Somehow You Just Knew Atheists Were Responsible [EvolutionBlog]


Here’s Texas Republican representative Louie Gohmert explaining the cause of the killings at that Colorado movie theater: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday that the shootings that took place...


No feminine mystique here: Women’s health care problems glaringly clear [The Pump Handle]


by Kim Krisberg Legislative attacks on women’s health care are so commonplace these days that they make proposals that don’t include a state-mandated vaginal probe seem moderate. In fact, so many...


“A job well done for President Obama” [A Few Things Ill Considered]


This is not my opinion! But forget about damning with faint praise, given the source this is damning with high praise. Obama’s negotiator, Todd Stern, will be here today. They have kept the exact...


Battling antivaccinationists at FreedomFest, part 2 (Dr. Whitaker responds) [Respectful Insolence]

During this year’s TAM , I had the distinct pleasure of accompanying Steve Novella and Michael Shermer to debate an antivaccinationist at FreedomFest , a conservative/libertarian confab that was...


Why Romney is Struggling to Explain His Time at Bain [EvolutionBlog]


Via Andrew Sullivan, we have this interesting essay , by Jacob Weisberg, discussing why Mitt Romney is struggling to defend his history at Bain Capital. The whole essay is worth reading, but I...


Alienating Moderates [EvolutionBlog]


In the course of a generally favorable review of Among the Creationists over at The Panda’s Thumb blog, Matt Young wrote the following:


Of Geese and Ganders [A Few Things Ill Considered]


“Show me the code!” This is the rallying cry of climate “skeptics” everywhere and the foundation of the numerous climate conspiracy insinuations hurled around the blogosphere. Well, apparently what...


Chicken, UTIs, and a long-festering antibiotic problem [The Pump Handle]


If you haven’t yet read Maryn McKenna’s riveting Atlantic article “ How Your Chicken Dinner is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug ,” you should. McKenna, working with the with the Food and...


Healthcare Survives Supreme Court [Page 3.14]

Chief Justice John Roberts proved himself an independent thinker last month, siding against his fellow conservatives (and Republican appointees) in upholding the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Roberts...


Hunger games: Congress targets food stamps


by Kim Krisberg Hunger in America can be hard to see. It doesn’t look like the image of hunger we usually see on our TVs: the wrenching impoverishment and emaciation. Talking about American hunger is...


Albany Plan of Union [Greg Laden's Blog]

The following document was written by Benjamin Franklin in 1754, and is said to have been influenced by the structure of the Iroquois Confederacy, of which Franklin was well aware. This is...


Happy birthday, Freedom of Information Act! [The Pump Handle]


While the adoption of the Declaration of Independence is the most important anniversary that the US celebrates on July 4th, this date is also the anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act...


Things I Learned from My Foster Children, Part I [Casaubon's Book]


A little while back we took our current foster sons to visit the university where Eric teaches physics. The boys had never visited a university before, and were curious about who goes there and what...


Another Week of GW News – July 1, 2012 [A Few Things Ill Considered]


Logging the Onset of The Bottleneck Years This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor . Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup


Still more SCOTUS coverage, especially on Medicaid [The Pump Handle]

Joe Paduda at Managed Care Matters has posted the second of two parts in the special edition of Health Wonk Review responding to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act: Part I is...


Obama “Birthers” Could be Right for the Wrong Reasons [Dean's Corner]


Ko Olina Beach (author’s photograph) Could Donald Trump and the Obama “birther” conspiracists be right? Some claim that President Obama is not an American because he was born outside of the U.S. Some...


July 2012 Open Thread [Deltoid]

Phew, looks the carbon tax has not returned Australia to the Stone Age.


Healthcare Upheld! [denialism blog]

It’s good news that the Supreme Court split 5-4 with Roberts (and not Kennedy?!?) as the deciding vote, to uphold the affordable care act. It’s interesting that this was controversial, and certainly...


The Texas Republican Party platform: Creationism, denialism, “health freedom,” and “vaccine choice”


And now for something completely different. Except that it isn’t really. I say that it isn’t really different because, although this post will seem to be about politics, in reality it will be about a...


A sense of proportion [Greg Laden's Blog]


Despite the fact that we observe the world around us everyday, for many common phenomena we have a very poorly developed sense of the important variables of size, shape, position, and motion. As I...