Climate-change denialism outraces parody

Last month, NASA reported that 2011 was the ninth-warmest year on record: The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880, according to NASA scientists. The finding continues a trend in which nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record have occurred since the year 2000. NASA’s Goddard [Read More…]

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The prefix ‘pro-‘ was nounced dead Tuesday …

The prefix ‘pro-‘ was nounced dead Tuesday after suffering from what grammatical fessionals describe as longed strain and abuse. Officials have ruled the death a homicide. “It was such a positive, upbeat little prefix,” said Dr. Elaine McKenzie, chief coroner for the Oxford English Dictionary and a lific author. “But there’s only so much twisting [Read More…]

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American history

Here’s a reminder that America is still a young country: Politico interviews President John Tyler’s grandson. President Tyler, who was born in 1790 and became the 10th president in 1841, has two grandchildren still alive today. His grandson, Harrison Ruffin Tyler, currently maintains the Tyler presidential home, Sherwood Forest Plantation Foundation in Charles City, Va. [Read More…]

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Fine-tuning the keywords on your résumé

The Consumerist offers the latest in an endless series of articles giving helpful advice to those seeking jobs that don’t exist. This one is about “Tips for Beating the Résumé-Reading Robots of Doom.” Keywords, gaming the system, yada yada. It’s possible such tips and tricks might make a difference for someone, and I’m sure they’re [Read More…]

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What I admire about Ron Paul

It seems we need even more fresh thread for those who wish to discuss Ron Paul, so let me start this one off by saying something nice about the man. Ron Paul had a pretty sweet swing at the plate. Just look at that photo — pinched from David Brown’s post last week at Big [Read More…]

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Happy Birthday to the man on the dime

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, was born today in 1882. To mark his birthday, here is an excerpt from his July 2, 1932 “New Deal” speech accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. There are two ways of viewing the Government’s duty in matters affecting economic and social life. The [Read More…]

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‘What the Bible shows itself to be’

One from James McGrath and two from Peter Enns … James F. McGrath: “Why Doesn’t the Bible Contain Superior Medical Advice?“ You will look in vain in the pages of the Bible for a recommendation that people cover their mouth and nose when they sneeze and cough. You will find mentions of strong drink, but [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Mark Thoma: “The Purpose of Macroeconomic Policy?“ There clearly is a class of people willing to sacrifice the livelihood and well-being of others in pursuit of their ideological goal of a smaller government (so long as their own future remains secure). The notion of “expansionary austerity” was the cover, but so long as government shrinks [Read More…]

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