Archives for December 23, 2008

I like to cook, and I am good at it and know something about it. So I therefore am somewhat attracted to certain information streams including, for instance, Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s “The Splendid Table” on National Public Radio. (Although this show comes out of the Twin Cities, Kasper and I have only crossed paths a…

Minnesota Turbine

When I was a kid, annoyed at the destruction of the environment, I proposed to my elders that instead of building a dam, you could just sink a big turbine into a river and get some electricity that way. The adults explained why this was impossible. Kids: Ignore the adults. From Wired:

When Kissing Cousins get to Third Base

It has long been known that incest is not as bad as you think. Anti-cousin marriage laws are like prohibition laws and blue laws. They arise from a Christian conservative movement that swept Western Civilization from the late 18th century through the 19th century, up to about the time of the repeal of Prohibition. Sure,…

This is from a news report of a paper I’ve not yet seen: More than two-thirds of volunteers in the research study had to be stopped from administering 150 volt shocks of electricity, despite hearing a person’s cries of pain, professor Jerry M. Burger concluded in a study published in the January issue of the…

Most of the work related to the ongoing recount in the Minnesota Senate race ended week when the canvassing board went through almost all of the challenged ballots, assigning them to either Franken, Coleman, or “other.” Many ballot challenges issued earlier by one campaign or the other were withdrawn but for clerical reasons could not…

The Pope is a Dope

A mean spirited midieval thinking shit of a dope who should be deposed and/or ignored by his sheep like followers. Pope Benedict XVI has said that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behaviour is just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction. He explained that defending God’s creation is not limited to saving the…