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In Defense of a Lunatic

I am an atheist, so it feels a little weird that I find myself wanting to defend someone who, in my view, is a religious fruitcake. Still, I’ve been watching the media orgasm all over this Kim Davis story for … Continue reading

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Trumpocracy

Anybody else remember when Donald Trump played the Secretary of Education in the movie Idiocracy?

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Presidential Hopefuls Demonstrate They Eat Fair Meat Just Like People

I dunno man … eating shitty pork at the Iowa State Fair must be important. Every four years here in the US, our presidential hopefuls head to the Fair and make sure plenty of photos are taken of them touching … Continue reading

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Washington Post Goes High Tech, Atari 2600 Style

I was reading a Washington Post article about the crazy number of police shootings in the US so far this year. It’s a good article, but I kept getting distracted by the groovy¬†high tech graphics that Washington Post is using … Continue reading

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Big Big Badda Boom!

So how come nobody is talking about the giant extinction event that the Earth is just barely gonna avoid on Thursday? ūüôā Asteroid 1999 FN53 will be whizzing past the Earth on Thursday, May 14¬†and¬†will miss us by about 3 … Continue reading

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When Your Signal to Noise Ratio Sucks

For several years,¬†Australia’s Parkes Observatory has been detecting¬†sporadic,¬†mysterious radio¬†bursts that appeared to emanate from deep space. Last month, it was reported that this mystery has now been solved. Apparently, the folks at the observatory would sometimes open the microwave oven … Continue reading

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“NASA” Invents Steampunk EM Engine Powered by Unicornium Lulz

The Intertubes lit up last night with a reported successful test at¬†NASA‚Äôs Johnson Space Center of¬†an electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive. The drive is said to operate by pushing against virtual particles, meaning that it requires no reaction mass be expelled … Continue reading

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Colombian Crotch Fashion

In case anyone has missed it, a Colombian Women’s Cycling Team has been shaking up Europe this week. Apparently that flesh-colored midsection in the photo is actually “gold”. Amusingly, the lighting for this photo casts just a touch of shadow … Continue reading

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Big Brother Wants to Sell You a Goddamn “Down With Big Brother” T-Shirt

I noticed an advertisement on Facebook today for a “Down With Big Brother” t-shirt. Oh, the fucking irony! Somewhere along the way, I listed George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four as one of my favorite books in my Facebook profile. Facebook’s algorithms … Continue reading

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The President of the United States is Not a Superhero

At any given moment in history, the President of the United States might be a democrat or republican. The President might be liberal or conservative, male or female, black or white, gay or straight. Yet despite all of the possible … Continue reading

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Is Anyone Even Awake At NASA?

What is wrong with this picture? That is the cartoon created by NASA/JPL showing the trajectory of asteroid 2014 RC as it makes its close approach to Earth on September 7, 2014 (i.e. this Sunday). Click the link there to … Continue reading

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Back In The Day: My HIGHLY LETHAL Latin Class Projects

Yet another asinine “zero tolerance” story caught my eye this morning: A kid in Georgia was suspended for bringing a Nerf gun to school. Fucking hell. Some of the stuff I did when I was a kid back in the … Continue reading

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ScienceNews Magazine Thinks The Onion is Peer-Reviewed

An article appeared this past week on ScienceNews titled “Schadenfreude starts young.” The gist of the article is that being an asshole starts in childhood (Schadenfreude is the pleasure derived in the misfortune of others). Interestingly, the first version of … Continue reading

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CNN Breaking News: We’re OUT!

CNN announced today that they are leaving the business of reporting the news so that they can devote their full attention to their core business of advertising for the Lockheed Martin company. Said¬†Wolf Blitzer: “That whole news shtick¬†was just a … Continue reading

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Huffington Post vs. Fox News — Advertising Ethics

I’m not a fan of Fox News. It’s not a political thing … I just don’t like them. Still, those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, and Huffington Post throws an awful lot of stones. I wouldn’t have gone to … Continue reading

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NASA’s Alcubierre-White Warp Drive & WTF?

I love this stuff, but seriously … WTF? The internet has been having frothy multiple orgasms all week over yet another NASA public relations stunt. The big accomplishment is that they hired artist¬†Mark Rademaker to create really really sexy pictures … Continue reading

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Palcohol, George Jetson, the Media, and Charles Schumer

Palcohol — the new powdered form of alcohol — is something that slipped by my radar when media reports began breaking about it a few months back. I don’t drink a whole lot, so it’s not the sort of thing … Continue reading

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From Spin to Outright Lie

The other day, I was prompted by a story at The New York Times to write a post about how the spin of a subject changes with the social and political landscape. Today, I noticed that writer Sam Stein at … Continue reading

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Miami Beach Tidal Flooding, Past and Present

It can be interesting to look at a current news article about a reoccurring event and see how it compares to a similar story from decades past. The stories may be virtually identical, but the spin will be completely different. … Continue reading

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CNN’s Hand-Wringing Over the Cost of MH370 Search

As the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 enters it’s third month, CNN has finally removed the story from their incessant “Breaking News” feed and are increasingly wringing their hands over the cost of the search. Approximately $40 million has … Continue reading

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