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Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 24 2012

Targeted by Target

All of us know that we are all the victims of electronic snooping by the government and business. But even I was unaware of the amount of sophisticated snooping that companies like the department store chain Target do on us. This clip

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Feb 24 2012

How our brains react so quickly to danger

If an object like a thrown ball or a car is heading towards us, we know that we can react and take effective avoidance strategies very quickly. How do the neurons in our brains manage to work so fast to determine the trajectory and decide what is the best avoidance strategy? It is clearly automatic …

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Feb 24 2012

Our barbaric pundit class

Tucker Carlson has always been one of the most inane of political pundits, his shallowness and stupidity standing out even in the face of intense competition. But recently he outdid himself, saying on

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Feb 24 2012

And now, enter the 501c4 groups

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This is the first election cycle since the US Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision allowed for the creation of Super PACs. According to the latest issue of Harper’s Magazine (March 2012, p. 11), 72% of the advertisement purchases

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Feb 23 2012

Jeremy Lin unleashes a flood of terrible puns

Some of the best moments on The Daily Show are when they are skewering stereotypes. In this one Larry Wilmore gives his views on the hoopla

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Feb 23 2012

Update on the seasons

I received a private email communication from a reader that had some interesting information about my post yesterday on changing the seasons, also

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Feb 23 2012

Republican debate summary

Richard Adams’s live blog is my source for entertaining summaries of the Republican debates, like the one held yesterday. He concludes at the end: I have long since given up trying to predict what is going on in this Republican contest. That aside, this debate did no one any good, not the candidates and

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Feb 23 2012

Neutrinos not so fast after all?

The news that some neutrinos may travel faster than the speed of light caused a sensation when it broke in September of last year. Like many physicists who have lived through similar reports in the past, my reaction was one of skepticism, both of the claim and

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Feb 23 2012

How would Jesus vote?

In the US, beliefs about Christianity tend to have considerable weight for some people in how they decide on public policy issues. However, whether Christians see themselves as conservative or liberal, there is inevitably some discrepancy between their personal policy preferences and a plain reading of the Bible’s teaching on

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Feb 22 2012

Move over, Babe

Remember that delightful 1995 film Babe about a sheepherding pig? That was fiction but via The Guardian‘s Grrlscientist, I obtained this video of what seems to be a real-life rabbit named Champis who has a knack for sheepherding.

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