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Have Crime Rates in Androscoggin County been “Doubling or Higher” Since Somali Immigrants Arrived?

For a few years now, I’ve been looking into the persistent notion some people have that Somali immigrants have somehow plunged the city of Lewiston, Maine into an unprecedented crime wave. If you look into actual crime statistics, you’ll find out pretty quickly that this anti-immigrant perception is simply not based in systematically observed fact. […]

Skylock Introduces Us To The Idiotic Side Of The Internet Of Things

Skylock makes your bicycle part of the Internet of Things, so what could be the problem? Well… […]

Two Fairy Houses on Monhegan Island

  

Maine’s Monhegan Island, May 23 2015.  Two different kind of fairy houses referring to two not-so-different kinds of fairy tales.

(After this weekend it’ll be people season, not proper for visiting until later.  Try a visit after September 1 and the woods will be yours again.)

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U.S. House Passes Bill Allowing Negligence In Commercial Space Travel

the SPACE Act of 2015, H.R. 2262, would make it a legal requirement for travelers on commercial space flights to sign legal waivers of all rights to compensation for themselves or their families in case of an accident. […]

St. Paul’s Charge To The Weary

Those seeking to lay their heavy burden down at St. Paul’s are required to pay an entry fee of 18 pounds first. […]

Market Automation Leaves Travelers Hungry In LaGuardia Airport

Cotto’s automated market system doesn’t even work reliably. When I tried it this morning, the restaurant’s credit card system wasn’t initializing properly. […]

Roll Call: The Republicans Who Voted To Block Little Spending After They Approved Big Spending

Listed here are the names of the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to block little spending on efficient travel infrastructure yesterday, but also voted to approve 26.8 billion dollars of big spending on inefficient travel infrastructure just a few months ago. […]

Methane Fluctuations On Mars – How Big Are The Implications?

The NASA Curiosity Rover team calls the findings “incredibly exciting”. Yesterday, they reported finding organic compounds in Martian soil, as well dramatic fluctuations in atmospheric methane – “the first in-situ detection of methane on Mars”. Given that methane breaks down quickly in the Martian atmosphere, these fluctuations suggest that a dynamic methanogenic system of some […]

Why Orion?

In about an hour and a half from now, NASA will send an unmanned version of its new Orion spaceship up into orbit, riding on the back of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. It’s very retro-looking, without any fins or wings at all. The full name of the spaceship is rather institutional: Orion Multi-Purpose Crew […]

Ben Carson Ebola Panic Is Medically Incorrect

In October, at the height of the Ebola Panic, Dr. Ben Carson wasn’t speaking reason. He was part of the panicked crowd, fanning the flames of fear.

Instead of speaking in measured tones about the precise risks to public health from Ebola, Ben Carson encouraged Americans to fear the worst. “We should be thinking about […]

Putting the Maine School Ebola Scare into Perspective: How Abundant is that Caution?

As J. Clifford noted earlier today, the school board in the tiny community of Strong, Maine put a teacher on a 21-day leave because that teacher had…

… recently taken a plane flight to Dallas, Texas for an educational conference.

Yes, that’s all. Because the teacher had taken a plane flight to Dallas for […]