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Last week, a story about a burning North Carolina wildlife refuge that forced the evacuation of an entire town (said town was spared thankfully) came over the transom. What struck me was this little bit: Meanwhile, single-engine tanker aircraft and helicopters dropped water on the fire. Federal incident management teams and volunteer firefighters from across…

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/04/cost-vaccine-refusal/ Before I get to the cost of a measles outbreak, I think Seth Mnookin sets the appropriate frame of reference: I don’t know anyone in the world who likes needles or likes watching needles pierce their child’s skin. However, the fact that something is scary does not convey a license to blithely deny reality…

So I was pleasantly surprised to read about this strong pro-union move by the Rockefeller Republican Obama Administration–it’s definitely not par for the course: In what may be the strongest signal yet of the new pro-labor orientation of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, the agency filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to force…

Jon Walker argues that worrying about how to keep Social Security ‘solvent’ for 75 years is silly. After all, predicting the future 75 years out is difficult. Something like this might happen: Epidemics caused by drug-resistant bacteria in 2020 could kill a disproportionally large number of seniors. Or: By around 2060, the exponential growth in…

In looking through the comments of Chris Mooney’s recent post on vaccination denialism, I found this comment, which inevitably shows up in one form or another (italics mine; errors original): i grew up in the 1960s when less than a half dozen vaccines were required for infant protection spread out over the first few years…

Given the fundamental problems that New York City’s ‘proficiency growth’ evaluations of teachers have, it’s absolutely unclear why Massachusetts, which leads the nation according to the gold-standard NAEP, would want to adopt them (we’ll return to this point later). Yet the contagion of stupidity that is educational ‘reform’ knows no bounds: The proposed regulations would…

David Plouffe, Obama’s spokesman, responds to critics of Obama’s capitulation to the Republicans: “I would ask Robert Reich and others to actually consume the details of this,” Mr. Plouffe said in an interview on Saturday. “There are some in our country who simply believe spending cuts are not required to help the economy. The president…

Yes, it’s good that Planned Parenthood was defunded–I support Planned Parenthood. But the Democrats were routed on the economics. Right now, with U3 unemployment still near nine percent, and under- and unemployment essentially unbudged, we need more spending, not less (remember, government deficits mean an increase in private savings–in this case, unemployed people would get…

…hopefully, they won’t murder anyone. Speaking of Research has documented the anti-medical research threats by an organization known as Negotiation Is Over (italics mine; no direct link to terrorist organizations on this blog): Students also need to understand that making the wrong choice will result in a lifetime of grief. Aspiring scientists envision curing cancer…

By way of Roy Edroso, we unfortunately come across this Washington Times gay-hating screed that masquerades as religious-based love. So ordinarily I would give it a pass, except for this idiotic doosy: And what about the Creator of the Universe? It is God’s moral code that has undergirded Western society for more than 3,500 years.…