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Archives for March, 2009

Around the tubes

Just a reminder that PalCast #7 is up. Carnival of the Elitist Bastards is up at En Tequila es Verdad. I’m happy to say that I am a featured mamzer. I’m remiss in announcing the launch of the Diversity in Science. There is also a disturbing thread over at Isis’s place, in which she receives…

Does Lyme disease make you shoot people?

A pastor in Illinois was shot and killed over the weekend. A similar tragedy happened in my community many years ago. Religious leaders are very public figures and have an emotional connection with members of their communities, so I suppose it’s not so strange that they should be targets. Many of the cases I have…

Introducing—A new blog category

Most of my readers know that I’m a dad, but I don’t write all that much about fatherhood. We have some great bloggers here who talk about being a mommy and the difficulties of being a mom and a scientist. I’d like to add a voice about fatherhood. Every couple and every individual approaches parenthood…

PalCast #7

It’s up and ready for listenin’!

Unhinged—the Michael Egnor story

If someone were to write a biography of the Creationist neurosurgeon, “Unhinged” would be an apt title. He used to content himself with rants against philosophical materialism, and evangelize for dualism with a zealous religiosity. But that wasn’t enough. The “forces of secularism” seemed to keep growing, despite his desire to see some heavenly smiting.…

Prevention—science vs. nonsense

This is a cross-post from Science-Based Medicine. Go there! –PalMD There are many ways in which cult medicine believers try to insinuate themselves into the health care system. As Dr. Gorski has pointed out, “prevention” is one of their metaphorical feet in the door. The cult medicine literature often says things like, “mainstream medicine is…

Open Lab 2008!

So, Open Lab 2008 is now available, and you must buy a copy. Open Lab collects the best writing from the blogosphere and (ironically) captures them in print. It’s a nice chance to read some great stuff that you knew you’d love, and some great stuff you’ve never even seen. The cover art by Dave…

David Kirby: dangerous, unethical prick

OK, the title is inaccurate. Kirby is not bound by the same code of ethics as researchers and doctors, so perhaps he’s not unethical. But his latest rant in HuffPo encourages unethical behavior. Honestly, I’m getting tired of writing about this guy, but he just keeps bringing the stupid, and something about that just calls…

Dancing cheek to cheek

I need a pick-me-up today. She loves Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. But not as much as she loves her daddy!

The blogosphere is doing a reasonably good job of covering this, but I’m still fuming over Senator Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) health care policy hearings. Each morsel of the hearing contains more idiocy than the last. In my attempt to shed some light into Harkin’s guano-filled cave, I’m going to examine some of the specific testimony,…