Archives for July, 2007

Meet your government

Secretary of State, and former National Security Advisor, Condoleeza Rice explains: I’m a terrible long-term planner. In late 2000, National Security Advisor-designate Rice published an article describing the many ways in which US foreign policy would have to deal with China in the new administration. Richard Clarke then the counterterrorism czar, had trouble scheduling meetings…

The KC Star explains: ?In the interests of harmony I decided we?ll just take it off,? said Kline spokesman Brian Burgess, who maintains the taxpayer-funded site for the district attorney?s office. ?But I won?t rule out putting something there again. ?Going forward,? Burgess said, ?I will try to be a little more sensitive to differing…

Pareidolia in economics

Via Cosmic Variance, we learn of the complex statistical analysis presented here, originally from the Wall Street Journal and based on work from the American Enterprise Institute. The curve labeled the “Laffer curve” is not meant to make you “laff,” it is actually an example of the psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia. More famous examples…

A White House spokesman explained that the president will veto a proposal in Congress because it “would dramatically expand the Children’s Health Insurance Program, … encouraging many to drop private coverage, to go on the government-subsidized program.” One can see why the President would not want to help poorer children get health insurance at low…

‘Nother Random Ten

“Love hides“ by The Doors from the album Absolutely Live (1970, 1:48). “Tonight’s The Night“ by Neil Young from the album Live Rust (1979, 7:12). ?One Too Many Mornings? by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash from an unreleased album (1969, 4:05). “So Cruel“ by U2 from the album Achtung Baby (1991, 5:48). “Snail Shell“ by…

Random Ten

“Clothes Of Sand“ by Nick Drake from the album Made To Love Magic (2004, 2:31). “Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 17 a 2 Clavier“ by Glenn Gould from the album The Goldberg Variations – Glenn Gould Plays Bach (1981, 1:21). Do you prefer the 1955 album? “Mardi Gras In New Orleans“ by Professor Longhair from…

The Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita announced the birth of a 60 pound baby girl rhino. She will be named by the winner of an auction in September. The unnamed rhino was born to Bibi, the second Eastern Black Rhinoceros in the US obtained from a Japanese zoo. A survey in 2001 found fewer than…

In my reaction to Bora’s interview with Senator Edwards, I focussed on the importance of institutional safeguards for government scientists and presidential science advisors. In particular, I cited the way that President Bush misrepresents the scientific support for his stem cell policies from scientists in his administration and in the community of scientists at large.…

At the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office Home Page, Phill Kline (the extra “l” is for loser) pimps a WingNutDaily column by local conspiracy theorist Jack Cashill (HT: KSDP Buffalo Blog). Kline’s heading for the article is “WorldNetDaily coverage of Morrison / Tiller controversy,” an accurate enough description which fails to establish why it belongs…

Flex your graphic design skills

The National Center for Science Education is looking for a new logo. The nation’s premier force standing up for accurate science education has decided that their old logo lacks pizzazz. They want to enlist the vast online evolutionist cabal and naturally select the very finest ideas. Send your intelligently designed logo to them by August…