No Miranda for you

I’m guessing that this bill (S 3081) is the follow up to all of the complaints about the underwear bomber getting read his Miranda rights. Which was something I heard far too much about in the two weeks following the unsuccessful bombing attempt, and involved a lot of back and forth with one side pointing ...

International signage 1

There’s a super-interesting article at Slate about exit signs in America versus in other countries. It mostly focuses on the fact that we use a text-based exit sign (which is now so ubiquitous that we may see it more as a symbol) rather than the ISO pictogram of the running man on the green background. ...

First Corporate "Person" to run for office 2

Murray Hill, Inc. is going to run for Congress. The press release reads like something out of the Onion, which means that these people are A-okay in my book. I’m still pretty steamed about the the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission SCOTUS ruling. Not because I think it’s going to destroy the electoral process ...

An atheist Christmas

We slept late on Christmas; I think it’s been years since I woke up early on Christmas morning. I’m one of those people who, given the chance, goes to bed around two in the morning and wakes up between nine and ten. Mike and I sat around a bit to wake up, then drove over ...

And by the way (…bitch?) 2

Graduation was lovely. Dr. Lang Farmer is the department head now, so he gave a fairly brief little speech. He really emphasized how important our degrees are, not because of the knowledge that we’ve learned to earn them, but because we’ve presumably also learned to think about things critically and to not accept facts at ...

Graduation Eve

I only just realized that I missed my regular Wednesday posting date; I apologize. This was finals week, and things have been a bit strange and hectic. I did my last final on Tuesday, but on Wednesday there were holiday packages to mail, and many a thing to check and double check to make sure ...

Race and the border patrol

I think this post makes an interesting point. Actually, when I originally posted about the Peter Watts incident, the two examples that sprang instantly to mind about people being hassled by the border patrol or immigration were the problems that Fouad and Aki’s friends had. Later, Chelsea reminded me that she’d had a nasty run-in ...

Dr. Watts update

Just home from my Japanese History Final, which I think went quite well. I feel like a 4.0 semester is within my grasp. Update on Dr. Watts’ site. And there’s an article in at least the online version of the Toronto Star. There have actually been a few other articles now, including one I saw ...

Oh no, Climate-gate!

Fiore puts it well. I don’t really have much more to say about the ridiculous situation. The SGU did a great job in episode 228 and 227 talking about it. I can’t personally speak authoritatively and I don’t have anything really unique to say other than this: attacking scientists for being grumpy, bitchy humans doesn’t ...

By the way

The world didn’t end yesterday. Next in big news: Sun STILL rising in the east!