Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for January, 2008

Anti-Vax Idiocy Gets Mainstreamed by ABC TV

I’m posting about this because I want Orac‘s head to explode. Apparently, the first episode of the ABC legal drama, “Eli Stone”, involves the protagonist taking up the mercury militia, anti-vax cause:

If creationists are going to be stupid, couldn’t they at least be creative about it? Once again, they misunderstand the potential and limits of experimentation. By way of ScienceBlogling Greg Laden comes this summary by Texan Citizens for Science of the new creationistChristian perspective of origins* offensive against biology:

Yesterday, I posted about how feral pigs might be responsible for the spinach-associated E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. A while back, I described the epidemic spread of a new strain of MRSA throughout pigs in Europe. What was puzzling to me was why this MRSA strain, found at forty to sixty-fold greater frequency than all commensal…

According to Richard Stengel, the managing editor of Time magazine, Time will run with a story claiming that twenty percent of Iraq War veterans have suffered brain trauma–that’s 250,000 people:

Olivia Judson describes what it would take to prevent almost all rabies deaths from Africa (rabies currently kills around 55,000 people annually):

Stock Markets Tank…Everywhere

Erm, maybe not:

If you’re in the U.S., unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’re aware that major banks and investment firms have taken huge financial hits. As a result, they are laying off thousands of workers. This puzzles me.

Feral Pigs, Spinach, and E. coli O157:H7

(Yes, it’s LOLFeral Pigs) A recent article in Emerging and Infectious Diseases just made the explanation of the E. coli spinach outbreak much more complex.

Martin Luther King: “All Labor Has Worth”

One of the things that is often neglected on Martin Luther King day is his dedication to economic justice. What is forgotten–often willfully–is that he was an advocate for racial and economic justice. From a speech he gave to striking sanitation workers in Memphis on March 18, 1968 (italics mine):

That bond issue to build a new school or road just became more expensive. Say hello to higher property and sales taxes or cuts in services. Strap on the ol’ thinkin’ cap and I’ll get to ‘splainin’ it.