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Category Archives: Science

Shock from the South

Sometimes, surprising signs of hope from the most unlikely places. The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) voted in favor of two policy amendments proposed by outgoing president Thomas Robichaux at last night’s December meeting at McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School. Robichaux’s updates included adding “zero tolerance,” among other discipline actions, to its “bullying, intimidation, […]

Very warm out there

I had to go to court in Hartford this afternoon. When I left the thermometer in my car read 86 degrees. It was very pleasant, but extremely unnatural. I’m assuming the folks on Fox and Friends will be acknowledging that an anomalous warm day proves Al Gore was right.

Something completely different

My RSS feeder is clogged with feeds, to the point where I am “fed” about 2000 new articles a day, of which I can only read a fraction. Nonetheless, I keep adding to them, and I would plug the newest addition. By way of background, I enjoy science blogs, particularly those devoted to evolution. One […]

Blue snow

My wife and I have spent the better part of the day digging out from the snowstorm, doing the driveway in stages. I noticed something I never had before; some of the shoveled snow has a faint blue cast to it. I don’t think I was imagining it, since my wife saw it too. I […]

We think we have troubles

When events like Katrina, the Gulf Oil Spill, or phenomena like Global Warming get you down, remember, it could be worse-lot’s worse. Consider the theoretically possible, and now certainly former, inhabitants of the planet depicted below, which is currently in the process of being eaten whole by what may have formerly been a beneficent Sun. […]

Reality based

Just got finished watching Obama give a speech to the Illinois Lincoln Society. It probably won’t be noticed much, but he noted that today is Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday as well as Lincoln’s. He made the remark in the context of urging a return to a respect for science, implying, if not saying that Darwin […]

More bad news for Republicans

Just when the Republicans thought things couldn’t get any worse, science goes and invents a drug that might just doom them to political extinction. It’s called Provigil. Now it’s fairly obvious that any drug that makes you happy should be banned, as should any drug that expands your mind. But drugs like that aren’t half […]

Expelled

Regular readers of the excellent blog Pharyngula can stop right here. For the rest of you folks, I must bring you up to date on a controversy brewing in the ongoing wars between scientists and crackpots over evolution. It has been covered extensively at Pharyngula, whose blogmeister, PZ Meyers, world renowned atheist and biologist, was […]

I’m in

Yesterday, I bemoaned the fact that I was unable to successfully become a member of the Friends of Charles Darwin, an organization with virtually no membership requirements. I’m happy to announce that I have been accepted, and should soon be on the offical rolls. Seems that the site was inundated with applicants who read this […]

Natural non-selection

I’ve always agreed with Grouch Marx about joining clubs. As Groucho said: I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member This has always seemed like a sound rule of thumb to me, but today I thought I would make an exception, and join the Friends of Charles Darwin. Why? Well, […]