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December 31st, 2010 - 8:11 pm § in Uncategorized

Humor … Really, Humor About the Rightwing.

Conservatives  have a larger area of the brain associated with fear. The “exciting” correlation was found by scientists at University College London who scanned the brains of two members of parliament and a number of students. Read more at the Telegraph[...]

December 31st, 2010 - 12:38 pm § in The Ave Scene

New Mags at Bulldog

The other day my wife and I went to a book store to eat lunch in their cafe.  I hade forgotten what fun paper can be! Take a look at the new magazines at Bulldog.  you can see what is new by following this link.[...]

December 31st, 2010 - 8:27 am § in Schools & Colleges

A Prof Responds to a Teacher

Last night I listened to a teacher complain to a panel of state representatives .  “Eric” asked: “why the legislature continually adds more requirements and duties to teachers while simultaneously cutting our pay. Other state employees who have had their pay cut are receiving comp[...]

December 31st, 2010 - 12:59 am § in Misc.

Do The Huskies Make Money?

If they do, they are VERY unusual. Eddie Pells at the Huffington Post reviews the numbers for major football schools Even those teams that claim to make money, never seem to pay a “profit” of more than 5% back to their university.  That is pretty sparse when you realize that the indirec[...]

December 30th, 2010 - 9:40 am § in America, Misc.

History: Excel

Without fanfare, 2010 marked the 25th anniversary of Microsoft Excel. Thomas E. Weber tracks down the program’s developer and discovers how it almost didn’t make it into stores—and the big idea Bill Gates lost forever.  read more[...]

December 30th, 2010 - 9:02 am § in Misc.

Historians Find Myriad Errors In Virginia History Textbooks

Among The Errors … That Many African-Americans Fought For The South During The Civil War … That The Confederacy Included 12 States … & That The U.S. Entered WWI In 1916 Why is this NOT surprising?  Liberal and Conservatives all see t believe that their beliefs can be legislate[...]

December 29th, 2010 - 4:42 pm § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

End of the Filibuster?

from Chris Bowers Campaign Director, Daily Kos All 53 Democratic Senators who will be returning to the Senate next year have signed a letter saying Senate rules regarding the filibuster should be reformed. This is huge, because only a majority of Senators are needed to make reform happen. The questi[...]

December 29th, 2010 - 11:26 am § in Politics, Schools & Colleges

Third World America, II

see also Part I: going to school on a Native American Reservation. Robert Reich’s summary of the woes of our declining education system seems almost a continuation of the story in Part 1 of a young American trying to get an education under the third world standards of life on an Indian reserva[...]

December 29th, 2010 - 1:48 am § in Religion, Religion

Genesis: Origins of Us

from PZ Myers Pharyngula Origin stories are common to all religions.  The real story, seen through science, is even more wonderful! For those who do not remember high school biology, “life” is defined by the creation of cells .. bags of stuff that are able to replicate themselves.   Th[...]

December 28th, 2010 - 9:00 pm § in Schools & Colleges, Science

How to Help Education in Haiti

A guide to groups assisting education in Haiti.[...]