Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for June, 2011

Bill Gross, the managing director of PIMCO and bond trader, sounds like Mike the Mad Chartalist (italics mine; boldface mine): While the current administration admits that the $25 billion in Recovery Act spending on infrastructure only created 150,000 jobs, it also stabilized and improved this nation’s productivity for years to come. Clean/green energy investments also…

Links 6/25/11

Links for you. Science: Ancient Europe: Cannibalism in England Fido Might Not Know What You Do and Do Not See National Institutes of Health 1.0 As E. coli continues to claim lives, new approaches offer hope Other: The Next Public Option (about education; last sentence is priceless) Finance Capitalism: Has It Eaten Its Own Entrails…

Besides, we got Bernie Sanders: Nothing you haven’t heard around these parts, but it’s a nice summary. Rock on, Bernie.

I suppose we can start referring to ‘unlocked’ iPhones as FreedomPhones. Why? Well, I guess you could say, “Dictatorship, there’s an app for that“: The days of filming a live concert or sporting event on your iPhone may soon be a distant memory. Apple is developing software that will sense when a smartphone user is…

Links 6/24/11

Links for you. Science: White-Nose Syndrome Science publishers don’t care about the public E. coli data released under Creative Commons 0 license Worried about deliberate introduction of the German E. coli germ? Please read this. Department Of Energy Makes $150M Bet On Solar Tech Other: Justices Have Been Forced To Resign For Doing What Clarence…

Recently, ScienceBlogling Jeff Toney responded to Chief Veterinarian of the National Pork Producers Council Liz Wagstrom’s argument that widespread antibiotic use in agriculture has little effect on the antibiotic resistance problem. He concludes: However, the scientific facts support this idea [of agricultural misuse being a problem] – imagine the effect on our population of literally…

I’ve long held that tenured professors who espouse ‘free trade’ or ‘free markets’ should have their tenure revoked–let’s see how their tune changes (and I do include Krugman in this*). Ditto pundits with cushy sinecures. Let’s put them in a world where they could show up at 9am and be told to pack their things…

Links 6/22/11

Gray. Rainy. Here are some links to brighten things up. Science: Massive Neandertal Denisovan introgression Sue the TRex lipbalm How I Taught Third Graders Binary Numbers SNP-based phylogeny confirms similarity of E. coli outbreak to EAEC Ec55989 Other: Michael Hudson: Free Money Creation to Bail Out Financial Speculators, but not Social Security or Medicare (must…

Matthew Yglesias wonders why Obama didn’t push for a debt ceiling increase when he had the chance last year: It didn’t happen. Obama said he trusted John Boehner. Harry Reid said he didn’t want the debt limit to be raised by the 111th Congress because he wanted to force the incoming 112th Congress to take…

Links 6/21/11

Links for you. Science: Today’s falsehood: Correlation Implies/Does Not Imply Causality Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in history–part 1 Synthetic biology: Parlor trick, or proof of concept? The German E. coli outbreak: 40 lives and hours of crowdsourced sequence analysis later Deadly Fungus Invades Frogs’ Last Safe Haven in Central America Other: Get Radical: Raise Social…