Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for December, 2010

Links 12/31/10

Happy Erev New Years! Links for you. Science: A reversal on carbs: Fat was once the devil. Now more nutritionists are pointing accusingly at sugar and refined grains. The Decline Effect Postulate Fails to Find Its Theory Hospital meals make it difficult to control blood sugars Other: Will Republican Chickens Come Home To Roost In…

So maybe NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t a centrist? ‘Centrists’, who seem to be beloved by the Washington political press corpse and few others, typically style themselves to be common-sense people who just solve problems–consider them the up-scale version of the “jus’ folks” flapdoodle purveyed by America’s Party. Well, Mayor and presidential aspirant Bloomberg didn’t…

Links 12/30/10

Links for you. Science: Fixing the economy the scientific way: Worried about the economy? Try investing in scientific research — it can solve problems and create jobs. Are the old folks holding us back? Patterns of human height & lifestyle Other: The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas Panic on Wall Street Black: the dominance of…

Why Blogs Matter: Social Security and the News

There’s a very interesting interview with William Greider about Social Security (no, really, it is worth reading). But I think part of the interview highlights why blogs and other non-traditional media forms have such power (italics mine): TL: How does this play out in day-to-day reporting? WG: My sense from the way stories are written…

Links 12/29/10

Happy Wednesday. Links for you. Science: An amazing, though clearly little-known, scientific fact: We get more snow storms in warm years! Farm animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in US The paradigm is dead, long live the paradigm! Other: KRUGMAN AND MINION Kathleen Hanna and Kurt Cobain It’s Not That You’re Racist… Incompetent Economists, Not…

I’m not even going to mention why it took fifteen hours to get from DC to Boston. By plane. Except that US Airways sucks. Anyway, you might have heard about the placebo-effect article recently published in PLoS One. I was going to blog about this yesterday, but events overtook my schedule (by twelve fucking hours).…

Before Congress took off before the Christmas break, they actually managed to do something productive and pass the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” act, which banned open gays and lesbians from serving in the U.S. military. Unfortunately, the DREAM Act, which would have allowed undocumented students brought to America as children to obtain…

On Genetic Denialism

Mary Carmichael has a great video (and associated post) about the rise of genetic denialism–ridiculous arguments that ‘genes don’t cause disease.’* Carmichael offers two reasons why the argument is flawed; I’ll offer a third in a bit, but I do want to note one minor point of disagreement with Carmichael. If you go to roughly…

Links 12/27/10

Links for you. Science: Ancient humans, dubbed ‘Denisovans’, interbred with us Hub care sites see rise in stomach bug cases African elephant is two species, researchers say Other: What Haley Barbour’s amnesia tells us: Like any good Southern conservative of his generation, he ignores the entire bad faith stew in which he was raised (a…

The Fiscal Times, a propaganda arm for Pete Peterson (although how one could tell the difference between The Fiscal Times and the ostensibly non-partisan Washington Post), has an article that purports to describe how difficult it is for the ‘average’ family that makes $250,000 per year. If we spot The Fiscal Times most of the…