Daily Archives: September 7, 2011

Greg’s Bloggy Newsletter

There are a lot of exciting developments to talk about in this week’s newsletter. First, the second of these news letters (the one you are reading right now) has been produced, which is a sign that I may do these regularly. Second, and much more important, is that a whole bunch of interesting climate blogging has been going on. Third, it is time to go back to school! And I’ve got some blog posts for that too.

Wheat from Chaff

It has become a tradition to post numerous items for teachers, students, parents of students, and school administrators at this time when so many return to school. Here you’ll find the archive of back to school postings, starting with the most recent.

There has been a lot of Global Warming related blogging over the last few weeks. This link cloud will get you to the relevant links both here and elsewhere. Please add any links that I may have missed. Also, please spread these posts around. We need more exposure for the good guys.

Over at The X Blog we are winding down on Michele Bachmann as her campaign collapses and disintegrates, and winding up with discussions of 9/11, what with the 10th anniversary coming up and all.

In the meantime I would like to note that no one has identified the meaning of the name “The X Blog.” I’m rather shocked. One would think it would be easy to find. Perhaps no one cares about history any more…

Just you wait and see department

You all know Scicurious. Well, when I saw a new Twin Study that looked at female orgasms, I assumed she’d be writing it up. So, while I was working on my post on the paper, I contacted her and it turns out that we are going to jointly post our respective posts on the topic. Several have asked if I’m going to cover the paper is yes, but it will be Friday. Stay tuned.

Carnivals and such

The circus of the spineless is HERE.

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Wikileaks: US Government Agents = Microsoft Sales Staff

UNCLAS SARAJEVO 001879

SIPDIS

COMMERCE FOR 4232/ITA/MAC/EUR (BURGESS AND SAVICH)
DEPARTMENT PLEASE PASS TO USTR (MORROW, YANG)
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/SCE, EEB/IPE, EUR/PPD (HANNAN),
EUR/PPD-PA,IIP/S
TREASURY FOR LINDQUIST
COMMERCE PLEASE PASS TO MCCAFFREY AND SMITH AT USPTO
JUSTICE FOR CARL ALEXANDRE
MOSCOW FOR REGIONAL IPR ATTACHE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECIN KIPR BK
SUBJECT: BOSNIA: MICROSOFT AND PM SPIRIC SIGN STRATEGIC
PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

REF: SARAJEVO 1351

¶1. On December 18, the BiH Council of Ministers and Microsoft finally signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement for access to legal Microsoft applications for all state-level government ministries. Prime Minister Nikola Spiric signed
the agreement on behalf of the BiH Government. The agreement
obligates the BiH Government to use licensed software, but is
only the first step in strengthening the state government’s
intellectual property regime. Microsoft will now begin
negotiations with BiH to purchase licenses for the software
applications under the state’s purview. This marks a huge success for the U.S. Embassy, which has been working with state-level officials for three years to push for action to ban pirated and unlicensed software from ministry offices.
(Note: Federation and RS-entity governments signed separate
strategic partnership agreements with Microsoft in 2006. End
note.)
ENGLISH

Fox News: Americans are mostly wrong about science, other things.

Fox News has just come out with a new poll that shows that 77% of Americans believe that prayers “literally help someone heal from an injury or illness” and 15% think Darwinand other scientists are right about evolution and creationists are wrong (but 26% believe that both are correct). The poll has a sampling error of about 3% and appears to have been conducted correctly.

Could someone please tell me why this is interesting?

Life Science and Earth Science Teachers: A few books for your classroom

I like to pass books about science on to the teachers in my daughter’s school for them to have in the classroom (or to pass on to the library, as they wish). Now that you’ve heard this idea, you will want to do it to!

Here’s a few suggestions of recent titles that could be available used or cheap.

Continue reading Life Science and Earth Science Teachers: A few books for your classroom

9/11 Reverberates …

I will surely write something about 9/11 on 9/11, but in the mean time I thought I’d repost something I wrote some time ago about how things changed after the WTC towers collapsed. In the post reproduced before, I’m saying essentially what is being said here. I won’t bother mentioning that I said it many years ago, that would be obnoxious. The original post was titled 911 Reverberates in Boston.

Continue reading 9/11 Reverberates …

An alligator in Wisconsin?

This is the claim being made:

Oh, I can’t believe she’s never going camping again because she saw an alligator! Personally, I like running across this sort of animal.

I hope there is an actual scientific investigation of this. I’d love to know if this creature could possibly have wintered over. This is a rather large beast to haven not been in the wild for about a year, though I suppose it is possible that someone fed it up in their basement.

Duluth News Tribune: Seriously?

The Duluth News Tribune is supposed to be the number one newspaper in the Northlands of Minnesota. Or at least, that is what they say. Over 4 million people visited their web site in August 2011. That’s a lot of visits. Earlier today, the Duluth News Tribune, ironically (go look up “Tribune”) posted a letter to the editor chastising an earlier run piece from the Washington Post that confused Presidential Candidate Rick Perry’s belief in creationism with a belief in “Young Earth Creationism.”

The letter written by Dan Erickson says:
Continue reading Duluth News Tribune: Seriously?