Archives for January, 2008

Glenn Greenwald has questions about an Obama brochure explaining that the Senator is a “Committed Christian”: Finally, just to underscore the point (again), I’m not arguing that Obama has done anything wrong here. As I said, I thought much of the criticism of Huckabee for making overt religious appeals was overblown because that’s become the…

Barbecue

One session I attended at the Science Blogging Conference related to making your blog more interactive. In that spirit, I invite your response to the following proposed truth: Kansas City Barbecue is superior to North Carolina barbecue. Extra points for the most creative gustatory or geographical epithet.

Scienceblogging

At the North Carolina Science Blogging Conference today, I ran into Professor Steve Steve. Panda’s Thumb denizens Tara Smith and Reed Cartwright accompanied various of Prof. Steve’s avatars. As you can imagine, the presence of so much dogmatic (pandamatic?) Darwinism in one location unleashed pandamonium, and Prof. Steve Steve’s dreaded nemesis, Department Chair Cthulu, burst…

TfK on the Road

I’ll be traveling tomorrow, heading east to the Scienceblogging conference in North Carolina. On Friday, I’ll be at NESCent, addressing the challenges of “Talking to the Media about Evolution and Creationism.” TfK fans are welcome to swing by, or leave comments suggesting other times to meet up.

Governor Sebelius, the popular Democratic Governor of Kansas, has been chosen to respond to George Bush’s final State of the Union address. Diane has a good review of some of her recent achievements. It’s a tremendous testament to her and to the state of Kansas that she’s being given this opportunity. She came to office…

Bad ideas

Times Public Editor: Hiring Kristol the worst idea ever? I can think of many worse. Hanging someone from a lamppost to be beaten by a mob because of his ideas? ? [I]t is not the end of the world. Is this what American journalism is reduced to? Not being as bad as a lynch mob…

The Scientist tells about North Carolina’s success promoting its biotech industry. Commercial success didn’t come quickly. Obviously: The state’s educational institutions, from community colleges to research universities, also play a seminal role in North Carolina’s success in biotechnology. For one thing, these institutions provide professional-level academic programs in biotechnology and related fields. “Various state universities…

The universe tells me to vote Obama

Via Jake, we get a candidate selector for the US election. While the company behind it is Dutch, the questions seem fairly well-tuned, and the results seem to be right. The same company has apparently been pretty popular in the Netherlands. The only thing that will make the results wonky is that the candidates are…

On the “upset” in New Hampshire

The expectations game is a fickle mistress. Two weeks ago, I doubt anyone would have been surprised at Hillary Clinton winning the New Hampshire primaries, and indeed the big surprise would have been that she and Obama essentially tied (both candidates got the same number of delegates). Of course, two weeks ago we hadn’t seen…

Lamarck lives on in Florida

At hearings on new science standards in Florida, bizarre misconceptions seem to be the rule: “I think they could be teaching a lie,” Oscar Howard, superintendent of Taylor County Public Schools said of evolution. “There’s not a place on me where they took the tail off.” Unless he is suggesting that the new standards, which…