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Feb 28 2012

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Results: CNN (AZ, MI) | Google (AZ, MI) Polls closed. MI Update 9:00 PM CDT: Santorum 36% Romney 40% Paul 11% Gingrich 7% .. w/57% of vote in Romney is up by 20,000 votes. Santorum looks to be heading for a loss, already moving into spin mode saying “We made Romney compete in his home …

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Feb 28 2012

Let’s all go to the lobby! Duel in Michigan between Mittens and Santorum

Mittens was for meddling in other party’s primaries before he was against it Update: moments ago a Romney spokesman had an incoherent explanation for why Romney wasn’t being hypocritical in that video clip: That was a totally different situation, that was when Mitt was a private sector businessman, before he started his political career. He …

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Feb 27 2012

New evidence for fluctuating Neandertal populations in ice age Europe

Neanderthal Recon

New genetic analysis of Neandertal populations over the last 100 thousands years shows an interesting dynamic: the variability is high until about 50 KYA years and then suddenly contracts, sharply:

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Feb 27 2012

Florida school being taken over by weird Islam-Scientology mix?

A school in Florida has been turned over to an organization representing some strange hybrid of the Nation of Islam and the Church of Scientology. At least that’s the way the story below reads to me.

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Feb 27 2012

Wikileaks published sensitive data allegedly from Stratfor

Austin based Strategic Forecasting, more commonly known as Statfor and compared at times to a private, shadowey CIA, has had a trove of emails stolen and published on Wikileaks by the hacker coalition known as anonymous. One rumor going around about the stolen data is it was not encrypted. If that turns out to be …

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Feb 26 2012

College does not make you less religious, just less ignorant

Rick Santorum has been flogging the idea that college makes you less religious. Sorry, I personally wish it were so, but studies and polls are mixed at best. In fact, by some metrics they show just the opposite:

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Feb 26 2012

The truth about cats and dogs

Miacid

I see a little brouhaha has formed here among the godless over cats vs dogs. It’s an issue that does elicit surprisingly strong feelings among pet owners. Of course, no one can settle the question of which is better, that’s a subjective call. But we can look at why dog and cats behave so differently. We …

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Feb 25 2012

Master of my own domain

CowCreekCoffee

I have a friend who enjoys working in the medium of wood. I can understand, there’s something about working with wood that seems to offer a Zen experience. Over the years he’s become quite good at it, in fact I would say at this point he’s an artist of sorts. Anyway, he’s making me a beautifully …

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Feb 24 2012

The Milky Way could be full of nomads

Artist's conception of a Jupiter-size rogue planet with the edge on disk of a spiral galaxy in the background. Image via the Wiki

In ancient times planets were easily distinguished from stars because they’d wander from one constellation to another. It was that feature that eventually led Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler to record exact positions — without the aide of telescopic lenses — giving birth to modern planetary astronomy. Now a new class of wandering planets has …

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Feb 24 2012

The endlessly evolving position of conservatives on stolen documents

There it is, first stolen documents were bad and the perps should be punished. But a year later when stolen emails were posted in misleading snippets to falsely portray an international conspiracy among climate researchers the conservative disinformation machine, including the Heartland Institute, was giddy with excitement. Now some docs reportedly indicating the lengths to …

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