Archives for June 22, 2009

Third-trimester abortions

In light of the recent assassination, by a member of a right wing Christian anti-abortion cabal, of a physician who specialized in late term abortions, it may be worth having a look this medical phenomenon. Well, my blog colleague Monado contacted me a week ago or so and we discussed this, and I felt that…

Citing recent killings in Arkansas, Kansas and the nation’s capital, Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday said new hate crimes law were needed to stop what he called “violence masquerading as political activism.” The attorney general’s call for Congress to act came as a civil rights coalition said there has been a surge in white…

Girls Doing Math

This is a struggle I can relate to: Perez Hilton thinks that hot chicks can’t do math. I have taught math to children of a variety of ages. It is difficult to convince young women in our society that they can do math. Young women often lack self-confidence about mathematics. Many of them think that…

How Twitter can make history

While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.

Watermelon Dan is at it again

Republican Congressperson Dan Burton calls for a Plexiglas shield to be built over the congressional chamber to protect the congresspeople from attack. This is the same guy who carried out the famous and embarrassing reconstruction of Vince Foster’s suicide: Burton gained attention for re-enacting the alleged crime in his backyard with his own pistol and…

South Carolina Governor AWOL?

UPDATE: There are reports that the missing governor is tweeting. These reports are unconfirmed. His wife does not know where is his. The lieutenant governor does not know where he is. It is said that “he needed some time away from his children to write something.” It is said he is working on a book.…

Physics, To A Dog (A poem)

To a dog, a balloon is a rock that floats. To a dog, a lever is a perch for stoats. To a dog, particle decay1 is not about nooks To a dog, gravity is just another way to puke. To a dog, a quantum is a kibble To a dog, a quark is to nibble.…

Death in Iran

I wanted to know about Iran, and she told me. I was curious, because I had a feeling that there was more to the story than we were getting from the news. There had to be reasons that the students were rebelling against the Shah and pushing for an Islamic Revolution. She explained it to…

On a Mission from God

Lately I’ve been reading the 19th and early 20th century traveler’s accounts of what is now known as the Western Rift Valley and the Ituri Forest, Congo. Some are written by the famous ‘explorers’ such as H.M. Stanley, others written by scientists on expeditions in the area, and still others by missionaries. Reading these accounts…