Archives for November 15, 2012

For a long time I ignored the White House petitions, mostly, because their sign in system was messing with me and I spend very little time on web sites that mess with me. But they seem to have fixed that problem and now I can actually read what is going on there and participate in…

Most Distant Galaxy Found (So Far)

So far indeed. It is blobbish and small, but interesting. From NASA: PASADENA, Calif. – By combining the power of NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature’s own natural “zoom lenses” in space, astronomers have set a new record for finding the most distant galaxy seen in the universe. The farthest galaxy…

Everything is political: Some books

The best politically oriented book of the year that I know of is without doubt Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Rachel Maddow. It is a must read and you will love it. A quick description:

It costs a little over 300 bucks per show to put Atheists Talk on the air. You’ve heard Don Prothero, Jennifr McCreight, John Hawks, Kevin Zelnio, John Abraham, Shaw Otto, Maggie Koerth Baker, Ed Brayton, Desiree Schell, Martin Rundkvist, Yusie Chow, Neil deGrasse Tyson, PZ Myers, Ira Flatow, Lynn Fellman, Genie Scott of NCSE, Masimo…

The Mysterious Black People of Maine

I’ve not been to Maine in years, but there was a time when I frequented the state and knew it pretty well. And, my recollection is that almost everybody there is white or whitish. Hardly any black people. I looked it up just now: Maine is 12th from the bottom among us states in terms…

Savita Halappanavar’s Death

As you know, it was recently reported that a woman named Savita Halappanavar was killed in an Irish hospital when she was not given proper medical treatment for religious reasons. One of the last conversations she had was with hospital employees who told her and her husband that this was an “Irish Catholic Hospital” so…