Archives for July 24, 2009

Nor, enigmatically, is he a Marxist! It is impossible for me to summarize this. You must simply go read it. Interesting mix of religious and racial politics, South African humor and South African anger. Have a look.

Or for that matter, a 17 year old in Zambia? For the former, click here, for the latter, click here, and see wht they’ve got over on Digital Rabbit, the blog about the world wide water crisis.

UPDATED (based on feedback from commenters, new information, and some other data) Is racial bias ever a factor in police work? Was racial bias a factor in GatesGate, the recent incident in Cambridge Massachusetts involving Harvard scholar Skip Gates and the Cambridge Police? Here, I want to relate an incident in which I was involved…

The vast majority of objections that have been raised to proposed US hate crime legislation are nothing more than politically motivated (and hateful) knee-jerk reactions by yahooistic wingnuts. But that is just my opinion. Which is correct. But if want a more dispassionate and exacting discussion of this issue, you must read this piece by…

Sting catches evil PC repair guys!

So a laptop with a half-unplugged memory chip is brought into a shop. The techie fixes it right way, and calls the owner to tell her that a new mother board is needed. In the mean time, he’s looking through private photos on the hard drive. That was one of several documented events chronicled in…

From the NCSE: Three historians of science are unhappy about their treatment in a creationist movie about Darwin, as they explain in a note in the July 2009 Newsletter of the History of Science Society. Peter Bowler, Janet Browne, and Sandra Herbert write, “We have recently been featured in a documentary film, ‘The Voyage that…