Posts Tagged ‘science’

Dear Friends,

For some of you, the internets have provided you with your much needed escape from the clutches of those folk we call family.  If you’re anything like the BrothersFiasco, you are only online because you need to provide your dear friends with less amazing family with something curious to read and consider.  Well, this is going to be quick because our family rocks and we don’t want to miss out on this business.

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The day wouldn’t be complete without your Assorted Links of Curiosity you say?  Here you be…

PROGRESS was created to help people better understand the real effects of the steps President Obama and Democrats have taken to rebuild our economy. In addition to numbers and statistics, it offers real stories about real people who’s real lives and real communities who have been positively affected by the change progressive Democrats have made. It is a great site and worth the time to investigate.

The myth of the maverick Republican… could one really exist?

Ricky Gervais provides a Holiday message via the Wall Street Journal: Why I’m An Atheist

People who believe in God don’t need proof of his existence, and they certainly don’t want evidence to the contrary. They are happy with their belief. They even say things like “it’s true to me” and “it’s faith.” I still give my logical answer because I feel that not being honest would be patronizing and impolite. It is ironic therefore that “I don’t believe in God because there is absolutely no scientific evidence for his existence and from what I’ve heard the very definition is a logical impossibility in this known universe,” comes across as both patronizing and impolite.

A recent Gallop poll shows that More Americans Now Believe Humans Evolved Without God

Nova thinks that super-villians need to stop being mad scientists.

The Spider-Man super-villain scientist may be fantasy, but it is rooted in a distrust of science that pervades our society. To be sure, some wariness is justified; there’s certainly ample evidence throughout history that science can be used for evil as well as good. But science and engineering have brought us longer and healthier lives, enabled us to learn about worlds beyond our own, and given us all the electronic gadgets we love so much, including the one I’m typing on right now. And if we want this progress to continue to improve our lives and to bolster our economy, let’s stop picking on scientists and find another villain. There are certainly plenty of real ones out there.

(Fiasco note: Here, here, here, here, here and here are some suggested real villians to go after.)

Data regarding health care reform reducing medical bankruptcies.

Batteries that breathe, holographic phone calls, traffic jam prediction, and cities powered by computer server heat by 2015? IBM thinks maybe.

Assorted Links of Curiosity 12.20.10

Posted: December 20, 2010 by jeredfiasco in Links
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As always, we present you with Assorted Links of Curiosity for your viewing pleasure.  Don’t say we never get you anything for the holidays.

Caps Lock? Who needs them? The long-overdue movement to abandon Caps Lock.

Dear Tea Baggers: Our Founding Fathers were Liberal, NOT Conservative.

What’s that you say?  The economy is picking back up:  Early signs that America’s gloom is lifting

Large Hadron Collider finds no signatures of microscopic black holes

No experimental evidence for microscopic black holes has been found. This non-observation rules out the existence of microscopic up to a mass of 3.5–4.5 TeV for a range of that postulate extra dimensions.

Perhaps we could just give the South to Mexico?

The radical right believes, apparently in growing numbers, that the Constitution does not prohibit secession and that states can leave the federal union whenever they want. Worse, a Middlebury Institute/Zogby Poll taken in 2008 found that 22 percent of Americans believe that “any state or region has the right to peaceably secede and become an independent republic.” That’s an astounding statistic, one that means that nearly a quarter of Americans don’t know about the Civil War and its outcome. Sadly, it also means that for 1 out of every 4 Americans, the 620,000 of their countrymen who died during the Civil War gave their lives in vain.

‘The new ‘net neutrality’ rules sound decent enough on the surface, but why fix it if it’s not broken?  The new rules will inhibit investment, deter innovation and create a billable-hours bonanza for lawyers.

Superman’s greatest power wasn’t the X-ray vision. It was the copyright trolling.

Another busy day for the BrothersFiasco.  Without much introduction, here is another installment of Assorted for your viewing pleasure.

How long will it take Republicans to demoralize their base?

Traditionally, movement conservatives send Republicans to Congress in great waves to clean everything up and create a glorious new Morning in America, and then about 10 minutes into the new Congress, all the Republicans are divvying up the pork-barrel money with as much gusto as Tammany Hall fat cats in a Thomas Nast cartoon, and no one really cares, because that’s just how things are done. The mainstream political press is too cynical about the entire concept of governance to get outraged and the partisan press is there to get Republicans elected, not punish them for sucking at the public teat.

But there are indications that that’s changing.

Hey, I wasn’t alive for this so I had no idea it ever happened. The day Niagara Falls ran dry: Newly-discovered photos show the moment the iconic waterfall came to a standstill

YESSSS! An expert panel convened by President Barack Obama advised vigilance and self-regulation as scientists seeks ways to create new organisms that could spark useful innovations in clean energy, pollution control and medicine.

Data visualization and all things related continued its ascent this year with projects popping up all over the place. Some were good, and a lot were not so good.

Diane Ravitch Is Making a Number of Interesting Claims

Crimes on the Book of Faces (subtitle: Criminals can be REALLY REALLY STUPID)

No, you didn’t read it wrong. WikiLeaks inspires sanitary pad ad in Pakistan

‘The sea gave her back’: Wonder in Israel as ancient Roman statue buried for centuries is uncovered by powerful winter storm

Does Economic Inequality Cause Crises?

I know, it seems like this one should be getting a little more play, right? Doctors Claim HIV-Positive Man Cured by Stem Cell Transplant

Voyager spacecraft nears exit of solar system

Image of the Day: A Map of Facebook’s World – A Facebook intern named Paul Butler has created a fascinating piece: a map of the world based only on Facebook friendships. There aren’t any lines here from anything but Facebook accounts and their links to friends in other cities.

Why do we let this creepy company called Google spy on our emails?

Free The Military Of Its Bigots – “It would seem to me that the military would be better served by ridding itself of its ignorant bigots than its gays and lesbians.  And the same could be said of the bigots in Congress opposed to the repeal of DADT.  Yes, that would mean you John McCain.”

The Secret Secret – “If you cannot decipher and interpret letters and symbols, you cannot read. If you cannot access letters and symbols, you also cannot read.”

 

Enjoy, friends.  There’s a lot there to get those gears a turnin’.

Sorry for the slow posts today.  Lots going on over here (conference calls and new hardware eating up time).  Here is another Assorted Links of Curiosity for you.  Econ, more WikiLeaks analysis, probability theory, video games in law, ineffability, maths and physics…. OH MY!

Thanks, guys! Enjoy.

Tomorrow I’ll be back for some more WikiLeaks updates, and a new ish series… OH THE EXCITEMENT!

Assorted Links of Curiosity 12.02

Posted: December 2, 2010 by bennettfiasco in Links
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Another batch of links for your curious minds: