Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for December, 2009

Add this to the list of symptoms of post-partisanship depression. Do you remember Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), who was originally nominated by Obama as Secretary of Commerce because he was viewed as a moderate? Well, ‘moderate’ Gregg (did I mention that he almost joined the Obama Administration were it not for opposition from we Dirty…

Wednesday Links

Merry Wednesday. I work at a civilized place, so I’m off tomorrow…so that means links! Science: Religiosity vs. health, state-by-state It’s OK! I’m a Scientist! Ancient whale sucked mud for food Scientists Harness Bacteria to Turn Microscopic Gears Other: IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE Protocol Droid Speaks How the status quo can kill: the example of free trade The…

Ever since I was a wee Mad Biologist, I’ve been told by Very Senior People that ‘in five years, there’s going to be a massive wave a retirement of older faculty.’ This, in my mind, ranks up there with the Friedman Unit (in the next six months, we’ll know if we have to leave Iraq,…

With Big Shitpile rolling on, there’s been a lot of discussion about the ethics of defaulting on a home mortgage. Several people have commented on the hypocrisy of denigrating homeowners for doing the same thing that businesses do, without any moral qualms, so I won’t say any more about that here. What I do find…

Annual Roundup: Blog Free or Die Hard

Last of the annual roundup of 2009. TEH SWINEY FLOO!, Streptococcus, and the Forgotten Vaccine If Your Business Model Requires Ridiculous Gouging, Then… Public Hygiene and Vaccination: They’re Not For You, They’re For… Economics: Does It All Come Down to Those Stupid F-cking Natural History Facts? Blue Dog Dems, Healthcare, Viral Marketing, and Quantifying the…

Annual Roundup, Part Deux

Since it’s vacation, here’s more of the annual roundup. David Broder Defines the Banality of Evil ‘Counterintuition’, the Human Microbiome, and Why Fluency in Math Matters Behavioral Economics: Not Everything Is Irrational The Fitness Cost of Resistance Could Be… “Could You Patent the Sun?”* Men, Women, and Partying in Science What Public Health Can Teach…

Assuming that the House progressives fold, and the healthcare reform legislation resembles the Senate’s (and why wouldn’t one assumes this), let’s not mistake what this is: a victory for conservatives. As I’ve argued before, this legislation is better than no legislation (probably), and, at this point, we should take what’s possible. But we never should…

Annual Roundup: The Return of the Mad Biologist

It’s yontif, and we don’t blog on yontif, so here are some more highlights from 2009: On Work and Time in Science The Gates Arrest: The Police As an Occupying Forceā€ Unscientific America: On Planets and Theories Some More Thoughts About Unscientific America: What Are We Trying to Communicate? So, What Should Scientists Communicate? Egg…

Yearly Roundup

Since it’s my birthday (and we do not work on this holy day), I’m giving links to some posts that got a lot of traffic or links (somebody liked them….). Enjoy: Scientific Consensus Is a Process, Not a List of Names To Restore Science to Its Rightful Place, We Need to Redefine Elitism A Question…

A measly $100 million? This was the great principle that Nelson was fighting for: Nebraska will receive $100 million in assistance for its state Medicaid program under provisions negotiated by Sen. Ben Nelson (D) in the Senate’s healthcare reform bill….