Archives for August, 2008

Palin for President?

Razib has noted that there is a 15% chance that if McCain/Palin is elected, that Palin will take office based on actuarial data. However, I beg to differ with this given that the presidency is a) known to add years to a person’s life, b) is a somewhat more dangerous job than average (there are…

Sarah Palin comes in at 4 minutes 20 seconds. Turns out she wants all the Polar Bear to die.

Proof that God Exists

I’m with Richard Dawkins on this one: I don’t believe that god exists. There is no evidence for this, why believe it. But, if evidence did emerge strongly suggesting the existence of god, this would be the greatest scientific discovery of our time. Well, we are still lacking in proof, but there is now some…

In November, 2007, a small group of six citizens – two screenwriters, a physicist, a marine biologist, a philosopher and a science journalist – began working to restore science and innovation to America’s political dialogue. They called themselves Science Debate 2008, and they called for a presidential debate on science. The call tapped a wellspring…

The following announcement regarding Sarah Palin is from Move On Dot Org. This is about McCain’s running mate. Obviously, in my earlier post I was too quick to judge this woman. It turns out that she is not a bad choice, not a person with less than ideal experience, not a person unsympathetic to liberal…

Gustav Update

This may be premature by an hour or two, and if so, I’ll update again, but there is enough new information on Gustav to provide an update. Gustav is now a Category Four Hurricane and is bearing down on Cuba. The hurricane will strike the northern Gulf coast as a serious, possibly major storm. I…

According to the BBC, John McCain has picked Alaskan Sarah Palin for VEEP.

Pop Sci Book Meme

There is a new book meme, started by Jennifer Oullette, and so far infecting John Lynch and PZ Myers. This is a Pop Science book meme. PZ added a few to Jennifer’s list, and I’ve added a few more. Bold = read. What are we missing? Which, among those not bolded here, should I read…

ABC’s coverage of this is here Hat Tip: Ed Brayton