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Monthly Archive: October 2010

Oct 10 2010

Faux News Megafail

Read.  Marvel.  Weep. Just how desperate to find a story–and a controversy–do you have to be to believe this is real: Anchors at the Fox News national morning news show “Fox and Friends” reported Tuesday that the city of Los Angeles had ordered 10,000 jetpacks for its police and fire departments. The price tag: a …

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Oct 10 2010

PZ’s So Right

And I know that every woman who reads this will agree.  Here’s PZ reading an email from an idiot (PZ’s response in red): if “there is no sign of a loving, personal god, but only billions of years of pitiless winnowing without any direction other than short-term survival and reproduction”, then who decides the rules …

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Oct 10 2010

Real Home Remedies

Amazingly enough, there are a few that work, and a whole book dedicated to them that doesn’t promise miracles, doesn’t proffer total bullshit, and doesn’t keep you from seeing the doctor until it’s too fucking late: I received a prepublication proof of The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies: What to Do for the Most …

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Oct 09 2010

Quote o’ the Day

Just because I always enjoy bashing Chris Mooney.  I consider it something of a spectator sport with occasional audience participation.  See his hysteria summed up rather wonderfully: Really – Mooney seems to have this very easily-triggered terror that a critical comment from one person about one other person will cause some terrible, general, societal harm. …

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Oct 08 2010

I Miss My Spider

A few weeks ago, a spider came to live on my porch.  It built large and beautiful webs, taking advantage of the porch rail and rafters.  When it rained, the web collected raindrops and became something enchanting: When it stopped raining, the silvery web against the dark green trees shone as if hundreds of diamonds …

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Oct 08 2010

Food for Thought, Food for Disgust

First, the food for thought – a long but interesting post regarding the utility (or not) of religion in society.  Geez, that sounded stodgy.  Let’s try “Celebrity Death Match between Philip Kitcher and Daniel Dennett!!1!11!“ There.  Now, doesn’t that sound intriguing? And here’s the food for disgust: In a Rage Reduction therapy session, a child …

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Oct 07 2010

Stuff Comes from Somewhere

Back before I distracted by the shiny new car and purchasing of same, our own George W. had a post up that really forced some thinking.  And it’s all because he was up at 4 in the morning thinking about bolts: Where’s the nickel (which plates the bolt) mined? What’s the state of mine-safety technology? …

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Oct 06 2010

Dumbfuckery du Jour

Boy, that didn’t take long.  Two minutes of scanning headlines, and I come across this remarkable distopian example of the kind of lives we’d lead if Cons could have their way: As ThinkProgress has noted, there are currently two competing visions of governance in the United States. One, the conservative vision, believes in the on-your-own …

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Oct 06 2010

In Which I Name My Car

Yeah, so, I’d planned to return to the regular weekday political blogging, maybe put a little something up on science, get back into the flow.  But it took me over an hour to get to work today.  Had to drive the car around looking for an emergency kit for it, right?  And then there was …

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Oct 04 2010

She’s My Girl

And I love her: (Click for clearer image.  Don’t ask me why Blogger’s suddenly decided to display sub-par crap in the post proper.) Credits: Toyota of Kirkland ensured I got the car I wanted at the price I wanted.  Barry Glenn, my outstanding State Farm agent, made sure financing was available and, as always, did …

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