Friday, May 6, 2011


Jenny Holzer, First Impressions (1989)
 This roundup was getting out of control so I'm breaking it up into two different posts. And don't worry, it won't take me six years to finally get around to posting the second half (dig at GRRM for you non-fantasy nerds).


Tennessee House Passes Bill That Lets Teachers Question Evolution In Science Class:
The Tennessee House of Representatives voted Thursday to pass a bill that would shield teachers from disciplinary action if they question the theory of evolution during class.
Outrage on CUNY Vote to Shelve Playwright’s Award:
Trying to stem a spiraling controversy, the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York issued a statement on Thursday that its decision to block an honorary degree for the playwright Tony Kushner “should not be interpreted as reflecting on Mr. Kushner’s accomplishments.”

But the statement fell short of an apology, which is what Mr. Kushner called for after Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld, a trustee, claimed that he held deeply anti-Israel views. Mr. Wiesenfeld’s words, at a board meeting on Monday, set in motion a vote by the trustees to shelve the honor.
Ron Paul To Open Campaign Office In Iowa -- First 2012er To Do So:
Texas Republican Ron Paul has opened an Iowa campaign office, and will visit here next week, aides told The Des Moines Register this morning.The congressman will arrive Tuesday to unveil his Iowa headquarters in Ankeny, according to David Fischer, vice chairman of Paul’s Iowa team.

It’s the first candidate headquarters in Iowa.
U.S. should legalize drugs, says former Mexican president Fox:
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said this week that the only way to end the drug violence plaguing his country is for the United States to legalize drugs.

"As a country, we are going through problems due to the fact that the United States consumes too many drugs," Fox, who served as Mexico's president from 2000-2006, told reporters Monday night before a speech at the Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce in San Antonio. "I would recommend to legalize, de-penalize all drugs," Fox added.

He said the drug violence threatens to rip his country apart. It has claimed more than 37,000 lives in Mexico since 2006, when President Felipe Calderon took office and sent the army to combat cartels fighting for smuggling routes to the United States.
Traditional media’s refusal to enter the link economy:
Blogger ethics tend to be better than traditional journalism ethics when it comes to linking to sources. It’s actually far more likely you won’t find a single link in any articles in most mainstream news publications online. Sometimes they may even write out the source, but won’t link to it.
Ivory Coast Standoff Ends, But Nightmare for Women Continues:
Former President Laurent Gbagbo was finally arrested this week, and many seem to think this will bring an end to the conflict that’s riddled Ivory Coast for the past months. But for the women among the more than 1 million people displaced by the fighting, this is not the case. As the situation deteriorated from chaos to full-fledged crisis, Ivorian women went from being the drivers of political protest to survivors of sexual violence.
9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes:
Tax policy is something the framers left to politics. And in politics, the facts often matter less than who has the biggest bullhorn. The Mad Men who once ran campaigns featuring doctors extolling the health benefits of smoking are now busy marketing the dogma that tax cuts mean broad prosperity, no matter what the facts show.

As millions of Americans prepare to file their annual taxes, they do so in an environment of media-perpetuated tax myths. Here are a few points about taxes and the economy that you may not know, to consider as you prepare to file your taxes. (All figures are inflation-adjusted.)

Child victims of sex trafficking jailed for prostitution:

Slashdance - Democratic Deficit Reduction Plan:

Fox Rips Obama For Ground Zero Appearance:

True Loves by Hooray for Earth:

Random Quote:
“This is my 10th presidential campaign, Lord help me. I have never before seen such a bunch of vile, desperate-to-please, shameless, embarrassing losers coagulated under a single party’s banner. They are the most compelling argument I’ve seen against American exceptionalism… There are those who say, cynically, if this is the dim-witted freak show the Republicans want to present in 2012, so be it. I disagree. One of them could get elected. You never know.”— Joe Klein


  1. Great round up! When I read that article about the bill passed in TN, I questioned Alan Leshner's comment, "There is virtually no scientific controversy among the overwhelming majority of researchers on the core facts of global warming and evolution. Asserting that there are significant scientific controversies about the overall nature of these concepts when there are none will only confuse students, not enlighten them."

    I was under the impression that there is a HUGE controversy over global warming.

    The story about the child prostitutes is very disturbing. It saddens me, really. People who force children to have sex should be shot. I remember watching a special on tv about child prostitutes in Asia. I just sat there and cried when I watched it. One of the girls was only 4 years old! FOUR! People who enjoy having sex with girls that age should also be shot. So f'ing sick.

  2. I think the important part of what Leshner said was "core facts." I took conservation biology this semester and it does seem like there's a ton of consensus. The problems arise with applying the findings to a more broad basis. Evolution is the same way. Both of these subjects are huge and made up of dozens of separate sciences and areas of study. So while it may seem like there's a lot of disagreement, it's actually very small compared to the thousands of other things all these scientists agree with (to a point obviously). Plus, both of these subjects have been politicized so a lot of the disagreement is magnified by pundits trying to bolster their own opinions.


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