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So long, farewell ...
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Thursday, March 31, 2011

From the Union of Concerned Scientists
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Week 23 - Hockey Pool
Monday, March 14, 2011

March Madness
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

What a bargain!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Technique Overload
Monday, March 7, 2011

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Et tu FDA?
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HR1
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day
Monday, February 14, 2011

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The GOP War on Science
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

People, how about some ...
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Sacrifice
Friday, January 28, 2011

Are you married to your reagents?
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Common Sense Tip #1
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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From the Baby Boomers, a Big "Screw You"
Friday, January 21, 2011

Student Worker - More Student or More Worker?
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Holy moly!
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Latest Manuscript Review
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2010 blogging meme
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Awakening from the food coma ...
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ASA-CSSA-SSSA Early Career Program
Monday, October 25, 2010

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

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Friday, October 15, 2010

First I Begged, Now I Bribe
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Finding Out Things The Hard Way(TM)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wednesday Micro Hits (Vol 2)
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Here's where I start begging ...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

#UnK3rn3d: Life Outside the Lab?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First fleas, now frogs?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No Fleas Please
Monday, October 11, 2010

My next Research Blogging article has been chosen ...
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Donor's Choose
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Friday, October 8, 2010

RB: Waste Not, Want Not.
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Research Blogging
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What if I were not a microbiologist ...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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Chinese plagiarism and the death of English-language journals
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Allow Me a Formal Introduction
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Awesome Stuff
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

1. This article sums up the "Republican problem".  The money quote is as follows:

Do not underestimate the willingness of a whole lot of Republicans to vote for someone that they want more than someone that they think can win.

And that is the problem in a nut shell. What most Republicans fail to comprehend, or just don't care about, is that when you vote for a candidate in an election, you are voting for an individual who will lead and represent the entire country. Not just you and your own ideology. Not only that but they are our face to the wider community, so on the national level they represent us on a global scale. When you nominate someone to run in an election, you should really consider if they're going to be palatable to the broader population (i.e., centrists and independents) because if they're not, they're not going to win.  I'm not sure what the GOP could have done differently in 2008 (not including the gaffe of picking Palin for VP). John McCain was as a good a candidate as the GOP could have mustered. He is mainly a centrist, though he started attempting to lean right as the election approached, and well ... he blew the opportunity to govern when the economy tanked. His bigger problem though was that Obama himself tapped the centrist/independent market better than McCain did, and he had the support of the far left whereas McCain didn't have the support of the far right. In this election, I fear the same thing will happen to the GOP. Romney is going to have a hard time getter the far right nutjobs ... people who would seemingly rather cut off their nose to spite someone else's face. That means he needs to pull in more of the independents in 2012. However, can he survive the religious wacko's to get to the general election?

2. Interesting findings here.

... on the conventional farms, 67 percent were resistant to the antibiotic erythromycin, while only 18 percent were on the newly organic farms. And 42 percent of the same pathogen had a multidrug resistance on conventional farms, but that number dropped to 10 percent on the organic ones.

I wonder if that means we'll see a bigger push toward organic farming, and a larger demand for organic farming as well. I also wonder what sort of impact this might have on antibiotic resistance in medical settings.

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I'd be hopeful to see a bigger, general push towards organic farming. But, the realities of scale and market urinate incessantly upon that hope. For a large supplier that ships out millions of eggs a year to go organic, or even cut antibiotic use, would be logistically insane. And if you were to move to smaller farming outfits to supply the country you'd see $5-6/doz eggs. Which are the norm at green markets mostly populated by better off urban professionals in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. But asking a family of 4 that is barely making it on multiple minimum wage salaries would be an incredible burden.

 

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