Republican Members, U.S. House Subcommittee on the Environment

Wonkery: Conspiracy Ideation and Science


Psychologists study the paranoid conspiracy crowd at their peril. The journal Frontiers in Psychology: Personality Science and Individual Differences published a paper, “Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation,” by Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, Klaus Oberauer, and Michael Marriott. A year later, Frontiers formally retracted the paper, not because the science was bad.…

Stupid + More Stupid ≠ Smart

SB 108: Stupid + More Stupid ≠ Smart


Senate Bill 108,[1] pending in the Alaska Legislature, would make criminal records confidential if the criminal case results in a “nonconviction” – the case is dismissed for some reason, or, more rarely, the jury acquits the defendant. Apparently, there are stupid people out there who are smart enough to use the internet to go to…

Lunar Eclipse, April 15, 2014

JALEP


JALEP is Just Another Lunar Eclipse Photo. WC stood in the slush at the Dog Musher’s Field for a couple of hours Monday night photographing the total lunar eclipse in the southeast sky. Unlike a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse is a leisurely, slow-developing event. It’s a consequence of the geometry, or the astrophysics, if…

Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an, by Denise A. Spellberg

Jefferson’s Qur’an


Man is the Reasoning Animal. Such is the claim. I think it is open to dispute. Indeed, my experiments have proven to me that he is the Unreasoning Animal… In truth, man is incurably foolish. Simple things which other animals easily learn, he is incapable of learning. Among my experiments was this. In an hour…

Heartbleed and the NSA


First, you have to understand the Heartbleed programming error. As usual, Randall Munroe at XKCD has an elegant explanation: Heartbleed isn’t malware; it isn’t really a bug. It’s a programming error, likely a piece of programmer diagnostic that got left in when it shouldn’t have been. Almost certainly, the first person to discover the Heartbleed…

Who says the Cubs can't hit?

The Onion on the Cubs


Sometimes The Onion goes through satire and out the other side. Thursday’s piece on the Chicago Cubs. Child Shown Field Where Cubs Suck SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF • Sports • Baseball • ISSUE 50•14 • Apr 10, 2014 CHICAGO—Visiting for the first time in his young life, 9-year-old Jacob Tendering was reportedly shown the field where his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs, suck every home…