Politics, Information Technology, and Genomics

X therefore not X

In the twisted logic of the Democratic Party you have Sen. Clinton arguing that the delegations from Michigan and Florida must be seated. Sen. Obama is arguing that they broke the rules and should not be seated (at least according to the voting in January). Sen. Clinton is arguing that the so-called superdelegates should vote their conscience. Sen. Obama says they should respect the will of the people. Anyone else see an inconsistency here? Sen.... Full Post

A little bit bird, a little bit mammal

…and a little bit rock'n'roll. On Thursday, the paper describing the platypus genome will be published in Nature. From an evolutionary standpoint, the platypus is quite an interesting species. It is a mammal, but it has traits of birds (lays eggs, has a bill) and reptiles (lays eggs, produces venom). Oh, and did I mention you can literally scare a platypus to death? You can learn more from NPR's coverage, Platypus Is Even More Strange... Full Post

The Once and Future King

It seems something has happened on the way to the coronation. What happened to Obama mania? It seems the cult is falling apart. Could these pundits have been wrong about Sen. Obama's followers? In short, yes. Completely wrong. The truth of the situation is that Sen. Obama's base were always the most fragile and, in many ways, the most easily ignored. First to the fragility. Breaking down Sen. Obama's core supporters you have white, highly-educated... Full Post

Senate passes GINA

The Senate has passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). You can hear NPR's take in their story Senate OKs Bill Outlawing Genetic Discrimination. It seems Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) was satisfied with recent changes and therefore no longer felt the need to single-handedly hold up the passage of the bill which had overwhelming bipartisan support. The House is expected to take up and pass the bill next week. President Bush has said he will... Full Post

Rev. Jeremiah Wright

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright will be on Bill Moyers Journal tonight. Check your local listings. 16"Tell this to the nations, proclaim it to Jerusalem: 'A besieging army is coming from a distant land, raising a war cry against the cities of Judah. 17They surround her like men guarding a field, because she has rebelled against me,' " declares the LORD. 18"Your own conduct and actions have brought this upon you. This is your punishment. How... Full Post