Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 23 2011

Mann vindicated yet again; no tampering with hockey stick graph

The NSF Inspector General closed out the investigation of Michael Mann, central focus of the ClimateGate manufactroversy, after finding no malfeasance. This brings the total “vindications” up to at least seven. From the report: As part of our investigation, we attempted to determine if data fabrication or falsification may have occurred and interviewed the subject, …

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Aug 22 2011

Jack Layton, 61, falls to cancer

Jack Layton abdicated leadership of the NDP less than a month ago to tend to the cancer that he once fought back. Today, that cancer has finally claimed him. “We deeply regret to inform you that the Honourable Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, passed away at 4:45 am today, Monday …

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Aug 21 2011

A good man needs some help.

DuWayne Brayton has asked that I help spread the word regarding his recent request for reading materials on how to deal with some problems he’s having with his developmentally difficult children. I’m more than happy to help, given that the majority of the books on his Amazon wish list are ~$10, and he’s been a …

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Aug 20 2011

Fox makes fun of scientists, NASA, and climate realists in one fell swoop

Fox News gets it wrong, on purpose, again. I know, I’m shocked too. They breathlessly title this article Aliens Could Attack Earth to End Global Warming, NASA Scientist Frets — having obviously been edited from “NASA Scientist Claims” (check the URL) because that was insufficient sneering. First, let’s make this clear — the panel was …

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Aug 20 2011

Chemical Party

I never took chemistry in school. Everything I’ve learned, what little bit I’ve actually retained anyway, I’ve learned through self-directed teaching or tangential points in various blog posts — and I generally have trouble with such fuzzy, organic stuff. And I’ll tell you, if all of these facts of fundamental chemistry were presented in this …

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Aug 19 2011

The Fate of Dennis Markuze

An update on the strange case of “Dave Mabus” and his one-man crusade against atheists, scientists and journalists: The Montreal man who had been wanted by police for allegedly making online death threats against people all over the world appeared in court on Friday to face 16 charges. Known online as “David Mabus”, Dennis Markuze …

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Aug 18 2011

Epic Rap Battles of History: Gandalf vs Dumbledore

THIS. FUCKING THIS. “You shall not pass!” Okay, they’re taking liberties with the “history” part of the name, but I’m still loving every second of this one. There’s also Shakespeare vs Seuss, but that’s a bit iffy. Thing 1 and Thing 2 deserves to be seen, of course, but it’s just not a fantastic payoff …

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Aug 17 2011

Mock The Movie: Atom Age Vampire

Lifted from The JAYFK: Last week, we kicked-off Mock The Movie with the SyFy Original Movie‘Sands of Oblivion‘.  Participating smart-ass science fiction and horror movie lovers took to twitter and shared their snarky comments with the tag #mtm.  This week, we’ll be enjoying Atom Age Vampire! This 1960′s gem has a damsel in distress, a mad scientist, and vampirism caused by science!!! …

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Aug 16 2011

It’s geek to me too

Stephanie Zvan posted her Science Online 2011 panel over at her blog, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to remind you of it, since I was at the panel as the live-tweeter. You can see me on the video in the front row sporting my screaming green Scicurious t-shirt and seriously lacking in the …

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Aug 15 2011

Abiogenesis, chirality and narrowing down the alternatives

In the great “mythmaking” that is the scientific process, discovering things about events long lost to history is done a little bit differently than the method might suggest in more mundane circumstances. We develop plausible hypotheses regarding events like the abiogenesis event that occurred here on Earth, and then test them rigorously attempting to falsify …

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