Politics

Restrictions May Apply

This American Life, episode 386: Fine Print. (still available for download through end of week) Act 3: Restrictions May Apply. For all the bullshitting politicians and insurance co lobbyists who say “no, no, we don’t need reform to health care, no no, slow down, no no, it’s fine as it is,” take a listen. Ira […]

Judiciary Haiku

Dahlia Lithwick sums up — in Haiku — the speeches by each member of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the vote whether to recommend Sonia Sotomayor to a full vote in the Senate. For those who missed the proceedings, the following are summaries of each of the senators’ speeches as offered this morning—in haiku form. […]

Debate between Lessig and Conyers

Larry Lessig and Michael Eisen call out a bill in congress that’d restrict publishing of government scientific research to subscription-only journals. Representative John Conyers is a sponsor of that bill. “The law would forbid entities like the NIH from requiring that recipients of government grants make the product of their research openly accessible. (The current […]

John Holdren to be White House Science Advisor

ScienceInsider posts the news (well, the “strong indications” of news) that physicist John Holdren will be Obama’s Science Advisor. [via Ben Smith] Holdren is well known for his work on energy, climate change, and nuclear proliferation. Trained in fluid dynamics and plasma physics, Holdren branched out into policy early in his career. He has led […]

The man speaks truth

What I’m most looking forward to after the election I will finally get my brain back. It’s been extremely difficult for me to focus on anything but the election since about midway through September, which has not been a good thing; I admit I’ve been one of those people who has been refreshing FiveThirtyEight.com like […]