Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for July, 2006

To Save America…

…the neocons had to betray it? Granted, Rolling Stone also published crap by RFK, Jr. But there are some public-domain facts to back up the Rolling Stone article’s claim that several neocons tried to prevent a detente with Iran by leaking classified information to Israel (including several indictments). From the Rolling Stone:

Even More NIH Funding Woes

Alex at the Daily Transcript has a great post discussing an editorial by Robert A. Weinberg about the consequences of funding priorities. Here’s the short version by Weinberg: The funding policies of the NIH have made it increasingly difficult for young researchers to procure research funds. This threatens to drive a whole generation of young…

Can we please have one leader in the Middle East who isn’t thoroughly corrupt or nutty bonkers? Iranian President Ahmadinejad has now declared a war against foreign words: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered government and cultural bodies to use modified Persian words to replace foreign words that have crept into the language, such as…

And if a lot of people actually take charlatan Kevin Trudeau seriously, we’ll be seeing a lot of dead people. Stupid, dead people. Christopher Wanjek and Orac take down the fraud Kevin Trudeau’s new book More Natural Cures Revealed. Writes Wanjek:

The NY Times has a very interesting article about an evangelical minister who decided that subordinating his religious beliefs to the Republican Party and the Holy Defender of the Blessed Blastocyst was a bad idea: After refusing each time, Mr. Boyd finally became fed up, he said. Before the last presidential election, he preached six…

While the main reason to use antibiotics only when needed is to preserve their effectiveness, it’s always nice to have an economic incentive coupled with proper use of these important drugs. From the Guernsey Press and Star:

…to give Paris Hilton a tax cut on money she never earned. Over at DailyKos, David Grossman comments on the Republicans’ attempt to permanently repeal the estate tax: So the Republicans in the U.S. House stayed up until almost 2am tonight to give Paris Hilton some extra money (there’s something funny about millions of dollars…

A Republican With Integrity

See, I can actually say nice things about Republicans (dogmatic conservatives, on the other hand…although I always did think Jack Kemp was honest and sincere, if crazy). Former Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey has called for a Democratic Congress. No, I’m not making this up. His statement, by way of Seeing the Forest, is below:

From the archives, comes this post about the health crisis no one cares about (except for the Mad Biologist. We are very caring): the 90,000 deaths per year from infections people get while in the hospital. And this number is probably an underestimate.

(from firedoglake) By way of Pam at Pandagon comes this story of the moral values of the ‘heartland’, which is apparently a place where gays are considered to be the moral equivalent of Nazis. A store owner hung a rainbow flag outside of his inn/restaurant. He had purchased the flag for his son at a…