Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for April, 2010

Whatever else one might say about Republican (for now) Florida Governor Charlie Crist, he was absolutely right to veto a bill that would link teacher pay to student performance (italics mine): Mr. Crist said Thursday that his decision was not political. He cited “the incredible outpouring of opposition by teachers, parents, students, superintendents, school boards…

It’s the willful ignorance: No, tea baggers believe stupid shit because they want to. It’s willful ignorance. They spin outrageous theories because they know that the naked truth about what they believe would make them look like giant bigots and big meanies. So, instead of saying, “I don’t want health care reform because I like…

Friday Links

Thank the Intelligent Designer it’s Friday. Let’s celebrate with some links. Science: Intelligent Design Is Rotten Theology, Too Pavement power lights up Toulouse: Electricity generated by pedestrians used to illuminate street lights in France’s technology capital The Trouble with the Truth: Politics Squelches Science Again Other: Tom Hickey on MMT Massachusetts Health Insurance “Market” Just…

Maybe I should have worn this hat? I was going to write a magnus opus about the Tea Bugger rally on the Boston Common on Wednesday. But, as we used to say in more civilized times, meh. Basically, there was an hour of some really schlocky pseudo-patriotic music, wherein every third word was freedom (FREEE-DOM!…

It’s supposed to be rainy, so why not attend? Carl Zimmer will be there. MAS does really cool outreachy things like teacher training so they’re worth supporting, even if you can’t attend. Anyway, this found its way into my email machine: Join the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences as we spend a day at the Museum…

I’ll have more to say about the rally tomorrow (short version: as was said in more civilized times, meh.). But I think it’s worth noting that the Tea Partyers are even more wingnutty than Digby thinks: 1) The NY Times poll graphic compares Tea Buggers with all respondents. But keep in mind that the real…

Lance Mannion on Republican Free-Riding

Having just returned from the Tea Bugger/Palin rally on the Boston Common (abridged version: It’s just the same shitheads that have been making the rest of us miserable for the last thirty years, only with a new name), I came across this superb post by Lance Mannion (italics original, boldface mine): Grammer doesn’t live as…

I’ll have more to say about housing as an investment (hint: in quite a few cases, it’s incredibly bad), but one thing to keep in mind is that people don’t always protect their investments as well as they should. Last week, there was a massive, nine-alarm fire, in a Boston apartment building–fortunately no one was…

Colin Schultz has an interesting post on science reporting, in which he bemoans how science journalism has become a small niche and is not consumed by a wider audience: The issue of recognizing and confronting the fact that not everyone is interested in science is where niche journalism programs like the one at NYU can…

Digby brilliantly snarks what I’ve been trying to describe for a while about the Tea Buggers: …if you just remove the poor blacks from the equation it would be clear to everyone that America doesn’t like Obama. Now, this isn’t about race, mind you, not at all. It’s about resistance to all these lazy blacks…