Daily Archives: March 14, 2009

Banks are using rescue funds to fund anti-union activities

Do we need any more evidence that banks are evil? That the anti-union movement is evil?

National Pi Day is Official

It used to be a festival of fun created and celebrated by geeks but with no official recognition. Now, National Pi Day is a legal holiday in the US (but not one you get to take a day off of work for).

Washington politicians took time from bailouts and earmark-laden spending packages on Wednesday for what might seem like an unusual act: officially designating a National Pi Day.

That’s Pi as in ratio-of-a-circle’s-circumference-to-diameter, better known as the mathematical constant beginning with 3.14159.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a resolution introduced two days earlier that designates March 14, 2009 (3/14, get it?) as National Pi Day. It urges schools to take the opportunity to teach their students about Pi and “engage them about the study of mathematics.”

Backing the measure is a collection of technology and engineering groups, including the Association for Competitive Technology, the American Chemical Society, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, IEEE, TechAmerica, and TechNet.

Details here.

America Losing Religion – And Morality?

i-3f2f66a0b2d43a01afdc6acfdd6aa34b-mn_atheists.jpg On this week’s show we’re going to try something different. We’ll have a discussion between an atheist and a Christian about the current state of morality in this country. Is the decline of religion really leading to a loss of moral values, as the Religious Right claims? Is America going to hell in a handbasket? Join us for what promises to be a lively debate between August Berkshire, past president of Minnesota Atheists, and Robert Dull of The Pearlygate Network.

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How To Be Stupid on Facebook

We’re all stupid on facebook, but maybe this guy was extra stupid:

“A man on trial in New York for possession of a weapon has been acquitted after subpoenaing his arresting officer’s Facebook and MySpace accounts. His defense: Officer Vaughan Ettienne’s MySpace ‘mood’ was set to ‘devious’ on the day of the arrest, and one day a few weeks before the trial, his Facebook status read ‘Vaughan is watching “Training Day” to brush up on proper police procedure.’

source: /.

I’ve noticed that many of my Facebook friends have the proverbial hazy picture of themselves getting sloshed on umbrella drinks in questionable company. This means, according to what I’ve heard, that their lives are ruined forever. Especially in this economy, what with the Bushession in full swing and all. Your employer is looking for any excuse to fire you.

What I think is this: We should all get pictures (faked, in most cases, of course) of ourselves with umbrella drinks in a questionable setting and post them on Facebook. To help our unfortunate friends.

What do you think?