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Monthly Archive: December 2008

Dec 29 2008

What Fucking Bipartisanship?

We’re hearing a lot about “bipartisanship” and “post-partisanship” and “working together despite disagreements” (like, oh, say, the little tiff we’re having over whether gays are nasty incestuous pedophiles or decent people who should be allowed to suffer marriage just like heteros). We’re hearing it mostly from Republicons who think they can get their way with …

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Dec 29 2008

Prop 8: Bet You Didn’t Realize There’s a Lesson to be Learned from the Romans

EmperorHadrian at Daily Kos has a wicked cool diary up exploring how the tyranny of the majority ends up affecting democracy: We might be prone to be sympathetic to the Roman assemblies, and certainly its members were not nearly as powerful as the senators. The problem, however, is that democracies then as now can be …

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Dec 29 2008

Prop H8ers Eating Their Own

I am amused. It’s a fact of human nature that you shouldn’t mistake haters uniting against a common hatred for friendship. Once the object of their mutual hatred is vanquished, they go right back to despising each other. Observe: After the success of the Evangelical-Mormon lovefest otherwise known as Prop 8, I was really looking …

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Dec 28 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Celebrity Death Match time! And what better way to play than to pit two dead presidents against each other? What an odd poll from Rasmussen. It’s a showdown between the two most influential presidents of the 20th Century. Franklin D. Roosevelt versus Ronald W. Reagan. Forty-five percent (45%) of …

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Dec 28 2008

Sunday Sensational Science

Unsung Women of Science The history of science, you may have noticed, is dominated by men. When we’re pulling names of famous scientists from the tops of our heads, the vast majority are male: Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein. If women come up at all, it’s a paltry few: Madame Curie, of course. Perhaps Vera Rubin, …

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Dec 28 2008

Elitist Bastardry: The Reprise

Anyone need a chaser after our latest COTEB sailing? I have just the thing: One of my hopes for the New Year would be for a substantial decline of the anti-intellectual fervor that has been dominant in our public discourse since the early 1980′s. I am defining anti-intellectualism as blatant hostility toward intellectuals, along with …

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Dec 28 2008

Hilzoy Schools the Pope

Excuse me a moment while I curse out a “holy” man. I can’t stand Pope Beenadick XVI, who used to be Cardinal Ratfucker, and likely has always been an insufferable ass. It seems like every few days, we’re treated to a new bit of wankery, whether it be bawling people out for buying stuff, or …

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Dec 27 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today’s opining on the public discourse. Thank you, George W. Bush, for bringing peace to Israel: Israeli fighter-bombers and combat helicopters strike dozens of targets inside Gaza starting shortly after local dawn. Guardian UK reporting 120 dead. Other accounts as high as 180, with over 300 wounded. Video shows that large high explosive bombs were …

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Dec 27 2008

Perspective

Captain Future has an absolutely gorgeous diary up at Daily Kos telling the story of how this photo was taken: The Apollo 8 mission was to just orbit the Moon, not land. The astronauts had been concentrating on the lunar surface, when Frank Borman caught a glimpse of color on the gray horizon, a conspicuous …

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Dec 27 2008

Bugger This. I Want A Better World.

Just past the winter solstice, on the cusp of a New Year, my thoughts inevitably begin to play the retrospection game. I hate it. All of those end-of-year “Best of/Worst of” lists drive me crazy, my New Year’s resolutions are always the same, and it’s not like things magically change on January 1st. Every year …

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