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Aside from the toddlers in the back seat and the misguided insult to nuclear power, this sums up my opinions exactly.

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So Clue was wrong about one thing - monkey's brains, turns out, are indeed commonly found in Washington DC.
There are multiple lines from this that I really like, but the best one of all must surely be "it was during the time of Reagan that the country ate the monkey brains."

"We have elected people to govern us who do not believe in government.[...] This is what they came to Washington to do -- to break the government of the United States."

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I'm going to have to think seriously about whether or not I want to attend the next PAX, after Krahulik's most recent comments. Unless something drastically reverses between now and November (when PAX East 2014 tickets go on sale), it's looking like I will not be attending. (Trigger warning: discussions of rape jokes and rape culture.)

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"Space," it says, "is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space, listen..." and it continues on in that fashion for some time.
Extent of human radio broadcasts
Humans have been broadcasting radio waves into deep space for about a hundred years now, since the days of Marconi. That, of course, means there is an ever-expanding bubble announcing Humanity's presence to anyone listening in the Milky Way. This bubble is astronomically large (literally), and currently spans approximately 200 light years. But how big is this, really, compared to the size of the Galaxy in which we live (which is, itself, just one of countless billions of galaxies in the observable universe)?

Read More: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2012/3390.html
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Yup. Still hilarious and perfect.

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"[Your eyes] are like two ping pong balls floating in a sea of mildew."
"I don't know how to take that."

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"The major finding of the experiments is still shocking. When whites were presented with an argument against the death penalty or three strikes that emphasized the racial bias of the policy, they became more (not less) supportive of capital punishment and three strikes laws." - Political Science professors Jon Hurwitz and Mark Peffley. Emphasis original.

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Time to reconsider that multivitamin you're taking. This article presents a laundry list of studies showing they increase mortality rates.
I'd heard this in a vague way, but it was interesting to read a longer article on it. I hope that the cited studies aren't totally misrepresented as can sometimes happen. That said, this quote is pretty strong:

"Investigators ended the study abruptly when they realized that those who took vitamins and supplements were dying from cancer and heart disease at rates 28 and 17 percent higher, respectively, than those who didn't."

Also, it's too bad this Pauling fellow went wonky; it sounds like he was pretty impressive.

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I've been saying for years that NGdT is the next Carl Sagan. He's finally assuming his throne.
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