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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 30 2011

Love dominionist style

A generic blastocyst, several dozen cells, roughly the size of the period at the end of this sentence.

Most people would consider a Blastocyst an early stage in mammalian development, a rich field of study, perhaps a source of research material to drive potential miracles of regenerative medicine. But in the great liberal state of California a few nutburgers have another idea, and they’ve cooked some nifty framing for it: “Human personhood is the final …

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Sep 30 2011

Write your own caption

RoboRat

Now that’s an image! Click it for the real story, but the pic is roughly accurate compared to the science being reported. What would you name our furry little augmented friend?

Sep 30 2011

It’s the largest tax increase in history!

Every time a new wingnut smear or a beloved zombie lie rears its ugly head I hear it from someone. ‘Well,’ they ask me as the unofficial progressive blogger dude, ‘why don’t Democrats just say The Truth?’ Say for example the GOP’s smear du jure that Obama’s Buffett rule, where billionaires would finally pay the same or higher …

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Sep 29 2011

Anatomy of a conservative media scam

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Steve Benen writing at Washington Monthly yesterday brings up a sorely needed point in an article titled “Being conservative means never having to say you’re wrong”: We talked earlier about the Daily Caller’s massive screw-up yesterday, on an important story about the Environmental Protection Agency. I figured the conservative outlet would grudgingly bury some awkwardly-worded correction …

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Sep 29 2011

Pale purple pixel

The largescale structure of the universe

If you like Sagan’s concept of earth as a pale blue dot in a vast black cavern of space, you’ll love Dr. Stefan Keller’s take on our local group of galaxies. The Milky Way would be one tiny purplish pixel in the image above. Each lit speck represents a major galaxy, the larger dots are super clusters, …

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Sep 28 2011

In space, size does matter!

The rare yellow hypergiant star IRAS 17163-3907 as seen by the ESO. The star and its gaseous shells resemble an egg white around a yellow centee leading astronomers to dub it the Fried Egg Nebula

Astronomers at Chile’s European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, at the Paranal Observatory in Chile have spotted a monstrous star, and in cosmic terms its not even that far away: The new image, which ESO scientists dubbed the “Fried Egg Nebula” shows the central hypergiant star, officially known as IRAS 17163-3907, surrounded by a huge dusty …

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Sep 28 2011

The Morning Joe clown show

Morning Joe is MSNBC’s morning cable news program hosted by and named for former congressman Joe Scarborough, (FL 1 – R). It’s a conservative based program forced on us purportedly progressive viewers by MSNBC executive asshat Phil Griffin. Griffin’s other management epiphanies include driving off the network’s highest rated host Keith Olbermann and banning Daily Kos blogger …

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Sep 28 2011

China to put up first spacelab on Thursday

Shenzhou-8 undergoes testing in preparation for carrying out an unpiloted rendezvous and docking mission to the Tiangong-1platform. Image courtesy China Manned Space Engineering Office

Every day that the Republican controlled House bickers over nickels, while lavishing trillions on the rich and useless wars, we are ceding the high ground to a former enemy. I guess we can just hope that former enemy stays a friendly banker and business partner: China’s Tiangong 1 space lab is slated to launch aboard a …

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Sep 27 2011

Does Jon Huntsman belong in the GOP?

Jon Huntsman may be in the wrong party. At the GOP CPAC panel convened in Florida this month he said in part: I believe in science – including as it relates to evolution and climate change. I believe in civil unions, though I also support traditional marriage. I believe immigration is a human as well …

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Sep 27 2011

We’re number one … in preventable deaths!

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Once again the good old USA leads the developed world … in preventable deaths. Those would be deaths where existing drugs and other widely available treatments would have saved lives. The new study by the Common Wealth Fund confirms what other, similar studies have found, the US ranks dead last or near dead last in the …

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