Archives for March, 2010

Ari Fleischer had to resign as Tiger Woods PR advisor when it became clear that Fleischer is still less trusted than the massively dishonest Woods. Apparently people are quicker to forgive overwhelming infidelity than shilling for George Bush’s invasions of various nations and of our own civil liberties.

HCR

Just watched the House pass the Health Care Reform bill. It’s history at work, an achievement on the scale of Social Security and Medicare, a civil rights bill of a sort we haven’t seen since the 1960s. President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and indeed Majority Leader Reid all deserve to take a bow. Even without the…

ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE

Shorter Richard Sternberg: Beginning to Decipher the SINE Signal: If science fiction weren’t fiction, ID would be really good science. In responding tangentially to our earlier criticism of him for employing arguments of a paranoid schizophrenic nature which treated movies as if they were evidence of how science works, Sternberg pens an essay in which…

Seeing things in a new light

I don’t care for North Korea. It’s a repressive Stalinist cult, walled off from reality. But sometimes they find a nut: A government official in North Korea blamed for the nation’s currency devaluation has been executed by the state. “Pak Nam-gi, who was reportedly sacked in January as chief of the planning and finance department…

May they shrink up and blow away

Kevin Drum surveys California politics: It’s like living in a Lewis Carroll novel, except with real people. Assuming you still consider California Republicans to be real people, that is. The inspiration? In order to tackle a massive deficit, Democrats were willing to cut a billion dollars out of transit funding — a traditional Democratic priority…

Disco. fever in the brain

Shorter Richard Sternberg for the Disco. ‘Tute: Ayala and Falk Miss the Signs in the Genome: We should learn how to do science by watching movies. For reference, actual Sternberg: In this and subsequent posts, I will provide other sorts of evidence that so-called “junk DNA” is not junk at all, but functional. We have…

Doomed to repeat it

Shorter Ginni Thomas in WaPo: Wife of Justice Thomas starts group for ‘citizen activists’: Caesar’s wife was a pussy. Actual spokeswoman for Mrs. Thomas, who recently started a teabagging group using corporate funds as permitted by her husband’s vote on Citizens United: “She did not give up her First Amendment rights when her husband became…

Pi Day!

Let it be said, before explaining the lore of Pi Day, that we’re planning to have pie, not cake, at my wedding in August. I adore pie in its many forms. I like eating it and I like baking it. Every year, I get to celebrate pie at least twice. First on March 14, ideally…

Fame!

One of my colleagues from Scienceblogs.com.br contacted me a week or so ago to talk about creationists and global warming deniers, and I just checked and his story for Brazil’s largest paper is online. Frankly, I think I gave him one of my juicier quotes: “Dos negacionistas do aquecimento global, a maioria é motivada principalmente…

Attention conservation notice: A couple thousand words of reply to questions about why I think NCSE does what it does, delivered in my capacity as a random blogger not as an NCSE staffer. People who don’t care about accommodationism or about how I read the NCSE website should probably just go back to pondering diehard…