The Buzz

I miss The Buzz. You know, that quirky search and display thingie on the front page of The Overlords identify a key topic that is getting blogged about, throw together a very simplistic search term that picks it up as well as some other random posts that have nothing to do with the topic, and displays these posts in a tasteful manner on the home page.

Since the installation of our celebratory Comment Redux Machine, the Buzz has been displaced. I have a bad feeling about this. I know, a lot of people get annoyed by the randomness and inexactitude of The Buzz, but I feel that this is part of the charm. Maybe other Science Bloggers who don’t like the Buzz are too literal minded (which is now known to be genetic).

Anyway, until the Buzz comes back, I’m going to host the same feature here on my blog. This is my first attempt at it, and the technology still needs some work. [note: any suggestions in this regard would be helpful.]

Today’s Buzz is the Financial Crisis.

Afarensis: Obama on the Financial Crisis
Obama… Blamed the shocking new round of subprime-related bankruptcies on the free-market system, and specifically the ‘trickle-down’ economics of the Bush administration, which he tried to gig opponent John McCain for wanting to extend. But it was the Clinton administration, obsessed with multiculturalism, that dictated where mortgage lenders could lend, and origin…

Science to Life: Solving the drug price crisis
Two MIT pharmaceutical industry experts believe that the mounting U.S. drug price crisis can be contained and eventually reversed by separating drug discovery from drug marketing and by establishing a non-profit company to oversee funding for new medicines.

Off the Queue and Into the Cranium at Quantum Pontif:
A Mathematician’s Apology by G.H. Hardy (with a foreword by C.P. Snow) I was really looking forward to reading this classic, since mathematicians certainly have a lot to apologize for. Sadly Hardy instead writes a f

[Updated] Free Markets and the Credit Crisis Freefall on Denialism Blog

For years working in Washington, I listened to libertarian tripe about how privacy law would prevent free markets from operating, and how banks should be able to freely trade personal information to assign risk and create new credit products. The “Miracle of Instant Credit” was invoked as a positive force that would allow banks to move smartly into the subprime market and make more Americans homeowners. They won that battle with the 2003

And yet another political roundup… at A Blog Around the Clock.
US President George W. Bush will not attack Iran to halt its nuclear weapons program before his term ends in January, David Wurmser, a key national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney up until last year, has told The Jerusalem Post.

Laelaps: Yet another lie, courtesy of Rutgers
Although fluff pieces about football practice at Rutgers have flooded the newswires over the past few weeks, the university is still suffering from reports of shady financial practices that have favored football over academics. (See this post for the last update and summary.) In order to combat the bad press, university officials are trying to allay fear that Rutgers is in financial distress (as if we didn’t already know because of the 8.5% tuition hike). In an article released last week, it was reported that this year over $121 million was donated


  1. #1 Stephanie Z
    September 18, 2008

    I don’t know. I think you’ve replicated the quirks quite well.

  2. #2 Ginny
    September 18, 2008

    buzz will be back sunday, so it’s not really such a crisis…

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    September 18, 2008

    Sunday is a LONG time! OK, I guess I can wait.

    I love the fat that my buzz totally fucked up the formatting on the entire site …

    ok, let’s see, a little HTML magic …

    OK, fixed now.