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Somehow You Just Knew Atheists Were Responsible [EvolutionBlog]

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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 in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater hours earlier were a result...More

 

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

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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 legislators are introducing proposals under the guise of protecting...More

 

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

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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 same principles and negotiating stance as...More

 

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 going on in Las Vegas at the same time as TAM...More

 

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

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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 especially liked this part:More

 

Alienating Moderates [EvolutionBlog]

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

 

Of Geese and Ganders [A Few Things Ill Considered]

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“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 is good for the goose, the infamous Hockeystick , is not...More

 

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

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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 Environment Reporting Network , has delved into research that’s...More

 

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 agreed that Congress could not force a citizen to buy insurance, but...More

 

Hunger games: Congress targets food stamps

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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 hard because, well, there’s food...More

 

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 essentially the first draft of the Articles of...More

 

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

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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. President Johnson signed the FOIA on July 4,...More

 

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

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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 they do when they are...More

 

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

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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 roundupMore

 

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 here , and Part II...More

 

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

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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 begrudgingly acknowledge that he was born in...More

 

July 2012 Open Thread [Deltoid]

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

 

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 Roberts led the court to a very safe...More

 

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

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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 common topic on this blog:...More

 

A sense of proportion [Greg Laden's Blog]

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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 sit here by the side of...More