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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 30 2012

“Get your antifemininity out of my feminism”

This essay by s. e. smith is something I honestly wish I could have written myself (but see Comment 1 below), because it’s a point that is rarely raised in fighting against misogynist sentiment and the gender roles that enable it. That point is, eliminating those gender stereotypes does not entail actually eliminating the stereotyped …

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Apr 30 2012

Blimp-lofted wind turbines: huge return on investment

This awesome-looking prototype of blimp-lofted wind turbine can apparently achieve significant energy return on costs by being tethered high above the usual 300ft ceiling presented by ordinary tower-based turbines, delivering power for up to 65% cheaper than conventionally-built wind turbines that produce the same power. And that 65% figure assumes a height of 1000ft — …

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Apr 29 2012

Richard Alley on the Expense of Clean Energy

Professor Richard Alley explains why switching to clean energy — that which does not output CO2 — is pretty much an infrastructure problem, one which we’ve already solved once. The technology we have to produce energy that does not rely on the burning of fossil fuels already exist, though they’re expensive. The main problems are …

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Apr 28 2012

Fifteen years of cell phones, still no uptick in cancer

Sure, this Guardian article doesn’t frame it quite so vehemently, but I think after fifteen years, and the myriad studies done on the matter, the lack of appreciable increase in brain cancer rates should pretty much speak for itself. In the review, “Health Effects from Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields” the advisory group considered hundreds of peer …

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Apr 27 2012

FOSS uber-guru Richard Stallman on CISPA: “nearly abolishes” 4th Amendment

Russia Times interviewed Richard M. Stallman — the guy who in many folks’ estimation singlehandedly made the “greybeard” meme — on CISPA, and here’s what he had to say. A choice quote: If you store any data in a US company, that company – with few exceptions – is legally required to hand that data …

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Apr 27 2012

Canada’s bill C-31 would make us an isolationist country

Seems times are tough all over. The US just passed in the House a bill that effectively repeals the 4th Amendment, and as usual any time some really terrible bit of freedom-abrogating law is passed in the States, people are talking about moving to Canada. However, I’m really hoping they’re just joking, because they’re going …

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Apr 26 2012

Rush vote on CISPA passes. The US can now legally spy on anyone using the internet. (EDIT: okay, not the Senate.)

Damn it all. I was writing a link round-up about all the to-and-fro in the CISPA sausage-making and all the good news I’d heard, when I got the news — Mike Rogers (R-MI) got it put to a last-second rush vote at the end of the day and it passed as-is, rejecting all proposed amendments, …

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Apr 26 2012

Pat Robertson: “Believe archaeologists. Except about origins, coz they weren’t there!”

Oh, Uncle Pat. You’ve hoisted yourself on your own petard again, haven’t you? In suggesting that Christians should believe geologists when they talk about stuff that happened three hundred million years ago, but not what scientists say about the origin of life “because they weren’t there”, you’re making the biggest argument from ignorance there is, …

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Apr 25 2012

Mock The Movie: Frankenstein (2004) Transcript

Below the fold, as always, the transcript for Mock The Movie: Frankenstein. CompulsoryAccount7746 built a Python script that takes the transcript, from my blog post, and converts it into a subtitle file that can be viewed with VLC. It’s a great idea, but much as it pains me to say, it would be way easier …

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Apr 25 2012

University of Dundee creates real-life Sonic Screwdriver

Hat tip to my real-life pal ReformedYankee. Fizzicists at the University of Dundee took their Doctor Who fandom to awesome extremes, by building a real-life sonic screwdriver. Well, sort of.

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