Archive for March 20th, 2009

On Michael Steele's 'Cooling Process'

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | March 20, 2009 4:30 pm

Several readers have emailed me to comment on Michael Steele’s ummmm…imaginative explanations of both global ‘cooling‘ and Greenland:

“We are cooling. We are not warming. The warming you see out there, the supposed warming, and I am using my finger quotation marks here, is part of the cooling process. Greenland, which is now covered in ice, it was once called Greenland for a reason, right? Iceland, which is now green. Oh I love this. Like we know what this planet is all about. How long have we been here? How long? No very long.”

You want me to respond to that gibberish? Seriously? The man got the history of Greenland wrong… need I really wax poetic on the rest? It’s not a question of ‘what this planet is all about‘, but rather what planet is the RNC Chairman on?

My take is that I’m embarrassed for the Republicans. No, I may not always agree with their policies, but in terms of who is representing their image right now, surely they can do so much better

Morning With 'The Bloggerati'

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | March 20, 2009 2:10 pm

Today Bora, Abel, and I visited Duke’s Sanford Institute on Public Policy for the second year in a row to discuss the coverage of science, health, and policy. We chatted with a group of undergraduates about the evolution of science blogs, the emergence of blogging networks, the role of science blogs vs the MSM, and where open-access fits in. Our beloved scibling Isis even made a guest appearance via gchat!

We had a lot of fun and special thanks to GenomeBoy for inviting us to explore ideas with his terrific class! The other ‘Beacons of the Bloggerati‘ had cameras, so photo to come. 

After the morning in such wonderful company, I’m already looking forward to next year!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Culture, Education, Media and Science

The Frakkin' Finale of Battlestar Galactica

By Chris Mooney | March 20, 2009 9:23 am


Nothing else matters today. Nothing except what is going to happen in the very last episode of Battlestar, which has been running since 2004 and now culminates in a two hour extravaganza. We know the Battlestar is about to jump into the Cylon colony to rescue Hera, the human-Cylon hybrid child, and to make a last stand with guns blazing…what the frak is going to happen?

This thread is for you, nerds of the universe….

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Culture

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