Archive for May, 2008

What can you do when the police dig through your garbage without your permission?

| May 31, 2008 | 3 Replies
What can you do when the police dig through your garbage without your permission?

What can you do if the police dig through your garbage without your permission?   You  get even by digging through their garbage.   Willamette Weekly published this article back in 2002. Their idea was both simple and effective.  Whose garbage did they investigate?: We chose District Attorney Mike Schrunk because his office is the most vocal […]

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Complacency

| May 31, 2008 | 2 Replies
Complacency

I’ve been following various articles in my local newspaper and local television “news,” looking for some recognition of the seriousness of the problem with soaring energy prices. This problem is entirely predictable by reference to the simple economic relationship between supply and demand. We’ve got a finite diminishing supply of cheap energy sources on this […]

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Arrogance and the pale blue dot

| May 30, 2008 | Reply
Arrogance and the pale blue dot

I found this link at Andrew Sullivan’s site, The Daily Dish. Consider, also, this post on Carl Sagan’s point that most religions fail to consider the rest of the universe.

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Corporate media executives forced reporters to write pro-Bush pro-war stories

| May 29, 2008 | 2 Replies
Corporate media executives forced reporters to write pro-Bush pro-war stories

We all know that the media networks helped beat the drums to invade Iraq. It’s clear from these stats: out of the 343 interviews conducted by network news prior to the Iraq invasion, only three involved an antiwar spokesperson. Glenn Greenwald has now shown the incredible extent to which the corporate media executives snuffed out […]

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If you are exposed to arguments that there is no free will, you’ll be more likely to cheat

| May 29, 2008 | 2 Replies
If you are exposed to arguments that there is no free will, you’ll be more likely to cheat

Ouch! The serious study of philosophy or neuroscience might make you less moral. That’s my take-away from a recent article: “The Value of Believing in Free Will: Encouraging a Belief in Determinism Increases Cheating,” by Kathleen D. Vohs and Jonathan W. Schooler. This particular article by Vohs and Schooler purports to find a direct link […]

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Why does gasoline cost so much?

| May 29, 2008 | 5 Replies
Why does gasoline cost so much?

There’s a lot of bad information floating around on the Internet.  For instance, many conservatives blame environmental regulations, but this argument is way off base.   Why?  Because 75% of the cost of gasoline is in the cost of the crude oil, not in the refining. At Salon.com, Andrew Leonard spells it all out succinctly: But […]

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Yet more cartoons – Today’s topic is oil.

| May 28, 2008 | Reply
Yet more cartoons – Today’s topic is oil.

Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner Mike Lester, The Rome News-Tribune Parker, Florida Today Pavel Constantin, Romania Parker, Florida Today

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Science is Taught Backwards In Schools

| May 28, 2008 | 4 Replies
Science is Taught Backwards In Schools

I started thinking about the the “reductionist attitude” in presenting science when I read Erich’s Post To deal with “arrogant” scientists we need to move beyond reductionism and break the “Galilean Spell” (from May 7, 2008). Curricula seem to begin with biology, work through chemistry, and finally introduce physics. If English were taught categorically as […]

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People who eat people . . .

| May 28, 2008 | Reply
People who eat people . . .

There’s a new book out on cannibalism, in case you’re interested.  And, yes, you are interested.  It’s called “Among the Cannibals: Adventures on the Trail of Man’s Darkest Ritual” (Smithsonian Books, 278 pages. $25.95), by Paul Raffaele.  Here’s a short summary by Malcolm Ritter. Here’s an eerie thought: In a world where we worry about […]

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