Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for July, 2011

Links 7/26/11

Links for you. Science: Friday Weird Science: The Lion Eats Tonight Behind The Horse’s Ass Painting Bill Clinton’s “white roofs” into reality Post Publication Peer Review: Blogs vs Letters to the Editor Other: Why “progressive” is getting progressively worse: part II Cenk Uygur and the ethos of corporate-owned media Modern Monetary Theory: The Last Progressive…

I probably shouldn’t read two excellent and critical genomics posts back to back. But this excellent post by Daniel MacArthur about the issues surrounding the sequencing using Ion Torrent of a human genome got me thinking about this post by Marian Turner about the pettiness issues surrounding publication of the outbreak strains (italics mine): The…

Links 7/25/11

Links for you. Science: E-mail Address Harvesting on PubMed–A Call for Responsible Handling of E-mail Addresses The autism generation Adapting evolutionary psychology Other: Barack Obama: The Democrats’ Richard Nixon? Intro Econ for WAPO: Foreign Holdings of U.S. Debt Depend on the Trade Deficit, not the Budget Deficit Reforming Education: Bonuses Aren’t Enough The Donkey in…

From The NY Times: Marc Sageman, a former C.I.A. officer and a consultant on terrorism, said it would be unfair to attribute Mr. Breivik’s violence to the writers who helped shape his world view. But at the same time, he said the counterjihad writers do argue that the fundamentalist Salafi branch of Islam “is the…

I’m holding off on a couple of genomics posts, and instead wearing my Mike the Mad Post-Keynesian hat, since global financial system might get…shaky. During the ongoing pandimensional clusterfuck that is the debt ceiling negotiations, one thing that is used to bolster the prophecies of budgetary DOOOM!! is the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) estimates. These…

Links 7/24/11

Links for you. Science: Is Something Fishy Going On? Citations Suggest Correction Comes Slowly, If It Comes At All Tweeting Science How the Valley was won: The birth of technology in Silicon Valley Ants clean up the remains of Brood XIX Other: What Happens in Vegas Mock my pants, not my sister Social Security for…

A while ago, I discussed how the battle over credit and debit fees is really a battle over how much money should cost and whom you’re paying that cost to: corporations or government. Well, the corporate takeover of the monetary base continues unabated, this time affecting Social Security. You see, in the name of efficiency,…

Links 7/23/11

Links for you. Science: News Corp and the Hacked Climategate Emails: Time for an Independent Investigation Harnessing solar power, on a small scale The end of evolutionary psychology Is It Cold in Here? Other: Should fiscal policy always be counter-cyclical? Are You Smarter Than a 12th Grader? 40% Less Government Will Be Fun! Alice in…

While one should never underestimate the rampant stupidity and batshitloonitarianism of the psychiatric wing of the Republican Party (which seems to be its dominant wing), I think Bill Mitchell’s take on the whole fiasco is dead on target: With regard to the debt ceiling it is clear that there will be a “last minute” compromise…

Mike Konczal is disappointed in the behavior of one of the members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (‘FCIC’), Peter Wallison, movement conservative and member of the rightwing faith tank, the American Enterprise Institute. Like many conservatives, Wallison blames the housing crisis on efforts to provide African-Americans with loans, even though, as Konczal explains, that’s…