Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for September, 2008

Clearly, John McCain isn’t reading the blog. Consider this McCain utterance by way of Josh Marshall:

The Brain of McCain Fails Mainly on Spain

So John McCain apparently doesn’t realize that Spain is: 1) not in the Americas; 2) fighting alongside us in Afghanistan and is a NATO ally; 3) not our enemy. Here’s the backstory:

If you ever needed evidence for the idea that voters are not rational but rationalizing, this NY Times story about the role abortion might play in Pennsylvania is a clear example (italics mine):

Clough: Good News for the Smithsonian

The NY Times has a good article about G. Wayne Clough, the new chancellor of the Smithsonian. Clough is definitely a breath of fresh air after former chancellor Lawrence Small who never met an extravagance he wouldn’t make the Smithsonian pay for. First, Clough is setting an example of good conduct:

Here’s another resounding success of the Bush Doctrine. Erm, not so much (italics mine):

John McCain Invented the BlackBerry?

If Al Gore were dead, he would be spinning in his grave:

Enough about the Straight Bullshit Express: here’s an election I can believe in. In Massachusetts’ Second Suffolk District, the Democratic primary for State Senate features Sonia Chang-Diaz and Dianne Wilkerson. For the very little that it’s worth, the Mad Biologist endorses Sonia Chang-Diaz.

One of the most important things in public health is surveillance. While it’s not sexy, you can’t solve health problems if you don’t have good data. Recently, many professional societies sent a joint letter to several representatives asking their support for the National Integrated Public Health Surveillance Systems and Reportable Conditions Act which will be…

While discussing the difference between spin and lying, I noted how the mainstream media is unequipped to deal with flat out lies. Jamison Foser has a suggestion (boldface mine; italics original):

An Exciting New Area for Creationist Science

Yes, I’m being mean, but this clip below has all the legitimacy of creationism–which is to say none: