Archive for August, 2010

August 28th, 2010 - 10:34 pm § in America

SCHWARZENEGGER in the WSJ: Public Pensions can not be Sustained.

Recently some critics have accused me of bullying state employees. Headlines in California papers this month have been screaming “Gov assails state workers” and “Schwarzenegger threatens state workers.” I’m doing no such thing. State employees are hard-working and valua[...]

August 28th, 2010 - 10:51 am § in Misc.

I Robot

The future …[...]

August 26th, 2010 - 9:37 am § in Politics, Religion, Science, The Ave Scene

Glenn Beck’s Profanity

As a very patriotic American I take personal offense at the rally Glen Beck is leading this Saturday at a truly hallowed place, the Lincoln Memorial. Worse, this is the anniversary of the I have a Dream Speech. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME A petition to express outrage. Is this where America is going?[...]

August 24th, 2010 - 12:44 am § in Misc.

UW Football … the full story

Myths about the Huskies abound. We are told they make money.  This is not true. We are told that they help the UW in Olympia.  really? We are told that the football program has good academic record … that seems to be true, at least relative to other football programs. But … does the pr[...]

August 24th, 2010 - 12:05 am § in Misc.

May God Protect Science from the Radical Religous Right

How is this for a scary story? Imagine that the same radical religious right that sponsors the Tea Party and Glenn Beck decided to fund a scientific research company, for profit, to develop drugs that fit the right’s ethical agenda? That company exists, and it exists here in Seattle, an outgro[...]

August 18th, 2010 - 4:10 pm § in America

Why The U.W. And Nike Are A Threat To America’s War In Afghanistan

After discussing with Prof. Schwartz the UW’s relationship with Nike, I feel confident a meritorious argument can be made that the University’s arrangement with Nike is incestuous.  The incest arises from the fact the University’s finance office and its academic departments are first cousins.[...]

August 17th, 2010 - 7:54 am § in Misc.

I Robot?: Who is a Luddite?

For those who do not know PZ Myers, PZ is the leading blogger in science and a major spokesperson against the creationists.   Now, he may be getting religion.Over at Pharyngula, PZ Meyers blog, he has a blistering attack on Raymond Kurzweil’s prediction that Man will soon be able to create a[...]

August 16th, 2010 - 10:45 pm § in UW

Emmert Jumps, Who will pay?

Emmert wants to leave his UW president job a month early University of Washington President Mark Emmert is trying to leave a month early to begin his job as president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, but it could cost him up to $51,666. from the Seattle Times By Katherine Long Seattl[...]

August 13th, 2010 - 9:42 am § in Uncategorized

Call Me a Negri

Recently “Dr. Laura” got herself into great trouble by using the “N” word. I really dislike Dr. Laura, in part because she shows a side of Judaism that comes frighteningly close to the arrogance I associate with the worst of Christianity and Islam . Would her words have evoke[...]

August 7th, 2010 - 10:06 am § in Politics, The Ave Scene

Dear Darcy Burner

Recently, I posted on another blog about my disappointment of the path Darcy Burner, a former candidate for Congress from the Eastside,  has taken after loosing her campaign against Dave Reichert.  Darcy took offense.  My response explains some of the reasons I believe The-Ave is important. .. no[...]