This reporter places the blame squarely on YOU, the viewers

November 29, 2005 at 5:40 am (Environment, Planning)

Want to know just how much personal blame you are shouldering with regard to humankind’s impending doom? Check out the CO2 calculator.


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All the news…

November 17, 2005 at 12:42 am (Random)

Yes I am a full time grad student, and I work part time, so I go through phases where I don’t have time to do much blogging. The thing that sucks about being on the quarter system (as opposed to semesters) is that they are only 10 weeks long. So you coast for a few weeks, then midterms arrive, and as soon as they end it is finals time. I am currently in that transition phase, so rather than have to geek out when I go visit Boo for Thanksgiving, I am geeking out as much as possible now. (no promises though) I haven’t been keeping up with the news lately, much less forming and expressing opinions about particular items. Luckily, I have a contingency plan, so during the next few days or weeks, when you are dying for some of that jalalablog wit, chaek back and see some of my made-to-order news commentaries. Here’s a few:

Looks like those clowns in Congress have done it again. What a bunch of clowns.

Can you believe Bush said that? What a moron.

I completely disagree with the new policy initiative and/or budget proposal put forth by the White House.

I can’t believe [insert high ranking Republican here] is also under investigation!

Boy I can’t believe the Eagles lost to [insert name of team Eagles just played].

Additions welcome…

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Thanks for clearing that up, Pat

November 11, 2005 at 6:27 pm (Religion)

Dover, a suburb of Harrisburg, PA, recently voted out 8 school board members who had injected Intelligent Design into science curriculum. I guess voters felt that the Christian Creation Myth does not belong in a taxpayer-funded science program, much the same way the Mayan or Inuit Creation Myths don’t belong there. But wait! That’s not what Intelligent Design is, right? All it says is that the complexity of the universe indicates some sort of “intelligent” driving force! It’s non-demoninational, it doesn’t have to be Christian, it could be more like Star Wars! It doesn’t refute evolution, it strengthens it! (disclosure: that is pretty close to my personal belief). Well why then, if ID is not simply Christianity in a lab coat, do people like the Honorable Reverend Pat Robertson make statements like this:

I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God; you just rejected him from your city. And don’t wonder why he hasn’t helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I’m not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that’s the case, don’t ask for his help because he might not be there.

So, if, for example, a hurricane strikes Dover, that is the Creator of All Things, Master of the Universe, expressing His displeasure at a local school board election. (if God cared, couldn’t He just manipulate the election? Or force people to vote His way? Or just about anything He wanted? Why would He wait to use some Godly influence?) And don’t expect any pleas for disaster relief help or donations from Pat’s minions, because you all deserve to die.


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Quote of the day

November 4, 2005 at 6:29 am (Quote of the day)

This week’s edition: Why academics piss me off:

Today it is not uncommon to hear–especially from empiricists–that “positivism,” in whatever form, is dead, and to raise this issue is to beat down a straw man. In fact, however, neopositivist epistemology is still very much alive in many disciplines, economics being the most important example in the social sciences. Beyond economics, positivism is most clearly recognized in sociology and political science in the abstract deductive models of rational choice theory, itself derived largely from economic theory.


One manifestation of this contradiction is that students often ask why they must first master these concepts and practices when–like most of their professors–they plan to ignore them.


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One of these days…

November 4, 2005 at 1:54 am (Music, Politics, War)

Wow. Turn up the volume, put on some headphones, and watch this.

If anyone is reading this and has a blog, please link to this post, post it yourself, or publicize it in some other fashion. Every red blooded American needs to see this.

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November 3, 2005 at 11:31 pm (Rant)

I started patronizing a particular coffee shop near my office a few months ago because there was this really cute girl who worked there. I continued going there because they have pretty good coffee. Well, I have become such a regular that this gay guy now recognizes when I am wearing new clothes, and today the lead Barista gave me one on the house, he likes me so much. That wouldn’t be so alarming unless you knew where I worked and thus the sheer amount of coffee this guy sells. And I finally threw away my coffee cup collection today because I needed some space on my desk, and it filled my entire trash can. Maybe if I slept better I wouldn’t need to drink so much coffee. Maybe if I didn’t drink so much coffee I would sleep better. Maybe if I wash my hair the sun won’t come up tomorrow. Start thinking like that and you’ll go crazy.

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