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Monthly Archive: January 2014

Jan 31 2014

OMG, FtBCon2 is happening right now

I’ve been in full meltdown mode at work for the last few weeks, but hey, it’s started: FtBCon 2 is now in progress. Go there now. Now.

Jan 31 2014

Add “flaming death” to “environmental degradation”

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I’m just curious — did anyone else hear about the big pipeline explosion near Winnipeg? I’m sure that if you lived in southern Manitoba, where thousands were without heat for their homes in January, knew all about it. But I didn’t see much in the news about this terrifying event. There may be a reason …

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Jan 31 2014

Friday Cephalopod: YOU SHALL NOT PASS

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Jan 31 2014

How Mormons deal with poverty

It’s very Republican. Uintah Elementary School had a bunch of deadbeat kids who weren’t paying their lunch money, so something must be done. And it must be done in the worst, most callous and insensitive way. So they snatched the lunches away from kids after serving them. Jason Olsen, a Salt Lake City District spokesman, …

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Jan 30 2014

Biblical slavery was such a lovely and tolerant experience

The clueless goons at AiG are confident about the outcome of Ken Ham’s debate with Bill Nye, claiming that the scientific facts of the Bible will win the day. Of course, you have to understand that what creationists call “fact” and what rational people call fact are rather different things. For example, when confronted with …

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Jan 30 2014

Just say it, “Anti-Christ!”

A spokesperson for the American Patriarchy Association has a few revealing words about Obama. Responding to a caller who warned that “there’s a black cloud over our national capital” that is bringing down America, Rios said that there is a “spiritual” element to the political battle: “I do think what we’re facing here is otherworldly, …

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Jan 30 2014

Speaking at the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota

I do sometimes get out and spend some time with the little branch campuses of my university. On 5 February, at 3:30 in 335 Borlaug Hall, I’ll be talking about… How can you change the culture if you won’t join the conversation? Science and social media The values of scientists often poorly align with some …

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Jan 30 2014

Funny Looking Rock found on Mars!

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When last we heard from Rhawn Joseph, he was playing with photoshop and trying to sell off his online journal, the Journal of Cosmology. The Journal of Cosmology has been plugging away, claiming to have found bacteria in meteorites and then diatoms in meteorites — give them a blurry, vague photo of some shapeless blob, …

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Jan 29 2014

Botanical Wednesday: Cold days

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Jan 29 2014

The State Of The Union, filtered through Charles Pierce

This is a bad week for me, encumbered with a lot of search committee work, a genetics exam, and agonizing distractions like Chris Hedges. Also, I hear the speech was really long. So I’ve completely skipped it, and instead trust Charles Pierce’s digest. I guess it was competent, had a few moments of clarity and …

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