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Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 24 2011

Quantum levitation, how does that work?

I’m not nearly clever enough or learned enough to explain this myself, but then again, neither is the Insane Clown Posse, who’d rather attribute it to miracles. So I don’t feel so bad. Luckily, Ethan Siegel is smarter than the average Juggalo. This is super cool(ed). Shame it would take far too much liquid nitrogen …

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Oct 24 2011

ACLU: FBI engaging in wide-scale racial profiling

Over the years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, tensions between civil liberties organizations and domestic security agencies charged with preventing additional attacks have steadily increased. The same period has included a series of incidents in which alleged Muslim-American terrorists – particularly so-called “lone wolves” – have been thwarted in their attempts through the use …

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Oct 23 2011

Our newest Canadian import: flu vaccine scaremongering

The Agora Cosmopolitan, a.k.a. The Canadian, has a piece up about the flu vaccine that gets pretty much everything about them wrong. It’s no surprise, mind you, considering the article is copied wholesale, verbatim, in its entirety, from a crank website that it links at the bottom of the page as the “internet site reference”. …

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Oct 23 2011

I know what I’m getting Daniel Fincke this Christmas.

(For context, see PowerThirst, the original version of this meme.)

Oct 22 2011

Occupy Wall Street photo memes

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A number of great photos from or about the Occupy Wall Street protests have gone viral. Figured you’d like to see some of them. Below the fold, obviously.

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Oct 22 2011

Market report: gold is down, human embryos are up

This is the stuff of urban legends. Clones of babies to harvest stem cells. Lists of body parts harvested from murdered babies, with prices attached. Never mind the huge and glaring difference between an embryo and a baby — the latter being about a few thousand times the size, what with the former being a …

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Oct 22 2011

On the Role of the Middle Class in Occupy Wall Street

I’ve been involved in a conversation with Juniper Shoemaker these past few days about the Occupy Wall Street movement, the worry that the middle class will eventually co-opt it, and that the concerns of the less-privileged will be subsumed into returning the middle class to the status quo. It’s also been a conversation largely about …

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Oct 21 2011

Newt Gingrich Says 50 Million Americans Can’t Be Trusted

Via the Secular Coalition for America: Gingrich, a former U.S. Representative and 58th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said an atheist has no business in the White House. “Does faith matter? Absolutely,” Gingrich said. “How can you have judgment if you have no faith? How can I trust you with power if you …

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Oct 21 2011

Pastors want more say, from pulpit, in 2012 election

From CNN’s Belief Blog: Garlow’s sermon was part of a wider effort by the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal organization that since 2008 has hosted Pulpit Freedom Sunday, a day when they encourage and promise to protect pastors who willfully violate the Johnson Amendment and endorse from the pulpit. s The movement is growing. While …

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Oct 21 2011

Donors Choose – Matching Dollars, Today and Tomorrow Only!

Today’s the Rapture Mk. III. What do you need your money for, if you’re going to be bodily swept away to heaven? Leave it to a good cause! For instance, the various causes I’ve added to my Donors Choose challenge. And today and tomorrow only, the good people in charge of the Science Blogs Challenge …

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