Monthly Archives: January 2013

In Motion, Frozen

Observed in the courtyard of the Boston Public Library: Thankfully, it’s supposed to warm up….

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The Instability of Science Funding and the Failure of NIH Leadership

Having perused the Twitterz yesterday and also this cri de coeur, I think there will be a deluge of science-funding related posts. So I think it’s best if we’re clear about what the problem is. One statement I often read … Continue reading

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Links 1/27/13

Links for you. Science: Tragedy of the NIH Commons Florida Mounts a Hunt for Creatures That Maintain a Very Low Profile My Cat Has AIDS Extreme Climate Events Create Synchronized Population Fluctuations Mindless statistics and the null ritual Other: Debt … Continue reading

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I’m Not Sure Where You Put the Lime

Observed on Exeter Street, Back Bay, Boston: It’s been pretty cold.

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A Question About “Tax Cuts Must (Usually) Be Paid For”

In a kerfuffle between two groups of economists, both of whom as far as I can tell, currently want the same policy–deficit spending to give people jobs–Brad DeLong writes: Cutting spending in the future when you would not otherwise have … Continue reading

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Links 1/26/13

Links for you. Science: The Statistical Puzzle Over How Much Biomedical Research is Wrong: The claim that most biomedical research is wrong is being challenged by a new result suggesting that only 14 per cent is wrong The importance of … Continue reading

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Mushrooms, Not Especially Wild

Observed on Charles Street, Beacon Hill, Boston:

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The Long Con Rolls On: Armey Dishes Dirt on FreedomWorks

I recently wrote about Dick Armey’s armed coup and the ensuing counter-coup at the Tea Party-aligned organzation FreedomWorks (I follow these assholes so you don’t have to). The really ridiculous thing was that Dick Armey, age 72, has been paid … Continue reading

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Links 1/25/13

Links for you. Science: The Real Truth About Weight Gain and Contraception Sedentary behaviour associated with 6-year increase in waist circumference (but not much else) in the Quebec Family Study What’s in Your Vagina? Stalk-eyed flies Yo OA wackanuts! My … Continue reading

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The Copayment Canard

There is no institution that symbolizes unnecessary rent extraction (taking a cut for no reason) than the health insurance sector (it’s not an industry as it doesn’t actually produce anything useful). The most ridiculous part of our health insurance system … Continue reading

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