Monthly Archives: June 2013

Anyone Who Thinks Massive Surveillance Won’t Be Misused Is Ignorant of History

Seriously, we haven’t figured out to make people better or more principled, and since, in the last decade, we have legalized torture, how could one possibly think that we have appropriate safeguards in place to prevent misuse of surveillance data … Continue reading

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Links 6/26/13

Links for you. Science: NIH is not spelled “NSF” Forget Gene Patents. Co-founder of 23andMe Patents Personalized Genomics Harry Reid vs. Sequestration: The Majority Leader’s Campaign To Save The NIH (good for him, but it’s too late for some scientists) … Continue reading

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How Congress Screwed Up the Voting Rights Act Renewal

Regarding the recent Supreme Court decision that, in essence, allows states to pass laws that will make it difficult for minorities, the poor, the elderly, and students to vote (and who just happen to vote Democratic. Coincidence no doubt), a … Continue reading

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Did I Miss the Discussion About Constant Surveillance?

So I’m continuing to dig out from grant writing, and I see that NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly had some interesting things to say about the NSA revelations: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly launched a stinging rebuke to the federal government’s … Continue reading

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Links 6/25/13

Links for you. Science: A Bee Eating Another Bee? US lawmakers seek deep cuts to NASA climate research Scientists Create Long-Lasting Batteries from Wood Trapped in an Underwater Air Bubble for Three Days: Harrison Okene’s shipwreck survival wasn’t a miracle. … Continue reading

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Knocking Down Pre-Clearence in the Voting Rights Act: Underneath It All, It’s Just Cynical Racism

If you haven’t heard by now, the Supreme Court in a 5 to 4 vote essentially gutted the Voting Rights Act’s ability to ‘preclear’ voting changes in certain areas that have a history of racial discrimination. In practice what this … Continue reading

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Vote Markey

(Lobby of the Boston Public Library, Copley Square) If you’re in Massachusetts, there’s another election today, this one for U.S. Senate. For what it’s worth (probably only my vote), the Mad Biologist endorses Ed Markey, the Democrat, for Senate. Markey … Continue reading

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Links 6/24/13

Links for you. Science: Preference for and Discrimination of Paintings by Mice Why the Ethanol Boom Means More E. Coli Burgers Compost Program Could Bring Dangerous Fungus into NYC Homes Academia doesn’t have a PhD problem, it has an attitude … Continue reading

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The Long and Short of It

Observed on the Boston Common: Friends are good to have…

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When the Boston Globe Merged With the New York Times…

…I thought the Globe would still be a local paper. And what that means for local news. As I come out of my grant writing burrow (and its post-grant writing ‘do everything you didn’t do’ annex), there’s a bunch of … Continue reading

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