Archives for December, 2006

Good news! Anti-Torture Statute Used to Indict Son of Liberia’s Ex-Leader: The Justice Department invoked a 12-year-old federal anti-torture statute for the first time yesterday, indicting the son of former Liberian president Charles Taylor in connection with the alleged use of a hot iron, scalding water and an electrical device to shock and burn an…

Kansas Guild of Bloggers reminder

The Kansas Guild of Bloggers will be hosted here next Monday. If you have a post that’s even vaguely about, from or of interest in Kansas, send it to me via the web form, or just leave a comment here.

Will Kansas follow or lead?

After a long delay, New Jersey approves $270 million for stem-cell research: In 2004, Gov. James E. McGreevey signed a bill to establish the country?s first state-supported stem-cell research institute ? New Jersey also earned the distinction of becoming the second state in the nation, after California, to approve a law specifically legalizing embryonic stem-cell…

Help the Goodyear Strikers

Workers at a Topeka Goodyear plant have been part of a national strike by the United Steelworkers, seeking retirement security and job safety. You can sign a petition to support the workers as the strike heads into the holidays. And given that 16,000 USW workers nationwide are going to be on strike through the holidays,…

If only

If only we had some sort of way to detect design. It would be so handy. The DI complaints blog is up in arms over a claim of plagiarism against Judge Jones. Not for his use of proposed findings of fact and law in his ruling in the Dover trial, but over this passage from…

Baiji dolphin, R.I.P.

China’s white dolphin called extinct after 20 million years: An expedition searching for a rare Yangtze River dolphin ended Wednesday without a single sighting and with the team’s leader saying one of the world’s oldest species was effectively extinct. The white dolphin known as baiji, shy and nearly blind, dates back some 20 million years.…

Michael Crichton strikes back

After New Republic writer Michael Crowley criticized Crichton’s claims about climate change a character with the same name and biography showed up in his latest novel. The same biography plus one other thing, the MIck Crowley in Next by Michael Crichton is a child rapist, an heir to a pharmaceutical fortune, and a “dickhead.” (Whether…

The Demarcation Problem and Truth

Telic Thoughts responds (sort of) to a point I made yesterday. In the course of arguing that creationists and postmodernists talk about science the same way ? as “microfascist,” etc. ? I pointed out a TT post with some confused thoughts on demarcation between science and non-science. Macht replies: I wasn’t talking about what was…

Which are you?

Which Historical Lunatic Are You?From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey. This followed a brief stint as one of the Kings of France. Fans of Neil Gaiman’s excellent Sandman will remember Emperor Norton’s story anthologized in The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections.

A month or so back, someone very strange published an article explaining how evidence based medicine is “fascist.” Evidence based medicine, of course “is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.” How horribly fascist. Indeed, the main individual targeted for “fascism” was himself…