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Monthly Archive: June 2008

Jun 30 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. The religious right – always good for a laugh: Auto-correct can be a very helpful feature of any word-processing program. But when conservatives use it, they run the risk of embarrassing themselves. Some far-right sites that subscribe to the Associated Press feed, for example, will use auto-correct to change …

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Jun 30 2008

Taste of Chaos

The following is the result of a fugue state I reached recently after a combination of excessive work stress and not enough drinking. I am making no attempts to logically or ethically validate these thoughts. The world around me speaks in strange voices, and sometimes I can even make out the words. Consider for a …

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Jun 30 2008

Damn You, Morals! I Could’ve Made Millions…

Confession time: I used to be into woo, big time. I’d been a right little skeptic as a kid, despite loving fairy stories. People would tell me about how accurate their horoscopes were: I’d look at more than just mine and notice that a) every single one could apply to me and b) that amazing …

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Jun 29 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Tom DeLay needs moolah for his wanna-be Move-on.org scheme: Disgraced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been making noises for a couple of years now about creating his own MoveOn.org-for-the-right activist group, which presumably would offer him a vehicle for, well, whatever it is DeLay does. Last November, …

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Jun 29 2008

Sunday Sensational Science

Accidents sometimes lead to glorious things, especially in science. Consider Sir Alexander Fleming and the mold that contaminated his bacterial experiment – penicillin. Penzias and Wilson, employing Bell Labs’ ginormous new antenna as a radio telescope, got driven batty by a uniform background noise that didn’t go away even after they chucked out the pigeons …

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Jun 29 2008

Fourth Amendment Gets a Stay of Execution – File Your Amicus Brief Now!

The FISA zombie lurches on, which gives us some hope of defeating the thing. It’s the same hope I have of getting an email from a publisher this year saying, “Oh, hey, saw your blog, went to your website, how about a million dollar advance so you can quit your job and write that book, …

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Jun 28 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Ah, I knew there’d be some blinding incompetence in the Bush Regime to laugh about: We were somewhat astonished this week to learn that the Pentagon had awarded a $298 million contract to arms dealer AEY Inc. despite the fact the company and its then-21-year-old president were on the U.S. State Department’s Arms Trafficking Watchlist. …

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Jun 28 2008

Carnival of the Elitist Bastards #2 Now Sailing!

The second Carnival of the Elitist Bastards is now available at its home port. The crew on this sailing has put together a spectacular group of posts for you. Enjoy!

Jun 28 2008

The American Electorate: “I’m Voting for Stupid”

American anti-intellectualism could end up destroying this country within the next decade. Our decades-long assault on intellect is turning us into a backwater. Just consider these results from a Programme for International Student Assessment study: the United States ranked nearly dead last in math, smack in the middle of the below average column. Search for …

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Jun 28 2008

Argh! Tagged Again!

And it feels a little strange to be suffering a meme courtesy of Progressive Conservative by way of NP. The idea is to write your memoir or epitaph in six words. If you can add an image to go along with it, so much the better. Then, simply sneak up behind 5 unsuspecting friends and …

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