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Wading through the government, one missing document at a time . . .

Wading through the government, one missing document at a time . . .

OK, bear with me here. I’m still processing the adventure a friend and I had earlier this week as we attempted to elicit information, of the public record kind, from our country’s federal bureaucracy. I accompanied my friend on a quest for information about a long-deceased relative. Wow. After only a small glimpse into the […]

June 6, 2007 | By | 11 Replies More
On sharing meat and other lucky things

On sharing meat and other lucky things

When are we likely to share resources?  At first glance, some of us might say that we share when we have more of something than other people around us.  It’s not that simple, however. In “Evolutionary Psychology, Moral Heuristics in the Law,” Leda Cosmides and John Tooby discuss moral heuristics and the evolution of the […]

June 5, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
But there’s a real war going on

But there’s a real war going on

I’ve often complained that my home town’s once-great newspaper has completely lost its way. Here’s more proof.  There’s a real war going on.   Real people are dying for no good reason and the U.S. is funding this war.   This tragic story of what is going on and why should be front page material until the killing […]

June 5, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Heavily fortified vacant train repair yard

Heavily fortified vacant train repair yard

A friend referred me to this video about a strange government facility in a low-crime area in Indiana.  Interesting stuff.   Any ideas of what this is?   It does look as though the governmnent plans to put a bunch of people into this space.   On the other hand, maybe this is just another example of the […]

June 5, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Hilton Rooming on the State’s Dime

Hilton Rooming on the State’s Dime

Paris Hilton, reality show star, accidental internet hardcore porn celebrity, and heiress to part of the Hilton hotel fortune is spending the next three weeks in the celebrity wing of the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood for a conviction for drunk driving, driving on a suspended license, probation violation, and reckless endangerment. My question […]

June 4, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
In case anyone is keeping track

In case anyone is keeping track

The Pentagon today announced the deaths of 14 more U.S. troops, bringing the total acknowledged U.S. troop deaths to 3,493 — just seven shy of yet another grim milestone…which will probably be surpassed by the time anyone reads this post.  Has anyone else noticed that the river of American blood is continuing to flow, despite (or probably […]

June 3, 2007 | By | 8 Replies More
What turns children into science-resistant adults?

What turns children into science-resistant adults?

In the May 18, 2007 edition of Science (available only to subscribers online), Paul Bloom and Deena Skolnick Weisberg consider why so many adults resist science.  They cite a 2005 Pew Trust poll finding that 42% of people believe that humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.  Most people who […]

June 2, 2007 | By | 19 Replies More
New journal for aspiring creationists: International Journal of Creation Research

New journal for aspiring creationists: International Journal of Creation Research

It’s called the International Journal for Creation Research.  I would call it The-Draw-The-Curve-Then-Plot-The-Data-Journal.   After all, the end result is already guaranteed.  It’s just a matter of getting out into the field to drum up evidence to support this foregone conclusion, no matter how tenuous.  The Journal is sponsored by the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School, […]

June 2, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
Idyllic Youth

Idyllic Youth

The other day I heard a local talk show host, bemoaning a recent case of child molestation involving a 14-year-old and a 5-year-old, wax problematic on how times have gotten so harsh for kids, that he wished we could return to a “time when kids could just be kids.  Could be innocent.” I wondered, twisted […]

June 1, 2007 | By | 8 Replies More