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Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 30 2011

There’s a good reason why social conservatives celebrate ignorance

When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled

Michelle Bachmann made an ass out of herself again today, this time bragging that if she were President, and Iranians over ran the US embassy the way they did the British embassy this week, she’d wouldn’t pussy-foot around. No siree, she’d shut that facility down. Because nothing says courage quite like running away. What made it …

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Nov 30 2011

Ginger White speaks, Herman Cain quivers

Ginger White, the former fitness instructor and single mother of two, spoke on Good Morning America this morning and she sounded damn credible to me:

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Nov 29 2011

Netroots Nation blog up and running

So there I was, summer 2006, Las Vegas baby, sitting on stage next to PZ Myers with General Wesley Clark praising evolution and climate science in front of a standing room only crowd. I distinctly remember the cameras pointing at us, lit up, reminding me of rows of LAW rocket launchers zeroed in on an enemy position about …

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Nov 29 2011

Amateur astronomer wows professionals with photo of exosolar disk

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An amateur astronomer using a homemade 25 cm (10 inch) telescope has recorded an exquisite image of a nearby star and surrounding planetary disk. Beta Pictoris is 63 light-years away and resembles a slightly more massive, hotter version of our sun and primeval solar system in the early stages of planetary formation. The New Zealand star-gazer, named Rolf …

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Nov 29 2011

Climatefluff 3 1/2

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  Great article, in Forbes of all places, about the latest hatchet job underway to portray climate scientists as evil cackling conspirators and the fossil fuel industry as feeble victims pilloried by infinitely powerful conspirators. I especially liked this part regarding FOI requests: (Forbes) — First, FOI laws generally apply to official communication between government officials – …

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Nov 29 2011

Robot starfish makes debut, PZ hoping for droid squid?

It looks slimy, it’s definitely squishy, and it can sure squeeze through small cracks just like the clever marine invertbrates beloved by a certain Godless biologist who hangs around these parts. But it’s a robot and a little bit eerie to watch.

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Nov 28 2011

Breaking: Herman Cain may be sunk, devolves into Twitter punchline

Up-update: Twitter is side splitting funny. Tag #UseHermanCainAsAVerb as in I almost got caught screwing my mistress but I #HermanCained my way out of it. Update: Thank Odin, Hardball explained just now that voting for an alleged adulterer, Herman Cain, is bad. Voting for an admitted one, Newt Gingrich, is OK. Reports are swirling a women …

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Nov 28 2011

Good news on gas prices

And I’ll make it short and sweet. With Europe softening toward mild recession and the US stuck in permanent high unemployment, the demand side of the equation is unlikely to ratchet up anytime soon. As long as supply is stable this leads to lower gas prices between now and the end of Spring. This is a seesaw: …

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Nov 28 2011

A tale of two climate articles

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There are two climate change articles on Google news that caught my eye this morning, not just because of the titles, but because they’re juxtaposed in such a way that they inadvertantly illustrate the nature of the manufactured controversy better than a single article could. The first is called Climate change denial still runs strong …

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Nov 28 2011

Praise the Lord and pass the pepper spray

For those of you lucky enough to be away from the news, and computers, I am envious. But you did good, you shopped well, incidents of pepper spray and over competitive shopping aside. In fact, online and real world sales punched out a decent Black Friday and Internet weekend or whatever you meddling kids are …

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