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New Frontier in Weather Science Emerges, Thanks to Anti-Gay Politico?

A tip of the pen to Fred Clark for bringing my attention to the hubbub surrounding the recent declaration by UK Independence Party (UKIP) politician David Silvester that massive flooding in the UK was a direct consequence of the decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the nation.

Reaction to this claim includes the usual outrage, [...]

Cabalicious Sex Plans

The traditional, divinely-endorsed form of marriage that we all can agree upon is the union between a man and a woman, just in order to make babies – this is what right activists say, at least. But then, reality confronts their vision of a unified, restrictive marriage state. The majority of Americans actually support the [...]

Good Mourning

Memento mori. Do what you can in the time that remains.

Cheap Gray Paste

My son Noah was given an assignment today in his eighth grade Family & Consumer Science class. He tells the story:

We had to draw a stick figure and list next to it the qualities of the best employee. Instead of writing the qualities I was supposed to write, like ‘is hard-working, organized, works well [...]

Gosh-Darned Racist Corporate America

There we go reifying arbitrary distinctions again. If you look closely, it’s all different shades of brown.

Roosevelt the Ass

This inscription appears in the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Problems abound with Theodore Roosevelt’s statement, “If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.”. Roosevelt places peace and righteousness at odds with one another; many would say that peace, and nonviolence more generally, [...]

Cheating Cheaters and the Cheaters who Cheat Them

Now that it’s possible to complete an entire college degree online, and with the rise of for-profit “universities” that don’t bother to proctor online exams, dozens of websites are offering to do absolutely all the classwork for lazy, incompetent and morally damaged students. Why study at all when you can lay down $800 to have [...]

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 [...]

Is Your Member of Congress Rewarding Corporations that Move Production Out of the U.S.?

As years pass, corporations have been cutting more and more manufacturing jobs in America and shipping those jobs halfway around the world to factories in Asia, which then ship their products back to the United States for sale. There’s nothing wrong in the abstract with people in Asia having jobs — it’s when we get [...]

Congressional Priority: Suspending Import Duties for Outsourced Goods

At Congress.gov, it’s possible to carry out a boolean search of the Congressional Record and proposed legislation to get a sense of both the rhetoric of speeches and the priorities for action in the U.S. Congress. The following figures represent legislation in most recently completed 112th Congress:

# of pieces of legislation before the Congress [...]

49 Senators Vote to Double Student Loan Rates (Are Your Senators on the List?)

51 members of the United States Senate voted yesterday for S.1238, a bill to keep the interest rate for undergraduate loans at an annual rate of 3.4% rather than double the student loan rate to 6.8% per year. That’s a bare majority in favor of keeping a university education more affordable for Americans. Low student [...]