Stranger Fruit

John Lynch

Mark Chu-Carroll has done it so that you don’t have to … read the Dembski & Marks paper that I mentioned a few days back. Shorter MC-C: “Same old rubbish.” Read his full verdict here. Update (5/11): Dembski “responds” (and apparently cannot bring himself to actually name who makes the criticism) and Mark sets him…

“Biological imperatives trump laws.” Quick … who said that? Evil Darwinist? Nazi eugenicist? Liberal professor? Nope to all three. Answer is Orson Scott Card – sci-fi hack, proponent of guiltless genocide, and anti-Darwinist – in a screed against gay marriage. One is left wondering whether rape is OK to Card – after all, spreading your…

Taking over Torpig

In early 2009, a bunch of folks at UCSB took over the Torpig botnet for ten days. In that time, they observed more that 180,000 infections and recorded over 70G of data that the botnet captured. During that time, over 8,000 accounts at financial institutions were “acquired”. The report is available online [pdf]

The Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine is a sham concocted by Merck and Elsevier. See here and here. I’m sure there are some sort of ethical issues here. Update (5/3): Janet and Isis have more on this. Janet notes: Myself, I’m not really moved by the claim that publishing standards were so different…

My postdoc was spent looking at hybridization between humpback (Gila cypha, above) and roundtail (G. robusta) chub in the Colorado river system (see here for a publication that stemmed from that – perhaps sometime I’ll post on that work). My fieldwork was at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers where we’d capture,…

In 2000, Baylor’s Michael Polanyi Center (Dembski’s pet project) hosted a conference title “The Nature of Nature: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Role of Naturalism in Science”. It now looks like the proceedings of the conference are finally appearing: Bruce L. Gordon and William A. Dembski, eds., The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of…

DI Proxies Defeated in Florida

Yet another defeat for the anti-evolutionists. NCSE is reporting that Florida’s Senate Bill 2396 has died in committee. To recap: Mississippi – dead in committee Oklahoma – dead in committee Iowa – dead in committee New Mexico – dead in committee Florida – dead in committee Alabama – in committee Missouri – in committee Texas…

Friday Felid #18

Oncilla Leopardus tigrinus Schreber 1775 (source)

Another ID Anniversary

Earlier this month we celebrated Paul Nelson Day. Today is yet another ID-related (and as it happens, also Paul Nelson related) anniversary. Four years ago, I posted a piece (reprinted a year and a half later here) on Nelson’s forthcoming monograph on common descent. By now, it has been “forthcoming” for eleven years. At the…

Swine Flu Redux

Mark posted this on Facebook, but is is so wonderful I need to pass it along: