2010 December 31

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http://scarygoround.com/sgr/ar.php?date=20080325 Elodie explains the story of the Easter bell to Eustace.

2010 December 20

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http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/12/house_gop_crushes_bill_that_would_protect_against.php?ref=fpa House Republicans stop bill that protects against child marriages.

2010 December 18

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http://gretachristina.typepad.com/greta_christinas_weblog/2007/09/the-catholic-ch.html The Catholic Church argues that child molestation is path of the Catholic Church’s doctrine, and so protected by the first amendment.

2010 December 15

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http://satwcomic.com/language-lesson

2010 December 12

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http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=12371796 Cable from wikileaks reveals that the Vatican was offended by Ireland disrespecting their “sovereignty” when an Irish commission attempted to ask questions to Vatican officials as part of an investigation into 170 Irish priests suspected of child rape.

2010 December 11

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NYT (courtesy of Marena) A Swedish city of 80000 has almost entirely stopped using fossil fuels for energy.

2010 December 03

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(5.81 MB) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/ba/Windmills_D1-D4_(Thornton_Bank).jpg off-shore wind power plants

2010 December 02

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YouTube TED talk on data visualization. The first example illustrates just how expensive the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been, as well as the world economic crisis.

2010 November 28

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Wikipedia

Wikipedia

2010 November 27

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Right now, I am writing this status and you are reading it.

2010 November 24

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http://www.wimp.com/buildsinstrument/ (courtesy of Doris) Guy plays medley on home-made pvc pipe instrument.

2010 November 24

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Airport security has been killing 520 people a year since 2002, more than died in the WTC attacks.
NYT Additional airport security leads more to drive, directly causes increased fatal road accidents, approximately 520 additional deaths a year since 2002.

2010 November 22

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NYT

NYT Republicans have every incentive to shut down government to harm Obama. Obama buys into Republican talking points.

2010 November 19

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“WARNING: TO BE SAID BY A PRIEST ONLY” http://www.catholicdoors.com/prayers/english/p01975.htm (see facebook for context) The original news article was http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1004582.htm , which is about there being a shortage of exorcists in the US for the Catholic Church.

2010 November 18

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http://primaxstudio.com/stuff/scale_of_universe/ Zoom out, look only for Earth, Sun, distance between Earth and Sun, Kuiper Belt, Oort Cloud, and distance between Sun and Proxima Centauri….

2010 November 17

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I don’t know how you manage without trains I was astonished to realize how big of a difference there is between the US and Europe train systems.

2010 November 13

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http://www.waste.org/~oxymoron/cards/ratscrew.html “This isn’t superstition, this is pyromania.”

2010 November 10

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http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap101109.html A galaxy seen edge on.

2010 November 09

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YouTube Carl Sagan reading his “Pale Blue Dot”

2010 November 05

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090312115133.htm American adults fail basic science – 21% of adults correctly identify how long it takes the Earth to go around the sun, whether or not humans and dinosaurs lived together, and how much of the Earth’s surface is covered by water (answers of 65% to 75% were considered correct).

2010 November 02

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NYT The Democrats needed a larger stimulus to avoid these losses in the midterm election.

2010 November 01

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Songs stuck in my head YouTube

YouTube Mika - Rain and Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains beyond Mountains)

2010 October 30

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NYT Krugman predicting disaster if the Republicans take congress.

2010 October 28

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YouTube YouTube

“Vlad the astrophycisist”, performed by Peter Mulvey.

2010 October 27

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http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2010/10/20101027132136220370.html People are falling ill and dying of chemical poisoning caused by the dispersants released by BP during the spill.

2010 October 23

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YouTube The Flight of the Valkyries, with animated breakfast foods.

2010 October 21

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NYT The deficit is caused by falling revenues, not rising spending.

2010 October 18

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NYT (courtesy of Caleb via Brandon) though Friedman shouldn’t make fun of money invested in infrastructure, for it should be a much higher priority right now than it is

2010 October 16

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http://www.atlasoftheuniverse.com/milkyway.html A diagram of the milky way and the evidence we have for its structure.

2010 October 16

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http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/LI11Df02.html (courtesy of Marena) Prime minister of India decides not to give food that would otherwise rot to the starving.

2010 October 16

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YouTube Riven easter egg – opera.

2010 October 14

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A good analysis of the question whether not polling cell phones biases poll results in the favor of Republicans NYT

2010 October 13

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(4.24 MB) http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Guisard_-_Milky_Way.jpg Gorgeous image of the milky way as seen from Earth.

2010 October 10

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Wikipedia I learned recently that the solar system is slightly closer to the Canis Major Galaxy than to the center of the Milky Way. Figure showing the Milk Way, with the solar system and galactic center marked, as well as the position of the Canis Major Galaxy and its stream, which trails behind it as it orbits the Milky Way.

2010 October 09

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http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8252705102362324792&q=sdss#docid=4094602439481326500 The image is of the famous “fingers of god” phenomenon. The video is the product of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, showing what is currently known of the surroundings of our galaxy all the way to the edge of the visible universe, the cosmic microwave background radiation.

2010 October 07

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“Joanna was two of Charles’ 16 great-great-great-grandmothers, six of his 32 great-great-great-great-grandmothers, and six of his 64 great-great-great-great-great-grandmothers.” From Wikipedia , about the incest in the family of Charles II, who was mentally and physically disabled.

2010 October 07

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Wikipedia It’s amazing to think how much detail we know about the activities of the Greeks over 2500 years ago, even the names of the people who won their olympic games.

2010 October 02

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http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,720513,00.html “Berlin researchers crack the Ptolemy Code”. This ancient Greek map of Germany was just “cracked”, meaning that it was determined which settlements on the map correspond to which modern day cities. This shows that many modern German cities, whose roots have been lost to time, were far older than previously suspected.

2010 September 30

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Best explanation of the Socratic dialogs: “By pretending ignorance, Socrates lured others into propounding their views on such abstractions. (This is called ‘Socratic irony,’ for Socrates knew very well that he knew a great deal more than the poor souls he was picking on.) Socrates then, by a series of ignorant-sounding questions, forced the others into such a mélange of self-contradictions that they would finally break down and admit they didn’t know what they were talking about.” From an article ( http://hermiene.net/essays-trans/relativity_of_wrong.html ) by Isaac Asimov, which I think adds helpful insight to the theory of paradigm shifts advocated by Thomas Kuhn.

2010 September 27

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2652714/ “Graveyards on the Move: The Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Dead Ophiocordyceps-Infected Ants”. A mildly interesting study on the distribution of ants infected by a particular fungus; the scientists “examin[ed] every leaf in 1360 square meters of primary rainforest” in southern Thailand. I found this via some decently interesting blog on parasites – cool.

2010 September 27

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“Consequently, this lemma is sometimes referred to as the lemma that is not Burnside’s.[3] This is less ambiguous than it may seem: Burnside contributed many lemmas to this field.” From the Wikipedia article on Burnside’s Lemma, which was not originally discovered by Burnside.

2010 September 25

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http://www.nowscape.com/atheism/Imagine_no_religion_Edgar_Dahl.htm The author has an interesting story about seeing Christians for the first time at the age of 10.

2010 September 16

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http://robertreich.org/post/1121362907 “The Republican Threat to Shut Down the Federal Government”. Robert Reich on the Republican plan to shut down the government if they enter power in November.

2010 September 06

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http://www.nathanieljohnston.com/2009/06/11630-is-the-first-uninteresting-number/ Apparently 11630 is the first number not to appear in the OEIS.

2010 September 04

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http://www.nucalc.com/Story/ The Macintosh Graphing Calculator software was made by non-employees out of sheer determination to make a good product that helps people.

2010 September 04

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“The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.” http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/choke-it-starve-it-shrink-it-what-government-shutdown-hints-are-really-about.php?ref=fpblg Really, everytime I read something like this I have no sympathy for any who votes for Republican senators. It’s not a secret what you get.

2010 August 29

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http://blog.givewell.org/2010/08/25/our-advice-re-donations-for-pakistan-flood/ In short: If you do donate for the Pakistan floods, give cash and not physical goods, be careful about the effectiveness of the organization that you donate to, and keep in mind that there are other causes that may be able to accomplish more good with your donation.

2010 August 20

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http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/48794000/gif/_48794122_us_troops_iraq_624.gif Troop levels in Iraq have fallen significantly, as Obama declares the end of the occupation.

2010 August 17

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http://www.theonion.com/articles/millions-of-barrels-of-oil-safely-reach-port-in-ma,17875/

2010 August 07

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YouTube Endless Flight, from the Babel soundtrack

2010 August 07

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YouTube Rachel Maddow: Every Republican Senator votes against unemployment benefits.

2010 August 06

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http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-august-4-2010/i-give-up---9-11-responders-bill John Stewart on the 9/11 responders bill, which would pay for the medical bills for first responders at the collapse of the World Trace Center (many of them suffering from long term medical problems caused by their actions there, which happened at a time that the government intentionally lied to claim that the air was safe). The bill was funded by closing a tax loophole that allowed large corporations to evade taxes by nominally having all their money overseas. Of course, Republicans opposed it.

2010 August 05

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plus or minus one and two standard deviations shown

On average, we are losing 3500 cubic kilometers of arctic sea ice per decade, for the last three decades – and the rate of loss has been increasing recently.

2010 August 05

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NYT More on Obama’s PR problems – the administration is emphasizing how things are looking up, when everyone knows more economic stimulus is needed desparately.

2010 August 02

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http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/netherlands-first-nato-member-leave-afghanistan The Netherlands pulls all forces out of Afghanistan.

2010 July 29

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12 distinct Dutch words:
http://www.dutchgrammar.com/sound/fier_vier_wier.mp3

Another 10 distinct Dutch words:
http://www.dutchgrammar.com/sound/gaan_haan_goed_hoed.mp3

2010 July 24

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YouTube Daniel Dennett’s TED talk on memes, evolution, and human society.

2010 July 24

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“While the highest-paid 400 Americans had an average income of $345 million in 2007, as a result of Bush tax policy they now pay an effective tax rate of 16.6 percent, the lowest on record.”

http://www.thenation.com/article/37889/no-oligarchy

2010 July 24

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Wikipedia Why war actually doesn’t help the economy.

2010 July 22

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http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/the-quiet-revolution?page=0,0 Obama’s scientific approach to regulation.

2010 July 21

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NYT

http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/0,1518,707231,00.html

2010 July 19

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NYT

2010 July 18

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YouTube Ameno

2010 July 18

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Washington Post Netanyahu, and manipulating the US.

2010 July 18

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538

2010 July 17

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http://climateprogress.org/2010/06/09/cheney%E2%80%99s-culture-of-deregulation-and-corruption/ The Bush administration crippled regulation and oversight, a problem far understated.

2010 July 15

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“If [Dick Cheney]’s not listed for a heart transplant, his days are seriously numbered. Life on an LVAD [Left Ventricular Assist Device] isn’t something I’d wish on my worst enemy… an axiom that this situation really tests.” –tpm

2010 July 14

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http://www.bprepublicans.com/page/content/bprepublicans Republicans who see nothing wrong with BP.

2010 July 12

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/popes-visit-could-cost-britain-more-than-16320m-2023994.html

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h2f5f1yyGD-mTk_3xFIpWm_RyWoQ It may cost Britain 20 million pounds for the pope to visit for a few days. The Catholic Church is a 250 million euro/year business.

2010 July 11

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http://www.theonion.com/articles/obamas-weekly-video-addresses-becoming-increasingl,17649/ Courtesy of Caleb Obama’s weekly addresses becoming surreal.

2010 July 09

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“The worst heatwave in recent years happened in August 2003 when record-breaking temperatures led to 2,000 excess deaths in the UK. Northern France bore the brunt of the hot weather that year when three weeks of unprecedentedly high temperatures resulted in 15,000 excess deaths. By the 2080s, it is predicted that an event similar to that experienced in England in 2003 will happen every year.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/10567678.stm

2010 July 03

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http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summit/article/829921--i-will-not-forget-what-they-have-done-to-me Accounts of police abuse at the Toronto G20 summit.

2010 July 01

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BBC Frustration with unreliable electricity in Baghdad.

2010 June 30

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http://www.financialpost.com/Avertible+catastrophe/3203808/story.html The Netherlands offers substantial help with BP spill, the US declines it, and the coast suffers.

2010 June 29

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http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/6/29/880179/-Research-2000:-Problems-in-plain-sight “Research 2000” shown to be producing fraudulent polling data. Cool statistical analysis!

2010 June 28

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YouTube Rachel Maddow: What has Obama done so far?

2010 June 27

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/the-last-post-mcchrystals-bleak-outlook-2011730.html Obama fires McChrystal.

2010 June 20

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http://climateprogress.org/2010/06/01/record-heat-wave-may/ Heat records increasingly common.

2010 June 11

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Washington Post

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/the-other-side-of-the-gaza-blockade-1992076.html Israel’s inhumane blockade

2010 June 05

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http://www.alternet.org/story/147115/the_gaza_blockade_is_illegal_and_the_flotilla_attack_was_an_illegal_act_of_war?page=entire Israel’s inhumane blockade

2010 June 03

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– Introduction to The Art of Expressing the Human Body Quote by Bruce Lee

2010 May 31

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http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20100531_flotillas_and_wars_public_opinion?utm_source=GWeekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=100531&utm_content=readmore&elq=ec0dbb5abd264ff39b3645c5d73e93b4

Israel’s inhumane blockade.

YouTube

Ctrl-Alt-Shift film “No way through”.

2010 May 24

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The Atlantic

Bush’s policies and the deficit.

2010 May 20

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“…War on Arithmetic” http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/feature/2010/05/19/gop_doesn_t_get_car_keys_back/index.html Obama needs to stop yielding to the Republicans.

2010 May 07

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article7119887.ece Medvedev denounces Stalin.

2010 May 07

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The New Yorker (courtesy of Paul) Death of an ant colony.

2010 April 30

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Best ghc error message: Parser/Pass3.hs:155:4: parse error on input `parse_failure’

2010 April 29

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http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/feature/2010/04/28/how_gop_gets_away_with_it/index.html How the Republicans get away with lying through their teeth all the time

2010 April 24

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8639769.stm Great Pacific Garbage Patch

2010 April 21

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NYT Arizona requires people to carry immigration documents at all times

2010 April 18

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http://www.thenation.com/doc/20100503/hari The coming climate crisis and the uselessness of the media

2010 April 13

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“He was rather given to sneering at anyone who wrote about what he did not fully understand: I remember praising Whewell’s History of the Inductive Sciences to him, and he answered, ‘Yes, I suppose that he has read the prefaces of very many books.’”

2010 April 12

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“Ground troops can usually tell combatant from non-combatant because the former are shooting at them.”

2010 April 09

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http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2010/04/evolution-big-bang-polls-omitted.html NSF report on scientific literacy in US omit poll results about acceptance of big bang and evolution.

2010 March 27

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7076431.ece Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner’

2010 March 24

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http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100321/FOREIGN/703209910&SearchID=73385481225936 Arab family denied right to rent home (in Nevatim, Isreal)

2010 March 24

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/24/gop-senators-refusing-to_n_511639.html GOP Senators Refusing To Work Past 2PM, Invoking Obscure Rule

2010 March 23

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From my Philosophy of Science book: “I have paid particular attention to the challenge posed by Quinean epistemological holism, which takes the post-Kantian revolutions in geometry and mechanics (among other things) as grounds for a naturalized empiricism in which there is nothing left of the a priori at all; and to the challenge posed by Kuhn’s theory of scientific revolutions, which has led, in recent years, to a new style of historical and conceptual relativism based on the incommensurability or non-intertranslatability of succeeding revolutionary paradigms.”

2010 March 20

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Wikipedia

2010 March 18

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http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/03/cbo-report-finds-health-care-reform-expands-coverage-lowers-deficit.php?ref=fpb

2010 March 14

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http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=242 Gorey covers

2010 March 13

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“It looked as though the real problem of man in the sea was not because of his breathing, but because he’s man.” http://davidszondy.com/future/underwater/menfish2.htm

2010 March 10

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Many interesting reads here… http://www.monbiot.com/

2010 March 08

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Meanwhile in Finland

2010 March 08

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“The United States is almost always the most dysfunctional of the developed democracies, sometimes spectacularly so, and almost always scores poorly.” Skip the text and just look at the y-axis of figures 2,6-8. http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2005/2005-11.html

2010 March 08

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“We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada,” Palin said. “And I think now, isn’t that ironic?” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/08/palin-crossed-border-for_n_490080.html

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