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Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 25 2011

Map-dowsing competition in UK

Via The Guardian‘s science department (yeah, figure THAT out!), evidently there are some segments of the dowsing community that are skeptical of some other segments of the dowsing community — those that evidently believe they can dowse using a pendulum and a printout from Google Maps. However, even believers in the muddy wellies type of …

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Nov 25 2011

Hitler’s reaction to Casual Pepper-spraying Cop Meme

Going to a lodge somewhere deep in some woods and possibly belonging to a mad scientist of some sort for the weekend. I’m only blogging ahead for this weekend, so if there’s some sort of evil dimensional tearing or something (possibly as a result of our misadventures at this lodge), which eventually consumes the world …

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Nov 24 2011

Thankful

It’s the American Thanksgiving, which is different from the Canadian Thanksgiving in that it happens in November instead of October. It also differs in the amount and variety of things that we shall consume, and the kinds of thanks that shall be given. And around these blogospheric parts, it seems we’re directing those thanks appropriately, …

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Nov 24 2011

Superbugs on the rise in EU

Oh shit. Our last line of defence against hospital ‘superbugs’ is faltering, with resistance to the antibiotics usually used to tackle intractable pneumonia and urinary tract infections on the rise and spreading across European countries. [...]

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Nov 23 2011

Broken Blade launch

Kelly McCullough posted the following to his Wyrdsmiths blog. I am reblogging it out of laziness a genuine effort to spread word about his book. So, I have a new book coming out a week from Tuesday, Broken Blade. The first chapter can be found here. It can be bought at all the usual places, …

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Nov 23 2011

FYI: This is what censorship looks like

Remember the charge that we bloggers who moderate our comments are actually engaging in censorship? This will surely come as a surprise to the howler monkeys making the claim that we’re censoring them: censorship actually exists, and is actually significantly more onerous than you folks thought! Via our blog-compatriot Aliasalpha, Ars Technica brings news of …

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Nov 22 2011

The casual pepper-spraying cop meme

frodo pepper spray

Dana linked a picture of a campus cop by the name of John Pike casually spraying a line of seated Occupy Wall Street protesters with pepper-spray. This video went viral. Then, like most viral things do once they reach a certain level of critical mass, it mutated. In some cases rather drastically. Here’s some pictures …

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Nov 22 2011

If you wish to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first postulate another universe

A gentleman by the name of Clay Farris Naff wrote up an anti-Gnu piece providing apologetics for creation myths by inventing one of his own. I use the term gentleman rather loosely, given his “with me or against me” stances in comments defending this piece. His stated purpose? The claim I aim to rebut is …

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Nov 21 2011

OPERA duplicates previous results: neutrinos still 60ns too fast

Via Science 2.0: So what does OPERA find ? Their main result, based on the 15,233 neutrino interactions collected in three years of data taking, is unchanged from the September result. The most interesting part of the new publication is instead that the find that the 20 new neutrino events (where neutrino speeds are individually …

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Nov 21 2011

Mike Adams has never met a skeptic in real life, part 3

Part three of a point-by-point fisking of Mike Adams’ January 2010 anti-skeptic article, which amounts to a single monolithic colony organism made up of individual strawman arguments that come together to become one massive strawman Voltron. Part 1 is here and part 2 is here. I’m almost through all the things Mike Adams thinks that …

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