Archives for November 13, 2012

Skeptically Thinking

Two items: 1) The recent episode of Skeptically Speaking on space is now a podcast. Details here. In almost any discussion of space exploration and observation, one question always arises. Why should we spend the money, when there are problems here on Earth? This week, we’re going to tackle this question, with a panel of…

Where to eat, not eat

Several restaurants are laying off employees, needlessly, as a form of passive aggressive snit in objection to Obamacare. They don’t want to have to give their employees health insurance. I think some of these companies are also known for having opposed Obama in the election, which is their right (corporations are people too, after all!)…

You probably already know that when Obama won the presidency a large number of people, many teenagers, tweeted racist comments about that. Funny story: I found out about the use of the n-word in relation to the re-elected President in one person’s tweet, so I figured I’d investigate. I went to twitter and entered the…

Increase in Antarctic Sea Ice

One of the most commonly winged-about facts of Earth’s climate change we hear from science denialists is that sea ice in the Antarctic is increasing, therefore, there is no global warming. The fact that every other measurement of temperature and ice-osity indicates warming and melting would make a normal person think of the Antarctic situation…

It is important to vote

If you had a friend or relative who didn’t vote at all, and for that reason someone you didn’t like got elected, then, naturally, you would run them over. Like this: Upset over the result of last week’s presidential election, an Arizona woman ran over her husband with her car, believing him to be directly…

Three only vaguely connected items that I thought you might want to know about: From Amanda Marcotte: Skepticon Demonstrates That Pro-Fun Means Anti-Harassment From Jessica at The Friendly Atheist: Uganda Passes ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill From Think by Numbers: Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs

Sungudogo is on Smashwords

Sungudogo, the highly entertaining and exciting adventure novella set in the Central African rain forest, which provides the Skeptics Movement with its own Origin Myth, has been available on the Kindle for a while now, but it is now also available on Smashwords, HERE. … Sungudogo is a little known zoological mystery, an “undiscovered” primate…

Newton and the Counterfeiter

The other side of the coin(age): Newton and the Counterfeiter 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 (later to be replaced by an Einsteinian world). The other was as…