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Monthly Archive: October 2008

Oct 22 2008

Chin Up, Shoulders Back, Aim for the Throat

Modified slightly from the discussion here. This is my country and the regressive yahoos can take it from me when they pry it, etc. Especially since they don’t have a clue what to do with it except strip it of every unique thing it’s accomplished. I’m not calling for optimism out of naivety. I know …

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Oct 22 2008

Nothing More to Be Said

Yes.

Oct 20 2008

The Cynicism of the “Realist”

I ran into another one yesterday. You know them, the ones who say, “Obama isn’t perfect, you know. He’s just not that different from McCain. I mean, I’ll vote for him, but really….” The next one gets swatted. Hard. Aside from the fact that anyone with a brain can tell that there are big differences …

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Oct 20 2008

Replace Michele Bachmann Blog Carnival

…#4 is up at Greg Laden’s Blog. He rightly titles this edition, “We Told You So,” and makes an admission: A few weeks ago, Stephanie Zvan and I hatched a plot, I mean developed an action plan, to provide a weekly carnival of posts regarding Michele Bachmann. We quickly asked Radio Talk Show Host Mike …

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Oct 19 2008

The Introvert’s Bill of Rights

Shrinking Violet Promotions, whose blog is subtitled “Marketing for Introverts,” are putting together a little list of awesome. They’re calling it The Introvert’s Bill of Rights. Some of my favorites: 8. Introverts have the right not to have to explain why they need down time or alone time. 14. Introverts have the right to screen …

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Oct 18 2008

Who Is Anti-American?

You’ve seen it, of course. U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann on Hardball. Just in case you haven’t, just in case you usually feel Matthews is too obnoxious to watch, I’m going to post it again here, because this may be the most important video of this election season. I ask that you watch it. It’s tempting, …

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Oct 18 2008

Fun With Numbers

Michele Bachmann may have done in her congressional campaign last night. Want proof? ActBlue, a site that raises money for Democratic campaigns, had about $4,000 in receipt for her challenger, El Tinklenberg, before Bachmann’s appearance yesterday. They now have $141,000. Oops, I mean $142,000. You can literally watch the money coming in–for a campaign that …

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Oct 17 2008

Sensical Nonsense

Jessica has a post up at bioephemera about Turing tests and the Mechanical Turk, an eighteenth century hoax automaton. Good stuff. Go read. I’ll wait….And welcome back. If you read all the way into the comments, you’ll have noticed that I said that any Turing test I administered would have to involve sensical nonsense. You’ll …

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Oct 16 2008

Getting Out More

…well, at least on the internet. Seriously, I read more than the three blogs I’ve been running around interlinking with for the last few days. What else have I been reading? Will Shetterly is also talking, as is most of the country, about race. In Florida in the early ’60s—when I was marching with my …

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Oct 15 2008

Diversity Now

Riffing off the discussion of racist arguments here and on Greg’s blog, DrugMonkey asked why ScienceBlogs looks so unlike the rest of the world. Shortly thereafter, Isis the Scientist took a bunch of us to task for advocating for diversity because it would make us feel better. (Utterly incomplete summaries of both posts. Read them …

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