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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 26 2011

Spammers without a clue meet readers with a brain

I just chuckled deleting some spam from a site asking the question Am I Psychic? I can answer that to a near 100% metaphysical certainty: No, You Are Not. Really, one has to wonder if that is spam well spent, even if it only took a few seconds to post I believe that was a few …

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Sep 26 2011

Back in the ER again

This time it wasn’t even in the same ballpark pain-wise or scare-wise than last time. I knew the procedure so well I was giving an admitting staffer pointers on how to speed me up. I developed a relatively minor and easily treatable complication called Atelectasis. Being vertical for several hours after being off for two …

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Sep 26 2011

Lies, damned lies, and measurable lies

538

Intersting grahpic from our friends at Politifact. It shows the GOP Presidential candidates ranked according to the truthfuless of their statements. By and large the candidates most closely aligned with the Teaparty wing of the Republican party are the biggest liars, although there was a paucity of data on Huntsman. Which is the head and which is the …

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Sep 25 2011

Former astronauts have their heart in the right place

Space Shuttle Transport System on the pad in prior to the first launch in 1981

Former moon-walkers address Congress last week on the future of the US space program and it wasn’t pretty. The overall gist was the US should maintain our lead in manned spaceflight, a laudable goal. But given the engineering reality, some of the specific suggestions they made could be judged misguided: Cernan thinks that it’s not too late to reinstate …

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Sep 25 2011

Perry’s debate performance costs him in straw poll

Rick Perry was the man with a bullseye on his back going into the debate last Thursday night. If the results of the straw poll conducted in Florida after his dismal debate performance are any indication — watch that clip above starting at about 1:30 and you’ll see the Texas Governor almost appeared drunk or …

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Sep 24 2011

Of injuries and insurance

For those who don’t know, two weeks ago I broke my back. Technically it was a rib-back break; the joint between the bottom floating rib and the thoracic vertebrae was cracked. It was a hairline fracture, nothing was displaced meaning no need for a cast or a brace. The injury caused some complications, the most …

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Sep 24 2011

John Cole nails it

More accurately, John Cole fucking nails it: How do you have a sensible policy debate with people who reject basic facts? It’s like trying to debate members of a cargo cult- the modern GOP carry the crosses but have no idea what it means to be christian. They talk about free markets, but have no …

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Sep 23 2011

And even more on super luminal neutrinos

OPERA

First a short atheist prayer: ‘Ahh sweet Friday, prince of days, deliver us from the evils of the workweek even as we, each in our own way, deliver ourselves from sobriety.’ This past week was the longest of my life. See, in modern corporate America, low-level employees like me are subject to strict attendance policies. Which …

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Sep 23 2011

More on super-luminal neutrinos

Schematic of an early solar neutrino detecter

It appears the articles the broke yesterday about neutrinos breaking the light-speed barrier were based on solid science (I can’t believe I just wrote that!). More here: Over three years, and from 15,000 neutrino “events,” a huge detector at the Italian center deep under mountain rock recorded what OPERA spokesman Antonio Ereditato described as the …

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Sep 23 2011

Clueless Teaparty demands Buffett’s tax returns

Warren Buffett

Back in my stock-broker days I had a great business partner who happened to a giant Warren Buffett fan. He had read all about the Sage of Omaha, could recite the stories, and given the field we worked in and Buffett’s success in it, that admiration was well placed. But my old partner was also …

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