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Archives for May, 2006

Slashdot reports, that the Seattle PI reports, that: Beginning next month [June 7th], Washington residents who play poker or make other types of wagers on the Internet will be committing a Class C felony, equivalent under the law to possessing child pornography, threatening the governor or torturing an animal. Although the head of the state…

This is a marmot – essentially a giant squirrel – which eats grass, leaves, flowers, fruit, grasshoppers, and bird eggs. Apparently, they are overrunning Prosser (Wa), and people are worried about their pets: “Can you imagine what they’d do to cats?” asked resident Dick Bain. Yes, Dick, I can. They’d do absolutely nothing to cats,…

Probably the best title ever

for a law journal article.

Question of the Week #4, Followup

Here I answered out overlord’s question of the week, namely: Since they’re funded by taxpayer dollars (through the NIH, NSF, and so on), should scientists have to justify their research agendas to the public, rather than just grant-making bodies? This press release is therefore particularly apt: Americans support free access to research Poll results show…

Don’t really know what to make of this. National Review Online has unleashed its “top 50 conservative rock songs of all time” featuring such noted conservative thinkers as The Who, The Beatles, The Sex Pistols, and Blink 182. By the time I read ?Rock the Casbah? by The Clash (#20), the sound of Joe Strummer…

Question of the Week, #4

The mothership asks: Since they’re funded by taxpayer dollars (through the NIH, NSF, and so on), should scientists have to justify their research agendas to the public, rather than just grant-making bodies? I reply: No. Every two years the NSF publishes its Sciencen & Engineering Indicators (2004 results are here), and every two years results…

Quentin? Quentin?

What horrible Edward Gorey Death will you die? You will sink in a mire. You like to think you’re normal, but deep down you really just want to strip off your clothes and roll around in chicken fat.Take this quiz! Sinking in a mire is what I do every grading time, I fear. Via the…

Apparently Bill Frist has decided that constitutional ammendments against flag-burning and gay marriage are vital to national well-being. Speaking on Faux News, Frist was asked: HOST: Are gay marriage and flag burning the most important issues the Senate can be addressing in June of 2006? Below the fold, I give Frist’s reply and some comments.

On existentialism

Last night I watched Richard Linklater’s movie Waking Life (2001). Overall, I wasn’t terribly impressed, especially when it featured a chemist (Eamonn F. Healy of St Edwards University) spouting on about evolution. This piece, by Robert Solomon (Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin), on the other hand, struck me as offering a good statement for…

More sheep-like behavior

PZ and Grrrlscientist are doing it, so why not. If you compare our graphs, you can detect the elements we all share due to Sb’s site design. [Websites as Graphics]