Monthly Archives: March 2011

Lucky Man Who Made the Grade

In Florida, Republicans chastened a Democratic representative for using the word “uterus” on the floor of the state House.  He explained that Republican “philosophy is small government for the big guy and big government for the little guy. And so, … Continue reading

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Our zoo is better than your zoo

There was a time not too long ago when it seemed like animals (humans included) might be safer in the wild than at the National Zoo.  So it has been a nice relief over the past few months to see … Continue reading

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Revealing Gov. Christie Interview

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A random sampling of New Hampshire conversations

I’ve been making frequent trips to Concord, NH over the past year or two, and thought I’d share some conversations I’ve overheard (or in some instances, been involved in) 1)  “You know, those Pakistanis with their dots on their heads.  … Continue reading

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HIV Positive Organ Donations

Reading my Futurity email update today, I saw this story advocating for removing the legal ban against allowing HIV-positive organ donors. First, I cannot believe it’s a legal ban, this seems like the kind of thing that is handled by … Continue reading

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How not to respond to critics

My friend Stephanie forwarded this delightful book review, in which the reviewer, Big Al (seriously), says that The Greek Seaman (seriously, again, get it out of your system) by Jacqueline Howett, is “compelling and interesting” but that there’s so many … Continue reading

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Opening Day

Hope springs eternal for everyone! Except the Mets. The Mets placed Jason Bay on the 15-day disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle in his left rib cage. Bay was placed on the disabled list retroactive to March 25, so … Continue reading

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Fizzled Tea

Over at Frum Forum, Andrew Gellman responds to reports that the Tea Party is losing influence in budget discussions on Capitol Hill. His central point is reasonable enough– that “what it takes to mobilize voters in an election is not … Continue reading

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But the law of averages would say…

Barry Ritholtz finds a Japan Times article from 2004, where a seismologist warned of this exact catastrophe. Read it, it’s worth it and the TL;DR below doesn’t do it justice. Here’s a great pull quote: I realized that Japan has … Continue reading

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Through Their Own Words They Will Be Exposed

There are some apparent differences between the two, but Bashar Assad and Michelle Rhee certainly have similar crisis management styles. For the first time since the mass mobilizations against oppressive regimes throughout the Arab world spread to Syria, President Bashar Assad … Continue reading

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What to Watch: Miscellany

Most of my friends know that I’m a huge TV geek, and I’m sometimes asked for advice on what’s worth watching. So here’s my current “What you should be watching” list, divided across a couple posts.  Tuesday: Dramas and Procedurals, … Continue reading

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A bored band

I had the misfortune of experiencing Yo La Tengo’s Spinning Wheel tour in person a few months ago at the 930 club.  The first set of the show is determined by a fan spinning a wheel on stage.  Options include … Continue reading

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Terrifying assault in small town WA

There’s a reason Stephen King loves small towns.  From the Pullman-Moscow Daily News, a horrific assault in Albion, a “town” of 600 people a stone’s throw from my hometown of Pullman. The breaking news isn’t pretty: A 54-year-old man is … Continue reading

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His name isn’t pronounced how I pronounce it

Via metafilter, Tom Kuntz does amazing work. He did that Old Spice video that everyone loves. He also did the music video for “High Voltage,” which I adore. But this, this deserves attention: Go check out the mefi post for … Continue reading

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Thank god for the lap giraffes

Because apparently we cannot suffer any other cute animals. Death toll amongst cetaceans in gulf may be 50 times higher than previously thought.

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Wouldn’t Take Skin off Your Face

Folks fortunate enough to catch some of last night’s Bruins shutout of the Blackhawks saw Shawn Thornton get cut pretty badly by a skate n the second period.  After the game, he explained: “Lucky,’’ Thornton said. “A little lower and … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t Take Skin off Your Back

Here’s a website about tiny adorable giraffes and the Russians who sell them. Such cuteness could only serve to bring us humans together, right?  Well, no.  Instead, it instigated a journalism plagiarism scandal.

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Please, not again

I have friends who have only started speaking to me again recently because of the hatred I expressed for Christopher Nolan’s epic fail The Dark Knight.  Possibly as some kind of self-defense mechanism, I’ve largely managed to erase the memory … Continue reading

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