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Archives for September, 2006

"The will of the Great Decider"

Sullivan on the MCA bill: Whatever else this is, it is not a constitutional democracy. It is a thinly-veiled military dictatorship, subject to only one control: the will of the Great Decider. And the war that justifies this astonishing attack on American liberty is permanent, without end. … All I know is that al Qaeda…

Saturday Football

Unranked ASU is playing #14 Oregon. I was supposed to be at the game, but had to attend to family business instead. At the half it is 24-3 for the Ducks, despite ASU having nearly five minutes extra possession, less penalties, and less turnovers. We don’t have a quarterback (Carpenter is 5 for 14, 29 yards,…

Public Service Announcement

Remember folks, Kip Hawley is an idiot.

Will someone please think of the children?

Dembski breathlessly announces the latest front in the ID war on science – they’ve been unable to convince any relevent scientists, so they go straight to the children: The Darwinists have had your young people long enough to shape, subvert, and corrupt. Send them to www.overwhelmingevidence.com and mobilize this sleeping giant! The old guard is…

A request

Does any reader have a scan of this picture of William Butler Yeats? I’ve seen it on some versions of the complete works of Yeats, but the only version I can find online via GIS is 404ing and is small (~300×300). Also, does anyone know the providence of the photo? Email me at john dot…

More on MCA

As Jack Cafferty notes, the MCA 2006 bill passed by the Senate yesterday snuck in a clause that absolves the Bush administration of any potential war crimes that may have occurred since 11th September 2001. Handy. It is also revealling to look at the ammendments that were voted down: One that would have struck the…

Kind of Blue

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the death of one of the great musical artists of the 20th century, Miles Davis.

It’s now legal …

for the government to torture and indefinitely detain individuals without criminal charge. HR 6166 (“the Military Commissions Act of 2006″) passed 65 to 34 in the Senate, with 12 Democrats (including, surprise, surprise, Lieberman – but neither of the AZ Democrats) voting with the Republicans (only one of whom, Lincoln Chafee, dissented from his party line).…

Ecological Footprint

Over at the World’s Fair, Ben and David have posted results from their taking of the Earth Day Ecological Footprint quiz. Here are my results: CATEGORY / ACRES FOOD / 5.4MOBILITY / 1.7SHELTER / 6.9 GOODS/SERVICES / 7.9 TOTAL FOOTPRINT / 22 IN COMPARISON, THE AVERAGE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT IN YOUR COUNTRY IS 24 ACRES PER…

Mooney sighting

Just got back from a pleasant evening spent with my fellow SciBling Chris Mooney. Chris gave a great talk here in Tempe which not only gave the gist of his book, The Republican War on Science, but also detailed positive ways in which things can be changed. Needless to say, scientists bear some of the…