Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for December, 2009

Onward, Anti-Christmasian Soldiers! (from here) “Hello, this is Liberal Controlled Media, coming to you with a breaking report on the War on Christmas.” [Camera angle narrows in on anchorman] “Today, Anti-Christmasian forces launched a decisive assault on the remaining pro-Christmas Arctic stronghold. Our LCM teams are on the story, and will bring you round-the-clock coverage…

…when the misogynist internet comments start? Anyway, you should go read the article.

Do Parents Choose Schools or Student Bodies?

One of the things often heard is that someone is leaving the city for the burbs because the schools are better (I use the generic city, since, in my experience this attitude doesn’t appear to be limited to any particular city). But what if parents aren’t choosing better schools, but better student bodies? What if…

Sunday Links

The snow is about done up here. Time for some links. Science: MRSA Hospital Infections Can Cost $61,000 Each to Treat MRSA Infections Nearly Doubled Over Last 10 Years: Study Wegman’s ghostwriter revealed

…but who is a rabbi? A recent British High Court decision making it illegal for a Jewish school that favors Jewish applicants to base its admissions policy on whether one’s mother is Jewish, while correct in outcome, completely misunderstands the entire controversy: “One thing is clear about the matrilineal test; it is a test of…

With some sadness, we read that GM is killing off Saab, although spare parts will still be made. The BBC’s Jorn Madslien explains how a well-engineered car line died (italics mine): When its owner GM bought Saab, it was seen as a brand that could become the US automotive group’s European luxury brand.

Friday Links

Happy Friday. I didn’t get too sozzled at this years’s Christmas Party. How about you? Science: What Was Popular Mechanics Thinking? Trash or treasure? The price of junk mail Mild pandemic? Bite your tongue. Other:

Over the last few elections cycles, we’ve heard about the importance of various demographic groups: Bubbas, soccer moms, NASCAR dads, hockey moms, and so on. But Nan Mooney’s (Not) Keeping Up With Our Parents: The Decline of the Professional Middle Class describes one demographic sector that has largely been ignored. Maybe it’s because they* aren’t…

I’ve stayed away from the CRU Swifthack brouhaha, largely because the experts are far better at debunking this denialist crap than I am. But, if there were such a thing as ‘genomic denialists’, they would probably have a field day if they were to get their hands on what we say.

Recently, I argued that the Democrats need to start really going after the Blue Dogs by cutting funding to their states, including Nebraska’s USSTRATCOM. According to the Weekly Standard (take it for what it’s worth), this is finally happening: According to a Senate aide, the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska’s Offutt Air…