Archives for April, 2010

What do we think of the Teabaggers?

According to a recent poll, the vast majority of Americans think that the Teabaggers are ignorant racist dumb-asses. Click here to vote. Website Polls Powered By MicroPoll

Summer Reading List

Julia is going overseas for most of the summer, and she is putting together her reading list. I’m sure she’ll put together a fine list. But we live in a culture in which we are compelled to suggest to high school students what they might want to read, especially in preparation for college. I’ve looked…

We talk to Sherman K. Stein, mathematician and author of “Survival Guide for Outsiders: How To Protect Yourself From Politicians, Experts, and Other Insiders.” What makes us so susceptible to social influence, and how can we guard against being manipulated? And Matthew Linsdell on Personal Training This Friday at 6 PM MST

Well, OK, technically if a man is wearing chains he’s not really naked. Whatever. The question at hand is, was sex in skepticism before women showed up? And, when they showed up with their bobbies and all, did they ruin it for everyone? Read more.

This is the opening paragraph which gets you very interested in the topic.


I’m using the Internet connection of some neighbor who’s name is “linksys” because my 6 year old wireless router died this morning. I have had a GI disease of some kind for the last few days which has made it impossible to eat pain meds. Ouch ouch ouch. Tomorrow, I get oral surgery. I blew…

Republicans Scuttle Climate Change, Immigration Reform, and Their Own Credibility. I can’t wait until the Hispanic vote totally abandons the Republican party. Because they are certainly working on that. (Note the Phillipe Rushton/Bell Curve, Psychometrics link)

Knife throwing is for real. This came up on a different thread. Although it is possible to make a fake stage act that involves what looks like knife throwing, that is actually fairly rare. It is easier to learn to throw the knife than to make a contraption that would actually fool today’s skeptical audiences.…

I felt prettty sick all day, so I was unable to attend our local boobquake dinner. But I have been monitoring the seismographs. It is in fact somewhat rare to have an earthquake of 6.0 or greater on a given day. There are about 200 a year at that level, and they are random, and…

Checkmate, atheists!