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The New Madrid fault – and yet it moves

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Seismologists take a look at the aftershock activity on this intra-plate seismic zone and then make a Monty Python joke. Unfortunately, it’s not funny… Study: New Madrid fault zone alive and active. The New Madrid fault zone in the nation’s midsection is active and could spawn future large earthquakes, scientists reported Thursday. It’s “not dead…

Bureaucracy in (in)action

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Why am I not surprised by this? The Economic Development Administration (EDA) overreacted to being informed that they had malware on their internal system, to the point of physically destroying $170,500 of computer hardware (and would have destroyed more if they had not run out of budget to carry on that destruction). US agency baffled…

New petition to ban teaching against evolution

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A new petition has appeared at the White House petition site to ban religious-based “science” instruction. Ban Creationism and Intelligent Design in the science classroom as federal law. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government. Since Darwin’s groundbreaking theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, scientists all around the world have found monumental amounts…

Government does not know best: Vaccine Safety Studies – completely unnecessary

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A new bill is proposed to study autism and vaccines. Why? We know this answer. There is no correlation. It’s been done. Text of H.R. 1757: Vaccine Safety Study Act (Introduced version) – GovTrack.us. H. R. 1757 To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct or support a comprehensive study comparing total…

Twitter rumors of planned shootings in Alabama kept kids home

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Yesterday was a painful day. As a parent, it’s extremely difficult to imagine anything worse than the Connecticut shooting. Before the news came out, this story was in the queue… Shooting rumors kept more than 1,000 Huntsville, county students out of class Wednesday More than 1,000 students were absent Wednesday at two schools following rumors…

Encouraging news on American views on Global Warming

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Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in September 2012 |  Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. A reprot titled “Climate change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Belief and Attitudes in September 2012 [PDF] was released by a Yale cooperative. This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in…

TruthMarket used to challenge claims of rampant voter fraud

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Opponent of Republican Voter ID Laws Uses TruthMarket to Crowd-fund $10,000 Bounty for Anyone Proving the Volume of Voter Fraud Is Significant. TruthMarket, a division of Truth Seal Corp., today announced that a private citizen, Geoff Tranchina, is using the platform to dispute claims that new voter ID laws address a significant problem of voter…

Acupuncturists – Uncle Sam wants you

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The Army is looking to hire acupuncturists. Here is the job notice: USAJOBS – Search Jobs. The Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center (IPMC) at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), Fort Sam Houston, Texas provides comprehensive pain management strategies that are holistic, multidisciplinary, and multimodal to optimize Soldiers’ quality of life. As a licensed Acupuncturist within…

Commentary: Texas Republican platform – Teh Stupid, it burns. (Update: Mistake? I’m skeptical)

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I draw your attention to one of the most hypocritical and embarrassing documents I’ve seen in a long time: the 2012 Republican Party of Texas Report of Platform Committee and Rules Committee. We Oppose Critical Thinking – The Republican Party of Texas GOP (You Don’t Say…) The full document is here (PDF). It’s painful to…

Bigfoot hunter cited for commercial use on national park land without a permit

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Leader Of Bigfoot Expedition Cited For Permit Violation (NPS Digest). On February 24th, rangers received information from a concessionaire who reported that there were visitors in the park who were on a “Bigfoot hunting expedition.” …approximately 30 people had paid Matt Pruitt, who is affiliated with The Bigfoot Field Researcher’s Organization, to lead them on…

Northern Arapaho tribe sues for religious freedom; allowed to kill two bald eagles

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Wyoming tribe gets OK to kill 2 bald eagles for ceremonies. In a rare and potentially landmark decision, a Wyoming Indian tribe has received federal approval to kill two bald eagles for religious ceremonies, the Associated Press reports. The Northern Arapaho Tribe had sued the government last year, arguing its members’ religious freedom was being violated by the U.S.…

US Military wants to develop soldiers’ “spidey sense”

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US Military Seeks Sixth Sense Training | Soldiers Battlefield Intuition | LiveScience. Ordinary soldiers have sometimes shown a battlefield sixth sense that has saved lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the U.S. military wants to better understand that “spidey sense” and train troops to tap their inner superhero instincts. The U.S. Office of Naval Research…

Acupuncture promotion in U.S. military treatment centers – NPR fail

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Military Pokes Holes In Acupuncture Skeptics’ Theory Army doctors have been told by the top brass to rethink their “pill for every ill” approach to treating pain. For the 47,000 troops who’ve been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, some of the new options include less tried and true methods, like massage and chiropractic treatments. The…