This week I have mostly been reading…

I’ve decided to do a weekly “round-up” style post where I list the main things around the Internet that have caught my attention. Hopefully this will pave the way towards slightly more regular blogging in future.

Earlier in the week I suggested that if you only read one blog post all week, Sue Marsh’s “Nowhere to Turn for the Vulnerable” should be it. Typically, however, Sue has outdone herself with more brilliance, with her piece “Why the sick and disabled will feel the full force of the cuts in a month’s time” over at Liberal Conspiracy.

Both of these posts are written in the spirit that permeates One Month Before Heartbreak, a site that highlights the distressingly short amount of time left before George Osborne swings his axe in the direction of the Disability Living Allowance. Visit the site, tweet your support with the hashtag #ombh, tell your friends – anything that might help the burden of cuts fall somewhere other than on society’s most vulnerable.

On party politics, Tom Watson has an intriguing rumour over at Labour Uncut, suggesting that Conservative Party insiders are urging David Cameron to call a general election and win himself an overall majority. Quite how this will play out given the party’s collapse at the Oldham East & Saddleworth by-election remains to be seen, but it is certainly an interesting piece.

Eoin at The Green Benches has given space to Natalie Wilcoxen, who asks whether Barack Obama will “roll up his sleeves to fight the right to bear arms” in the context of the tragic shootings in Arizona.

With my Science Happens hat on, a couple of interesting posts this week at Pharyngula. First is PZ’s “Precious Bodily Fluids,” a review of Deadly Choices, a history of the anti-vaccination movement by Paul Offit. PZ’s own insights on what goes on in the minds of the “anti-vaxers” is well worth a read. Also worth a look is his superb response to an “outraged op-ed” by Creation “scientists” Andrew Snelling, David Menton and Georgia Purdom, who claim (once again) to be real scientists despite the obvious nonsense they spout. Those of us who are familiar with the Creation “science” movement have heard all this before, but even so it’s good to be reminded of it every now and again.

And while we’re on the subject of Creationism, excellent news from Ohio this week (via The Panda’s Thumb) as the Mount Vernon City School District finally voted to terminate the contract of John Freshwater, a science teacher accused of promoting Creationism in place of actual science in his classes.

And finally, the great news that giant pandas are coming to Edinburgh Zoo. While, as a resident of Edinburgh who has worked with pandas in the past, I’d like to claim a role in this story, unsurprisingly it’s got nothing to do with me, being more of a commercial and diplomatic deal than a scientific one. Still, I’ll enjoy having them around as much as everybody else.

That’s all for this week’s round-up; there might be another one next Friday.



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2 responses to “This week I have mostly been reading…

  1. Blimey, thanks so much!! Both posts have gone crazy mad this week and I haven’t always had a link to thank people.
    It matters to me more than anything that I can use my massive experience of the NHS, cuts, politics and sickness to get this message across and when anyone RTs or links I get unreasonably happy.
    That’s a lovely recommendation.

  2. Eoin

    Fascinating Andy! 🙂 The Pandas arrival to the warm Scottish climate will be fun

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