News From Around The Blogosphere 11.8.08

Conservatives corrupted by “popularist chic” – An excellent article about the downfall of intellectualism in American conservatism. You got to love Chris Hoofnagle’s comment here:

I am enjoying the news post election, because what was once news media “liberal bias” about Sarah Palin is now simply common sense.

And yet, you’ll still find Republican cheerleaders who despite the obvious facts will go to their grave defending the absurd:

Elizabeth Dole can still go fuck herself! – After running a ad campaign built on bigotry, she’s got some gall making the following statement:

“People from faraway places poured tens of millions of dollars into North Carolina, funding tough, unfair negative ads against me. I responded forcefully. I’m not happy with the tone this race acquired, but I must say I will never regret fighting as hard as I could for the privilege of continuing to serve the people of my state.”

Notes from Thames Valley University’s homeopathic degree program:

At the root of most holistic therapies lies the belief that all life is animated by a subtle force. We call this the Life Force. You either believe it or you do not. It cannot exactly be proved at the moment and the belief is not in accord with the yardsticks that we call ’scientific.’


scientist-use-in-case-of-emergencyPaleontologists Doubt ‘Dinosaur Dance Floor’ – “A group of paleontologists visited the northern Arizona wilderness site nicknamed a “dinosaur dance floor” and concluded there were no dinosaur tracks there, only a dense collection of unusual potholes eroded in the sandstone.

So the scientist who leads the University of Utah’s geology department says she will team up with the skeptics for a follow-up study.

“Science is an evolving process where we seek the truth,” says Marjorie Chan, professor and chair of geology and geophysics, and co-author of a recent study that concluded the pockmarked, three-quarter-acre site in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument was a 190-million-year-old dinosaur “trample surface”.

Scientists use tequila to make drunken diamonds

A bottle of cheap tequila is good for making margaritas or forgetting a night out. But a team of Mexican scientists have discovered a new use for the potent liquor: forming diamonds. It just so happens that the popular Mexican alcohol is the ideal compound for creating one of the hardest substances on Earth.


Skeptical pick-up line:


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