in just one year, 2010. The most commercial aviation deaths in a single year *ever* is less than 2500, and over the last couple decades it’s averaging less than 1000 per year. It’s safer to fly across the ocean in a goddamn airplane that it is to take a motherfucken bath.

Sous Vide Lamb Top Round

INGREDIENTS
four lamb top round steaks
olive oil with a bunch of different herbs and spices and salt
usual rice pilaf ingredients

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Olive oil with a bunch of different herbs and spices and salt.

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These are the lamb top round steaks, about four ounces each. I had never even heard of this cut before, but saw it at the butcher shop and decided to try it. The butcher said that it is best pink in the center and charred on the outside, so I figured it would be great for sous vide.

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Vacuum bag ’em with plenty of the olive oil rub, and allow to marinate for a couple hours before cooking.

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Immersion cook them for about an hour, to allow them to reach uniform final temperature. I cooked them to 139 degrees F, but next time I would go lower, like about 135 degrees.

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Remove from bags and pat dry with paper towels.

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Sear the outside.

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Pilaf.

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Plate.

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The steaks were super delicious and tender, but they would have been even better a little rarer. I erred on the side of medium, since too rare lamb is nasty, but this cut of lamb is very tender and not gamey.

Extreme Right-Wing Filth Getting What They Want: Religious Lunatics Undermining Nuclear Negotiations To Help Encourage Holy War

From Bloomberg:

“It’s possible to reach an agreement, and there is nothing that cannot be resolved,” Rouhani was quoted as saying. “The coming days or weeks will be very tough as taking the final step is always somewhat difficult.”

Still, Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech marking the Persian New Year that the U.S. had “cheated” during the negotiations and that the world powers’ proposal of reducing sanctions only in the months following any potential agreement would be a deal-breaker.
He said the crowd in the city of Mashhad, some of whom shouted “Death to America,” was right to denounce the U.S. and accused it of trying to divide Iran’s people and its government.

Hahahahahah! You probably thought this post was gonna be about *our* USian jeezus freak right-wing religious fanatic Senators undermining negotiations by undercutting the authority of our President to negotiate, right? Fooled you! It’s about *their* Iranian mohammed freak right-wing religious fanatic Ayatollahs undermining negotiations by undercutting the authority of their President to negotiate. Ironic that these extreme right-wing religious authoritarian loons
in Iran are *exactly* the same as the extreme right-wing religious
authoritarian loons we’ve got here, except for different dumshitte
fake fantasy supernatural bullshittio. And in both countries, they’ve
got the large majority of normal non-delusional people that just want to live decent reality-based lives by the fucken ballz. I bet, without knowing anything about it, that in Iran it’s super rich motherfuckers who benefit from keeping the poor stupid delusional religious fuckewittes under their thumb and agitating for their rich motherfucker interests, just like here in the US. Ted Cruz and the Ayatollah Khomeini are brothers in motherfucken arms.

Five Stars

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At first I was totally all like, “Fucke that Rembrandt motherfucker: he’s totally overrated.” But then I was all like, “Oh, wait! Five motherfucken stars from Time Out! Gotta check out this Rembrandt motherfucker!”