Little evidence for health effects of contaminated fish following Fukushima accident

Recent reports in the popular press cite evidence for contamination of tuna and other fish by unnatural radionuclides released after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  These reports occasionally assert possible consequences to human health, usually without context or reference to rigorous, evidence-backed models. Some reports state that the mere presence of these elements is dangerous without […]

Alameda County Registrar of Voters: Ranked-Choice Voting

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters maintains some resources about ranked-choice/instant run-off voting here: http://www.acgov.org/rov/rcv/     What is ranked-choice voting? Alameda County Videos A look at ranked-choice voting.  Alameda County Videos .  

Rush Holt: “Politicians should think like scientists”

Democrat Rush Holt, plasma physicist and Congressman representing New Jersey’s 12th district, writes in Nature , Scientists, engineers and technologists are not necessarily smarter or wiser than others, but we have many habitual practices of mind that would be valuable in the sluggish legislative process. ‘Scientific thinkers’ — and to be clear, not all such thinkers […]

San Francisco Chronicle Endorses Bill Quirk

Writing that  he “wants to bring a scientist’s sensibility to Legislature,” the San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Bill Quirk for AD20 on Friday. The Chronicle’s Editorial Board felt his unambiguous support for Proposition 30, a ballot measure that seeks to introduce highly progressive income and sales tax increases to support education, distinguished Quirk from his opponent. […]

Elect Bill Quirk to California’s Assembly (AD20).

Dr. Bill Quirk http://electbillquirk.com  I support Dr. Bill Quirk’s candidacy for the 20th District of California’s State Assembly. Bill is uniquely qualified to hold this office. As a scientist and former consultant at McKinsey, his instincts about policy are analytical, rigorous, and measured. He has a strong record of environmental leadership and a systematic understanding […]

Bill Quirk and Jennifer Ong debate at the League of Women Voters

Please watch Bill Quirk and Jennifer Ong, candidates for the California State Assembly, District 20, debate at the League of Women Voters.  

First presidential debate of 2012

From Hayward, I watched the first presidential debate of 2012 between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney.