Archives for March, 2010

CRUhack keeps deflating

A parliamentary inquiry found no wrongdoing by scientists at the University of East Anglia. At issue were emails stolen from the university and offered as evidence of improper behavior by climate scientists: The committee’s report entitled The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, said the focus…

Shorter Bruce Chapman, Disco. ‘tute bossman: Church Suffers for Past Appeasement: For 40 years, the Catholic Church has covered up rape by priests, with responsibility for the coverup reaching Cardinal Ratzinger – now Pope Benedict XVI. If only the licentious ’60s and its culture of psychotherapy hadn’t stopped people from taking responsibility, and prevented the…

Gene patents invalidated

In a monumental step towards bringing sanity to biotech patents, a court ruled that a patent granted for the sequence of a gene associated with breast cancer was invalid. Basically, Myriad Genetics held a patent on the use of the sequence of BRCA1 and BRCA2, genes with alleles associated with high risk of breast cancer.…

Who knew?

First, who knew that the Boston Herald would run a story about the New York archbishop? And if they did, that the story would involve the archbishop defending the pope against the sex abuse furor: New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was greeted with applause after … defending Pope Benedict XVI against suggestions he aided coverups…

More correction needed

The New York Times issues an Apology for suggesting that political dynasties are political dynasties: In 1994, Philip Bowring, a contributor to the International Herald Tribune’s op-ed page, agreed as part of an undertaking with the leaders of the government of Singapore that he would not say or imply that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong…

Congrats to Congress

When the Senate can operate as the Founders meant – allowing simple majorities to pass legislation – things move tolerably fast. The House passed Affordable Care late on Sunday, the Senate passed the reconciliation sidecar (with small amendments) on Wednesday, and the House just passed the amended sidecar. This makes Affordable Care more affordable, strips out…

Bill Farrell wins the internet

This morning the Templeton Foundation announced the winner of the Templeton Prize: Francisco Ayala, a former priest and current biologist who testified against creation science in the ’80s and now continues to demolish “intelligent design” – the madness that creation science became. In the comments to PZ’s grudging acknowledgment of the wisdom of the choice,…

Mischievous

Republicans in the U.S. Senate continue their campaign to make you poor and sick: “They got health care,” [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell [R-KY] told POLITICO with a mischievous glint in his eye. “We’ll see whether that’s a gift worth receiving.” Here’s the thing about McConnell. Since graduating law school (from a state-funded university, naturally),…

Simple answers to stupid questions

Casey Luskin, Disco. DJ and legal eagle sparrow asks “When Is it Appropriate to Challenge the [scientific] ‘Consensus’?” Simple answer: When you can make a convincing scientific argument. Casey disagrees, joining Jay Richards – Prodigal Son of the Disco. ‘Tute – in arguing that: we must carefully examine the scientific, sociological, rhetorical, and political dynamics of…

Tom Tomorrow, get out of my mind!

It’s like he’s been reading my mind. He’s even nearly re-derived Intelligent Falling. But upside down!