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AIDS testing

Reposted from the old TfK. Two recent comments on the 25th anniversary of AIDS took up a similar call, one in the New England Journal of Medicine, the other from Scienceblogger Tara Smith. Both essentially argue for the broadening of HIV testing in American society. The NEJM piece largely recycles the history of debates about…

Hack or Buffoon?

Reposted from the old TfK. Part of the reason Harry McDonald lost a his Board of Ed. race against incumbent John Bacon was the 10% of the vote that David Oliphant siphoned off. Suggestions that Oliphant’s run was intended to weaken McDonald’s showing have swirled since Oliphant entered the race, and the Pitch Weekly asked…

Reposted from the old TfK, where it was picked up by the Dailykos, MSNBC, and many others. For the Board of Ed: Waugh won re-election. There’s no Republican challenge, so that seat remains safe. Cauble appears to have beat Morris! Only 68% of the precincts have reported (with several urban centers that will back Cauble…

The Republican War on Science

A repost from the archives. At last I got a chance to read the last few pages of the book I’ve been pimping in the sidebar for a few months now. I’ve made some broad comments drawn from it before, but it’s nice to be able to see the full sweep of the book. Chris…

Taxes and No Man’s Land

A Repost of some classic TfK. I missed the Bush speech the other night, and from the coverage, I can’t say I care. The idea of making No Man’s Land an “enterprise zone,” like the idea of auctioning off “surplus” federal lands, only justifies the fears expressed by some locals that the wealthy would be…

DI figures it out

Reposted from the old TfK. The DI figured out how a typo gets into print: [Times reporter Bumiller] apologized for the error saying it was “nothing more than a mistake madie in haste” and has assured us that the Times will run a correction in the print edition tomorrow. In explanation she indicated that she’d…

A repost of a Wikipedia approved classic, from the old TfK. it’s only a theory…: On the Shoulders of Giant Mistakes…: Consider the following excerpt from a letter written by Isaac Newton to Reverend Dr. Richard Bentley in 1692, in which he describes some of the implications of his Law of Gravitation… “To your second…

Fear

Reposted from the old TfK. Burt Humberg has a long and detailed analysis of Creationist Fears, Creationist Behaviors at the Panda’s Thumb: Creationists Are in Fear To understand why creationists fear evolution, it is necessary to consider three things. First, many creationists believe that the Bible must be taken literally, though this literalism is typically…

Reposted from the old TfK. I say no, Bill Dembski says yes: Despite intelligent design’s clear linkage, both methodologically and in content, with existing sciences that sift the effects of intelligence from undirected natural forces, critics of intelligent design often label it a form of creationism. Not only is this label misleading, but in academic…

Intelligent Design and Theology

A repost from the archives, providing background in theology The Leaking of the Wedge: The story begins, so far as the world at large is concerned, on a late January day seven years ago, in a mail room in a downtown Seattle office of an international human-resources firm. The mail room was also the copy…