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Archives for July, 2006

So Who’s Vulnerable?

Bush’s stem cell veto is going to have big, big political repercussions. The stem cell issue will certainly feature prominently in multiple congressional races this fall. So now the pressing political question becomes, which members of Congress who are up for re-election, and who support Bush on stem cells (and therefore have votes on the…

Art Caplan has an extremely powerful piece denouncing Bush’s latest action. And indeed, it’s truly unbelievable: Bush misleads us about the extent to which his stem cell policy will support research, never apologizes, and then blocks the expansion of that policy once it has become entirely clear that it did not succeed on the president’s…

Ruining My Pun

In a recent post, before we officially had Tropical Storm Beryl, I wrote that I could “hardly Beryl the suspense.” Alas, this pun turns on “Beryl” being pronounced like “barrel.” But now comes NHC forecaster Stacy Stewart telling me I’m wrong:

Judging from the stem cell vote, it looks like the Republican right is still predominant, even if there has been some erosion on this issue and a lot of Republicans shifting positions: In the Senate, 43 Democrats, 19 Republicans and one independent voted to expand federally funded embryonic stem cell research, while 36 Republicans and…

Well, we appear to have a second TC for this season–though it has not yet been officially named Beryl. Right now it’s just Tropical Depression TWO. The storm is hanging out off the coast of the Carolinas, and a tropical storm watch has been issued. Jeff Masters is tracking this proto-Beryl, which he expects to…

London Dispatch # 1

Dude, I fricken love that Chuck Darwin is on the ten pound note. Also, I saw a fox this morning while jogging in Hyde Park. And these birds: Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Carrion Crow (probably), Tufted Duck (I think), Great Crested Grebe, Lesser Black Backed Gull (probably), Magpie, Mute Swan, Woodpigeon, and…

WAMC Interview

While in Albany, I sat down with Greg Dahlman of this radio station to talk about global warming and media coverage. I sound reasonably lucid (although I could have done much better), so I thought I’d provide a link for you. Listen here, starting at minute 7:45 or thereabouts and continuing through minute 15:00….

This CNN story is quite representative of an obnoxious genre: Stories about Bush’s failed stem cell policy which pretend that the President’s “more than 60” lines claim was only undermined by the passage of considerable time, rather than almost immediately. In fact, as I detail in The Republican War on Science and as others like…

Is anyone else as sick as I am of repeated attacks on the “hockey stick” reconstruction of past temperatures? Joe Barton and cronies are at it again. Just when one would have hoped that the National Academy of Sciences report on this topic would provide some modicum of closure, the “skeptics” have derived yet another…

Belated Report on Albany

Well, here I am in London….blogging about events from before I left. Better late than never.