Archives for December 13, 2008

Mark Ritchie on the Recount

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie discusses the Recount of the 2008 Senate Race in Minnesota between Norm Coleman and Al Franken. These remarks are part of a forum held on “The Minnesota Tradition of Fair Elections” hosted by the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Hubert H Humphrey Center, UMN. I…

Happy Bloggoversary Orac!

OK, so I missed it by a couple of days. These things are so hard to keep track of… Yes, as hard as it is to believe, I’ve been at this more or less nonstop just as long as a Presidential term in office. It all began on a dank, overcast Saturday afternoon in December…

Minnesota Atheists’ “Atheists Talk” radio show. Sunday, December 14, 2008, 9-10 a.m. Central Time AHA: Winter Solstice, Bus Advertising, $1 Million Matching Grant Maggie Ardiente of the American Humanist Association (AHA) joins us to discuss the Winter Solstice, AHA’s advertising campaign on buses in Washington D.C., and the $1,000,000 Louis Appignani matching grant. Don’t forget…

Norm Coleman Is Going Down

But he’s going down fighting. First, the going down part: This concerns Paul McKim, who is the former CEO of a Houston company, Deep Marine Technologies Inc.. He has filed a lawsuit in district court in Harris County, Texas that alleges that a majority shareholder, Minneapolis based Nasser Kazeminy, used corporate funds to help Minnesota…

Neanderthals at the end of their days

What was Neanderthal-Modern Human interaction really like? Fifty four teeth (some of which are fragments) and nine other bones dating to about 40-43,000 years ago represent the “most recent, and largest, sample of southern Iberian late Neanderthals currently known.” These and some closely related remains may indicate that these Middle Paleolithic holdouts were kissing cousins…

Imagine the following multiple choice question in a primary education setting: God … a) is all powerful; b) is everywhere; c) loves me and my kitten; d) is vengeful; e) does not appear to exist. And the answer is ….

I and the Bird #90: Christmas Count Tally Rally Festival of the Trees #30 Just Write Blog Carnival December 12, 2008 Edition Storyblogging Carnival XCIV N.B.: The Next Edition of Oekologie, the Ecology and Environmental Science Carnival, will be hosted HERE. So send me your submission. This is a mid month carnival, so I’ll probably…

There are a number of arguments that turning your computer off during non-use periods (like overnight) is a bad idea. This wears out your computer, the power-up cycle uses so much energy that it is offset only by hours of down time, etc. etc. For the most part, these beliefs are incorrect. You should probably…

Blorgs Galore

Stuff to read: Joan’s Darwinian Conundrum I know each cell evolved into a plant Or animal or Dinosaur or ant And that the real true Adam was an atom. Still, though I know this data here (or datum) Anthropomorphic dreams are hard to ban I’m wondering if I ever really can. It may be seasonal,…