Archives for July, 2010

On April 1, Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced strong new guidance on mountaintop removal permits, which, if applied rigorously, could prohibit most MTR operations and the resulting toxic dumping into streams and valleys. However, two weeks ago Lisa Jackson’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave the Army Corps of Engineers a green…

Walking around the lakes

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time at lakes, but the idea of walking around a lake hardly every occurred to me or anyone else. This might be because the lakes were either really big (like the Great Sacandaga Reservoir) or nestled into deep sided rock canyons carved out by glaciers,…

Item 1: Linux has perfectly good fonts these days, and they are getting better. Patents held by Apple Corporation did not allow basic technology (the Bytecode Interpreter)to be implemented in Linux fonts (without paying). FreeType (the Linux font system) worked around this and things were workable, but still, having the Apple technology would have been…

Really sucky environmental news

Plankton, base of ocean food web, in big decline Worldwide phytoplankton levels are down 40 percent since the 1950s, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The likely cause is global warming, which makes it hard for the plant plankton to get vital nutrients, researchers say.

Minnesota Atheists Radio is Back

Minnesota Atheist Talk Radio aired for some time on Sunday Mornings, and developed a nation-wide audience and became one of the more respected atheist related radio show/podcasts in North America. After a hiatus of several months, the show is back, ad a new and more convenient time slot, 8:00 Sunday Mornings on AM 950 KTNF.…

Earlier this week, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman warned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a letter that approving the Keystone XL pipeline would be “a step in the wrong direction” and criticized the State Department’s limited environmental impact statement about the pipeline. The proposed pipeline would transport 900,000 barrels of oil…

“You had me at tentacle”

Apropos this discussion, for your weekend entertainment:

He’s already got the hang of it.

The following video relates to this.

Skeptical Search Engine Update

So far, my new experimental Skeptical Search Engine has been used hundreds of times, and the top searchers are: deepak chopra homeopath ghost high fructose corn syrup god evolution zecharia sitchin creationism ghosts global warming ancient astronauts ufo pyramids egypt love vaccines methane bubble climate change pyramids fossil sirenia carbohydrates easter island acupuncture vaccine Gmos…