Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for May, 2011

Links 5/21/11

Hopefully, I’m somewhere in New Orleans, and reasonably sober. Links for you. Science: How KFC and the Tea Party Kill Tigers Monkeys protect Indian government officials Sending data to the cloud? Stick it in the post Other: Grifters attract grifters… Misleading advertising or something much worse? The language they can understand Should the next Commerce…

Earlier this week, Republican presidential hopeful Governor Tim Pawlenty uttered something, that if it had been said by a Democrat, would have led to accusations of elitism, snootiness, and disdain for ‘real’ Americans. Faced with the question of why he decided to run for president, Pawlenty responded (italics mine): I try again, saying I am…

Links 5/20/11

Links for you. Science: Hey, where did all the women go? New study dramatically cuts treatment for latent TB Things do get better, sometimes Other: A Thought Experiment On Spending, Monetary Expansion, Output, Employment, and Gold How Mass BitTorrent Lawsuits Turn Low-Budget Movies Into Big Bucks Scott Hodge of the Tax Foundation Censors Himself Social…

Let’s just say that throwing up between 1am and 5am the week you have to prepare for a scientific conference (ASM) is, well, suboptimal. Anyway, I’m fine (thanks for asking), but Tuesday I had plenty of time to think about this NY Times article about the increase in healthcare deductibles (the amount of money you…

Links 5/19/11

Links for you. Science: The Loneliest Plant In The World Evolution is a Jewish conspiracy What Is Wrong With Asking Why Black Women Are Less Attractive (very good points about factor analysis) Other: The NYT Doesn’t Understand Marginal Tax Rates (we’ve been through this before; anyone whom this affects and who doesn’t understand it should…

The Wall Street Journal reports an estimate of the economic impact of the Human Genome Project (italics mine): Of the $3.8 billion federal funding for the human-genome project, $2.8 billion originated at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the rest at the Department of Energy. That $3.8 billion, along with subsequent capital provided by…

Links 5/18/11

Links for you. Science: Is Nathan Myhrovld’s Intellectual Ventures behind the iOS in-app purchase patent troll job? What Does it Mean to be “Museum-Worthy?” How a Political History Curator Defines the Term (will have to ask biology/paleontology curators same thing) The evolutionary tree of fungi grows a new branch Other: Marshall Auerback: Revenue Sharing for…

So batshitloonitarian libertarian Ron Paul, who isn’t a racist, but just happens to adopt civil rights positions completely identical to those held by racists, has a slight problem. As Brad DeLong notes, he does believe in a very active role for government–but only on behalf of certain people (italics original; boldface mine): When you own…

Links 5/17/11

Links for you. Science: We Won’t Become Giants Which is right: ‘In your face’ or staid professionalism? Scientists Discover Bacterium in Mosquitoes’ Gut That Destroys Malaria Other: Actually, “The Rich” Don’t “Create Jobs,” We Do. As the door turns Feedback: Florida’s Student Success Act & Value Added Assessments – The Rick Hess Infomercial Hitting the…

It might come as a shock to some readers, but I actually don’t mind investing–that is, long-term value investing–as long as it’s not valued more than labor through the tax code (Got Capital Gains Tax?). But this isn’t value investing, but surfing electrons: The most striking periodicity involves large peaks of activity separated by almost…