'They don't really believe it'

My house is on fire. Oh my God! Are you OK? I’m good, you know. How are you doing? No, I mean, your house! Where are you? Just watching the game, taking a little break. Where? Are you … Where else? Here on the sofa. Duh. But the fire … Yeah, it’s horrible. The worst [Read More…]

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Things that are pretty cool

My bookmarks folder is overflowing, so to clear out some of these aging links, here’s a collection of cool things. How cool? How about a collection of photos from the Cash family vault? (via) That’s pretty cool indeed. It was also cool to learn via Wikileaks that the Vatican lobbied against Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill. Good [Read More…]

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Two graphs illustrating the relationship between bigotry and stupidity

Andrew Gelman of Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science brings us the “(Worst) graph of the year.” It’s a graph that purports to show the tendency toward violent militancy of “pious and devout” believers from various world religions. Which is to say it’s a piece of execrable BS tossed together by anti-Muslim bigots who [Read More…]

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Job Seekers Open Thread

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you’re looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

Galatians 5:12-14 I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves! For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbor [Read More…]

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'Being upborne on a great wave'

Matt Yglesias discusses the myth of a flat Earth: People assert all the time that the Earth “looks” flat, but it’s hard to know how to understand this. The Earth looks exactly the way a large roughly spherical object would look precisely because it is a large spherical object. If you sit in a boat [Read More…]

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No offense

The problem with taking offense is that it’s impotent and indulgent. It may feel good, but it doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t matter. Offendedness is a pale, watery substitute for anger. Anger, that beautiful daughter of hope, demands action. Anger changes things. It seeks to correct the injustice that offendedness merely wants to savor. Anger [Read More…]

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Two sins involving alcohol

1. Property destruction due to drunkenness Drunk Swedish elk found in apple tree near Gothenburg A homeowner in southern Sweden got a shock when he found a drunken elk stuck in his neighbour’s apple tree. The animal was apparently on the hunt for fermenting apples when she lost her balance and became trapped in the [Read More…]

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