Archives for October 4, 2008

A few political tidbits

Is Palin a Young Earth Creationist? Bachmann on Health Care Palin’s Greatest Hits Palin Gaffe on Vietnam Are the elites more polarized? Yes! The candidates on banking regulation and race

Navigate By The Stars

Via lifehacker: Don’t believe that part about where Jupiter is. As far as I know, the planets move …. (which is why they are called planets, yes?)

In a recent election in the District of Columbia, an extra 1,500 votes were added to the vote count that were never cast. Apparently, these votes were caused by static electricity. Or something.

Blog Carnivals!!!

The Carnival of Space at Alice’s Astro Info The Replace Michele Bachmann Carnival!!! New and Exciting in PLoS ONE at A Blog Around the Clock the Athletic Alley blog carnival Friday Ark #211 I and the Bird #85 – The Show Must Go On

Florida Teacher = Racist Pig

The Jackson County School Board has taken action against a teacher who apparently made racial commentary on presidential candidate Barack Obama. According to parents and students in Greg Howard’s seventh-grade social studies class, Howard on Friday, Sept. 26 asked the class a question regarding Obama’s call for change, and proceeded to write out what the…

Culture Shapes How We Look at Faces

Constructivism. Determinism. It is all a bunch of hooey. A recent paper published by PLoS (Culture Shapes How We Look at Faces) throws a sopping wet blanket on widely held deterministic models of human behavior. In addition, the work underscores the sometimes spooky cultural differences that can emerge in how people see things, even how…

Did you click it?

Did you click this? It turns out that this is about “extremely drug resistant TB.” James Nachtwey draws our attention to “a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis that’s touching off a global medical crisis.” Here’s the web site.

Just the facts, ma’am.

Mythbusters, factcheck.org, and Snopes have become sources of a special kind of truth for people around the world. Dedicated to undoing legend and independently analyzing political or other rhetoric, these and other sites, as well as various news segments and print media spots, are to be commended for their efforts to turn down the BS…