Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for October, 2009

…if by stimulate, you mean wind up in banks that aren’t lending any money. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: In May 2008, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) started mailing Economic Stimulus Payments (also called tax rebates) to an estimated 130 million income tax filers. In order to examine the impact of these payments, special…

While I’m hoping to find the time to write about Norman Podhoretz’s question “Why Are Jews Liberals?” I don’t think, unlike Podhoretz, that the fundamental reason is repulsion towards the Christian theopolitical right. But this statement by two South Carolina County Republican Party chairmen certainly won’t help:

Last week, I was invited to give a talk at Stony Brook University’s Ecology and Evolution department about genomics (very long time readers will know that I spent four years at Stony Brook as a post-doc and research professor). The talk was well received (thank you for asking) in part, I think, because of the…

Monday Link Dump

Merry Monday. Links for you. Science:

Bill Maher notwithstanding, a recent Pew survey shows that Democrats are far more willing to get a swine flu vaccination than either independents or Republicans: For every four Democrats willing to get the vaccine, only three Republicans and independents are willing to do so. While I’m tempted to say something snarky, if this political divide…

Sunday Links

I’m enjoying the Nor’easter, so here are some fun links for you. Science:

…drug stores, hardware stores, and supermarkets.. By way of ScienceBlogling Dr. Isis, we learn of The Great Brooklyn Tampon Shortage: You see, in Brooklyn, we have to deal with the problem of tampon scarcity. How, you may be wondering, can a product be scarce when it is a necessity of approximately half the population in…

One problem stemming from the collapse of housing prices is that many households, even if they can still make their overpriced mortgages, are going to be paying far more for their houses than they should. That means less money for other things, from the frivolous to the important. So I’ve always wondered if we’ll ever…

Friday Links

Happy Friday. Some links for a cold, rainy weekend. Science:

One of the interesting things that’s come out of Krugman’s critique of macroeconomics is that it’s led to a lot of economists (and others) discussing how science should work and what science is. I found Robert Waldmann’s take on the role of mathematics in science and economics: