Archives for June, 2007

Carnival of the Liberals

At World Wide Webers.

Random Ten

It’s been a while since I did one of these: “Crush On You“ by Bruce Springsteen from the album The River (1980, 3:11). “Carrot Juice Is Murder“ by The Arrogant Worms from the album Gift Wrapped, The Best of the Arrogant Worms (2002, 3:29). “Might“ by Modest Mouse from the album This is a Long…

How we created Hamas

A theme of Season 4 of The Wire is the way that we create programs that work, and then let those programs fall apart for lack of political will. (I suppose that’s the lesson of “Hamsterdam” in season 3, as well.) Mr. Presbo took a student under his wing, helped him clean up his life,…

T-shirt a trois

I love Threadless, I love Seed magazine, and apparently, Seed loves Threadless. We’re all a big happy family. Threadless, for those of you out of the loop, is a website where users can post t-shirt designs, other users can rate the designs, and they print and sell the top-rated shirts. Our overlords at the Seed…

Technical issues

The computer I usually blog from is having technical issues, so TfK is going to be intermittent for a little while while I sort things out.

It’s fairly common to hear the claim that religious belief in America has been very stable over the years. That’s true to some extent, but a look at Gallup’s long-term trend data suggests that the long-term stability may be changing, and that change corresponds nicely with the Bush era or perhaps the “war on terror.”…

Happy birthday, J.D.

J.D. started blogging 5 years ago yesterday. Go wish him many happy returns. For those keeping track, TfK will turn three years old on August 4, and will celebrate our anniversary at Scienceblogs on August 20.

One hundred forty eight Republicans voted against the bill funding Homeland Security operations. Speaker Pelosi explained: The bill funds the hiring of 3,000 new border patrol agents, rejects the cuts President Bush sought in the training and equipping of first responders, and improves aviation and port security. It also includes strong accountability measures to make…

In an encouraging ruling, a judge in Washington ruled that salmon raised in hatcheries cannot be considered as if they were equivalent to the wild populations: His decision flatly rejects the idea that if enough salmon can be produced in hatcheries, there is little need to protect wild stocks. It also strikes down what environmentalists…

A paper by Notre Dame’s David Campbell (PDF link) finds that evangelicals are more likely to vote for a Republican when they live in a community with more people who do not identify with any religion. Building on a tradition of research in race relations which tests whether integrated communities foster greater social acceptance or…