Archives for December, 2006

Preferring what works

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said, in Arabic to a Palestinian audience: In the past, they said: “Under no circumstances will we accept a state, unless it includes all of Palestine, because Palestine is a land of Islamic endowment.” Fine. This doesn’t work. I can say: “We demand all of the land,”…

While she couldn’t block Phill Kline’s selection as District Attorney, Governor Sebelius didn’t have to sign the paper granting him the post. At the time when the selection by GOP officials took effect, the governor said: With the overwhelming election of Paul Morrison as Attorney General — an outcome even more pronounced in Johnson County…

Anomalos

Thanks to Ed Brayton for revealing the existence of Anomalos Publishing. This new Christian publisher is excited to announce: We are working on a project right now with an author who has written a phenomenal piece of fiction that will blow the lid off the creationism/intelligent design vs evolution debate. I’ve gotten my hopes up…

Tangled Bank #69

Salto sobrius brings us Tangled Bank 69: War on Christmas, the last couple week’s best scienceish blogging.

Go to Participate.net and get one of 50,000 DVDs of the famed documentary. I presume this resolves whatever issues had emerged between the National Science Teachers and the film’s producers.

In Russia, whips drug YOU

Yes, I’m stealing Yakov Smirnoff jokes, but it’s true. According to Improbable Research, Russian scientists have tested a theory: If a depressed individual receives a physical punishment, whipping that is, it will stir up endorphin receptors, activate the ?production of happiness? and eventually remove depressive feelings. Russian scientists recommend the following course of the whipping…

Flip-floppers

Senator Brownback decided to back down on his wacky crusade against a judge who attended a lesbian commitment ceremony. Whether this will help him or hurt him in Iowa and especially South Carolina is unclear. I continue to find it deeply disturbing to find Sam Brownback being treated as an increasingly serious candidate for president.…

The Guild rides again

The Kansas Guild of Bloggers returns this week with the finest of the Sunflower State’s blogging. Paul Decelles rightly notes that “One Dobson is one too many.” In responding to Dobson’s erroneous claims about the parenting ability of gays and lesbians (like our Vice-President’s now pregnant daughter), Decelles describes Dobson’s strategy as “tell a lie…

Tradeable fishing quotas

This is excellent news. The Magnuson-Stevens fisheries act which passed not long ago has a lot of measures to cut overfishing in the oceans. Many important fish species have been fished to the breaking point, and need serious efforts to allow them to recover. This isn’t just a matter of protecting seafood restaurants, it’s also…

The ideology of a cancer cell

Ed Abbey, in a great essay on development in Arizona (anthologized in One Life at a Time, Please), commented that “the religion of endless growth ? like any religion based on blind faith rather than reason ? is a kind of mania, a form of lunacy, indeed a disease. And the one disease to which…