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Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 28 2013

This child has a future as a cat burglar

When their older child claimed that her two-year old brother was going into her room and taking stuff, the parents suggested that she lock her door, She then said she did so and was still losing stuff. So the parents set up a camera to see what was going on and this is what they …

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Mar 28 2013

How things have changed – or not

Now that the oral arguments before the US Supreme Court over the two same-sex marriage cases are over, there has been a ton of commentary and analyses.

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Mar 28 2013

Is the US postal service anti-atheist?

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Reader Susanne sent along an interesting link to a story about a niche German shoe company with a global clientele that found that their packages to the US were far more likely to be delayed or even lost.

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Mar 28 2013

The attempted silencing of Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is one of the world’s great public intellectuals. Growing up in Sri Lanka, I would find his articles and essays in the mainstream media quite regularly. But when I first came to the US in 1975, I found him completely absent from the major print and TV media and discovered that his writings …

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Mar 27 2013

The pundits who are always wrong

Cartoonist Tom Tomorrow points out that pundits who are always wrong never pay any price as long as they are wrong in the service of the powerful.

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Mar 27 2013

Not Down and Out in Paris and London

This website, not noted for its reliability, yet has an interesting item about the cost of vice president Joe Biden’s recent trip to London and Paris where it says that the cost for two nights came to $1 million. Why so high? Because he had an entourage that required 136 rooms in London and over …

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Mar 27 2013

Percentages versus absolute numbers

I came across this article that said that rich people gave money to charities differently from the middle class and the poor. One difference was to whom they gave money. “The poor tend to give to religious organizations and social-service charities, while the wealthy prefer to support colleges and universities, arts organizations, and museums.”

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Mar 27 2013

The Higgs Story-Part 5: Fields as a unifying concept

In the previous post in this series, I said that wave mechanics as represented by the Schrodinger equation was a major advance in our understanding of physics. It adopted the view that all entities had both particle-like and wave-like properties and each of them were manifested by constructing the appropriate experimental set-up. If you set …

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Mar 26 2013

Throwing cold water on Francis frenzy

The new pope Francis has been getting great press just for seeming like an ordinary human being in his everyday interactions. But we should not overlook the fact that on the major issues that have defined the church so negatively, he seems fully accepting of those reactionary doctrines.

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Mar 26 2013

Ohio changes mind on gay marriage

As the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8 case, it is worth noting the huge shift in opinion in Ohio on same-sex marriage in less than a decade. Ohio is a pretty socially conservative state. In 2004, this state easily passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage with 62% in favor …

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