Archives for August, 2009

Oh. My. God. We played Sedalia all the time in high school. They were in our conference our district or whatever. I remember them being skankie, but not THIS skankie. Apparently, this years band theme is “Brass Evolution 2009″, so their T-shirts had one of those generic ‘evolution of man’ images, with the characters carrying…

Science Immersion

During my ‘debate‘ with Creationist Charles Jackson, he let loose lots of funny accusations like “People like you are why kids think science is boring!” heh. See, Chuck wanted kids to ‘debate’ Creationism in science class, and I wanted kids to, you know, learn in science in science class. If you the kids dont have…

Honey Bee Colony Collapse: Its like, a virus.

Since ~2006, honey bee colonies in the US have been dropping dead overnight. Literally. They call it ‘colony collapse disorder’. While large populations of organisms dying is disturbing, no matter the species, we need honey bees– they help pollinate so many of our crops. I grew up in the banks of the Missouri River, around…

Morning sickness

Ive been puking all morning. No, Im not pregnant. Its just that Michael Behe recently filmed a show for BloggingHeads with some dude, John McWhorter. Never heard of the guy, but he gave Behe one hot, 44 minute blow-job. On BloggingHeads. BloggingHeads. Bonus: Ive been trying to debate Behe for several years now, and hes…

Viruses are going to save our butts.

Okay, no big shock to any of you– bacteria are becoming resistant to our antibiotics. One of the many enteric bacteria (cause kids to poop to death), E. coli, is racking up antibiotic resistance genes like theyre McDonalds Beanie Babies. What the hell are we going to do? Phage therapy. Bacteriophage are viruses that eat…

ERVs and Multiple Sclerosis, #2

The connection between wayward endogenous retroviral protein production and multiple sclerosis is tightening Sure its still a mess, sure we dont have all the pieces to The Puzzle– but weve got a strong foothold now. We know we are going in the right direction. A subtle paper just came out in ‘Journal of Virological Methods’.…

I read a nice review article on viral evilution this weekend that really highlighted, for me, how clueless Creationists (especially Intelligent Design Creationists) are about evilution. Antiviral resistance and impact on viral replication capacity: evolution of viruses under antiviral pressure occurs in three phases. As we saw the last time IDiots tried to talk about…

PUPPAH PARTEH!

Been quiet on ERV lately, cause Ive been puppah sitting again. This time, its a ~1 year old mutt (German Shepherd, Rottie, Boxer… ??). One week of this: Approximately 20 hours a day. LOL! These two have been having so much fun, Weenie Dog From Hell even decided to give this ‘play’ thing a try:

XI, ksī, *sigh*

Kevin Miller, XI Kevin Miller, ksī Kevin Miller, *sigh* I love how Intelligent Design is SO NOT Creationism. I love how professional proponents of ID, when confronted by real scientists and real educated laymen, feign ignorance. Go all Po-Mo “different ways of knowing”. Act like little know-it-alls, but when they get stuck and cant provide…

Tulsa Mayor Hopeful: Her #1 Priority

Because Christian politicians have nothing else to worry about: Republican mayoral candidate Anna Falling said Tuesday that putting a Christian creationism display in the Tulsa Zoo is No. 1 in importance among city issues that include violent crime, budget woes and bumpy streets. “It’s first,” she said to calls of “hallelujah” at a rally outside…