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Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 27 2012

Update on the ‘Zombie Mohammed’ case

Jonathan Turley has posted an update based on a statement reportedly made by the judge that challenges some of the facts reported in the original story about the assault on

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Feb 27 2012

Reason Rally coming up

This rally is being sponsored by a large coalition of secular groups. It will be on Saturday, March 24, 2012 on the Mall in Washington DC from 10:00am-4:00pm. The list of speakers and performers is here and you can ride on buses from selected cities that can be found here.

Feb 27 2012

Sleep is better in two four-hour blocks?

I am one of those people who can fall asleep almost anywhere at almost any time, even on planes. But in addition to such naps, I also value getting a good continuous night’s rest, which is usually conceived of as about eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. So I was surprised by this report of a …

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Feb 27 2012

The glaring inequities in the current tax system

It is clear that there are serious vertical inequities in the tax code, in the sense that some people who are in the highest income quintiles, and even some of those in the top 1%, pay federal taxes at a lower rate than those in lower quintiles. Bruce Bartlett shows a

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Feb 26 2012

“Not many people know that”

Michael Caine is one of my favorite actors and has a reputation for knowing lots of arcane bits of information that he brings out in conversations, ending it with what has becomes his catchphrase, “Not many people know that”. Because of his distinctive manner of speaking he is also widely impersonated by his fellow actors. …

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Feb 26 2012

The likely cause of death of young-Earth creationism

Russian scientists have managed to grow a plant from 32,000 year old seeds that had been buried by an Ice-Age squirrel. (Who knew that the Ice Age animated films were documentaries?) The previous record for such an achievement was a mere 2,000 years.

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Feb 26 2012

Update on season changes (Geek edition)

The two posts on changing the seasons (here and here) resulted in a lot of interesting information in the comments and it seems like there is quite a geographical variation in how the seasons are demarcated, with the US possibly being an outlier in using the solstices. Reader ahcuah is a kindred soul and has …

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Feb 25 2012

Placido Domingo and Stephen Colbert

Colbert has a good singing voice and often sings along with his musical guests but singing an opera duet with one of the great tenors Placido Domingo must be his most ambitious effort yet. Here they perform La Donna E Mobile from Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto.

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Feb 25 2012

Giving undue legal protection to religious sensibilities

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley has been following the disturbing trend of countries trying to enact international treaties

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Feb 25 2012

Cranking up the crazy way beyond 11

Cranking up the crazy way beyond 11 The Republican party primary race has been noticeable for the crazed one-upmanship on display by the candidates, competing with each other to say the most astoundingly absurd things to the point that the whole things seems like some massive performance art project. It is clear that

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