The Big Think

February 7, 2013

Matt’s Gonna Love This

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 10:32 pm

Why quantum mechanics is the biggest embarrassment in all of modern physics

Quoth

Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 9:02 pm

“You should bring something into the world that wasn’t in the world before. It doesn’t matter what that is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a table or a film or gardening – everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say, “I did that.'”

Ricky Gervais

Inoffensive Bumper Stickers

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 9:01 pm

And now for something completely different:

9 Bumper Stickers for People Who Don’t Suck

Civilization under Assault

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 2:48 pm

An absolutely fantastic speech by Bill Whittle on civilization and why it feels under threat. It’s long (almost 2 hours) but really worth it if you have the time.

… of Record

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 1:08 pm

US newspapers accused of complicity as drone report reopens security debate

New York Times and Washington Post knew about secret drone base in Saudi Arabia but agreed not to disclose it to the public”

As Glen Reynolds says: “See, this is why, if you don’t like that sort of thing, you should want a Republican president– they get more media scrutiny”

It’s related to my post yesterday (and apologies if I came off cranky. I’ve been having some pretty severe sleep issues lately). The current President is inarguably guilty of continuing/increasing the bad things that the last President was (rightfully) hammered on. It’s just that now that the Right People are in office, suddenly my friends on the left are much less willing to talk about these issues. At least with a Republican in office the media isn’t guilty of hiding stuff that’ll hurt Their Guy. And the popular culture at large is more willing to hold a Republican accountable for chipping away at our Constitution. The ratcheting away of our Republic happens more slowly under an R than under a D just because they are held to a higher standard. Sure, it’s out of a desire for political power by the left, but I’ll take dishonest accountability over no accountability any day.

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