Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for November, 2007

Bush Vetoes Increase for NIH Funding

As a result of the veto by Bush of the the fiscal year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, if the veto is not overriden by Congress, the NIH will receive a de facto 3.7% funding cut:

When I discovered that Shakes, filling in over at Crooks and Liars, had linked to my post about Senator Obama and Social Security, I thought might get hordes of angry Obamaites*. Instead, what some of the comments repeated two common mistakes about Social Security (although thankfully other readers slapped them down).

ScienceBlogling Razib comments on Republican rising star Bobby Jindal‘s “very weak understanding of evolution, or, a purposeful misrepresentation” (bold Razib’s):

COBRA and Health Insurance Versus Healthcare

First of all, thank you to everyone who commented on my post about COBRA. One of the odd things about the situation was that I was screwed by the calendar: had I switched jobs during a calendar month, I wouldn’t have to have picked up my own health insurance. This doesn’t alleviate other inefficiencies, such…

Obama Has Lost My Vote

One of the most successful anti-poverty programs ever created in the U.S. is the Social Security program. Despite that, conservatives and Republicans, primarily for ideological reasons, have attempted to dismantle the program–if not in one fell swoop, then incrementally.

Some Sunday Links

Here are some links for you. Science goes first:

Remember This Veteran’s Day…

The WarDefense Department claims that ‘only’ 30,000 U.S. servicemen have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. But that number is a gross underestimate:

William Steig Exhibit in Boston

If you’re in Boston, the Boston Public Library at Copley Square is having a free exhibition of The New Yorker cartoonist William “King of Cartoons” Steig‘s work. It’s worth seeing.

Rightwing nut David Horowitz just finished celebrating Islamofascist Awareness Week. One of the goals of Horowitz’s exercise is to intimidate faculty and students into political correctness*. A while back, while reading Hanna Rosen’s God’s Harvard, this description of how one faculty member at Jesus mill Patrick Henry College**, Bob Stacey, was fired for teaching those…

Doing Everything Right…

…and you still get hosed by the U.S. healthcare system. I recently switched jobs (this is a good thing), and the joys of our wonderful healthcare system become so apparent.