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Mitt Romney: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

In 1%, Birth Control, Current events, Government, Health Insurance, Justin, Obama, Romney, Welfare on November 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Some elections are close. This one wasn’t. Even as Karl Rove tried to deny reality  and other conservatives attempted to digest the ill news, it became apparent that this was hardly even a contest. Ceding only North Carolina and Indiana back to Republicans from his initial election, it was obvious pretty early on in election night that it was going to be Obama’s night.

What was remarkable was how most Republicans had no idea that such a victory for the Democrats was coming. It wasn’t simply a psychological ploy that Romney had no concession speech prepared on election night…he truly believed he was going to win, and the Fox News spin machine (Looking at you Dick Morris) played right into that. Most Fox pundits, and even Romney’s own advisors, were predicting landslide victories for the Republican nominee.

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The Weekender

In Birth Control, Current events, General, Interesting, Justin, Maps, Nature, Science, Ted Talk, Thoughtful on April 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

I, for one welcome our new monkey overlords. The study of language is one of my under-explored interests on this blog. Ever since being introduced to Noam Chomsky and that idea that the language that we speak can have a direct impact on our view of the world, I have found linguistics fascinating. One of the hallmarks of our humanity is that we have a written language…something that we thought was uniquely human. This study showed that baboons can learn to “read” English words. While it is too much of a leap to say that they understand language, it is interesting nonetheless. The experiment basically rewarded a monkey for determining if a word was real or not. A positive response for the word “wasp” would return a treat, a positive response for the word “telk”… no treat. At the end of the study, the baboons could get the right response 75% of the time. Let that sink in for a moment…baboons can determine real English words from fake English words. Nature is awesome.

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The Weekender

In Birth Control, Current events, Economics, Fascinating, General, Government, Health Insurance, Interesting, Justin, Politics, Science, Thoughtful on March 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

A Tiger can’t change his stripes, but an ant can change his color? A humorous, and pretty cool story about a photographer in India who realized that his local ants turned white after drinking spilled milk. Taking that discovery a step further – he introduced colorful sugar water to the ants – and the results were stunning:

As the ants drank the liquid – their translucent abdomens clearly show the results. Apparently, some ants even drank more than one color, creating a whole rainbow of psychedelic ants. Click over for even cooler pictures.

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Contraception Contradiction

In Birth Control, Catholic, Current events, Health Insurance, Obama, Politics on February 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

The outrage has been palpable. The lines have been drawn, and the war is quickly escalating. No, we aren’t talking about the atrocities happening in Syria, or even the quagmire of Afghanistan, we are talking about the pill.

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