Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sam Harris on Palin.

Sam Harris has an excellent opinion piece in Newsweek. The more I learn about this woman, the more afraid I become. Why is it so great that Sarah Palin is an "ordinary person" or as you may have heard, a "hockey mom"? How does this in some way qualify her for what is arguably the second most important job in the world?

The prospects of a Palin administration are far more frightening, in fact, than those of a Palin Institute for Pediatric Neurosurgery. Ask yourself: how has "elitism" become a bad word in American politics? There is simply no other walk of life in which extraordinary talent and rigorous training are denigrated. We want elite pilots to fly our planes, elite troops to undertake our most critical missions, elite athletes to represent us in competition and elite scientists to devote the most productive years of their lives to curing our diseases. And yet, when it comes time to vest people with even greater responsibilities, we consider it a virtue to shun any and all standards of excellence. When it comes to choosing the people whose thoughts and actions will decide the fates of millions, then we suddenly want someone just like us, someone fit to have a beer with, someone down-to-earth—in fact, almost anyone, provided that he or she doesn't seem too intelligent or well educated.
You go Sam! Check out the link for more.

P.S. Sarah is even more lame than the Swiss.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tragic Elk Death by Barbaric Northern Tradition.

That's right bitches. I'm a hunter. I hunt with bows, rifles, shotguns, and sometimes (not very successfully) sling shots. My most recent hunting adventure is taking place right now. Last night I shot my first Elk. It was a 30 yard uphill walking shot. Not bad if I may say so myself. So, what kind of ethical discussion should we have regarding hunting? None. I don't try to defend the ethics of hunting. I kill things because I like to kill things. I do so using fair chase hunting techniques and I use as much of the animal as I can but I don't really call it ethical. Neither is stealing toilet paper from the college when I'm too cheap to buy it but guess what? Yeah, shit happens. Now, for your enjoyment, below the fold are a few hunting trip photos from the first few days of our trip.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The End is Near!

It's official, the world is ending today. And, as predicted, the Swiss are to blame. Those sneaky devils. They flipped the switch today at the LHC. So far they're just zipping one beam through the system to make sure it all works. It appears that it does with some minor problems. The next step is to is to turn on two beams going in opposite directions. This will result in collisions with enough force to do things physicists could only dream about until now (and the beginning of the end;)). Actually, I really hope that their dreams are a little more interesting than high energy collisions. I'll be keeping an eye on the progress. PZ is keeping track and has a few more links for more in depth coverage if you're interested. If you're not, you should be. This is, afterall, the stuff that stuff is made of.

CNN link

There is nothing more.

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Science Will Kill Us 2012.

How do I know? Because, I read it on the intertoobz here. Even worse, the Swiss, those deceitful bastards are the most likely ones to initiate the demise of all existence. Neutral my ass. If the Swiss were a neutral country they would sit out of the olympics. Judging by their medal count, maybe they should have. Man I hate the Swiss.*
*See footnote below the fold.

*If you are Swiss and are offended by this post, I apologize. Unless your name is Matt. I take that back, I don't apologize. After all, you're Swiss. You're not going to do anything about it.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Obama: Science Debate 2008

Some of you may remember me sending out an e-mail asking you to sign a petition for Science Debate 2008. Although neither candidate agreed to an actual science debate, Obama has at least answered the top 14 science questions that were submitted. So far he seems very supportive. He's also provided more detail than I'm used to from him. He approves of stem cell research and has promised to remove the idiotic bush bans on embryo use. He seems supportive of basic research funding but I'm not sure where said funding is going to come from. I'm a bit skeptical but there is no doubt that he'll be more supportive of scientific endeavors in general than pretty much any republican candidate. John McCain has promised to answer the questions but hasn't gotten around to it yet. We're waiting John...


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