Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for February, 2010

Apparently, if the high-profile, exhaustively peer-reviewed journal Men’s Health [/snark] is to be believed, Boston is the least boozy city in the country (italics mine): Fresno, Calif., tops Men’s Health magazine’s list of America’s “drunkest” cities while Boston, home to the “Cheers” bar where everyone knows your name, was deemed the “least drunk,” besting even…

Best Vampirology Lecture EVAH!

And if this ever becomes part of a movie, I would give the lecture for free. This is brilliant

Or it’s not the messaging, it’s the actual policy. John Aravosis was recently invited to the White House along with some other ‘progressive’ bloggers who were called out on the carpet for not supporting the stimulus enough (funny, I didn’t realize they were paid political operatives…). Aravosis writes: The problem with the stimulus messaging is,…

Saturday Links

Saturday links. With Extra Bonus Video! Science: The Spotless Garden Australia uses cat food in fight against cane toads The Mushroom that Sleeps with the Fishes The Basques may not be who we think they are Climate change affecting Kenya’s coffee output What average genetic variation can tell us (or not) Other: Mule Variations Our…

Best Commercial Spoof EVAH!

By way of Mocha Mama, we find a superb spoof of that really annoying Super Bowl commercial–the Dodge “Last Stand” one–which described how men are supposedly being emasculated (here’s a helpful hint for you if you’re feeling emasculated: stop watching so much fucking television, and go do something useful. Just saying). Anyway, this is brilliant:…

There’s an ongoing exhibit of photographer Jules Aarons’ work at the Boston Public Library, “Man in the Street: Boston Photographs by Jules Aarons” that is worth seeing. From the BPL blurb: In 1997, the Boston Public Library began collecting the work of Boston photographer Jules Aarons (1921-2008),and the library now holds the largest public collection…

Add this to the “People have to like this crap” file. Over at AMERICAblog, John Aravosis asks Cornell economist Steven Kyle to comment on this figure distributed by Organizing for America: Kyle: It is a good illustration of exactly what many of us economists have been saying – the stimulus was big enough to stop…

A couple of weeks ago, The Washington Post ran a piece by Gerard Alexander about how liberals are condescending towards conservative ideas, because those ideas suck ass. With that, by way of Digby, I give you a speaker from CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference): At CPAC this morning, Young America’s Foundation spokesman Jason Mattera kicked…

Thursday Links

It appears that the season known as Schlump has arrived. Time for links. Science: Sex, science and statistics Energy-Efficient Lighting Made Without Mercury Our world may be a giant hologram Be a Beetle Rancher! Fixing journalism Other: Stimulating Hypocrisy: 111 Lawmakers Block Recovery While Taking Credit For Its Success Let The Women Jump You Are…

China: A Looming Antibiotic Resistance Problem

And you thought fixing the renminbi was bad. By way of Glyn Moody, we find that The Guardian has a very disturbing report about antibiotic resistance in China (italics mine): Chinese doctors routinely hand out multiple doses of antibiotics for simple maladies like the sore throats and the country’s farmers excessive dependence on the drugs…