Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for October, 2007

Not only does Conservapedia, which is like Wikipedia but stupid, spew idiocy about evolution, have some true hackery about evolution, but this part, pulled from the main page, says it all:

The Best Halloween Display EVAH!

Well, I don’t know if it’s the best, but it’s pretty damn cool. This evening if you’re in Boston, you should swing by 261 Marlborough Street (Back Bay). They always put on a good display, and this year looks to be no different.

FOX TV Misinformation About MRSA

I have a week off, so I’ve been going to the gym in the morning later than usual. I’m still recovering from the near-lobotomization of morning radio, so I wasn’t prepared for a report on the “superbug” on Fox’s The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet–think of it as a cheap knockoff of Regis and…

Either one shouldn’t take polls or 24 percent of the American public seriously. Of course, these are not mutually exclusive options. Kevin Drum summarizes the incongruence:

I’ve criticized Senator Obama before for his inaccurate views of the Social Security program. Paul Krugman has a very nice takedown–on the TV, no less:

The Republican War on Modeling

Onward Glorious Conservatives! Don’t retreat from the librul modelers!!! By now, you might have heard about the Bush Administration’s massive ‘editing’ of the CDC testimony about the health consequences of global warming. Over at Science Progress, there is a copy of the unedited, original CDC text. At this point, no one in the Coalition of…

Some Sunday Links

Here are some weekend links for you. Science first:

Not Every Place Is for Sale

A while ago, I wrote about the MBTA’s test program of playing crappy commercial radio over the PA system at Boston subway stops. Because what Boston really needs is government-sponsored noise pollution. After many complaints, the MBTA has decided to shelve the program, for now anyway:

…doesn’t invalidate the person making the prediction. Nouriel Roubini, who correctly predicted that the housing market would crater in 2007 has decided to make his critics eat crow (yes, there’s some dense economics here, but wait until the end–there’s a point to this madness):

Welcome to the world of Potemkin press conferences. FEMA held a press conference…with itself (italics mine):