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Monthly Archive: January 2014

Jan 31 2014

Stephen Colbert learns to play quarterback

Stephen Colbert has been having some fun at the expense of football and American’s obsession with things like the Super Bowl. One two successive days, he had clips where he tries out to be quarterback and pokes fun at the mentality that goes along with it.

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Jan 31 2014

The evolution of multicellularity

A crucial step in the evolution of complex organisms is the appearance of multicellularity. Key questions are “how did multicellularity evolve? Did it evolve once or multiple times? How did cells make the transition from life as a solo cell to associating and cooperating with other cells such that they work as a single, cohesive …

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Jan 31 2014

How to safely browse the web

Give the heightened concerns now about spying by the NSA and GCHQ on people’s use of the internet, ProPublica has an article by Julia Angwin that gives suggestions on how to safely browse the web.

Jan 31 2014

What kind of people can do this?

Sometimes I despair at how people can seem to lack the kind of normal human instinct that should kick in when asked to do something that seems so obviously wrong. Take what happened at an elementary school in Utah.

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Jan 31 2014

Are the rich justified in freaking out?

The website Politico is a mixture of news and gossip based on anonymous sources that seems to have access to well-connected members of the oligarchy and to the government-media establishment, so its most useful function is to serve as a window into the thinking of that group of people. Hence it was with some interest …

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Jan 31 2014

Prayer at government functions-9: The reasoning of the Appeals Court in the Greece case

To understand the oral arguments presented at the Supreme Court in the Greece case that I will discuss in the next post in this series, one needs to look at the reasoning of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that overturned the practice. Recall that they decided that the ‘history and tradition’ reasoning used …

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Jan 30 2014

Aren’t they worried about the tumbrils?

Samantha Bee of The Daily Show interviews various people about raising the minimum wage. The rich person she speaks to displays the arrogance, callousness, and cluelessness that have come to typify that class. These people seem to have no sense of the growing anger against them. They seem to feel secure that the power of …

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Jan 30 2014

Disturbing finding about the middle class

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The Pew Research Center has released the results of a new survey that finds that fewer Americans self-identify as middle class. This is disturbing but not for the obvious reasons.

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Jan 30 2014

Freshwater finally loses his case

There has been a long running saga in Ohio concerning a science teacher named John Freshwater who was teaching creationism and propagating Christianity in other ways in his eighth grade science classes in a semi-rural community in central Ohio named Mount Vernon. He kept Bibles on his desk and posters of the Ten Commandments and …

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Jan 30 2014

No fly list gets another judicial berating

I reported earlier about a federal judge who had slapped down the government over the way they abused their no-fly lists to harass people who had little or no recourse, because they were not told they were on the list or how they could get off it.

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