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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 23 2012

Romney back on the logical fallacy bandwagon

Now would be the time for a line, “There you go again …” Mitt Romney, reeling from comments about his privileged zero point zero one percent status, again intentionally conflated the hardships his father went through with his own. Even the mainstream media can’t quite swallow this one without making a clarifying point:

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Apr 23 2012

What passes for good news on climate change

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Are people starting to “get” global warming. Maybe, at least according to the poll below. Sad to say, this is what passes for ‘good news’ in climate change.

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Apr 22 2012

More on Planetary Resources AKA the asteroid miners

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There’s been little in the way of details from the announcement last week of a new company, Planetary Resources, AKA the asteroid miners. There will be a news conference or some type of event this Tuesday in Seattle where the fledgling firm will unveil some of its plans:

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Apr 21 2012

Charles “Chuck” Colson passes away at 80

The born-again mastermind behind Nixon’s dirty tricks, Charles Colson, has died. He was 80 years old. Colson was serving time for a break-in and burglary of Daniel Ellsberg, one of the many people populating Nixon’s secret enemy’s list (Which Colson helped write), when he came to Jesus and went on to a sort of second life as …

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Apr 21 2012

Nominate a blogger for Netroots Nation

I’m lucky, my friend Lindsay Beyerstein used to joke I was a made man in the blog world, referring to my role at the Great Orange Satan. One perk is stuff like Netroots Nation costs less out-of-pocket for me. DK usually pitches in a little for contributing editors that can make it. But there’s a whole bunch of deserving local …

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Apr 21 2012

Romney conveniently commits a classic logical fallacy

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The strawman attack, a favorite of the lazy, intellectually dishonest idealogue everywhere. Mitt Romney is certainly no exception. Here’s a classic example of it as Romney responds to Obama’s quip about his privileged upbringing:

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Apr 21 2012

Long week, open thread

It was a long week, made longer by the family of nocturnal elephants that seems to have moved in above me, only these few peaceful, precious hours early in the morning are my own these days. I need calm blue ocean. Ahhhh, yes, thank you Mr. Cross. Consider this an open thread.

Apr 21 2012

Polar bears not a simple offshoot of brown bears

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There was a time when scientists thought polar bears were a simple offshoot of brown bears. But the family tree has been tweaked by DNA analysis to reveal …

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Apr 20 2012

Number one selling car in America may drive wingnuts mad

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Update 21 April ’12, too early AM: The comments below were so helpful I added a link to this piece on the DKos open science thread. Now, you’re all going to be marked as subversives … As the AOL piece linked below says, “we didn’t see this one coming.” According to them, the hottest selling car in …

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Apr 20 2012

There’s gold in them thar space rocks!

The dwrf planet Ceres, largest object in the main asteroid belt; a lucative oasis floating in space?

Three zillionaires, an astronaut, and a corp of dreamy engineers walked into a bar and decided to shoot waaaay beyond the moon:

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