Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for June, 2009

Recently, I described how absurd it is to get excited over the second derivative when it comes to unemployment. A decrease in the rate at which unemployment is increasing is hardly good news (it beats the alternative, but “green shoots”, this is not). Now, we’re hearing similar noises about housing starts (building of new houses):…

Thursday Link Dump

Merry Thursday! Here are some good links for you:

A few weeks ago, there was a minor ruckus about a post that claimed that the shutdown of Chrysler dealerships was biased to protect dealers who supported Clinton’s campaign. At the time, I ignored it, figuring it was just another case of Conservative Clinton Derangement Syndrome (BILL CLINTON’S PENIS!!! BILLARY IS A SHE DEVIL!! AAAIIIEEE!!!).…

Sadly, I think it’s the latter. As many others have remarked on a variety of issues, one of the most pernicious effects of the right wing has been to mainstream crazy and hateful positions. In terms of gay rights, as has been the case with many other issues, this has reduced the debate to two…

Housing Prices Will Keep Dropping…

…and the Mad Biologist told you so. A while back, I looked at median incomes and median housing prices and concluded that housing prices had to drop twenty to forty percent from their highs. I also thought that, given the ARM recasts due in 2010 and that too many in the U.S. are already over…

A few months ago, Dday started to sound the alarm about “burrowing” by Bush administration appointees:

Recently, Newsweek published an article by Sharon Begley that claimed that the conflict between high-profile publication and quick release of medically-important data has led to delays in medical advancements (ScienceBlogling Orac takes down her particular example). But Begley is confusing a symptom, publication practices, with a much larger problem: incentives. What do I mean by…

I don’t have much to add to John Aravosis’ take on the recent Obama Administration about its recent defense of the Defense of Marriage Act, except to note one thing:

Oops, there’s been another GOP bigot eruption. This time, it’s Michelle Obama who has been called an ape:

So asks Dave Neiwert (italics mine):