Daily Archives: April 3, 2012

Turns out the "war on science" is a fabrication of the enemy!

We are at war. I do not refer to the war in Afghanastan (though that too) but rather to the war between the religious right, Republicans, the 1% and various anti-science forces on one hand and everybody else on the other. Indeed, it is standard political wisdom that Fundamentalist Christians and Republicans constitute an overlapping (and where not overlapping, highly cooperative) group standing in opposition to science.

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A person can drown while you are watching and you won't even notice

Huxley’s grandfather takes him to swimming lessons every week, and between grand-dad and mom, Huxley goes to a pool about once a month outside of “class.” This has been going on for about two years, and Huxley is about two years old. I estimate that this particular toddler has been in the pool for an extended period well over 100 times, and probably more times than I’ve been in a pool over my entire life.

He can do something like 11 bananas. If you know what that means, then, well, you know what I mean. Otherwise don’t worry about it.

By the way, did you know that toddlers naturally sink? So much for the Aquatic Ape Theory!

When Huxley gets older he’ll be a great swimmer, and that will keep him relatively safe at the lake, on boats, etc. But safe isn’t perfectly safe, and even experienced swimmers have to watch out for themselves and for each other. And, this is the time of year to remind everyone what drowning looks like.

Drowning, it turns out, does not look like drowning. It often looks like nothing at all. From your point of view at the pool side, in the cabana, at the beach, or on the boat, drowning simply looks like this: The person simply isn’t there any more because they quietly slipped to the bottom of the water after quietly struggling mostly out of your sight.

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The GOP Future: Romney Wins In Wisconsin, Santorum Wins in May, Women Walking Away

Romney is expected to win today’s GOP primary in Wisconsin, though a good Santorum showing is not impossible. Romney will also do well in other April races (Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Rhode Island). However, Santorum is expected to do reasonably well in May (Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia). Santorum is predicting a nearly even race by the end of that process. We’ll see.

Meantime, in all of the major general election battleground states, Obama is beating the Republicans in head-to-heat polling. However, the two parties are about evenly divided among men, with women very strongly leaning towards the Democratic candidate and away from the Republican candidate.

Apparently several months of crapping on women has its effects.

Dismissed Student Executes Seven in California Christian College

The former student …

… walked into the single-story building housing Oikos University on Monday morning, took a receptionist hostage and went looking for a particular female administrator, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told CNN’s “Early Start.”

The man walked into a classroom, lined up students against a wall and shot them one by one, Jordan said.

He then left the classroom, reloaded his semi-automatic, found some more stuents and shot them. He then left the scene in a victim’s car. Soon after, One Goh, the shooter, was arrested at an Alameda grocery store.

According to CNN,

The college, which caters to the Korean-American Christian community, offers degrees in theology, music, nursing and Asian medicine, according to its website.