Yep, it’s still happening in America

People are basing their electoral decisions on the vague phonetic similarity between the name of guy born in Kansas, and the name of a religious/political nutjob in Saudi Arabia.

Nevermind that nothing either of these individuals has ever said about anything, ever, shows any political similarity between them. Phonetic similarity between names is damning.

If the McCain/Palin campaign wanted to impress me, a citizen with some real education, they’d publicly condemn – loudly publicly condemn – this kind of bullshit. It would cost them the batshit-crazy vote (an important constituency for the Republican party), but at least I could respect them.

Two weeks to go.

Anyone want to take bets as to whether they’ll step up and clear up the lies, prejudice, and ignorance? They haven’t to date.

Now, not even Ohio can save McCain

And I’m okay with that. I love me some election simulation – teh Republican has to win every single remaining swing state in order to win the election now.

Perhaps we’re entering an era of clean, reality-based politics and reasonable government regulation after all?

I’d still like Obama never to have to mention being a christian again, but that won’t happen until the accusation of being a muslim stops being damning for him- that is, after the 2012 election season.

/me sighs.

Fixme: collection of panning reviews of Expelled

[Another draft I’m just publishing as-is]

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=ben-steins-expelled-review-john-rennie&print=true

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=ben-steins-expelled-review-michael-shermer&print=true

Also be sure to link to the “carbon credit” idea of giving money to people who do real science as penance for paying to go see teh stupid.

[update: look at Expelled Exposed]

Ten Books that screwed up the world

[Another draft I’m just publishing as-is]

A reply to Wanker’s and (other’s) lists.

  1. the latin vulgate
  2. the KJV
  3. the koran
  4. on the Jews and their Lies – Luther
  5. the Secret
  6. The Kabbalah
  7. Summa Theologicae, Thomas Aquinas
  8. The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
  9. Dianetics
  10. works, Sylvia Browne

Tao te Ching and Confucian works don’t count because they don’t mandate very much silly superstition.

I learned a new word today

Updated because I JUST MUST have a link to the original study to show that I didn’t make this up. Enjoy!

[Another draft I’m just publishing as-is]

It’s a description of something I’ve known about for a long time, the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning-Kruger_effect

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Wobegon_effect

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases

Whiter than snow

[This is a draft I was working on in February that I’m just going to publish as-is]

Squeaky clean- oddly so.

There’s just something odd about listening to, or even reading the lyrics to… well, even contemplating the existence of an LDS boy band.

Yeah, there’s something you never thought of before, have you?

I stumbled on this pretty much by accident: Sons of Provo apparently is this boy band dedicated to the small but presumably lucrative LDS teen girl audience. I assume it’s lucrative, because their target audience is counseled on at least a twice weekly basis