Archives for July, 2008

The “Dumbo Octopus”

Strangest thing I’ve seen all weekend:

Yet Another Shooting Rampage

Jim Adkisson entered the Unitarian Church for a children’s play earlier today, carrying a guitar case. But instead of taking out a guitar and singing Kumbaya, he pulled out a shotgun, killed two adults, and wounded seven others before being overpowered. This was in Knoxville Tennessee. Jim Adkisson, 58, of Powell, Tennessee, was charged with…

CO2 Emissions Graph

Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) commandos Nigeria is where Western graduate students in political science who study corruption go to do their fieldwork. There appears to be an ensconced elite and externally connected ruling body and a down trodden underclass organized into various resistance groups. The discovery of abundant petroleum reserves…

Amy Binder and John H. Evans, associate professors of Sociology at the University of California at San Diego, have written a piece on efforts to force religion in the guise of Intelligent Design and Creationism down the throats of children in Texas. A proposal before the Texas Board of Education calls for including the “strengths…

He’s Al Franken and He’s OK.

Hat Tip: TUIBG But wait, there’s more:

Head of UMN Morris Backs PZ Myers

It appears that the Chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris put out a statement today regarding PZ Myers’ recent activity in relation to the cracker/eucharist. This led to coverage in the Star Tribune where you can, if you like, leave a comment. The story: Morris chancellor defends instructor who defiled Eucharist, tore Qur’an The…

According to the Star Tribune: But the Star Tribune is wrong, and they know they are wrong (according to sources close in). So, is their front page editor on crack or something? Let’s test this hypothesis. (UPDATE: See: Senate race polling breakdown)

PZ Myers vs. The Cracker

The same guy made this film:

Some current news in the Linuxosphere, and some things going on on my very own desktop, have me wondering about the nature of the Linux Desktop. Here are a few questions to ponder. Are Gnome and Ubuntu ruining the Linux Desktop? And if they are, what do we do about it? Is Linux currently at…