Archives for November 5, 2007

We shall not be moved. …” Fifty five of us jammed in a bus designed to hold fourty people plus a driver, rolling down Highway 90 from Upstate New York to Chicago. As a teenager (just turned 15), I was thrilled to be going to Chicago to attend the Fight Back Conference, a thinly disguised…

Off to the Great White North

I’m off for two days to the Great White North, Grand Rapids, where I’ll give a talk tomorrow night for the area Library Association on the topic of Race and Racism. If you are in the vicinity, please stop by and visit! I’ll be “at the lake” for the day prior, taking a few more…

Urgent Notice regarding Impeachment

I’ve just been handed the following notice: “Congressman Dennis Kucinich will introduce a Resolution in the House of Representatives to impeach Dick Cheney.” You are being asked to call your member of Congress now to ensure that this passes. The bill is House Res. 333.” I suppose it makes sense to take Cheney out first,…

Technology Tidbits

Reiser … Its a file system. And its a courtroom drama. File systems … as in how the data on your hard drive if filed and how the computer you are using lets you see things like a list of those files, opens the ones you want to open, etc … are a key feature…

I’m pretty sure Amanda and I were abducted by aliens this morning. This is not the first time, for me. I was abducted with two others about 20 years ago in Southern Maine while looking for antiques, back when you could still get them cheap even in antique stores (inexpensive antiques, not aliens). You can…

More Evo-Creo News from NCSE

From the National Center for Science Education: UPDATE ON EVOLUTION IN THE FLORIDA STATE SCIENCE STANDARDS Support for the inclusion of evolution in Florida’s draft science standards continues to amass. Writing in the Orlando Sentinel (October 25, 2007), Mike Thomas quipped, “We are moving toward intelligently designed science curriculum in public schools. And by that…

Welcome Quantum Pontiff

The Quantum Pontiff is a New Scienceblogs.com Blog. It is Dave Bacon’s blog, and he’s a computer scientist guy, so this should be cool.

Judgement Day

From the National Center for Science Education: Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, a special two-hour documentary about the Kitzmiller v. Dover case, in which teaching “intelligent design” in the public schools was ruled to be unconstitutional, is to air nationwide on PBS at 8:00 p.m. on November 13, 2007. “Judgment Day captures on film…

Animal Rights and Animal Rights Wrongs

Check out these two posts on animal rights issues. Discourse on Animal Experimentation Marred By Violence Animal Rights Extremists Wreck Scientist’s House In the first, Shelley Batts discusses this verbiage from the Animal Liberation Front: A new era has dawned for those who fund the abusers and raise funds for them to murder animals with.…

… Oh, wait. brought back to life “in stunning 3D by a scientist at The University of Manchester.” I hate those press release writers… This is actually fairly cool despite the fact that no actual spiders were actually brought back to life. Very High Resolution X-Ray Computed Tomography (VHR-CT) was used to “digitally dissect” tiny…