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Monthly Archive: November 2012

Nov 25 2012

The famous crocodile jump in Live and Let Die

One of the recurring features of James Bond films is how the villains devise increasingly outlandish schemes to kill him. If you have seen the 1973 film Live and Let Die which I reviewed here, you will recall the scene in which he is left standing on a tiny island surrounded by a moat containing …

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Nov 25 2012

Distinguishing real science from fake science

One of the remarkable things about science is that it works. It produces results that are repeatable, testable, and useful. So what is it about this enterprise that we call science that makes it so successful? Philosophers and historians of science have struggled for over a century to answer this question and the related question …

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Nov 25 2012

God now supports same-sex marriage

Well, ok, not god exactly but actor Morgan Freeman. If his voice is not the voice of god, then I don’t know what is. (Via Myles Tanzer.)

Nov 25 2012

Is the US is a center-right country?

It has long been a mantra, especially in the media, that the US is fundamentally a center-right country. This assertion is routinely made by conservatives, who argue that any policy that is ostensibly liberal is going against this consensus and should be viewed as an aberration, and that Democratic electoral wins are statistical fluctuations that …

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Nov 24 2012

The Onion parodies TED Talks

In an article that I linked to some time ago, Alex Pareene describes TED talks as a “Massive, Money-Soaked Orgy of Self-Congratulatory Futurism” and recounts its history and describes the typical talk:

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Nov 24 2012

Oh, the irony

Mitt Romney damaged himself considerably with his infamous 47% speech, suggesting that this number of people in the US were shiftless layabouts who just wanted to mooch off the hard work of the rest and were the ones who would vote for Obama no matter what.

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Nov 24 2012

Obama, Israel, Pakistan, and drones

At a news conference in Thailand on November 18, president Obama made the following comments concerning the violence in Gaza and Israel:

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Nov 23 2012

Why does Fox News hate Christmas?

Talking Points Memo describes how Fox News seems to go out of its way to make us all frightened and depressed about Christmas.

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Nov 23 2012

God does not like Pat Robertson

Every New Year’s day, god speaks to Pat Robertson and gives him a list of predictions for the coming year. Famously, in 2007 he said that a terrorist attack would cause a mass killing in the US. For some inexplicable reason, god did not give any details that would enable people to foil the attack …

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Nov 23 2012

How US politicians answer questions about science

I wrote recently about Republican Florida senator Marco Rubio hedging an answer to the question on the age of the Earth.

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