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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 31 2012

Fox News at the Reason Rally

Via The Digital Cuttlefish I found a video that Bill O’Reilly’s show shot of the Reason Rally. It is a bit disjointed with some weird cross-cutting but not too bad. The people they interviewed were pretty articulate and gave a good account of themselves. This means that either O’Reilly’s team did not go too far …

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Mar 31 2012

The problem with scientific replications

One of the tenets of science is that the results be reproducible. One consequence of this maxim is that any paper that is published should have sufficient information that would enable anyone who wishes to do so to replicate the results. But there is no real incentive for people to try and replicate the work …

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Mar 31 2012

The facts on the Trayvon Martin case

Nick R. Martin has tried to gather together the facts about the events that happened on that night when Martin was killed. It still depends on some hearsay evidence but at least it tries to ground the events in reality and dispenses with the speculations.

Mar 31 2012

Being cautious with police

In a previous post, I mentioned how one needs to be very cautious in how one responds to police requests for information, unless it is clear that you are being called upon as a mere witness, say of an accident. If there is the slightest chance that you may be a possible target, then you …

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Mar 30 2012

Charles Murray on The Colbert Report

Charles Murray is the co-author of the infamous Bell Curve that aroused a lot of controversy because of its implications that genetics largely explained social and racial inequalities. He has a new book out that focuses on the divisions amongst white people only.

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Mar 30 2012

NPR story on bullying

The report today pretty much supports what was in my post yesterday on the importance of bystanders not being passive.

Mar 30 2012

Why do we jump to conclusions? The Trayvon Martin case

Although I have been sort-of following the news of the shooting of the teenager Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida (who can avoid it?), I have not written anything about it so far. Part of the reason is that there does not seem to be much point in adding my voice to a case …

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Mar 29 2012

“Welcome to Obamaville”

Rick Santorum seems to be determined to match Herman Cain in creating apocalyptic visions of what a second term for president Obama would look like that are close to self-parodies.

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Mar 29 2012

Earl Scruggs, 1924-2012

Earl Scruggs died yesterday. I am not that knowledgeable about bluegrass music but love its sheer joyful sound. In this performance of Foggy Mountain Breakdown by Scruggs and friends (which was featured in the film Bonnie and Clyde), you get to see a range of virtuoso performances from a range of musicians, including Steve Martin …

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Mar 29 2012

A dilemma for liberal religionists

If someone says to you “I am a Christian”, where do you think they are likely to fall on the political and social spectrum? It used to be that people who called themselves Christians could not be that easily pinned down as to their social and political and moral attitudes because they could span a …

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