Archives for May 13, 2008

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Racist Anti-Obama Tee Shirt

Marietta tavern owner Mike Norman says the T-shirts he’s peddling, featuring cartoon chimp Curious George peeling a banana, with “Obama in ’08” scrolled underneath, are “cute.” But to a coalition of critics, the shirts are an insulting exploitation of racial stereotypes from generations past. “It’s time to put an end to this,” said Rich Pellegrino,…

On August 6th, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan by the United States Army. The bomb successfully exploded instantly killing about 80,000 people and destroying a majority of the physical structure of the city. Someone with a camera took a series of photographs of the post-bomb carnage. The film exposed by this…

We all know torture is bogus. There is no scenario in which we will torture the guy with the launch codes for the missile aimed at the orphanage. That whole scenario is just a bunch of crap. However, torture has been used, by American officials, and since we do have, despite BushCheney’s best efforts, something…

Fedora 9 seems very fine.

There are many versions of Linux. At the deepest level, there are a few fundamentally different Linuxes, and each of these may appear in one or more, sometimes many, different “distributions.” So, most Linux distributions are based on either Debian, RedHat/Fedora, Gentoo, and a couple/few others. Off hand, I’m not sure how many different core…

Stigma and Mental Illness

There is an interesting and important follow up related to a TED Talk that a lot of readers of this blog found interesting (Sherwin Nuland: A history of electroshock therapy) at The Corpus Callosum: Grappling With Stigma: Influence of Social Media A while back, Gred Laden and Dr. Shock independently linked to a remarkable video.…

Carnivals

Carnival of the Liberals is at SIr Robin Rides Away Carnival of the Green #127 is at Evangelical Ecologist Encephalon #45 – Life Is Good, Brains Are Better is at PodBlack Blog

There is a point that I’ve been trying to make for the last few weeks now, off and on, and it is not working. So I’m going to try something new. Please bear with me, and consider the following three scenarios regarding the idea that the Earth is Round (or, possibly, flat):

Doodle 4 Google

Apparently, Google has been running a contest among K – 12 students in the US to come up with a replacement logo. And now they have 40 finalists and you can vote for the one you like. These are my favorites: Go HERE to vote. hat tip: Natalie

Is a semi-organized effort to ‘crash’ obnoxious internet polls ethically acceptable? Is it boring? Is it stupid? I sometimes ask myself that question. But it’s complicated and will take a while to work out. In the mean time, PZ Myers points out this poll regarding the recent suggestion by a Maine school board member to…