Archives for November, 2009

Quite possibly one of the weirdest things I have ever witnessed in my scientific career– The president of Oklahoma State University has ‘forbidden’ an ethics panel approved, NIH funded research project on ‘his’ campus. What kind of abominable research are these Satan worshiping scientists trying to do? Injecting healthy infants with large doses of heroin?…

From poison to potential panacea

Right-wing pundits/Conservatives/the Usual Suspects hate how much money the government has spent/is spending on HIV/AIDS. “No one gets AIDS but homos and blacks, so why the hell is the government spending all this money on AIDS and not cancer?” (random example) There is a pattern Im seeing in these kinds of people: They are stupid,…

An apology…? Not if I ruled the universe.

The reaction to the news that the Irish Catholic Church covered up (thus encouraged) the molestation and rape of children is odd. At least odd to me. Apologize? Quit using the titles ‘Father’ and ‘Your Grace’? Really? The people involved in this disgusting tragedy (perpetrators and those who protected them) should only have two real…

COOOOOOORN!!!

All of my research in undergrad was on corn. All of it. For classes, for labs, every lab– corn. We were basically watching a gene become ‘irreducibly complex’ in shoot apical meristems… I mean, it was definitely cool, its just that I couldnt eat corn for years (Im over it now, but I dunno how…

Invasive species suck. Humans intentionally or unintentionally introduce some organism into a new environment… and shit hits the fan. Whether its zebra mussels in the Great Lakes or rabbits in Australia, invasive species wreak havoc on their ‘new homes’. There are lots of reasons for this, but there are only three reasons Im interested in:…

Atheists with vaginas.

I am so pissed off. I didnt get out of the lab until quarter till 6 tonight, so there was no friggen way I could get down to OU to see Barker (feed/potty Arnie, feed/potty me, 15 mph on I-35… I would have gotten there by the time his presentation was over. Why the hell…

I hate how the ‘new’ Technorati doesnt let you see everyone whos linked to you. Sometimes, smaller blogs with less traffic write a neat post and link to me, but I dont ‘see’ the post unless I happen to catch one of their readers clicking to me on SiteMeter. *FROWNY FACE AT TECHNORATI* I just…

An open invitation to Bill Maher

Hi Bill! I think Ive figured out why youve been… unresponsive… to the Skeptical communitys efforts to educate you on vaccines. All the people addressing you have been cranky old men. Apparently you dont swing that way. I hearby offer to give you a personal crash-course in immunology, virology, and why scientists are so ‘into’…

Virus helps save the American Chestnut tree

100 years ago, American Chestnut trees grew up and down the East coast. Great wood, nommy nuts, awesome! Unfortunately, an epidemic of an Asian fungus, Cryphonectria parasitica, basically wiped them out. Asian Chestnut trees are resistant to the Asian fungus, so theoretically we could ‘save’ the American chestnut industry by planting Asian trees here… but…

Dan Barker at OU!

Dan Barker of the Freedom From Religion Foundation is going to be speaking at OU this Friday! November 20 6:30 pm Dale Hall I-35 is Hell in the evening rush hour (last time I went to Norman we were going 15 mph. on an interstate. RAAAAAAGE!!), plus its a Friday, so all you OKCers make…