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From Media Matters: It is difficult to understand how so many errors could be crammed into one simple chart, merely by accident.  It is even harder to understand how the artist could end up with a straight line, after incorporating numerous errors, unless it was an done with the intention of being misleading. First, (problem…

Lawsuit Against Ca Science Center…

…for canceling the showing of a creationist film, Darwin’s Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record.  The background is on Greg Laden’s Blog, Los Angeles Venue Cancels Intelligent Design Film: You’ll recall that it was recently reported that the California Science Center, which is loosely affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, had planned a screening…

A fair amount has been written about the topic of motivated reasoning.  Jonah Lehrer explains the relationship between motivated reasoning and the political process; Orac addresses the issue with regard to quantum woo. (Plus more at Mixing Memory, here) Getting back to the political realm, now comes a research article about a study of the…

When I was at work today, I saw a headline that irritated me.  I decided I would blog about it when I got home.  But now the headline has been changed.  I will still blog about it, though. The original headline was: Report: Alternative energy quest endangering birds.  Now, it is worded differently: Report: Birds…

Secret Evils of EMR

A minor controversy has erupted over the health care provisions that were slipped in to the economic stimulus bill without discussion.  It has provisions such that.. Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system…One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is…

Computer experts have been weighing in for years about design flaws in electronic voting systems.  Now a computer expert goes a step farther, saying the whole system is flawed. From Linus’ Blog: That’s when you also notice that the whole US voting system is apparently expressly designed to be polarizing (winner-take-all electoral system etc). To…

From the vice-Presidential debate. “building our embassy, also, in Jerusalem” “That world view that says that America is a nation of exceptionalism. And we are to be that shining city on a hill, as President Reagan so beautifully said, that we are a beacon of hope and that we are unapologetic here.” “freedom is always…

Media Non-Failure

After the release of Scotty McClellan’s book,  What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception, there was a big media/blogosphere splash about the supposed failure of the media to examine critically the Administration’s case for the war against Iraq.  There have been accusations, mea culpas, and denials.   Perhaps someone else…

Another Oil Company Subsidy

Despite a chorus among citizenry and punditry to end oil company subsidies, it turns out that yet another has been foisted upon us.  What is worse, it was created under the guise of a populist program: Households will spend about $90 billion more this year on gasoline if fuel prices remain at current levels, according…

Antibiotic Resistance Not Evolution?

This is strange.  A person with a Ph.D. in molecular genetics, Georgia Purdom, wrote a post in which she claims to have shown that the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria is not an example of evolution. Antibiotic Resistance of Bacteria: An Example of Evolution in Action? by Georgia Purdom, Ph.D. July 10, 2007