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For those who haven’t heard, CBS news reporter Lara Logan suffered a “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.” Just last week, conservative pundit Ann Coulter uttered the following while at the Conservative Political Action conference: …conservative commentator Ann…

Reading the prepared text of Obama’s speech at the Tucson Memorial Thursday night, there was one part I really liked: And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy,…

There are two sides to every story (at least), but often one of those sides is flat out stupid, if not immoral. Yet journalistic convention, in part, helps contribute to the tide of eliminationist rhetoric. That’s a point I touched on yesterday, but RMuse fleshes it out much more: …the main stream media is silent…

Last week, Forbes had an article about the advances in genomics, which focused on the Ion Torrent sequencing platform. It’s a good overview of genomics and the Ion Torrent technology, albeit a bit much on the cheerleading side. For instance, this: Audaciously named the Personal Genome Machine (PGM), the silicon-based device is the smallest and…

We Have STEM Subcrises, Not a National Crisis

A recent report bemoaning the sorry state of STEM training and education has been updated and re-released. Like most of these reports, it fits into the typical morality play of educational decline. Sadly, even bloggers I respect have bought into this. We’ll leave aside the calls for more awarding of advanced degrees in the sciences,…

ScienceBlogling Matt Nisbet throws down the gauntlet about anonymity: Much of the incivility online can be attributed to anonymity. And with a rare few exceptions, if you can’t participate in a dialogue about issues without using your full name and true identity, then what you have to say is probably not that valuable. It’s a…

In the battle of ideas, what things are called matters (e.g., the ‘death tax’ instead of the estate tax). So I’m utterly puzzled as to why Paul Krugman is calling the current state of play in healthcare centrist: The fact is that the Senate bill is a centrist document, which moderate Republicans should find entirely…

I’ve described the Mad Biologist’s Rule of Base Ten Numbers before: My colleagues have all heard of the Mad Biologist’s Rule of Base Ten Numbers: when you see too many numbers that end with zero, become skeptical. That’s because only one in ten numbers should do should end in zero. I then added:

One of the advantages the conservative movement has is that it can be very lucrative to be a professional conservative, whereas being a professional liberal is rather difficult. There isn’t the tight integration of think tanks, conservative magazines, cozy book deals, and the occasional faculty sinecure (e.g., torturer John Yoo) on the left. What keeps…

Always listen to the Mad Biologist. By way of Joe Windish at The Moderate Voice, we find out, just as I predicted, that the pork lobby would claim we don’t know enough about the MRSA ST398 problem: Livestock scientists call the opinion piece “highly speculative”, and point to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…