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Archives for October, 2006

Forecast

Snow is in the forecast for this week.  It probably won’t be this bad, but you never know. Image courtesy of NASA.  

ID Defeated in Michigan

An initiative to introduce the teaching of Intelligent Design in Michigan schools suffered a setback today.  The state Congress was supposed to issue new curriculum guidelines recently.  In September, the guidelines were delayed.  Nobody knew for sure how it would turn out.  There was concern that Republican legislators were trying to introduce ID content.  As…

RWOS Environmental Skirmishes

To be perfectly fair, I should note that not all Republicans are opposed to protection of the environment.  For example, there is an organization known as Republicans for Environmental Protection.  One of their members even published an editorial: Conservation Starts with Obeying the Law. However, the Bush administration is opposed to such protections, particularly when…

Best Distro Name Ever

Linux has long been the champion of cute names.  For example, right now I am downloading (via bittorrent) Sabayon Linux, which is named after an Italian dessert (Zabaglione). I must say, though, that the best name for a Linux distribution is this: Slackintosh A Slackware for your Macintosh, or Slackintosh, is a Linux distribution designed…

One thing I saw a couple of days ago, in Kalamazoo, was a protest near the office of their US Representative, Fred Upton.  It was a small protest, put on by the Pink Patrol.  I did not stop to see what the protest was about.   Today, I tried to find some reference to it…

Snake Kissing

Charming… Thai snake charmer Khum Chaibuddee bids to set a world record in king cobra-kissing in Pattaya.

Art Exhibit

I just got back from my brother’s photography exhibit at Dancing Cranes. It was part of what they call the Art Hop in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  A bunch of artistic types agree to exhibit their works in various upscale shops in the area, all at the same time. People go downtown, mill around, chat, and spend…

Measles and Autism?

This is outside my area of expertise, so I won’t comment on this, other than to say that it pretty much speaks for itself.  The article is from the journal Pediatrics. No Evidence of Persisting Measles Virus in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells From Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder D’Souza Y, Fombonne E, Ward BJ.  …

Scopolamine for Depression

This is another one of those pilot studies that may or may not go anywhere.  Even if it doesn’t it might contribute to our theoretical understanding of major depression. One nice thing about it is that scopolamine is old; presumably, it is not very expensive.  That attraction is offset, though, by the fact that the…

Propaganda In Your Face

Rupert Murdoch is a damn liar.  Is there a journalistic board of ethics?  Can Fox’s broadcasting license be revoked? I know Ed and David are already all over this, but it is just so offensive, I had to join the echo chamber.