Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for October, 2009

Abstinence-Only ‘Education’ Withering

“If the president’s [budget] proposal is enacted similar to what he recommended, it will have a chilling effect on abstinence education across the country…We’re in a race against time to keep these people in business” So says Leslie Unruh, rightwing nutjob extraordinaire (and a driving force behind this). I’m not sure why anyone in the…

Friday Links

Merry Friday. Here are some links for you. Science:

Congressman Bart Stupak has helped tank the Medicare +5% reimbursement plan and single payer (italics mine): The problem with an amendment strategy [for Medicare +5% and single-payer] is that the House leadership will likely not allow many, if any, amendments to be offered on the House floor. The reason is because of Bart Stupak, who…

One of the enduring mysteries of Boston’s transit system is why is the Red Line always fouled up. I can understand why the Green Line is squirrelly: parts of the Green Line run above ground and intersect with traffic, the above ground stops take much longer at the stations (to prevent people sneaking on without…

…put down bad owners instead? From Boston’s Universal Hub: Boston Police report seizing a pit bull on Talbot Avenue in Dorchester Tuesday morning after its owner allegedly tried to sic the animal on the young daughter of a neighbor with whom she’s been feuding.

Actually, this snake is nicer and cuter than Joe Lieberman (from here) What’s remarkable in the coverage of healthcare reform is how certain bits of information simply go missing. For example, how often did you read that other developed countries with comparable standards of living can offer better healthcare at half the cost? (Maybe that…

Wednesday Links

Merry Wednesday. Links for ya:

Before I get to the horrendous Atlantic article about vaccination, it’s worth reviewing the Mad Biologist’s Pentultimate Postulate of Vaccination (What? You don’t know it?): Effective vaccination is not about protecting you, it’s about protecting other people from you. To put it another way, the best way for you not to get influenza is to…

Not exactly. Remember back when some idiot posted a video in an open contest comparing Bush to Hitler that was held by MoveOn.org? Never mind that the video was removed within thirty minutes, rightwing political operatives and their lapdogs in the traditional media haven’t stopped talking about it. I wonder if this picture posted on…

I like this ad, because it makes a point I’ve made before: rank-and-file Democrats did what we had to do in 2008, now it’s the elected Democrats turn to do so. And yes, rank and file Democrats: the public option is so popular among Democrats, corporate propaganda notwithstanding, this is not coming from the ‘liberal…