Monthly Archives: December 2006

I Think This Explains Many, Many Things

According to an AP-AOL poll, 25% of Americans think Jesus will return next year.
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Posted in Fucking Morons, Religion | 10 Comments

I’m Slowly Edging Towards John Edwards

Finally, there might be a Democrat who speaks my language about deficits and budgets.
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Posted in Conservatives, Democrats, Economics, Healthcare, Taxes | 3 Comments

Influenza: What If We Had a Sept. 11th Every Month and Nobody Cared?

I’ve been called out by Michael Fumento regarding a post about avian influenza. While I’m putting that together, I thought it would be a good opportunity to revisit some previous posts about influenza.
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Posted in Influenza, Microbiology, Public Health, Viruses

So This Is What ‘Theistic Geology’ Looks Like

You might not know this, but, due to pressure from Republicans beholden to theological conservatives, park rangers at the Grand Canyon are not allowed to discuss how old the Grand Canyon is. Really. I’m not making this up.
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Posted in Conservatives, Creationism, Fucking Morons, Religion, The War on Science | 7 Comments

Global Warming? The Trees Say Yes.

A recent report by the National Arbor Day Foundation vividly describes the dramatic increase in average annual winter temperature throughout the U.S.
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Posted in Global Warming, The War on Science | 7 Comments

‘Democratic’ Theological Conservatives: Struggling With Literalism?

After reading this article about Democratic consultant Mara Vanderslice whose speciality is outreach to “theological conservatives”, my head was about to explode. Thankfully…
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Posted in Conservatives, Creationism, Democrats, Evolution, Religion, The War on Science | 3 Comments

I See Stupid People: the David Broder Edition

My grandmother used to say that if you didn’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. She did not say, “You should lie and make stuff up.” Which leads us to one of David Broder’s most inexplicable columns yet.
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Posted in Compulsive Centrist Disorder, Fucking Morons | 3 Comments

Deval Patrick Restores Budget Cuts…

and decides that Massachusetts shouldn’t be Mississippi. A couple of months ago, Republican Mitt Romney engaged in financial chicanery to cut social spending, including vaccination programs and programs that assist the mentally disabled.
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Posted in Conservatives, Democrats, Education, Romney | 1 Comment

Infection, Obesity, and Smoking

Thankfully for the readers, most of the scientific literature I read doesn’t make it into this blog. But one paper about a comparative drug trial had some very interesting results. In short, obesity and smoking are significant risk factors for post-operative infections.
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Posted in Antibiotics, Microbiology, Public Health | 2 Comments


From the archives, I’m reposting this article about MRSA and VRSA. I’ve made some changes because the science and medical practice have changed.
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Posted in Antibiotics, Microbiology, MRSA, Public Health | 29 Comments