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Archives for January, 2007

How fast can evolution work?

There’s been a bit of talk about “Evolutionary Speed Limits” over at the Intelligent Design weblog Uncommon Descent. Most of the discussion involves “Haldane’s Dilemma.” This concept is rooted in an article written by the noted evolutionary geneticist J. B. S Haldane in 1957. There’s a lot of math involved, and you can see it…

ATA and children

Jake Young has a link up to a story about a family’s recent misadventure on AirTran Airways. Apparently, they were removed from their flight because, after more than 15 minutes, their 3-year-old was still pitching a temper tantrum and refusing to stay seated: The Kuleszas said they told a flight attendant they had paid for…

I made a fairly large error when I wrote my previous article on the health care “plan” that Bush will announce during the State of the Union Address later today. When I did my back-of-the-envelope calculations of the tax breaks that different people would receive under the plan, I missed an important consideration. When I…

In his State of the Union Address tonight, Bush will announce a new “plan” to address the need for more affordable health care insurance. After reading the White House “Fact Sheet” on the plan, a phrase quickly jumps to mind – “dead on arrival.” That one is quickly joined by others – “smoking crack,” “bloody…

More on greenhouse gas caps

Earlier today, I noted that an unusual alliance consisting of representatives from both heavy industry and the environmental movement has released a report calling for mandatory action on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The list of participating industries is impressive, particularly since all of them are directly tied in one way or another to GHGs –…

A new call for greenhouse gas caps

The United States Climate Action Partnership has just released a report calling for mandatory greenhouse gas emission cap legislation and suggesting a specific set of mechanisms for achieving cuts in the near future. There are a number of noteworthy items in the report, but the most remarkable thing is who wrote this report. The United…

The Unholy Wars Continue

It looks like we here at Scienceblogs are not done talking about Dawkins and The God Delusion just yet. The latest skirmish, which I am about to plunge into, started with a post on Pharyngula, which was responded to at Stranger Fruit. The Stranger Fruit article, in turn, just received a counter-response at EvolutionBlog. The…

In a post earlier today, I discussed a case where an astroturf group is attempting to stir up popular objection to a clause in a bill before the Senate that mandates disclosure of this type of lobbying activity. In a comment to a post over at Bora’s blog, MattXIV raises a point that requires a…

Someone’s Trying to Play Us

Via Bora, I found a somewhat alarming article. Apparently, it’s being claimed, the Lobbying reform law currently in the senate will require bloggers (among other people) to register and file quarterly reports with congress or face possible jail time, “the same as the big K Street lobbyists.” Calling it “the most expansive intrusion on First…

Dog + Cat = Lion + Calf

Over at the “ID is nothing but science, we really mean it” Uncommon Dissent blog, there’s an interesting little biblical discussion going on right now. In this case, DaveScot’s remarkable response to a comment on the After the Bar Closes discussion board does an amazing job at evoking that Ghostbusters kind of feel.