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Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 30 2011

How many coffees a year would it take to power the search for extraterrestrial life?

microcosmologist.com-SETIstars-infographic-II

This is a serious eye-opener. 40,000 coffees could fund another year of searching for life amongst the already-discovered Earth-like exoplanets. This infographic is a sequel to this other one you might have already seen. The Allen Telescope Array was shut down for being too expensive to run under the current government’s attempts at curtailing unnecessary …

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Jun 29 2011

Gay couple cage, beat adopted son to death in Chicago

Note to people coming from NJ.com: THIS POST CONTAINS HEAVY SARCASM. Read everything past the last blockquote. Jesus fuck, some people are dense. Two incredible and incredibly synchronous events came across my feed reader today, events that may change my mind about a lot of things that I’ve blogged about in the past. This may …

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Jun 28 2011

Our salticid houseguest in high-def

Taken with my iPhone and edited to eliminate some blurry or non-spider parts of the video attempt. I’m not sure what variety of jumping spider (salticid) this is, but it’s awfully cute. Shown next to a PS3 controller for scale. Uploaded in high-def, so feel free to up the resolution if you’d like to see …

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Jun 28 2011

Latest Catholic sex scandal: priest under Pope’s adviser arrested

Feel the cops’ breath on your neck yet, Ratzinger? Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and …

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Jun 26 2011

Epic Rap Battles of History: Ben Franklin vs Billy Mays

I didn’t think I’d like the other stuff, after Einstein vs Hawking pretty much set the bar as high as it could go. Spoiler: when Billy Mays dies near the end, it’s about to get really epic. Hat tip to Clifton, who according to my blog statistics, despite not having posted in forever, is somehow …

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Jun 26 2011

Why are Republicans and media pundits really trying to eviscerate Social Security?

These accusations are interesting, plausible, and if true, potentially damaging to one of the greatest successes Democrats (and the beneficiaries of the program, of course) have had in the States. The few facts I know about Social Security are that a) it is not in danger of bankruptcy, the retirement age was raised from 62 …

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Jun 22 2011

Rand Paul: “How much food do the elderly REALLY need, anyway?”

I paraphrase of course, but not by much. The point of absurdity comes when you don’t realize that spending 2 billion on giving elderly food translates into well more than 2 billion in medical care savings. Yes, it’s well possible to save money by spending money on preventive care, and it’s even possible to figure …

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Jun 21 2011

Deepak Chopra vs Leonard Mlodinow

“I’ve never encountered a definition of ‘consciousness’ that I understand.” “A superposition of possibilities.” “Uh… I know what each of those words means…” The concept of infinity is mathematical, not spiritual. Deepak Chopra regularly borrows scientific terms of profession and strings them together in ways that simply do not correlate with reality. He’s really quite …

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Jun 20 2011

Fellow racists come to the defense of Kanazawa

This man has a thing or two to say about attractiveness. Hello ladies. (from the good doctor's personal website)

Or: wherein Stephanie Zvan shows us little folks exactly how we can step in and bloody the nose of a bloody bigot with a PhD. In case you haven’t heard of this ongoing debacle, Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa recently published a rather controversial article claiming that black women are objectively less attractive. This study was published …

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Jun 19 2011

Another Muppets movie?

Another Muppets movie. Not a bad trailer, but I prefer this one: Thumbs up for the inclusion of the Large Hadron Collider.

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