Archives for March, 2008

The slow march

Pew reports: Public awareness of the number of American military fatalities in Iraq has declined sharply since last August. Today, just 28% of adults are able to say that approximately 4,000 Americans have died in the Iraq war. As of March 10, the Department of Defense had confirmed the deaths of 3,974 U.S. military personnel…

Superreaders!

Our Seed overlords have created a way to reward the loyal Scienceblogs readers. If you’d like to be part of this elite squad, shoot me an email today (Thursday). Basically, you’ll be asked to read Scienceblogs (as you do already), and bookmark a few posts a week to a special account at del.icio.us. Those bookmarked…

Where we live

Via BoingBoing, we find this graphic by Adam Nieman/Science Photo Library. On the left, a globe with all the water collected into a tiny marble, and on the right, a globe with all the air collected into a marble. We think of ourselves occupying the globe, but really, those two tiny spheres are all we…

Michael Heller, this year’s Templeton Prize winner, may be more willing to merge science and religion than many scientists are, but he’s no pal of ID. In a statement at the press conference announcing the award, he explained: Adherents of the so-called intelligent design ideology commit a grave theological error. They claim that scientific theories,…

Geraldine Ferraro: I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. More precisely, they’re attacking her because she told a Los Angeles paper: If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color), he would not be in this position. He happens to…

Off-message

In an article arguing that “sniping by aides hurt Clinton?s image as manager,” this quote from senior adviser Harold Ickes doesn’t help: ?It?s hard to draw conclusions about her management style,? he said, ?because she is, in fact, not the manager of her campaign.? The image projected in the piece is that Clinton has left…

More random music

Because it’s that sort of day. “Prairie Fire That Wanders About” by Sufjan Stevens from the album Illinoise (2005, 2:11). “License to Kill” by Bob Dylan from the album Infidels (1983, 3:34). “Spirit in the Night” by Bruce Springsteen from the album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973, 5:00). “Remedy” by The Black Crowes from…

On language

Yesterday, Pulitzer-winning author and Obama advisor Samantha Power told reporters: “We f***** up in Ohio,” she admitted. “In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio’s the only place they can win. “She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping…

Dawkins blogwar, part 5,039,108

What John said: those of us who do not condemn someone for holding religious beliefs were caricatured as “feeling good that someone has religion somewhere”. Bullshit. That is not why we dislike the Us’n’Themism of TGD. We dislike it because no matter what other beliefs an intelligent person may hold, so long as they accept…

The Cost of War

The American Friends Service Committee has a great video about the cost of the war in Iraq: