Archives for February, 2008

On corruption

Many innocent electrons have been spilt in discussions of John McCain’s apparent dalliance with a lobbyist from Paxson Communication. The discourse has largely focused on whether he had an affair (probably), and whether the New York Times and Washington Post did the right thing in reporting on it (definitely). I say he probably had an…

Lessig for Congress

It’s immensely exciting to see Larry Lessig thinking about a run for the House, filling the vacancy left by the passing of Tom Lantos. As Lessig notes, the other candidate in the primary is an exceptional politician, and he isn’t considering the run because of any animus against her. I’ve no doubt they will work…

Optimism

At DailyKos, known outpost of optimism, brownsox considers the National Review Online’s argument that Obama is a Communist half-Jew and, rather than banging his/her head repeatedly into a wall, simply concludes: Well, at least they’ve abandoned the “Muslim” thing… This is the power of hope. It is undoubtedly bolstered by Senator Obama’s fairly resounding victory…

The Intertubes

This excellent XKCD would go great with this excellent t-shirt. Suggestion: Wear the DS shirt to creationist events! I do.

Florida passes new science standards

The Florida Board of Education passed new science standards on a 4-3 vote. The old standards got an F in a national survey by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, which noted errors like the claim that “a thermometer measures the amount of heat absorbed by an object,” that “The classification of simple machines is naive?[e]nergetics…

Florida

Florida Citizens for Science is liveblogging the Florida Board of Education meeting on science standards.

On parables

I’m currently obsessed with my desire to cause various Floridians to be beaten with sacks of California oranges. For a sense of who I’d like to see pulped, check out Carl Hiassen’s excellent survey of the situation. In between fancying citrussy punishments for people who needlessly complicate science education, I’ve become aware that the framing…

The other white meat

Ken Ham squeals: It is so sad that millions of dollars are being spent on researching the universe, but the underlying philosophy is often that scientists want to find answers to how life arose, and in this case, ?from where diseases come from.? They are ?willingly ignorant? that the God of the universe has already…

At the blog for Expelled: No Intelligence, featuring Ben Stein, the producers insist “We?ll take Lincoln Day over Darwin Day?any day.” The whole thing is a pack of lies, ably dissected by PZ Myers. I couldn’t get past the first sentence before giving up on the rest: Until the late 1980?s when the generic ?President?s…

More on moral courage

Earlier I quoted Hillary Clinton asking: So when I hear Senator Obama talk about that, I wonder which fights he wouldn’t fight.? It’s all this kind of abstract, general talk about how we all need to get along. I want to get along, and I have gotten along in the Senate. I will work with…