Monthly Archives: July 2007

Vaccination and Supernatural Thinking

The earth is not flat, evolution by natural selection and genetic drift happened (and happens), andvaccination against deadly and debilitating childhood diseases saves thousands of lives.
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Posted in Creationism, Fucking Morons, Microbiology, Public Health, Vaccination, Viruses | 14 Comments

Fast Track Article Reviews?

By way of Brad DeLong, I came across a post by Tyler Cowen that discusses ‘fast track’ article review, which sounds a lot like writing grant proposals.
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Posted in Economics, Publishing | 2 Comments

An Explanation of Peter Pan Conservatism

I’ve called those movement conservatives who think that successful policy execution–in peace or war–is about “will”, as opposed to, let’s say, execution, Peter Pan conservatives. Atrios has a very good explanation of why they believe so strongly in will–their own personal experience.
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Posted in Conservatives, Fucking Morons, Iraq, Little Lord Pontchartrain | 8 Comments

Mitt Romney: Another Anti-Growth Republican

Romney has been so good for Massachusetts. Imagine what he can do for the country.
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Posted in Conservatives, Economics, Fucking Morons, Housing, Romney | 2 Comments

Some Sunday Links

Here are your links. Science goes firstest.
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Posted in Lotsa Links

More LOLGeenomz

While I was away, I posted a picture that I called “LOLGeenomz!!” One comment was so brilliant that it deserves its own picture.
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Posted in Humor | 2 Comments

Sunday Sermon: Thomas Bewick on War

Thomas Bewick is best known as the eighteenth century’s premier woodcut engraver and ornithologist. However, he was also a passionate political activist, who had seen what war did to his country and his fellow citizens’ liberties.
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Posted in Basic Human Decency, Military

Oscar The Cat of Doom

Amanda has a very interesting discussion of why Oscar the Cat of Doom–the cat that sees soon-to-be-dead people–can do so. However, the Mad Biologist has an alternative hypothesis.
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Posted in Humor | 4 Comments

So What Is Good About Suburbia?

I don’t mean that as snark. It’s a serious question. 100 years ago, would towns and small cities have been viewed as “the great American socioeconomic achievement”, simply because that’s where many relatively well-off Americans lived?
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Posted in Environment, Housing | 29 Comments

Framing Versus Filters: The Lesson of the Bush-Gore Debates

It isn’t always the message, sometimes it’s the medium. Or the media actually. Framing only goes so far. Often, getting your message out there comes down to schmoozing, intimidation, and hard work. This applies to politics and science.
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Posted in Framing, Global Warming, News Media