The Scientific Activist

Archives for January, 2007

This Says It All

From a news analysis by Sheryl Gay Stolberg in today’s New York Times: By stepping up the American military presence in Iraq, President Bush is not only inviting an epic clash with the Democrats who run Capitol Hill. He is ignoring the results of the November elections, rejecting the central thrust of the bipartisan Iraq…

Like Governor, Like Health Care Plan

What is big and flashy, capable of generating plenty of press, and claims to be the solution to all (or at least a sizeable chunk) of California’s problems? (a) Arnold Schwarzenegger (b) his new health care proposal (c) all of the above You can decide for yourself, but from my perspective, the bold new semi-universal…

One of the primary goals of Congress since the Democrats’ stunning November 2006 election victory has been restoring federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. President Bush first imposed the restrictions on embryonic stem cell research in August 2001. After the House voted in May 2005 to overturn these restrictions, the Republican Senate stalled for…

Mandatory sentencing laws are disliked by many, and for good reason. Judges often criticize these laws for taking away their judicial sovereignty, while others decry the inherent disparity in which they affect minorities and those of lower socioeconomic status. They often lead to inordinately severe punishments for arguably minor, generally drug-related, crimes. The good news…

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is a matter of British pride, despite some minor shortcomings. Strong on preventative and routine medical care, the NHS has on the other hand been criticized for its long waiting lists required for more involved procedures. The BBC reports today, though, that the NHS is making progress in this…

Where’s Obama?… Again

The “liberal media” is at it again, and by “liberal” I don’t mean it in the political sense. No, I’m talking about the media relying on liberal (sloppy) oversight/editorial practices. After CNN slipped up Monday by broadcasting a graphic with the question “Where’s Obama?” overlaid on a photo of Osama bin Laden, Yahoo News followed…