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Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 31 2011

Aren’t all plants genetically modified?

CornProgression

Interesting article about how a certain pest is adapting to genetically modified corn created by Monsanto. The little critter has developed resistance to the pesticide engineered into the plant: What the rootworm’s evolved resistance to Monsanto’s crop says about the future of genetically modified agriculture depends largely on your opinion of GM crops. Those who are …

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Aug 31 2011

Press release from the Texas Space Alliance

Reprinted in full below — DS AUSTIN, TX, AUG 30, 2011 – The Texas Space Alliance (TXA) urged Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and the rest of the Texas Congressional delegation to give their full support to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s call for transferring funding to American spacecraft companies and end plans for a giant “pork” rocket …

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Aug 30 2011

Obama wins 2012 according to never wrong analyst

So sayeth Allan Lichtman, a professor whose analysis has picked the winners in seven presidential contests in a row: Lichtman developed his 13 Keys in 1981. They test the performance of the party that holds the presidency. If six or more of the 13 keys go against the party in power, then the opposing party …

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Aug 30 2011

Relief may be in sight for Texas

Tropical Storm Edouard near the Texas-Louisiana coast in 2008

As Texas politics heat up, there may be some cooling relief in sight for the blistering local weather and record drought. Via Jeff Masters: One other area we need to watch later this week is the Gulf of Mexico. A significant shift in the atmospheric circulation is predicted for the region, with the ridge of …

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Aug 30 2011

It’s Texas shootout!

So right now the race for the Republican presidential candidate is between Millard “Gordon-Gecko” Romney and Rick Perry. And today and tomorrow Mittens is taking it to Perry’s home turf: Romney speaks this morning to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in San Antonio while Perry is elsewhere in the state raising money. The former …

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Aug 30 2011

What price for failure?

Great article in the WSJ about Hewlett-Packard. And boy, does it deliver on the title and lead: Let’s say you were given a year to kill HP. Here’s how you do it: Announce plans to maybe sell the PC business. Or maybe spin off PCs as a stand-alone company. Uncertainty will damage the price. Never mind …

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Aug 30 2011

Bachmann-Perry overdive: it was just a harmless joke

Via Politico (With my apologies), crazy-eyed Michelle Bachmann has clarified her comments that God was sending disasters because he wanted less government spending on the middle-class and poor: Of course I was being humorous when I said that. It would be absurd to think it was anything else,” Bachmann said on Monday on a campaign …

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Aug 30 2011

Ron Paul and evolution, the sequal

I thought this was old news, my spin-doctor detection meter is going crazy seeing it hit the headlines again. I suspect someone is trying to make a political hit of some sort. But I have no evidence, and apparently it’s an actual topic of discussion in the media today. So, Ron Paul announces he doesn’t …

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Aug 29 2011

A galaxy in a computer

A simulated top-down view of the Milky Way galaxy

  After many and tries by several teams, one group of astronomers have succeeded in developing a fair facsimile of the entire Milky Way galaxy using the known laws of physics and a few ideas from leading theorists: “Previous efforts to form a massive disk galaxy like the Milky Way had failed, because the simulated …

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Aug 29 2011

Crazy pastor wants to register atheists?

He’s not a real influential fella from what I can tell, but this is still weird – if it’s not some kinda sick joke: Brothers and Sisters , I have been seriously considering forming a ( Christian ) grassroots type of organization to be named “The Christian National Registry of Atheists” or something similar . I …

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