Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Michael Heath

Newsweek commissioned retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to interview recently retired Justice John Paul Stevens. While the whole relatively short interview is interesting, as an ex-Republican it made my gut twinge to confront one more example of how the recent domination of the Republican party by conservatives cannibalizes the party’s best legacies, from President’s Lincoln’s…

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One of my favorite Holiday season traditions is purchasing Discover magazine’s year-end issue which traditionally features their “Top 100 Science Stories” of the past year. When I first started purchasing this edition several years ago I was astonished we’d made so much progress in a decade, let alone a year. It’s very inspiring to go…

Merry Christmas – Open Thread

Merry Christmas Ed fanboys and girls! In case there’s not a sufficient supply of fresh blog posts for today’s demand of commenters, consider this an open thread. My only blog post contribution today is that I’m celebrating the fact my grandma did not get run over by a reindeer last evening, but I did discover…

Part 1 reviewed our slowly declining economic growth rate while Part 2 revealed the long-term stability of federal tax receipts coupled to a recent decline to the point we’re paying less in federal taxes relative to the size of the economy than we have in sixty years, in spite of the creation of Medicare. We…

The Eclipse

William Castlemen’s time-lapse photography of the lunar eciplise earlier this week is awe-inspiring. Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse from William Castleman on Vimeo. The embedded link displaying his name is to the page providing the technical details of how he captured the eclipse. H/T – Chris Bodenner @ The Daily Dish

ScienceDaily.com reports: Billfish and tuna, important commercial and recreational fish species, may be more vulnerable to fishing pressure because of shrinking habitat, according to a new study published by scientists from NOAA, The Billfish Foundation, and University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Prince et. al: . . . confirmed that billfish…

Christians in Iraq continue to suffer since the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. CBS News reports: No decorations, no midnight Mass. Even an appearance by Santa Claus has been nixed after Iraq’s Christian leaders called off Christmas celebrations amid new al Qaeda threats on the tiny community still terrified from a bloody siege on a…

As Ed blogged soon after last November’s election, climate denialist Rep. Shimkus* was a leading contender for Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce who ultimately crafts energy and climate policy for the House of Representatives. I reported here Tuesday that Mr. Shimkus* lost his bid for that role to Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI).…

Chris Matthews recently introduced a new segment to his MSNBC show titled, “Let Me Finish”. It’s a 2:30 minute editorial. Last evening’s segment was on the increasing propensity of Republican politicians to advocate for nullification and bandy the notion of secessionism. Typically these engagements are debated on conservative terms, their advocacy for states rights and…

Two days ago we considered GDP growth rates in the post-WWII era. Here’s what federal receipts relative to their respective year’s GDP look like while also considering growth rates. (You can click on all my graphs to move from these displayed thumbnails to the actual size.)