Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for August, 2008

I’ve never gone in for electoral prognostication; after all, in the 2006 election, a huge swath of voters didn’t decide whom they would vote for until a couple of days before the election. Having said that, driftglass identifies the true swing voters of the 2008 election:

Two years ago, ScienceBlogling Afarensis told us about McCain’s VP nominee Sarah Palin’s creationist streak:

Palin and Alito: The No-Name Strategy

Just a very quick observation about McCain’s VP choice Sarah Palin. She doesn’t have much of a record which is the same strategy that the Bush Administration used when looking for Supreme Court Justices. If ‘the less they know, the better’ is actually an apt description of your candidate and her policies, then you need…

Teaching Macro- and Microevolution

There have been a lot of comments on this post about using molecular evolution to teach evolutionary biology. A couple of people were worried that creationists will look at molecular data and claim that it is ‘microevolution’ and thus compatible with creationism (I’ve dealt with the creationists’ macroevolution canard before). I’m not worried about this…

…they would have talked through the whole thing and nobody would have ever actually seen it. From Jesse Taylor (italics mine):

Did Someone Help Bear Stearns Tank?

If there was a crucial tile in the Jenga Pile o’Shit (also known as the recent financial meltdown), it was the cratering of Bear Stearns stock. I can’t have been the only one who thought, “Damn if I had only shorted Bear Stearns….” Turns out some anonymous investors did just that under some…unusual circumstances:

In the midst of the kerfuffle about atheism, religion, and teaching evolution in high school, the NY Times article made me wonder if focusing part of the curriculum on molecular evolution would be a better way of teaching evolutionary biology* (and ScienceBlogling Sandra describes some good ways of doing so).

The McCain Mansions

I think we’re up to nine McCain homes. It’s so hard to keep track:

There are two excellent papers in the August edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases (open access) about influenza that suggest alternative (or parallel) ways of dealing with an influenza pandemic (note: by “alternative”, I don’t mean woo). The standard response that is typically discussed is an influenza vaccine–and I’ve mentioned before how important it is to…

Quote of the Day: Privacy, Then and Now

The Sideshow comments on why a right to privacy isn’t found in the Bill of Rights (boldface mine):