Archives for July, 2010

On New Year’s Eve, 2009, Oscar Grant and his friends were taking BART back from the San Francisco celebrations to their homes in the East Bay. They were raucous at minimum, and reportedly started a fight on the train. Police pulled them off the train because of their behavior, and planned to arrest them. Grant…

Potty mouth

Shorter Senator David Vitter: What has abortion got to do with women? After reporters asked why Vitter assigned a women’s issues portfolio to an aide who had been charged with domestic violence after threatening his girlfriend with a knife. Vitter told the reporters: “he handled issues including abortion issues, including several other issues, but not…

So Pepsiblog has finally died. Seed will be having a conference call with us bloggers about how to mend the damage. Leave questions or comments to pass along in the comments. This was the only move they could make at this point, but it may have come to slowly to fix the reputation of ScienceBlogs.…

Science and Faith

Let’s set aside contentious topics like the PepsiBlog wars and try a nice, soothing discussion of science and religion. You’ll recall that, a month ago, I agreed with Chad Orzel that it was OK for the World Science Festival not to put a New/Affirmative/Explicit Atheist on their panel about Science and Faith. Then people got…

Some more on PepsiBlog

Scibling Superbug has a good summary of what’s wrong: Summing up: By including this corporate-written blog in its stable of otherwise independent blogs, and especially by presenting it in the same format as the independent blogs, with insufficient labeling and transparency, Sb has imperiled the credibility of all of its bloggers. The ethical shadow is…

More on Pepsi

More and more of the other ScienceBloggers have weighed in on the Pepsi-written nutrition blog being hosted here at SB. A few more have announced blogging sabbaticals or simply shuttered their SB blog and opened up shop elsewhere. In addition to a mea culpa sent to the bloggers, the overlords have made some adjustments to…

On corporate content

The ScienceBloggers have been whooping it up on Twitter, pissed as can be that PepsiCo has bought a blog on Scienceblogs to talk about nutrition and public health issues. This is very silly, and the tweeters have been working hard to come up with hypothetical examples that might match the absurdity of this situation. Bear…

Superdickery

So Chris Hitchens canceled his book tour in order to get cancer treatment, and some douchebag is crowing about it, saying that it’s all part of God’s great plan. You see, it’s a slow-growing cancer, which will give Hitchens time to recant his neocon imperialism atheism. PZ’s response is exactly right: your god is clearly…

Happy Canadia Day, Canadians!

Enjoy this celebration penned by Canadia’s finest cartoonist, Kate Beaton:

Poet Laureate

Ever since I edited my high school poetry magazine, I’ve been a fan of W. S. Merwin, both as a poet and as a translator of poetry. In honor of his selection as US Poet Laureate, here is one of my favorites – Separation by W. S. Merwin: Your absence has gone through me Like…