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What Happened To Summer? | July 2, 2015

It’s July and it’s 52°
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Thou shall not kill | April 26, 2015

The first thing Moses did when he descended from Mount Sinai; bearing a tablet freshly engraved with “Thou shall not kill,” Moses summarily began to slaughter all those who had committed sins while he was away:

Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Who is on the Lord's side? Come to me.” And the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to him. And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Put every man his sword on his side. And go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.’” And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses; and there fell on the people that day about three thousand men. And Moses said, “Today you have ordained yourselves in the service of the Lord.”

— Exodus 32:26–29

From the book Alpha God Hector A. Garcia
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The Confederate States Of America | March 4, 2015

This is a terrifying documentary by the British Broadcasting Service* about the Confederate States Of America and how the world would look if the Confederacy had won.

* British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in our world.
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The Lottery Scam | January 14, 2015

This is the best indictment against the lottery I’m ever seen:
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Morality and Religion | August 7, 2014

In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker explains why morality should be based on logic and reason and not religion:

“The difference between a defensible moral position and an atavistic gut feeling is that with the former we can give reasons why our conviction is valid. We can explain why torture and murder and rape are wrong, or why we should oppose discrimination and injustice. On the other hand, no good reasons can be produced to show why homosexuality should be suppressed or why the races should be segregated. And the good reasons for a moral position are not pulled out of thin air: they always have to do with what makes people better off or worse off, and are grounded in the logic that we have to treat other people in the way that we demand they treat us.”
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It’s July 2nd and it’s 56° and raining. Seems like the perfect time for a snarky comment about global warming.
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How much of our money is cash? – Part II | April 6, 2014

While electronic payments make up the overwhelming majority of money transfers, cash still holds value. The amount of US currency in circulation has risen to $1.2 trillion. What’s interesting is that cash transactions are actually declining.

People are stashing away cash in response to economic uncertainties. The power can go out and credit card machines can crash but cash always works.
Haunted by financial crises, people worldwide are looking to paper money, especially $100 bills, to hold its value, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
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Why is glass transparent? | April 3, 2015

I’ve always wondered why glass was transparent to visible light when most other materials are opaque.  I finally found a (somewhat wordy) explanation in: Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World

So why is it that glass has this apparently miraculous property of transparency? How is it that light can travel through this solid material at all, while most other materials will not allow it? After all, glass contains all of the same atoms that make up a handful of sand. Why in the form of sand should they be opaque and in the form of glass transparent and able to bend light?

Glass is made of silicon and oxygen atoms, as well as a few other sorts. Within every atom there is a central nucleus, which contains protons and neutrons, surrounded by varying numbers of electrons. The size of the nucleus and the individual electrons is tiny compared to the overall size of the atom. If an atom were the size of an athletics stadium, the nucleus would be the size of a pea at its center, and the electrons would be the size of grains of sand in the surrounding stands. So within all atoms—and indeed all matter—there is a majority of empty space. This suggests that there should be plenty of room for light to travel through an atom without bumping into either an electron or the nucleus. Which indeed there is. So the real question is not “Why is glass transparent?,” but “Why aren’t all materials transparent?”

Inside an atomic stadium, to continue the analogy, the electrons are only allowed to inhabit certain parts of the stands. It is as if most of the seats have been removed and there are only certain rows of seats left, with each electron restricted to its allotted row. If an electron wants to upgrade to a better row, it has to pay more—the currency being energy. When light passes through an atom it provides a burst of energy, and if the amount of energy provided is enough, an electron will use that energy to move into a better seat. In doing so, it absorbs the light, preventing it from passing through the material.

But there is a catch. The energy of the light has to match exactly that required for the electron to move from its seat to a seat in the available row. If it’s too small, or to put it another way, if there are no seats available in the row above (i.e., the energy required to get to them is too large), then the electron cannot upgrade and the light will not be absorbed. This idea of electrons not being able to move between rows (or energy states, as they are called) unless the energy exactly matches is the theory that governs the atomic world, called quantum mechanics. The gaps between rows correspond to specific quantities of energy, or quanta. The way these quanta are arranged in glass is such that moving to a free row requires much more energy than is available in visible light. Consequently, visible light does not have enough energy to allow the electrons to upgrade their seats and has no choice but to pass straight through the atoms. This is why glass is transparent.
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God hates babies with gay parents | February 19, 2015

Apparently God hates gays so much that his followers will deny medical care to babies if their parents are gay.

It’s pretty sad when educated professionals still believe in ancient superstitions and think bigotry is ok.
"The first thing Dr. Karam said was 'I'll be your doctor, I'll be seeing you today because Dr. Roi decided this morning that she prayed on it and she won't be able to care for Bay," Jami said.
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Americans want warning labels on food containing DNA | January 21, 2015

Ok the headline is a bit misleading. The truth is that only 80% of Americans do.

Here’s what the warning label may look like:

WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children.
A recent survey finds that over 80 percent of Americans support "mandatory labels on foods containing DNA." This survey result is a particularly blatant example of the problem of widespread political and scientific ignorance.
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A cartoon defying the Paris terrorists | January 7, 2015

Suck it terrorists
At least 12 were killed in an attack at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Four cartoonists are among the dead.
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Badass hero cat | May 14, 2014

Family’s cat swoops in like Batman and saves a boy from being mauled by the neighbor’s dog.
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