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Yesterday the Discovery Institute held a press conference at the capitol building in Des Moines, to announce Guillermo Gonzalez’s plans to sue Iowa State University over their decision to deny him tenure. Supposedly the lawsuit will be filed pending the rejection of an appeal to the Board of Regents, which is virtually guaranteed simply for…

Here we see the consequences of social promotion; no, not the practice of advancing students who haven’t demonstrated competency in their subject matter, but of inappropriately advancing a concept that hasn’t attained scientific credibility. When said concept, in this case Intelligent Design, is shown to be scientifically vacuous, we send it back to the drawing…

Depression is all in your head….

…but for those who suffer from it, “in your head” can be more debilitating than other chronic, painful illnesses. A massive WHO survey study of 60 countries reported that 3.2% of people had depression over the course of a year. Interestingly, though… This was a bit lower than for asthma (3.3 percent), arthritis (4.1 percent),…

No Mr. PLoS, I expect you to DIE!!!!

Anger abound in the blogosphere at the PRISM organization, or Partnership for Research Integrity in Science and Medicine. As one could guess from reading the braintrust of a guy who worked with ENRON jailbird Jeff Skilling, SPECTRE PRISM is long on rhetoric and completely lacking in data. When I say lacking, I mean zero. Zip.…

SchadenFriday Campaign Edition

Looks like, once again, when somebody bothers to crunch the numbers those flimsy justifications for abstinence-only programs are found lacking.

As it stands now, Webb is down 0.5% of the vote to George Felix “Macaca” Allen Jr. with 95% of precincts reporting in. Unfortunately for Macaca, I just checked the VA election results site and the precincts left are all in Webb territory– Prince William’s, Loudon, Richmond City, Newport counties. I believe that if the…

Looks like the infamous abortion ban in South Dakota ain’t gonna fly with the state’s residents. Opponents of South Dakota’s abortion ban are maintaining their lead over those who favor the law. With 194 of 818 precincts reporting results, 60 percent of voters cast “no” votes, according to results from the Secretary of State’s Office.…

Looks like creationist paragon of moral fortitude Kent Hovind might be headed to the slammer.

SchadenFriday: Macaca moron-a

Without a doubt, Senator George Allen’s gift that keeps on giving. Looking over Mr. Sidarth’s numbers in the article, I see further proof that we monkeys are destined to reclaim the planet from you lowly H. sapiens.