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A More Reality-Based Poll

Remember that strikingly inept poll analysis about the Tea Party movement from The New York Times last month? Well, the new Washington Post-ABC News poll addresses the same topic, and the Post’s analysis seems to actually be rooted in reality: The conservative “tea party” movement appeals almost exclusively to supporters of the Republican Party, bolstering…

This Is a Very Dumb Poll

Actually, I should say that this is a very dumb analysis of a poll. The New York Times is really promoting its new NYT/CBS poll right now; as I write this, the top headline on the Times’ homepage reads “Poll Finds Tea Party Backers Wealthier and More Educated.” When I first saw that headline and…

Oh boy, it was a real scorcher in our nation’s capital today… at least by April standards! With temperatures in some locales surpassing 90 degrees, several area daily high temperature records were broken. As I sweated through the day, I got to thinking: where are all of those oh-so-clever political cartoonists and global-warming-denying Republican politicians…

Check Out Meredith on TV This Sunday!

If you get the Smithsonian Channel on your TV, then tune in at 8 pm this Sunday (January 10th) to watch the program Zoo Vets: Claws, Paws, and Fins. Not only does this look like a pretty neat program (from my admittedly very biased perspective), but it features–among others–my girlfriend, Meredith Clancy, and her long-time…

I recently had the pleasure of writing an op-ed piece about health care reform for my hometown newspaper, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and it ran in the paper today. You can check it out online here. I grew up reading the Star-Telegram, so this was an exciting opportunity. My article discusses the need for robust…

Although I’ve only written a bit about the recent outbreak of influenza A H1N1 (swine flu), I’d encourage you to take a look at this post by Kent Newsome that discusses where to find reliable information on this topic. This post is particularly nice, because it gives concrete examples of some of the useful things…

Yesterday, the Institute of Medicine released a report entitled “Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice“. As far as I can tell, the full report is only available for a fairly substantial charge, but these are some of the main recommendations summed up in the report’s press release: All academic medical centers, journals,…

More on Today’s Revkin Article

Earlier I published a post about an interesting article by Andrew Revkin in today’s New York Times about industry’s willful ignorance of global warming science. There was an interesting quote in there that I didn’t mention earlier about how journalistic practices enabled this campaign of misinformation: George Monbiot, a British environmental activist and writer, said…

After writing a global warming denialist piece for his Washington Post column back in February that was totally eviscerated for running roughshod over anything actually resembling the truth, it looks like George Will is at it again. Fortunately, Carl Zimmer is already on the case: Today, George Will is back on the subject of global…

Strange Bedfellows

From The New York Times science page: