Monthly Archive: March 2009

Mar 21 2009

Atheists Talk–PalMD

Skepticism Versus DenialismAtheists Talk #0062 Sunday, March 22, 2009 Skepticism is generally a healthy thing. Requiring evidence and questioning other people’s claims can help us avoid falling prey to quacks and con artists of all stripes. It can keep us from throwing our time, money and hope into a pit from which we can never …

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Mar 20 2009

Why EFCA? Why Now?

In times of relative economic prosperity, it’s easier for a worker to forget how many of our countries laws and protections apply to capital and how few apply to production. Sure, a job may not be a certain thing, but there are more. And barring skills restricted to a few industries that are always in …

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Mar 19 2009


Candid Engineer posted her favorite animation today. Motivated by her example (and by still being sick enough that I want nothing more than to sleep for the next week), I share mine with you now. Unfortunately, the credits (along with the final joke) was cut for television, but Juliet Stroud is the animator.

Mar 18 2009

Confluence of Geek

You have to love that not only is there someone geeky enough to make music using the sound of sparks generated by Tesla coils (big, pretty Tesla coils), but they choose music that fully embraces their geek origins. The Imperial March Seriously, how much more beautiful than that can it get?

Mar 17 2009

Electric Blue

The first time I saw the fiddle, it must have been brand new, or nearly. We were both new to the band, him as a musician, me as audience. And dancer. It’s the kind of music that demands all your attention when you’re dancing. Songs in things like 17/12 time, with half-improvised breaks and bridges …

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Mar 15 2009

In Which I Explain the EFCA

EFCA, as most people now know, would replace the 70-year-old guarantee of secret ballots in union elections with unreliable “authorization cards,” often signed by employees under the watchful eye of union representatives and based upon extravagant promises. The new penalties and injunctions imposed — including substantial fines — are designed to intimidate employers into remaining …

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Mar 14 2009

My Friends Are Odd

They go out and find things like this–the outtakes from Elmo’s interview with Ricky Gervais. Like, on purpose.

Mar 14 2009

Atheists Talk–The Debate

America Losing Religion–And Morality?Atheists Talk #0061, Sunday, March 15, 2009 On this week’s show we’re going to try something different. We’ll have a discussion between an atheist and a Christian about the current state of morality in this country. Is the decline of religion really leading to a loss of moral values, as the Religious …

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Mar 13 2009

File Under Irony

…of the particularly painful sort. AARP To Stop Matching 401(k) Contributions Anybody want to ask me how much I love, not just dealing with this economy, but having to pay attention to it?

Mar 13 2009

Wake Up

Yesterday morning, I got up, took a shower, drank my orange juice, and went back to bed. I slept another six hours. It was good for me, but it wasn’t something I can do again today. So today I’ll turn to a little Stromkern to get me going. Stand Up Now the people in the …

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