Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for January, 2010

Because I simply can’t handle any more Democratic clusterfucks or depressing thoughts about science funding, I want to vent my spleen on bad political reporting. Take this story about two tax-related ballot items in Oregon. One might think that a story about two proposed tax-related measures in a national paper (i.e., one that doesn’t follow…

Is Thorium an Answer to Global Warming?

It’s always seemed to me that nuclear power would have to be part of the solution of the global warming problem: even if the planet’s population were to remain constant, and even if planet-wide energy use were to remain steady, we would still have to dramatically cut CO2 per capita emissions. The problem with nuclear…

Monday Links

Merry Monday. Links for you: Public Knowledge of Science: The More Things Change, the More They Don’t Blog for choice: I’m pro-choice because I love life I think maybe part of the reason you’re so angry is you keep demanding that you get screwed and then, not surprisingly, you keep getting screwed Coakley and the…

In the battle of ideas, what things are called matters (e.g., the ‘death tax’ instead of the estate tax). So I’m utterly puzzled as to why Paul Krugman is calling the current state of play in healthcare centrist: The fact is that the Senate bill is a centrist document, which moderate Republicans should find entirely…

I made this point Wednesday, but Steve Singiser breaks down the numbers: But the “tack back to the center” crowd ignores a critical stat from yesterday evening: 44% of the people who cast a ballot for Barack Obama in 2008 in the state of Massachusetts either (a) cast a vote for Scott Brown, (b) cast…

Saturday Links

Happy Saturday. Science links: Gene and protein annotation: it’s worse than you thought The Platypus Is Cute but Far From Harmless Slime Mold Beats Humans at Perfecting Traffic Networks Most Britons descended from male farmers who left Iraq and Syria 10,000 years ago (and were seduced by the local hunter-gatherer women) Scientists Find a Shared…

…about President Obama. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) seems to be one of the few politicians in the Democratic caucus (not party, though) who understands just how dire the Democrats’ prospects are: In my view, the Democrats–including the president–have absurdly continued to stumble along the path of “bipartisanship” at exactly the same time the Republicans have…

Well, he didn’t say it in Latin (that would have been very French. Or something). But this report is very encouraging: Democratic insiders say they are weighing several options to save health care reform, and one actually may be bold enough to revive a depressed, turned-off Democratic base: use the obscure reconciliation loophole to pass…

MA: Did the Machine Break?

I think this is only part of the story, but it seems that the ‘Democratic Machine’ in Massachusetts might have slipped a gear: “Nobody likes her” says mom. What she means is, Coakley had no friends in politics. The Democrats in Massachusetts let this happen because – “I don’t know” says mom. Maybe they weren’t…

Keep in mind that eighteen percent of those who voted for Obama in 2008 voted for Brown–if Coakley had kept half of these voters (or even a third), she wins. Now my head goes boom: HEALTH CARE BILL OPPONENTS THINK IT “DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH” by 3 to 2 among Obama voters who voted for…