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Archives for November, 2007

Currently, both the House and the Senate are leaning away from granting immunity to telecommunications companies that were involved in warrantless domestic spying.   In an unrelated debacle, the State Department tried to grant immunity to Blackwater personnel who shot a bunch of Iraqi citizens.  (Now the FBI says that those Blackwater employees acted illegally.)…

I haven’t gotten to the actual research paper yet, but this is sufficiently interesting that I wanted to put up a quick post about it.  Live Science has an article about some research, showing that persons who think of themselves as righteous are, in some circumstances, the most likely to cheat. Oddly, Hypocrisy Rooted in…

Antibiotic Resistance Not Evolution?

This is strange.  A person with a Ph.D. in molecular genetics, Georgia Purdom, wrote a post in which she claims to have shown that the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria is not an example of evolution. Antibiotic Resistance of Bacteria: An Example of Evolution in Action? by Georgia Purdom, Ph.D. July 10, 2007

LOLCat Calendar

The all-new, completely free LOLCats calendar for 2008 is here. It is a 2MB PDF download.

The Department of Defense appears to be making a real effort to determine the scope of the problem.  They now have published the results of a second screening of 88,235 returning soldiers.  In their most recent study, they acknowledge that the prior study missed a lot.  Moreover, they now worry that even the second study…

Elitism and Psychology and Politics

Click for full-sized version From: Dilbert Internet Archive There is elitism, and anti-elitism.  In pure form, both are bad.  I recommend, as an alternative, something called mutual respect. In politics, there is a long history of us-versus-them-ism.  In the 2004 elections, this was used effectively, when certain persons got everyone all riled up about the…

Unflattering Comparison

In his article about what is wrong with Windows Vista, PC Mag’s John Dvorak unintentionally disrespects northern Michigan: Until now, Microsoft could sell code better than anyone, but it seems the company would rather sell services: software as a service, ads, search engine results—you name it. This is like the local storefront that opens as…

64% Think Bush Has Abused Office

Remember, this guy ran for office claiming that he was going to “restore dignity” to the office.  Now, 64% of persons surveyed think “has abused his powers as president.”  55% think he has committed impeachable offenses, although they are split on the issue of whether he should be removed from office.   For Dick Cheney,…

Air Tilly

Tilly is an eagle that has been trained to fly with a pair of video cameras.  The cameras weigh less than 30 grams and can transmit video signals more than a mile.   I gather this was shown on Aminal Planet, but you can see it on the Internet here.

What Conservatives Like

The Norman Lear Center recently commissioned a Zogby poll regarding the relative media preferences of liberals, moderates, and conservatives: The Zogby/Lear Center Survey On Politics And Entertainment. The typology revealed three significant clusters of respondents:  “conservatives,” as we decided to call them, make up 37% of the national sample, while “liberals” comprise 39% and “moderates”…