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Mike the Mad Biologist

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Someone tell me why we didn’t nationalize BP assets in the U.S., fire the board of directors and other high-level managers, and then use the assets to fix all of the problems–including the unemployment caused by the spill. Because this sounds like the clarion calls of freedom and liberty to me (italics mine): In the…

I’ve read through the Washington Post article on our bloated, inefficient national security-surveillance apparatus–what Atrios characterizes as a system “to transfer money and power to elites while cementing the existence of a giant and extremely opaque patronage system. One with surveillance capabilities.” This caught my eye as it sounds like a serious security risk (italics…

BP: not only trashing our oceans, but the First Amendment too! From Raw Story: Journalists who come too close to oil spill clean-up efforts without permission could find themselves facing a $40,000 fine and even one to five years in prison under a new rule instituted by the Coast Guard late last week. It’s a…

The Texas GOP–from the same state party that gives Representative Joe “I’m sorry” Barton–has gone out of its mind. Someone over at Media Matters, who clearly needs to be given hazard pay, looked through the Texas Republican Party platform. While there is so much stupid in there, for me, this one takes the cake: Further,…

Remember last year, when Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested by the Cambridge Police (charges were dropped). We all sat around, had a beer, and discussed race. Well, there’s been a review of the Cambridge police’s arrest behavior from 2004 to 2009. At the time, I thought it had nothing to do with…

…but who is a rabbi? A recent British High Court decision making it illegal for a Jewish school that favors Jewish applicants to base its admissions policy on whether one’s mother is Jewish, while correct in outcome, completely misunderstands the entire controversy: “One thing is clear about the matrilineal test; it is a test of…

I have no doubt that the Catholic ecclesiarchy supports the Stupak-Mills amendment out of a genuine desire to regulate vaginaspreserve the fetus, which they believe is a person. But the financial incentives for Catholic Church-owned hospital systems are enormous:

The Biological Ignorance of Stupak-Mills

Of course, we all ‘know’ that the only women who get abortions are sluts, but what never ceases to amaze me is how ignorant pro-illegal, unsafe abortion proponents are about biology (let’s not even get start on the ridiculous notion that sperm and ova are ‘dead’). The recent Stupak-Pitts amendment doesn’t appear to allow women…

So to speak. One of the many loathsome things about the Stupak-Mills amendment is that insurance would not be able to cover abortions for the following reasons (italics mine): Cases that are excluded: where the health but not the life of the woman is threatened by the pregnancy, severe fetal abnormalities, mental illness or anguish…

Is Healthcare Worth a Mass?

(from here) ScienceBlogling Ed Brayton finds this little tidbit from the coverage of the Stupak amendment (italics mine): I’m bothered by something said in an earlier article on the CNN website about this: Several Democrats, including Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pennsylvania, said they are in touch with their Catholic bishops back home. Altmire said he must…