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Mar 03 2012

Who’s behind robocalls that misled Canadian lefties from voting? Conservative supporter Pierre Poutine!

You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s almost like self-parody. Court documents show a cellphone in the robocalls affair was registered to Pierre Poutine of Separatist Street in Joliette, Que. Elections Canada‚Äôs chief investigator says the clearly fake name was likely used to cover the tracks of whoever was behind the misleading and harassing phone …

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Feb 01 2012

America’s 2012 election: vote for Canada

Meet the Canada Party. They offer an alternative to the ridiculous offerings the Republican Party has on display, and the “guy who gave a drunk Congress the keys to the country”. Seriously, it’s the best choice for all of us, even if our present Prime Minister is a Muppet version of George W. Bush. I …

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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 04 2011

Dr. Craig Venter writes Hello World program

I’m a few days late with this, but still, this one’s a big win for science. And… the implications are staggering. Dr. Craig Venter’s team has created life from non-living chemicals. Life from non-life, and as close to “ex nihilo” as you can get without having to first create matter. The team put four bottles …

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May 25 2011

The Politics of the Null Hypothesis

If you’ve been in the blogosphere as long as I have, you’ll know that certain arguments about science stem not from the science itself, but from a desire to affect political change despite the science based on one’s own personal biases. In the case of IQ and race, much of the “controversy” appears to come …

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Apr 26 2011

Election projections for your riding; who to vote for to simply beat Cons

Canada’s election at the moment looks like a choice between another Conservative minority, or a Conservative majority government, unless everyone were to suddenly vote Liberal strategically. In Canada, one can gain a majority government (e.g., enough seats to mean your party basically wins every parliamentary motion) with a mere 35% of the popular vote with …

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Apr 18 2011

It’s incredibly easy to make an informed vote May 2nd.

In case you’re unaware, we’re having an election up here in the Great White North. Pretty well everyone I’ve talked to around these parts, however, doesn’t seem to care enough to actually vote. Or, alternately, they feel that they aren’t informed enough to make a proper decision. The funny thing is, with the internet, it’s …

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Apr 17 2011

Baby penguin being tickled.

If ever there was a video deserving of going viral, this is it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K3MXY5ITxQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnxGZ9jeuP8 (Yes, I should be working on a post about the election. I know.) Looks like the one I posted wasn’t the original. Everyone! Update your links to this one instead! I <3 ticklish penguin. Update: Its name is Cookie! Awwwww!

Apr 03 2011

Huckabee wishes Americans were converted to Christianity at gunpoint

How else can you interpret this “joke” about David Barton’s communicating about religion? And this from a crowd that’s convinced — CONVINCED — that educating children about science is, in effect, indoctrination. Stephanie Zvan comments extensively on the matter. And this Huckabee character is one of your more serious contenders for President! “In politics, as …

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Mar 17 2011

Supermoon: what it is, and what it definitely isn’t

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a SUPERMOOOOOOON!! I have written at some length about the moon, with its wobble called libration, and how its elliptical orbit means that it varies in its distance to us between roughly 360,000km and 406,000km. That’s a difference of ~46,000km, or about …

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