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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 21 2012

Will the REAL Mitt Romney please stand up?

I was turned on to this by my morning DJs, Jason and Deb, can’t believe I missed it yesterday when it came out.  

Mar 20 2012

Illinois primary primary results

Update: Romney 54% Santorum 28% with only 16% in, this race has been called, but it hardly matters. The delegate math in Illinois is about as confusing as it gets. But what it boils down to is your vote for Romney or Santorum doesn’t count toward the primary, your vote for their designated delegates in …

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Mar 20 2012

The Goldilocks zone and fairy tale earth

The primeval earth and smoggy sky with an enormous crescent moon at twilight as they may have appeared a mere billion years after formation.

Read an old astronomy text and you might see mention of a Goldilocks zone, the distance between the earth and sun, where the blessed earth is not too hot and not too cold. More recent work has shown this is a modern day fairy tale, the early earth was actually too far away. By rights the oceans should …

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Mar 19 2012

Why are you atheists so angry?

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Well, I’m not an angry atheist, in fact I’m positively cheerful, especially given my future fate as hot coal in hell –{rimshot!}. But fellow FTBer Greta Christina has a book out by the same name, and thanks to the good godless folks at Dirty Heathen Publishing , you can have it on your Kindle in two shakes …

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Mar 19 2012

Can companies deduct political contributions in the wake of Citizens United?

Citizens United was the landmark legal case that opened up unlimited contributions, with no requirement to disclose donors for large entities, to pools of money known colloquially as Super Pacs. A new article brings up an interesting possibility: could wealthy individuals and corporations score a lucrative two-fer?

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Mar 19 2012

On eve of Illinois primary, GOP voters unsure of evolution and Obama

Result on a recent poll asking conservative Illinois voters about the President’s citizenship and evolutionary biology tail with the same questions a week ago about Mississippi and Alabama voters. Although the results are slightly less depressing in Illinois:

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Mar 19 2012

Syria near collapse?

Tweets were flying last night that Internet and cell phone communications had been severed in Damascus amid reports of intense fire-fights between pro-government forces and Syrian rebels over the weekend. The scattered reports and rumors are fueling speculation that the end of the brutal Assad regime may be nigh:

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Mar 18 2012

Hey big spender!

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The Atlantic reposts a graph from The Economist showing the increase in government spending in the first three years of the first term of the last seven presidents. Guess who wins Biggest Spender in Chief?

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Mar 18 2012

Illinois primary interactive map trial run, need reader feedback

We’re just workin out the details of an interactive map of Illinois by district rolling out on Daily Kos this week. If you have a sec take a peek below — be sure and read the text below the image before you play with it.

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Mar 18 2012

Apple off the hook: Haven’t we seen this before?

The drama playing out with Apple’s working conditions and a report on same feels very familiar. To recap, Apple has been under fire for some time for the unethical and dangerous working conditions in their over seas factories, particularly in Asia. A writer and off-Broadway performer posted a story about Apple’s practices and then had to retract …

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