The Scientific Activist

Archives for August, 2007

This is about the only appropriate response to the absurdity of the the anti-open access organization PRISM. A commenter on the last post pointed me to PISD, the Partnership for Integrity in Scientific Dis-semination: The Partnership for Integrity in Scientific Dis-semination was established by a concerned group of biomedical scientists to combat the steady encroachment…

Now That Is One Ugly PRISM

This is all over the blogosphere already, but since I occasionally blog about open access issues, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the controversy over a new anti-open access organization called PRISM. The go-to post on this topic is at A Blog Around the Clock, where Bora is collecting reactions from around the…

Or, at least that’s what I thought when I read this article from Saturday’s Guardian: Universities and medical schools have been criticised for increasing the number of animals used in research by more than 50% since 1996 while industry has reduced its procedures by 20% over the same period. Campaigners say that a cultural inertia…

Wait… is that smoke coming out of the upstairs window? Uh oh. That can’t be good….

They’re dropping like flies now. In another blow to the Bush Administration, The New York Times reports that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will announce his resignation later has announced his resignation (update) today… and it’s about damn time. Senator Charles Schumer puts it lightly: Senator Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat who sits on the…

In response to Michael Skube’s freewheelingly critical opinion piece about the blogosphere in Sunday’s LA Times, the paper has published a response entitled “The journalism that bloggers actually do” by Jay Rosen, NYU journalism professor and PressThink blogger, via its online Blowback feature. For more information on the Skube affair, check out A Blog Around…

Two Quick Notes

On Sunday, the LA Times published an uninformed opinion piece by Michael Skube blasting the blog culture. A Blog Around the Clock has a nice wrap-up, and Jay Rosen is currently soliciting examples of good reporting by blogs over at PressThink for a formal response. Tara Smith of Aetiology has coauthored a policy paper with…

Barack Obama: Not Waffling on Cuba

Although he took some flack for a similar stance in last month’s CNN/YouTube Democratic Presidential Debate (see video at bottom of post), Barack Obama has an opinion piece published in The Miami Herald today in which he stresses the need for bilateral talks with Cuba and promises to “grant Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit…

Although the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP) passed in both the House and the Senate earlier this month, the Bush Administration has once again decided that it prefers to preempt the Democratic process. President Bush had already promised to veto the legislation before it had even come up for…

It’s Time to Get Off the Bottle!

Via Deep Sea News, I came across a story from Tuesday’s LA Times about recent corporate and fashion-industry efforts to ween Americans off of bottled water. With Americans currently throwing away 38 billion plastic water bottles each year (that’s over 100 bottles per American!), it’s a cause that can’t be emphasized enough. Bottled water is…