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You Really Can’t Argue With Them

You really *can’t* argue with them. —– Original Message —– From: <A REALLY BRIGHT PROGRESSIVE> To: ‘Leslie’ (not so bright) Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 2:02 AM Subject: An interesting study, and my comments… It’s tricky, talking with these poor brain-damaged souls. If it weren’t so normal, I’d call such mental misreasoning a disease.It’s easy […]

Machine Knitting, Trying A Hobby

I’ve been interested in knitting machines for many years. I recently found an old notebook with my thoughts on industrial knitting and weaving machines and their connection to Jacquard looms, the Hollerith cards used in 1970s computing and early Chinese mechanical ducks. More about this another time, perhaps. I learned to knit by hand at […]

A Progessive’s Take on Prepping

There is a huge movement in the US to prepare for the collapse of civilization. There are many reasons an individual “prepper” might believe that they will cut off from the supply chain. Disaster scenarios include: Acts of war such as thermonuclear war or large-scale terrorist attack. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, volcanoes, tornadoes, earthquakes, […]

The Astrologers Can No Longer Predict The Future

I haven’t looked at a weather report today but last night they were saying possibly a foot of snow. The weather people run a Monte Carlo simulation then incorrectly take an average of the results. This is stupid because the European model is sometimes so far off the American models that the average is wrong, […]

Recipe: White Turkey Chili

White Turkey Chili Ingredients: A spritz of cooking spray 1 lb. diced cooked turkey or 1 lb ground turkey 2 Tbs. olive oil 1 large yellow onion, diced Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 2 tsp. ground cumin 5 garlic cloves, minced 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced 1 tomatilla, diced 3 cans (each 7 […]

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Protected: The Grim Reaper

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Frightened NRA Members?

“Frightened citizens, sheltered in place, with no means to defend themselves or their families from whatever might come crashing through their door. How many Bostonians wished they had a gun two weeks ago?” — The National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre, quoted by the Huffington Post. Mr. LaPierre’s characterization of non-gun owners is so IGNORANT that […]

Michael Shermer On Patternicity

Patternicity is Shermer’s name for apophenia, the tendency to find meaning in noise. This is how we see constellations in the stars, faces on Mars, and Kaziklu Bey’s visage grinning evilly from a slice of cinnamon toast. In its negative form, patternicity is behind many forms of self-deception, from superstition to conspiracy theory. This video […]

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