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Monthly Archive: April 2014

Apr 26 2014

Money for nothing, chicks for free

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  A proud, hard-working and humble people ruthlessly stripped of property, every last meager possession ripped from their calloused hands, their priceless dignity annihilated by a distant, unhinged tyrant. It’s the basis of ancient fairy tales and modern day action flicks the world over. From the Brothers Grimm to Star Wars to The Matrix, it’s a seductive narrative, tried and true, that appeals both to our shared …

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Apr 25 2014

Calentamiento de la Tierra

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A common quip when deniers go into denial mode on climate change is that the climate has changed massively in the past. It’s natural! Search around and it’s not hard to come across this week, like any other:

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Apr 24 2014

Cliven Bundy goes full racist (Updated, it gets worse)

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Update: Bundy took the mic this afternoon and doubled down. Even Sean of Hannity is backing away now. Story here: Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher currently under fire for remarks he made about “the Negro,” explained himself on The Peter Schiff Show today, saying that he’s just “wondering” whether black people are better off being …

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Apr 22 2014

The end is nigh … again

I’m in the wrong line of work and, sadly, have a conscience thanks to my lousy parents giving me an inherent shame in lying and hyping. I’m not sure if anyone takes Pat Robertson seriously, but my fear is a lot of people do. And he clearly operates with no such moral restrictions:

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Apr 18 2014

Every Friday is a good Friday

Reprinted from last year. Enjoy — DS Ahh sweet Friday, prince of days, harbinger of the precious weekend. But this Friday is better than most, it’s Good Friday, AKA Black Friday, Holy Friday, Easter Friday, and my favorite, Great Friday. But what makes this Friday so Great?

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Apr 18 2014

Your obligatary Easter bunny for skeptics

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  This little guy was supposedly born at a zoo in N. Korea and a member of a rare and endangered species, the so-called Fennec Hare. He’s adorable. But alas, he’s also a known fake making the rounds anew this Easter. Probably a kitten with photo shopped ears. Beware.

Apr 18 2014

Hypothetical illustration of the surface of Kepler 186f: Lycoris

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  We won’t know details of the surface of 186f for years, probably decades, at best. It could be a cool Venus, a warm Mars, or a water world with a thick, steamy atmosphere and no clear surface transition between vapor and liquid phases. It could have a highly reflective atmosphere or surface, locking it …

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Apr 17 2014

Kepler hits the exo-planetary jackpot

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Ustream NASA press conference here (highly recommended). An artist friend may try to squeeze in a hypo illustration. But if someone wants to submit an image of what they think surface might look like, have at it. I’ll consider anything received by tomorrow at 5 PM Central for the science round up at Daily Kos linked …

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Apr 16 2014

Nothing says Freedom quite like using human shields

None dare call them terrorists. They’re just lovable red-blooded patriots who like to point guns at people to bring about political change — but they’re not terrorists! Just ask the patriots out in armed force to back up Cliven Bundy over the weekend: TPM — The Blaze, the conservative news site affiliated with Glenn Beck, …

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Apr 16 2014

Because God hates Rock & Roll

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ng God hates rock-n-roll, just ask anyone over the age of 80 who lives in the great state of delusion. Proof? S/He has smited the great AC/DC … after more than 40 years of rocking:

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