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Okay, so Culture Dish is now back from it’s short down time for mourning (and finishing my massive pre-tenure dossier, which was due yesterday and looked something like this).  Lots of posting to catch up on.   First, this:  After reading my recent NYTimes Magazine story on the use of non-canine service animals and the surrounding political…

The new stimulus package includes serious cuts to science funding (like nixing 100% of the National Science Foundation’s $$).  This — as an old family friend of mine used to say — is in the forefront of the not good.  Details here.  Contact folks to voice opposition here. 

As part of my ongoing follow up to my recent New York Times Magazine story about the use of non-canine service animals and the DOJ’s efforts to ban them:  I’ve been saying for a few weeks that the currently proposed species ban might not become law if it wasn’t approved before Bush left office.  And,…

A quick post as part of my ongoing follow up to my recent New York Times Magazine story about the use of non-canine service animals and the DOJ’s efforts to ban them:  There’s an interesting discussion going on about how limiting service animal species also limits religious freedom …

In a display of stunningly bad timing given all the comments people have been posting here in recent days, the entire ScienceBlogs network will be down from 1pm today until sometime Saturday (or whenever they’re done) for a system upgrade. I won’t be able to post, and readers won’t be able to comment, until the…

As part of ongoing follow up on my story in this week’s New York Times Magazine, I’ve been posting about a Department of Justice document leaked to me with the wording of their proposal to ban all non-canine service animals. Yesterday I posted the DOJ’s rationale behind the species ban. I’ve since gotten several emails…

Yesterday, as part of ongoing follow up on my story in this week’s New York Times Magazine, I posted about a Department of Justice document leaked to me with the wording of their proposal to ban all non-canine service animals. Below the jump, for those interested, I’ve pasted an excerpt from that proposal, which is…

NEWSFLASH: In this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, I reported that the Department of Justice had proposed a ban on guide miniature horses, service monkeys, and other non-canine assistance animals (brief overview of the story and legal issues here, several follow up posts here). In my story, I mentioned that no one knew whether the…

Debby has a restriction on her license that says she can’t operate a car without her assistance monkey presentIn the coming days, I’ll continue posting follow ups to my story, Creature Comforts, which is running in tomorrow’s New York Times Magazine. Since yesterday’s follow up post, and my interview on NPR’s Day-to-Day, I’ve gotten many…

Update: Culture Dish’s feed is now live! (Thanks Sb folks!) To subscribe to this blog, just click this link for RSS feed or subscribe to get Culture Dish via email by clicking here. Also: I’ll be on NPR’s Day-to-Day today talking about Creature Comforts. The show airs at 1pm eastern time. You can listen to…