three o'clock in the morning. Wake up on the growing roar of turbines - so I have a signal the arrival of SMSes. "Mom, I got! Immediately went to number 900 rubles ... ". Lazily yawning, I turn to the side and fall asleep better at first wrapped his only year-old son.
I hate these people who despise there ... you can answer, but it does not matter. It is important that as long as the light, they will always be among us. So our challenge - to do an interview with them as much as possible for the sad past. We can not know all the rules of detention and execution of contracts, paperwork, transactions, winnings, but we must always remember that these rules exist. Read more
We're always missing something. Constantly something, but not satisfied. I would like some changes for the better. Often it is a complaint to life are the themes of our good cheer. And as we diligently search for the answer to the question: "Well, why nothing is changing? I did so want to change! "Only now is not the answer. Why?
Guess the mystery: in the same three-liter jar fit three liters of muddy water from puddles and three liters of clean water? At the same time - no way! It is necessary first to pour dirt. Then - clean up the bank. And only then you can pour clean water. By the way, you can not pour. And you can - and do not water. But that's you define. Read more
On Wednesday, the United States, Russia, Germany, France, China, and Britain staged an intervention for Iran to get it to come to terms with its use of threats about nuclear weapons.
At 6:00 in the evening, Iran returned home from work to find all six nations sitting and waiting for it. A facilitator from the United Nations began the conversation.
“Iran, my name is Michael. Your friends are very worried about you, and we would like to talk to you about your problem with nuclear weapons.”
Iran immediately got defensive. “Fuck you guys! I don't need to listen to this!”
“Yes, I think you do,” said the United States, taking Iran by the arm and leading it to a chair.
“I swear to god I will fuck you guys up!” yelled Iran.
“Ah oui. We know.” said France, rolling its eyes. Read more
Every Memorial Day, we remember our war dead, we pray to end wars & promise to lessen such loss -- while we leave a force in Afghanistan, threaten Iran and accept the the casualties caused by drone strikes.
More Dems, & even GOP, come out for marriage equality, criticizing those who don't stand for civil liberties -- except both parties accept "security" over liberty via surveillance & tactics criminalizing our population.
Candidates all blast money in politics & negative ads -- spreading that critique through expensive campaigns, elaborate fundraising & the help of their Super PACs.
They oppose wars, invasions of privacy & political money except when it's their wars, invasions & money.
It's hip to be critical, but they wind up hypocritical, and it ends up being a lot more hype than hope.
If campaigns get you down, let us raise your spirits as we raise ideas and raise a few pints at your local progressive social club.
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Just a quick heads-up for those who don’t know yet: there is closed group “Astronomers” on facebook. It is by invitation only, ie some existing member must add any new member. You must have an fb account to be added.
The group has about 4,000 members, most all professional astronomers from around the world.
There is some interesting discussion going on in that group and some useful info being passed around.
The closed group feature seems to work well for some combination of intensity of topic focus and size – not too small, not too big.
‘fraid I wouldn’t tell how to monetize the feature though. Read more
birthday of the Russian Marines celebrated November 27 - this day in 1705, Peter I officially ordered " inflict shelf sea soldiers ", that is a separate, new types of forces. But in fact, after the establishment of the Marine Corps does not belong to the first Russian emperor, and his father - Alexis Mikhailovich, a good-natured character, and Christian humility nicknamed quietest.
That's quietest Emperor began the very transformation of Russia, who finished brilliantly by Peter I. And as a result emerged only during the times of Peter, on the quietest quietly forgotten. And for good reason. Read more
“Over 50% of Florida students fail state writing test. Most educators are unconcerned, as good grammar is not needed when writing ransom notes.”
“Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya. World reacts with exaggerated shrug.”
“$3.6 million worth of marijuana was found floating in the ocean on Sunday. Someone is totally getting fired."
“Flesh eating bacteria attacks a 23-year-old woman and a mother of newborn twins. Looking to get your grandma and the disabled boy down the block next.”
Peter Gleick has been cleared of faking a key memo. Who is Peter Gleick, and what is this memo of which we speak? Here is a refresher of events over the last 3 1/2 months:
You will recall that last February 14th, we were all given an interesting Valentine's Day present: A cache of documents had been acquired from the Heartland Institute, and these documents revealed important details about Heartland's effort to interfere with science education and otherwise agitate and lobby to promote climate science denialism. The documents were released to the public by an as then unknown activist, and then redistributed by numerous bloggers including this one. Read more
Today is Minnesota Senator Al Franken's Birthday. In honor of that, I'm reposting this historically accurate and important essay, which first appeared on this blog on April 23, 2009 at 3:56PM:
I personally put Al Franken in the Senate
Al Franken is about to be seated as the Junior Senator from Minnesota after a long and costly battle between loser Norm Coleman and Senator Franken. Al won the election by just a few hundred votes, and three of those votes are mine.
More precisely, if we say that theistic evolution is a form of intelligent design, then we have to stop saying that intelligent design is a form of creationism.
Over at HuffPo, Victor Stenger writes: Read more
I'm sometimes asked why I do this. Why, people ask me, do I spend so much time generating post after post after post day after day after day? Obviously, one reason is that it interests me. Another reason is the passion that drives me to support science and science-based medicine and to detest the damage the pseudoscience, particularly pseudoscience in medicine, can do. There is, however, at least one more reason.
I'm referring, of course, to the adoration of my "fans." Read more
Many of the climate change denialist sites have been up in arms by comparisons of climate change denial to holocaust denial. Read more
When MSNBC fired Keith Olbermann and replaced him with Lawrence O'Donnell, I was a bit annoyed. But now that Olbermann had crashed and burned over at Current TV, and O'Donnell has turned into a pretty effective pundit, I have changed my mind. For an example of why I like O'Donnell so much, consider this depressingly accurate tirade about the Newsweek cover with the headline, “The First Gay President.” Read more