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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 26 2011

Headline Muse, 9/26

Though a snail or a turtle is faster Congress moved to prevent a disaster Amidst polling that shows They have all hit new lows And the country’s aghast, and aghaster Headline: Senators reach deal to avert government shutdown Headline: Gallup poll: Dissatisfaction with government at record levels “Prevent a disaster”. A bit of a change …

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Sep 26 2011

The Most Amazing Thing

If you take a look around while you’re out walking Just to catalog the things you chance to see From the beetle at your footstep to the pigeon overhead To the bracket fungus high up in a tree You will notice the abundances of nature It’s astonishing, of course, because it’s true And the most …

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Sep 25 2011

Headline Muse, 9/25

Though the world thought the odds were remote It’s a milestone that’s worthy of note Though they can’t drive a car So it’s kind of bizarre Saudi women will now get to vote Headline: Reforms will allow women to vote but not drive Of course, this story is everywhere. In the comments of the NPR …

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Sep 25 2011

Secular Student Support–Advice?

A month or so ago, I had a student come out to me, as a budding atheist. I am not going to share any of his writing—it was an honor to have been trusted, and I will not violate that trust—but I do want to talk about it in the abstract for a bit. I …

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Sep 24 2011

Headline Muse 9/24

Just in case it’s a boring campaign And the also-rans start to complain Now another straw poll Might have taken its toll With the Florida vote raising Cain Headline: Herman Cain Wins Early Florida Test Vote More meaningless straw poll results imbued with great meaning by all those who want to pretend the GOP race …

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Sep 24 2011

BOOOO!

Dedicated to Tea Party Rabble-Rousers Everywhere. When we look at global warming And the use of carbon fuels Should we listen to the scientists Or listen to the fools? If the scientists are certain That the evidence is true: BOOOO! Someone’s come across the border Cos they’re looking for a job; Should we treat him …

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Sep 23 2011

Headline Muse, 9/23

Better cover and duck, just in case Find a cellar, and crawl in and brace Cos when this sucker falls It’ll bust through your walls; There’s a satellite falling from space Headline: U.S. is in falling satellite’s potential strike zone, NASA says Just in case I’m in a crater in a couple of hours… I …

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Sep 23 2011

Never Was Good With Machines…

Actually, the original title was “The singularity can’t come soon enough”, but I found that the people who googled “can’t come soon enough” weren’t actually looking for my writing. This is one of my faves from the old digs; today’s earlier post on the Internet Of Things put it in mind. I have a machine …

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Sep 23 2011

Attack of the Internet Of Things

The ID chip in my brand-new shoes And the ID chip in my jeans Have been talking to strangers I pass on the street And I’m not really sure what that means The chip in my shirt holds a brief conversation With chips in the windows of stores It talks to the bagels and talks …

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Sep 22 2011

Headline News, 9/22

A decision that’s rather surreal— The state senator made an appeal To eliminate waste That’s of questionable taste The condemned get no choice of last meal Headline: Texas Prisons End Special Last Meals In Executions Lawrence Russell Brewer, who was executed Wednesday for the hate crime slaying of James Byrd Jr. more than a decade …

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