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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 25 2012

Another reason to have faith in the next generation

In a post that looks at how debased mainstream media news coverage has become, Glenn Greenwald highlights a story of student journalists (scroll down to item #4) who have a better understanding of the media’s role than their supposed betters.

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Sep 25 2012

Great moments in marketing

bananas

Quick, what is the fruit that is the easiest to peel and eat without any mess or even getting your hands soiled?

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Sep 25 2012

Is Romney a gambler?

John Heilemann has a piece in New York magazine where he argues that the Romney camp missteps, especially the badly handled response to the Libyan murders of American diplomats, risks making the campaign look desperate.

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Sep 24 2012

The inscrutable undecided voter

It is rather depressing, though perhaps unavoidable, that modern election campaigns spend almost all their money and energy trying to persuade that tiny group known as the ‘undecided voter’ in the so-called swing states.

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Sep 24 2012

Conservapedia goofiness

While writing about the Lenski experiment, I recalled the hilarious episode when Andrew Schlafly, founder of Conservapedia and the son of conservative icon Phyllis, concerned about the support this experiment gave to evolution, tried to discredit Lenski and his work and got a polite but severe smacking from him, resulting in Lenski’s work becoming even …

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Sep 24 2012

Averaging the fundamentals models

I have mentioned before that many political scientists eschew opinion polls and look more closely at election predictions made on the basis of what are called the ‘fundamentals’, that depend upon objective measures (GDP, disposable income, etc.). Of course, which model you choose can affect the results that you get.

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Sep 24 2012

New results from the Lenski E. coli experiment

One of the most beautiful experiments in evolutionary biology is the one by Michigan State University’s Richard Lenski and his team, most recently Zachary Blount, who started out in 1988 with a single strain of E. Coli bacteria, separated it into twelve genetically identical lines, and then did experiments on them to see how each …

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Sep 23 2012

Film review: Salvation Boulevard (2011)

This film has just been released on DVD and I watched it last night. It is a comedy-thriller with a religious backdrop, starring Pierce Brosnan as the charismatic Pastor Dan of a megachurch who has grandiose plans to create his own self-contained city based on Christian principles.

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Sep 23 2012

Why is life expectancy dropping for low-educated white Americans?

Reader Norm sent me a link to this news article that reported on a new study that said that life expectancy had dropped dramatically for white people who did not have much formal education.

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Sep 23 2012

What is the matter with Mitt Romney?

Stephen. M. Walt, reflecting on the secret video showing Mitt Romney saying that would ‘kick the can down the road’ when it comes to dealing with the Israel-Palestine issue, says something that has been puzzling me too.

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