Archives for March 14, 2009

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National Pi Day is Official

It used to be a festival of fun created and celebrated by geeks but with no official recognition. Now, National Pi Day is a legal holiday in the US (but not one you get to take a day off of work for). Washington politicians took time from bailouts and earmark-laden spending packages on Wednesday for…


Analiese is reading about solar powered Revas and Ice Age climate change and stuff.

List of earmarks for Michele Bachmann’s district: – $94,000 for Sheriffs Youth Program of MN – $335,000 for Equipment Acquisition for Northland Medical Center – $803,000 for Replacement Small Buses, St. Cloud Metro Bus and many more. Details here. Does she really think she can get away with these lies! Well, actually, yes.

Recommended Reads and Watches

The Truth about Vaccines. No, really, the truth. Not some other stupid truth. Here at Respectful Insolence. The only Pi video you need to watch today, here at Science Punk. Richard Dawkins and the Purpose of Purpose, a review by The Austringer. Hey, com’on, Wesley, can’t you get photographs as good as mine????? Franken can…

On this week’s show we’re going to try something different. We’ll have a discussion between an atheist and a Christian about the current state of morality in this country. Is the decline of religion really leading to a loss of moral values, as the Religious Right claims? Is America going to hell in a handbasket?…

The Upper Mississippi in Spring

This is the river just above the dam (you can click this picture for a whopping big version): And these birds seem to be waiting for the other shoe to drop:

The Greening

Spring is an ecological phenomenon of weather and biota linked to orbital geometry. More importantly, spring is here, as of this very moment, in Anoka County, Minnesota.

And … WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD!!! Oh, I don’t think Glen Beck is excusing the killer. He’s blaming mass murder on the Democrats and Liberals. Subtle but important difference. Hat Tip Dump Bachmann

How To Be Stupid on Facebook

We’re all stupid on facebook, but maybe this guy was extra stupid: “A man on trial in New York for possession of a weapon has been acquitted after subpoenaing his arresting officer’s Facebook and MySpace accounts. His defense: Officer Vaughan Ettienne’s MySpace ‘mood’ was set to ‘devious’ on the day of the arrest, and one…