Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for July, 2006

Lest you think corporate interference in public health policy is solely a U.S. problem, New Zealand is suffering a brain drain in the area of antibiotic resistance research due to political pressure hindering research on the effects of antbiotic use in agriculture. Worldwide, antibiotics are widely used in poultry production, but in the U.S., there…

Nobody Likes Us

From Reuters: In South Korea, traditionally a U.S. ally, two-thirds of people under 30 said in a recent poll that if there were war between North Korea and the United States, they would side with North Korea. “Anti-Americanism runs deeper and is qualitatively different than in the past, when it was largely attributable to unpopular…

Why Did NSF Leave Out the Life Sciences?

In the NSF Strategic Plan, the life sciences (i.e., biology) are not included as an area that needs improvement in infrastructure or translation of research into new products. Is it too cynical to think that the Bush Administration purposely left out biology? After all, this is the same administration that has repeatedly altered or removed…

What Do You Mean “We”, Kemosabe?

I’ve discussed before how former Bush supporters and loyalists suffering from buyer’s remorse are now frantically trying to revise history and offer (lame) excuses for why they were so foolish. driftglass brings up another tactic that we’ll hear often: everybody went along with Bush. driftglass, who takes Chris Matthews to task over this rhetorical strategy,…

AMA Seeks Ban on Ads For New Drugs

The American Medical Association has called for a temporary ban on all direct-to-consumer advertising for prescription drugs. Sounds ‘elitist’? Well, so are professional sports. But only an idiot would trust Madison Avenue over his or her doctor. (an aside: I’m not an MD. I just have the occassional good sense to listen to people who…

My Army of Little Blessed Snowflakes

400,000 to-be-discarded embryos? The Mad Biologist has a very evil, nefarious, and sinister idea for them:

Yes, I know. Saying this is like picking on the stupid kid. But that’s the whole point. Cenk Uygur writes:

You Know You’ve Arrived When…

…skippy the bush kangaroo puts you on the permanent blogroll. thanks skippy!

Iraq: We Broke It

Apparently, the Iraqis have moved to “Plan B”, which is the dissolution of the Iraqi state. From the Independent:

The Charge of the Neocon-Lite Brigade

Former enthusiastic neocon supporters running for cover heroically deploying towards a rearward area. Perhaps it’s just human nature, but I’ve always disliked Johnny-Come-Latelys. It’s never made sense to me how those of us who figured out that the Iraq War was going to become a pandimensional clusterfuck (and didn’t require special intel or brilliant intellect…