Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for May, 2010

Teachers Are “Shovel Ready”

One of the things that bothered me about the ‘stimulus’ bill (other than it not being called an employment bill) is that there was a focus on things being ‘shovel ready.’ Not only did this imply that the depression* would be short-term (whereas un-, underemployment, and flat wages are largely ongoing structural problems), but ‘shovel…

Contrary to what some might think, I’m not opposed to investment bank and bankers, I’m just opposed to the current crop of banks and bankers. But even more than usurious middle men, the guys who really make my head explode are the flat-out speculators–they serve, even on their best days, no useful purpose whatsoever. And…

Programming Note: ASM Meeting.

I’ll be at the ASM meeting in San Diego next week (so don’t steal all my stuff). But don’t worry, the blog, like the Might River Jordan, will keep rolling on. Email replies and so on won’t be happening though.

Thankfully, in principle, it’s reversible. The Texas State Board of Education has approved new history standards. Because Texas is a major book buyer, this will have far-reaching effects on the curricula of other states (I haven’t been able to find out if this will affect Massachusetts. Intelligent Designer, I hope not). The proposed changes (pdf)…

Wednesday Links

We’re having a very wet Wednesday. Time for links. Science: A Piece of Internet History: Duke to shut Usenet server, home to the first electronic newsgroups Brand-new research: Vast increase MRSA, CA-MRSA diagnoses among kids CREDIBILITY Troubling New Research on MRSA in Kids Knowledge and Use of Cumulative Antimicrobial Susceptibility Data at a University Teaching…

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict isn’t usually something I discuss here, but Peter Beinart’s surprisingly on-target NY Review of Books essay, “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment” is an incredibly accurate description of the self-appointed American Jewish ‘leadership’ and their supposed followers. Beinart on non-Orthodox Jewish college students: Most of the students, in other words, were…

Tuesday Links

Happy Tuesday. Links for you. Science: Scientists forecast decades of ash clouds: Many more of Iceland’s volcanoes seem to be stirring Some NIH grants should fail The History of How Women Came to Serve on Study Section How Will They Spin This? Other: Shovel Ready Sure, I like my Keynesianism naked Blog matters: who is…

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been catching up on my science reading, and that’s reminded me just how much I hate it when journal articles refer to supplemental materials. I’m not bothered when tables that used to go in what we old-timers once called appendices wind up in supplemental materials: very few people…

Farewell Revere

One of my favorite bloggers and ScienceBloglings, Revere, is leaving blogging. It was a great run. Stop by and leave some kind words.

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is that our entire political class (both politicians and the mandarin hangers-on) still does not comprehend that the balance of accounts must sum to zero. That is, aggregate savings (all the stuff private entities, from corporations to individuals to non-profits, own) require government deficits (one…