Mike the Mad Biologist

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First, on Saturday, around noon, I observed this on Commonwealth Avenue: Because it’s not like it’s going to rain for the next 24 hours or anything. Second, we are once again reminded how poorly the Boylston Street Apple store fits with the Boston environment:

Admittedly, some boycotts have worked: Glenn Beck seems to have been seriously harmed by the boycotts against his advertisers. But what happens when the corporations you want to boycott have massive market share? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate-backed lobbying group that has essentially written many laws at the state level, including…

Links 8/27/11

Links for you. Science: ‘Shrimp On A Treadmill': The Politics Of ‘Silly’ Studies Evolutionary Diplomacy NHGRI funds development of revolutionary DNA sequencing technologies (lotsa nanoporey stuff being funded) Nat’l Academies Hope to Build a Better Postdoc Does Tenure Matter? Other: The worst thing that Rick Perry said … STD programs not sexy enough to avoid…

I’m Ready for the Hurricane…

…I’ve got water, flashlights, batteries, and my list of who gets cannibalized first when civilization disintegrates. I’m not sure how you prep this for the hurricane though: (corner of Berkeley and Marlborough, First Church in Boston) And I hope these guys survive:

Overseers on the Galtian Planation

I’ve always understood why the very rich would favor economic ideologies that support their self-interest. What I’ve never quite understood is why so many people who aren’t Galtian overlords buy that crap. Lance Mannion puzzles over the same thing (italics original): The Koch Brothers are under a different delusion, that we live in a feudal…

Links 8/26/11

Links for you. Science: Blog Debunks 13-Year-Old Scientist’s Solar Power Breakthrough When Anthrax first came to North America Eco-labelled fish may be unsustainably fished, or the wrong species If You Are Anti-Science, You Are Anti-Jobs The complexity of cancer Other: Why isn’t the climate left stronger? No App-etite Another Senior Journalist Confesses to Ignorance Department…

One of the key differences between those who favor educational ‘reform’–that is, those who view education primarily as a personnel issue–and those that oppose it is how each group thinks good schools come to be. Consider this by Matthew Yglesias, an education reform supporter (italics mine): School funding inequities are obviously unfair, and I think…

Links 8/25/11

Links for you. Science: Why biology (and chemistry) is not physics That’s One Gigantic Wasp Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? When you say flu, what do you really mean? Newly found: the world’s oldest fossils! Other: Legal academia and the problem of bad faith Why the World hates economics (the end has a really…

Sheril has the details: That’s what Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Republican-controlled Legislature just did. Embarrassing for Florida and a travesty for the Everglades. They’ve dismantled the South Florida Water Management District-the state agency charged with protecting the Everglades. As The Sierra Club explains, this wasn’t belt tightening, but an attack on science and…

…imaginary jobs that might or might not materialize. As a long-time customer of New Balance shoes (not only do I like the shoes, but they’re U.S. made), it looks like a ‘free’* trade agreement will kill off 1,000 existing jobs in Maine (italics mine): At the factory here owned by New Balance, the last major…