Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for September, 2009

…the rest of us. Shorter version: you are an ambulatory germ dispersal unit, so be responsible. I try to make it a regular habit to go through the ScienceBlogs 24-hour feed, and in doing so, I came across this post by ScienceBlogling Jason Rosenhouse talking about his experience with what might have been TEH SWINEY…

Lions, Tigers, and…Tax Cut Snark? Oh My.

Economist Brad DeLong criticizes an economics reporter from ProPublica who claims “his job is looking for ‘gotcha’ stories about stimulus money going for ‘lion cages at the National Zoo.’” In DeLong’s comments, I asked:

Saturday Links

Happy Saturday! Some links for you. Science first:

From Think Progress, we learn that Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF) group is choosing people for 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year awards by his Business Defense and Advisory Council. One little problem though:

I’ve often said on this blog that everything I know about movement conservatives, I learned from watching (and opposing) creationists. One major lesson is that words have no intrinsic meaning: they are simply means to manipulate people for your own goals. Well, Margaret Thatcher, an icon of anti-Communist opposition, admitted: …the destabilisation of Eastern Europe…

One of the things that everyone has been talking about, including Obama, is slowing the growth in healthcare costs, what some have called ‘bending the curve’ (and if we bend it, will we Bend It Like Beckham?). But consider these per capita healthcare expenditure data from the OECD:

…what he said. I was going to write about how Rep. Joe Wilson, who during last night’s presidential address shouted “You lie!”, shouldn’t be criticized for being rude or uncivil. After all, if Obama had advocated sending left-handed people to gas chambers, I hope someone would have the courage to shout him down. But then…

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Obama: Sound and Fury, Signifying Romneycare

Needless to say, I’m not happy with Obama’s healthcare proposal. Before I get into this, I want to make something clear: my opposition is due to experience, not ideology. If it appeared (or better, if there were evidence) that putting on a pink mumu, whirling a rubber chicken around our heads, and singing the Star…

A dissertation committee member who will remain nameless once told me, “Mike, in the end, it all comes down to those stupid fucking natural history facts.” This might have been the only worthwhile thing said committee member ever told me. More about this in a bit. Anyway, I bring this up because I think much…