Archives for July, 2007
Why can’t you be nice to me?* Look, I realize that Rick Perlstein’s phrase ‘E. coli conservatism‘ is a catchy way to describe the continuing breakdown of the national infrastructure. But that phrase bugs the crap out of me (pun intended).
The Boston Globe reports that the Charles River swim race might be canceled because of cyanobacterial blooms. Again. So why is this happening? Phosphorous levels are too high:
I raise the question, which has rattled around in my head for a while, after reading two posts, one by ScienceBlogling Tim Lambert, and one by Scott Lemieux. Tim connects the dots of the Gore-Chilean sea bass non-story:
It’s bad enough when the mainstream media engages in ersatz psychology and semiotics. It’s even worse when this pseudoanalysis has a bias–it’s like Colbert’s truthiness, except that it’s not funny (italics mine):
First, driftglass points out an obvious–although previously unnoticed–problem with the neocon claims that there’s is no civil war in Iraq:
Be a mensch: stop by, and wish Lindsay Beyerstein of Majikthise well. It’s good to have her blogging again.
Since I haven’t discussed antibiotic resistance for a while, I want to put that health problem in context. The CDC estimates that every year, over 60,000 U.S. residents die from a hospital-acquired bacterial infection that is resistant to one or more commonly used antibiotics. Roughly 25,000 per year die from bacterial infections resistant to three…
A couple of days ago, I blogged about the Laffer curve. Hilzoy brilliantly skewers the idiotic Wall Street Journal piece that ‘supported’ the Laffer curve:
…good for him. What struck me was this part of his goodbye post:
Inspired by Quixote’s excellent post about ascidians–my firstest study organism EVAH–I’ve decided to delve into the archives and repost something of my own about ascidians.