US not science talent poor

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Decline and Fall at 1:17 pm by George Smith

An interesting news piece at Science magazine briefly examines the state of science employment in the US. If you read the idiot musings of the mainstream press, where stories about science are always written by people without any science background (or worse, weird liberal arts journo-degrees like science & journalism or history of science custom […]


Graham-Talent sock puppet team for bioterror defense returns

Posted in Bioterrorism, Imminent Catastrophe at 9:24 am by George Smith

From the wire: The United States remains largely unprepared for a large-scale bioterrorism attack or deadly disease outbreak, according to the WMD Terrorism Research Center. The finding are in a report card released Wednesday, which gave the country 15 failing grades in categories ranging from detection to medical countermeasures. The report card gave 15 F’s,15 […]


The Graham-Talent special interest group objects to having its slice of pie given to the more deserving

Posted in Bioterrorism at 9:45 am by George Smith

Bob Graham and Jim Talent, a bioterror defense lobbying duo, are the very definition of nuisance astro-turfers. For the last two years, they have regularly bashed the Obama administration with the same story: Bioterror catastrophe of biblical proportion is coming. So heed our advice and fund the building of a new biodefense vaccine and nostrum […]


Mitt Romney’s Battleships and the 1917 US Navy

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 10:55 am by George Smith

There are no rays of light for Mitt Romney in the secret video. Everything said at the private Florida toff’s club is a liability. On security, Romney also had much to say. Most notably, the following on alleged weakness in the US military under the Obama administration: [And] about twice as much as China, not […]


Candidate for the Psychopath Vote

Posted in Extremism, Psychopath & Sociopath at 12:14 pm by George Smith

Todd Akin may be a famous horrid man but that’s the manner of person a constituency of Americans admire. They cleave together, they have their media (the Internet, instead of making stone ignorance harder to defend has created self-isolating immune to outsider dilution social Balkanization, virtual barbwire next to barbwire) and they admire the detestable. […]


Austerity leaves bioterror defense lobby blue

Posted in Bioterrorism at 12:43 pm by George Smith

The bioterror defense lobby dynamic duo, Jim Talent and Bob Graham, are about to try and coattail/carpetbag the Contagion movie, using it to push for more spending. A few weeks ago the lobby tried the same stunt with the Anders Brevik massacre in Norway. It was not a success. And this push will undoubtedly flop, […]


Big bioterror defense industry project in Pittsburgh shelved

Posted in Bioterrorism at 9:40 am by George Smith

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, long a force in expanding government funding for bioterror defense, has shockingly seen plans for a bioterror vaccine facility collapse. “But there is no joy in Mudville; mighty Casey has struck out,” as the poem goes. From the Pittsburgh Tribune, on July 1: UPMC is halting its plans to […]


The bioterror industry pimp (an infrequent series)

Posted in Bioterrorism, Culture of Lickspittle at 4:19 pm by George Smith

In the last edition of the series, I mentioned Bob Graham, the ex-WMD Commission chairman who carved out a niche for himself as top salesman for the bioterror defense industry. Graham’s eternal message has been that apocalyptic bioterrorism is coming, so spend more now on bioterror defense. His routine is invariant and merciless, so much […]


Seminars at Catastrophe U: Pick your favorite end scenario, there’s no shortage

Posted in Bioterrorism, Imminent Catastrophe at 10:25 am by George Smith

Another big seminar at some allegedly important place, another batch of messaging on how doom is almost upon us. This example, courtesy of the Aspen Institute, fond of importing journalists so opinion page readers of the country don’t miss the wisdom dispensed. From the Aspen Times, a warning from some guy who sells “state of […]


The Bad Penny turns up on the BP Commission

Posted in Bioterrorism, Predator State at 12:13 pm by George Smith

This blog has devoted some time to the biodefense industry lobby formerly called the Graham-Talent Commission. And what a nuisance it was. For most of its tenure Graham-Talent existed only as an appendage/p.r firm for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Center for Biosecurity and the bioterror defense industry group, the Alliance for Biosecurity. The US […]

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