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Just wanted to share’s Visual Guide to Deflation, which is quite explanatory.

Track Obama’s Promises

Obama is elected, and by my eye, seems to be doing his level best to keep his campaign promises so far– but transparency and openness are the name of the new game, and that only works if we all keep his administration honest. So have a look at the Obameter: Tracking Obama’s Campaign Promises.

Does anyone have any election experiences or memories worth immortalizing? Read on for one of mine.

Time for Change

Obama has outlined a strategy for America, in great depth. Read all about!

The Housing Crunch

I don’t profess to be an expert, or even an amateur, at Economics. But the bailout seemed (and seems) like a poor idea to me. Mostly, this is because it (a) seems to let the financiers who made terrible decisions get away without repercussions and (b) it seems to be treating a symptom rather than the cause. The cause, in my opinion, is an American way of life that’s out of touch with our economic realities. Especially in the housing market. I clipped a nice comment from Slashdot regarding the housing crunch, read on to see it. I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts on the bailout/economy!

What a beautiful Blue day

I don’t have a big rant to post here, but I wanted to at least register my happy disbelief. The Democrats have taken back the House, and possibly (probably?) the Senate. Huzzah! Having a bunch of yes-men in control of the Senate and House who would approve anything the president said and allow travesties like his “signing statements” was a mistake. Let’s just hope the democrats can maintain solidarity and actually have a consistent party vision. I have nightmares where they break this landmark moment by turning on one another right now. Still… what a beautiful Blue day!

Welcome to Fascist America!

I just read a great article on a truly horrible subject… the recent rise of fascism in America. It has some particularly apt lines, such as:

America is full of decent people, who could never believe their own government could become fascist. So were Germany and Italy in the 1920s. But they became fascist anyway. They passed laws suspending civil liberties, but the government promised the frightened populace that those laws would only be used against targets like “Communist terrorists.” And, a little bit at a time, the target kept getting bigger and bigger, slowly enough that the people who weren’t paying close attention never detected it.

And, next thing you know, there were millions of people dead! So, it turns out, it would have been worth paying attention after all.

What is wrong with America?

I’m sitting here at work, completely dumb-founded, after I just read that the Bush administration wants to push to renew the American capacity to make nuclear weapons– 125 freaking nukes a year!

I’m shell-shocked. The U.S. just seems doomed to me some days.

Nuclear Power Now!

Howard Tayler has just posted a rant about nuclear power (and our woeful under-use of it in America) that I just love.

“Intelligent Design” Officially Belongs in the Science Classroom

Yes, it’s a very sad day indeed. By a 6 to 4 board vote, the Kansas School Board just approved teaching Intelligent Design in science classrooms. (continued)

NPR makes a blatantly biased statement

On NPR’s “Morning Edition” some time last week, they interviewed senator Rick Santorum.  He made a comment about evolution.  On Morning Edition they frequently read letters submitted by listeners, and the only letter they read that commented on this interview argued against Senator Santorum’s view point.  Although I agreed with the listener’s comments, that the lack of existence of a god does not relieve a “moral demand” on humanity, but come on guys, you can at least try to be balanced!



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My first first-author paper!

Just wanted to share that my first first-author paper is now online! In the journal Stem Cells and Development, here’s my paper on “Roles of Integrins in Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Growth on Matrigel and Vitronectin.”

The Future of Scientific Publishing

Just read a fascinating (if lengthy) essay on disruptive technology and the future of scientific publishing. Well worth the read!


Just wanted to share’s Visual Guide to Deflation, which is quite explanatory.

All Things Stem Cell

Hey all Paradoxdruid readers! I recently started up a blog on stem cells that I’d love you all to take a look at:

Barely Literate: The Fermata

I participated in another Barely literate book review podcast, this time on Nicholson Baker’s “The Fermata”. Give it a listen!

Time for Change

Obama has outlined a strategy for America, in great depth. Read all about!

Free Rice

Okay, I’ll admit that it’s entirely possible that I am the last person to learn about this website*, but it’s really addictive. 


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