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The harassed…

Via my best friend we find that rats are being harassed:

“Experiments on different groups of rats of different ages showed that the most effective means of instilling depression (measured by overall listlessness) was to constantly harass young rats, and then intermittently harass them again when they got older, and that doing this is likely […]

Barely news…

As the Guardian reports:

A comprehensive study by the American Academy of Pediatrics was published on Saturday. Widely seen as the best measure of the onset of puberty in American boys, it showed that they are showing signs of puberty six months to two years earlier than previously assumed [emphasis added].

The surprise finding builds […]

That word you keep using…

You keep on using that word… I do not think it means what you think it means:

Ehem, “grassroots” might not actually apply when talking about something sponsored by the incumbent president’s reelection campaign.

Reference? See this.

Part “Duh”:

Part “Duh2“:

Part “The stupidity never fucking ends”:

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I’d like to ignore this one…

But it’s just so blatant I cannot. George Zimmerman:

“I do wish that there was something, anything, I could have done that wouldn’t have put me in the situation where I had to take [Martin’s] life”

Dispatcher to Zimmerman when he said he was following Trayvon:

“Ok, we don’t need you to do that.”

Seriously, […]

Need to remember this one…

“Observer-expectancy effect” per WikiPedia:

The observer-expectancy effect (also called the experimenter-expectancy effect, expectancy bias, observer effect, or experimenter effect) is a form of reactivity, in which a researcher’s cognitive bias causes them to unconsciously influence the participants of an experiment. It is a significant threat to a study’s internal validity, and is therefore typically controlled […]

Radio Silence…

Why the “radio silence”? Partly because I’ve been enormously busy in my personal and professional life, and partly I admit some disillusionment with the benefit of political discussion. The later being that I wonder in the current insane rightward tilt of the political environment that trying to inject reality has any true benefits at all. […]

And a pony…

Just sayin’…

Do they read their own stories…?

Here’s a quote from the LA Times regarding the Indiana stage collapse tragedy:

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis had been tracking the storm for hours and was in close contact with fair officials. The agency issued a severe thunderstorm warning — with winds whipping at 77 mph — at 8:39 p.m., shortly before the […]

Compared to what?

So I go to my iGoogle RSS feed page and see:

That’s like saying, “Fewer murdered than by Stalin” – I mean it could be bloody anything but still horrific. For all we know there might have been less radiation released at the bombing of Nagasaki than Chernobyl.

Definitely a “Bear Shits In Woods” […]

Worst Case Scenario

While I’ve gone through phases, for most of my life if been conditionally pro-nuclear. That is “pro” if:

They can make general operation safe. They find a solution to the waste.

In all honesty they’ve never been able to execute the later, so it has sort of been moot to me.

On the other hand, […]