Archives for July, 2008

New Leadership

Jim Slattery, who I got to meet briefly at Netroots Nation, is a great guy, a great candidate, and now has a great ad up on Kansas TV stations making a simple case: Pat Roberts has been in DC for too long. It’s time for a change.

Peer review

Last week, I mentioned that Billy Dembski is all worked up over a paper which he claimed was a peer-reviewed rejection of the climate change. The publisher, the American Physical Science, attached a disclaimer to the piece, noting that it was in fact not peer reviewed. Dembski now defends his own claims by touting a…

My friend Chris Mooney wonders about critical reviews of Sizzle: Could it be that, for some of these hypercritical bloggers, Randy Olson’s documentarian character in Sizzle is really their reflection in the mirror? After all, the character is basically a caricature of someone who repeatedly demands facts, facts, facts, and can’t relate to non-scientists, have…

Scienceblogs meetup in NYC!

Hey gang, the Sb crew is arranging a gathering of our readership in New York, probably on the afternoon of August 3 9 (a Saturday). If any of you might be interested in such a thing, email or leave a comment, so we can plan for the size of the crowd, and maybe convince Seed…

Happy Moon Day!

39 years ago, Neil Armstrong stepped onto an elaborately constructed simulacrum of the lunar surface, the first time such a thing had ever been done in history. Pardon me, my fact-checkers have determined that in fact, it was the actual lunar surface, and also reveal that tomorrow was supposed to be Moon Day, but the…

Random moment in Netroots Nation

Governor Mayor Gavin Newsom (I slipped up and made that verbal premonition yesterday) is sitting here in the airport with me. I may chat with him in a moment. This morning, he introduced the capstone speech by Van Jones. Let it be said that Van Jones Rocks, and his Ella Baker Center is just down…

Newsom watch update

Gavin Newsom is a very tall man who walks very fast. He should challenge Schwarzenegger to a winner-take-all walking contest. He is not all-powerful, though. Our flight, Mayor and all, was delayed from taking off for 2 hours, and then had to circle the airport for half an hour. I finally made it home to…

Theology

Billy Dembski, proud owner of a doctorate masters in theology, is very confused. In responding to Olivia Judson’s argument that “Darwinism” is a useless phrase and that no sensible person ought to call evolutionary biology Darwinism (and, AFAIC, no sensible person does), Dembski picks out her claim that referring to: [Darwinism] suggests that Darwin was…

Pictures

Al Gore addresses the Netroots Nation: Nancy Pelosi, and more, below the fold.

Random NrN moments

Cass Sunstein (law professor at the University of Chicago, mega-author and potential Supreme Court Justice) chatting with Samantha Power (genocide expert, once-and-hopefully-future Obama advisor) at the ropeline where Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi were greeting the Netroots Nation crowd. Awesome.