Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for April, 2009

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/04/23/prosecutions/index.html It’s one thing to be a stenographer–and a bad one at that. But, as Glenn Greenwald notes, our celebrity press corps goes beyond that:

Abu Zubaydah and Inefficacy of Torture

In yesterday’s NY Times, Ali Soufan, an F.B.I. supervisory special agent from 1997 to 2005 who worked on counterterrorism, wrote a devastating indictment of the failure of torture to collect useful intelligence. To me, the most critical part of the op-ed is about how torture fails to reveal novel information:

What Our Taxes Pay For

In light of the April 15 protests, I think this chart by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities which describes the federal budget is appropriate:

I was going to let the latest Huffington Post idiocy about antibiotics causing cancer go unremarked since Orac slaughtered it, but then I read the comments and became mad. Really Mad. First, this from the book promotion masquerading as an article:

A while ago, I talked about some things biologists should learn, and the glaring omission was mathematical fluency. I bring this up because one of the things the Mad Biologist does is work on the Human Microbiome Project (between that, and fighting evil, we are very busy…). The part of the Human Microbiome Project (‘HMP’)…

The Asymmetric Advantage of Bullsh-t

Julian Sanchez, writing about global warming, makes an excellent point about how denialists are able to be so successful (italics original; boldtype mine):

Boston Marathon Coverage Update

I was just asked by a roving reporter, “What brings you to Boston today to watch the marathon?” (which doesn’t really make sense if you think about it–the question answers itself). My response: My home. Which is right around the corner. And then he ended the interview. Jerk.

Some Sunday Links

Tomorrow’s the Boston Marathon, so here are some links to exercise your brain. Science first:

ScienceBloglings Greg Laden and John Wilkins have discussed whether or not CIA employees complicit in torture should be exempt from prosecution. The debate has revolved around the ‘following orders’ issue. But this misses a key point:

(from here) …they would support statehood for the District of Columbia, right? From Jameson Foser: