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No Need To Sit Through Shakespeare, Thanks To Statistical Exegesis

Your data may be impressively big, but wisdom does not just fall out of it, any more than wisdom just falls out of the night sky. [...]

USA Using NSA To Spy On UN And Sex Partners

Somehow, for me, it makes the whole NSA spying scandal more frightening that agents working for Big Brother could actually write “(yay!)” when they gain new methods of conducting surveillance against targets that are supposed to be off-limits. [...]

CryptoKids Say the Darndest Things about NSA Surveillance

Over the summer, a lot of news has come out exposing the U.S. military’s massive warrantless surveillance of innocent people’s communications. But to actually spread the word about what’s going on, we can’t just rely on the news. There are a lot of people who give up reading for the summer, sort of like other [...]

What Can You Do 24/7?

If you’ve watched more than an hour of television since 1980, you’ll have encountered at least one politician, business leader, sports coach or motivational speaker declaring that the secret of success is to “give 110%” — 10% more than it’s possible to give. It used to be that the idea of humans achieving more than [...]

News About Electronic Surveillance Gets Even Worse

Several new pieces of news reveal that online spying, involving both the NSA and corporations, is even worse than we thought. [...]

Marriage Messages In Children’s Media

From Ninjago: “I may look totally different, and evil may now course through my veins, but I am still the same man you married.”

From Wonder Woman in Justice League of America comic number 38: “As I told you before, Steve Trevor, I can’t marry you until my services are no longer needed to [...]

Immigrants and Violent Crime in the United States: Do You Trust Stories or Studies?

Which will you believe?

Anecdotal Stories? …or… Systematic Research? “A. True Ott” shares the story of one crime victim on his personal web page:

Here’s little 9 month old Serenity Reed, a blonde blue-eyed little darling who is now yet another “statistic”. From the Barstow California Examiner we read about the horrific and shocking events [...]

Media Silence On Green Party Convention… From Green Party Media

The Green Party of the US seems to have instituted its very own media blockade. [...]

Fact Check: Are you 3 times more likely to get a virus from a church website than from a pornography website?

A graphic from the Did You Know? Blog is making its way around atheist and secular pages on Facebook. It claims that “You are 3 times more likely to get a virus from a church website than you are from a pornography website”:

Unfortunately, the Did You Know Blog doesn’t link to any source [...]

Ender’s Game Over

I’m interested in science fiction, on the whole. Speculation about worlds that could be is fun, and it stimulates imagination about the way we could begin to live right now.

Of course, not all science fiction is worthy of attention. Much of it is unnecessarily violent. Some of it is cheesy. Some science fiction seeks [...]