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Archives for September, 2007

House Passes SCHIP Expansion

Yesterday, the House passed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) expansion by a vote of 265-159. The bill enjoyed some bipartisan support, although Republicans accounted for only 45 of the votes in favor and almost all of the votes against. Unfortunately, this is a bit short of the supermajority needed to override President Bush’s…

Steve Irwin (“The Crocodile Hunter”), who died tragically in September 2006 from a stingray puncture to his chest, is a posthumous coauthor on a paper published today in PLoS One. Impressive. Bora at A Blog Around the Clock has more details.

Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming by Chris Mooney Harcourt: 2007, 400 pages. Buy now! (Amazon) At 2:09 am on September 13, 2007, Hurricane Humberto made landfall just east of Galveston, Texas–still the site of the deadliest natural disaster in US history, the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. With maximum sustained winds…

Uh oh, it looks like there’s trouble in paradise. From Roll Call (subscription required): Frustration among House Republicans over sluggish fundraising, staff strife and other internal operations at the National Republican Congressional Committee came to a head this month — with Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) demanding that changes be made. The tension reached a…

New Attack Ad Sets Dangerous Precedent

Political campaigning can be a cynical business, but this takes things to a whole new level. Check out this ad by Republican Timothy Hugo of the Virginia House of Delegates. The ad quotes “others” as saying that Democrat Rex Simmons ran “the most cowardly campaign I have ever seen…. Rex was spreading lies….. Rex has…

Congress appears to be on track for another major standoff with President Bush. The Washington Post reports today that the House and Senate have reconciled their differing versions of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP or CHIP) expansion and will be voting on it this coming week (Tuesday in the House, Thursday in the…

One Thousand Comments and Going Strong

As ScienceBlogs approaches its 500,000th comment, The Scientific Activist just passed a milestone of its own: its 1,000th comment since joining ScienceBlogs. In the spirit of the occasion, then, I’d like to thank everyone who has commented on the blog–whether regularly or just once–but special props go to Dr. SLC, who graced us with comment…

The Bush Legacy: Lowered Expectations

Is this what we’ve come to after six and a half years of a Bush White House? From a Wired Science blog post about Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns’ resignation: But what the heck — by all appearances, Johanns wasn’t grossly corrupt, didn’t hand out more corporate freebies than you’d expect from someone of his background…

The Jena Who What Huh?

While thousands march today in protest of modern day racial injustice, it’s pretty difficult to not be aware of the Jena Six. Certainly all of the Democratic presidential candidates are. Apparently, though, staying up to date on current events isn’t a prerequisite for the Republicans. Asked about the Jena Six case today on his way…

There’s been quite a bit of blogging lately about HIV denialism, so I thought I would take this opportunity to write a little bit about HIV denialism in South Africa–a subject that gets mentioned pretty often is rarely discussed in much detail. I spoke about this topic in my talk on Wednesday, though, because it…