Archives for August 4, 2010

First, the horrific, over the top, original video: Then, the funny version:

Which we already knew, but now the gummit knows it too. Details

For now. This just in from the National Center for Science Education: Creationism won’t be taught in the public schools of Livingston Parish, Louisiana — at least not yet. The Baton Rouge Advocate (August 1, 2010) reports that “The Livingston Parish School Board won’t try to include the teaching of creationism in this year’s curriculum,…

Do you remember when, in an act of slap-in-the-face cynicism (that American Environmentalists accepted with little protest) Ronald Regan took the previously deployed (and largely symbolic) solar panels off of the roof of the white house? Bill Clinton did not restore them. Bush … well, whatever. And Obama has not restored them either. Time to…

… emerged Huxley: No, no, not THAT Huxley, THIS Huxley: Please visit Cocktail Party Physics for an amazing essay on Thomas Henry Huxley (who is indeed the namesake of the other Huxley). Read: How East London defined “Darwin’s Bulldog” and brought him into conflict with the world’s most dangerous anarchist.

It is well established among those who carry out, analyze, and report pre-employment performance testing that slope-based bias in those tests is rare. Why is this important? Look at the following three graphs from a recent study by Aguinis, Culpepper and Pierce (2010):

Did you know that Isaac Newton had two jobs? One, you know about: To figure out all that physics and math stuff so we could live for a while in a Newtonian world. The other was as th big honcho of the Royal Mint. Where they make the money.

Federal Judge Vaughn Walker has decided to uphold … or overturn … California’s highly controversial and uncivilized Propositoi 8, which bans marriage between two people who fail to meet arbitrary gender-based criteria specified in the proposition. Some call this the first test of the constitutionality of the law, but that is, of course, absurd. The…

Another bear maneno in Yellowstone

Park mangers say they euthanized “an aggressive, habituated, and human-food-conditioned black bear” Tuesday out of “concern for visitor safety.” But it was also a result of stupid people making unnatural food available to the bear. The adult female bear had been seen frequenting the Slough Creek area in the park’s north central area. The bear…

In Iran, there was NOT an assassination attempt on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Here is a picture of him not being assassinated as his bodyguards don’t react to anything as startled onlookers glance at the cite where there was not an explosion behind them. (Photograph from Reuters, in The Guardian, which is NOT reporting anything.) The BBC…