Election '08

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Category archives for Election ’08

A Good Weekend

This weekend a group of postdocs and grad students got together for a spontaneous celebration. Yes, the economy is in the tank, job prospects for even us academics are looking worse, but over the past week we’ve all felt a sense of relief. To quote a cliché that has never felt more true, the nightmare…

The following was lifted from an email I sent to a friend yesterday. I’ve since modified it by incorporating David Brooks and Paul Krugman’s columns as they clearly support my arguement that the framing wars have begun – it is a critical time and we must all continue the fight. OK here the email: As…

The Morning After

Just like a giant, well controlled, negative result right wing ideology has been repudiated. If I were a card-carrying member of the GOP, I would take a long look at the last 8 years, and a hard look at the demographics of this election. I won’t reiterate my displeasure of libertarian fundamentalism with respect to…

OK this will hopefully be my last entry on the election – From Seed’s endorsement of Obama to the comments of various bloggers on ScienceBlogs and elsewhere it is obvious where most scientists stand on the political spectrum, but why? Yes, it is true that most scientists I know are lefties when compared to the…

Dumping on Fly Research

This is what happens when a politician gets advice from political operatives instead of professionals who have dedicated their lives to understanding the topic in question.

Tid Bits – Financial Crisis Edition

The New York Times Editorial Board on Proposition 1: Courting Chaos in Massachusetts From NPR, Brian Lehrer interviews Naomi Klein. Also check out her latest book, The Shock Doctrine. And if you missed it here’s Klein on the Colbert Report: Note trhat even Colbert is shocked by Klein’s last line on the prison industrial complex.…

Proposition 1

If you live in Massachusetts, one of the most important votes you’ll be casting is for or against proposition 1. What is proposition 1? It’s the right-wing libertarian delusion that the best government is no government. Written by that societal piranha, Grover Norquist, proposition 1 would cut the state income tax by half next year…

GFP Researchers Endorse Obama!

A message from Marty Chalfie, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of GFP:

Here we are going to look at the best available figures for offshore drilling, specifically the areas that are currently off-limits. That’s what the fight is about. First, how much oil we consume and how much we “produce”: The bottom line is that we consume a heck-of-a-lot more, close to twice what we currently produce.…

Blogging about politics – update

Well since the current US election has taken over my blog, I’ve done a couple of things. First, I’ve created a new category Election ’08 where you can find all my rants on this year’s federal elections. Second, I’ve joined a new group blog, A Vote for Science. About nine of us sb bloggers will…