Gerry Canavan

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Wednesday Night Links: The Sequel

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* Repeating myself from Twitter: you should know how great the Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman Sherlock series from the BBC is. How we spent our evening. Great fun.

* The situation at Fukushima continues to worsen: now they’re dropping water from helicopters. The news just gets bleaker and bleaker by the day.

* Understatement of the day: Japan crisis revives global nuclear debate.

* Chris Newfield recaps the UC Regents Committee on Finance.

* Michigan Governor’s Anti-Union Power Grab Is Unconstitutional

* Attempts to recall Democratic legislators in Wisconsin aren’t coming together. I’m sure the Koch brothers will make it happen, but I’m glad it won’t be easy for them.

* Wanna Cut Wasteful Spending? Let’s Start with Abstinence-Only Education.

And once you become willing to take on the philosophical baggage of a multifoliate universe (and aren’t bothered by your countless identical twins), some of the deepest and most vexing problems about physics become easy to understand. All those nonsensical-seeming quantum-mechanical laws—that a particle can be in two places at once, that two objects can have a spooky connection that appears to transcend the laws governing space and time—instantly become explicable the moment you view our universe as one among many. And from Greene’s point of view, the 10⁵⁰⁰ different cosmoses described by string theory have ceased to be an unwanted artifact of the theory’s equations, instead becoming a factual description of universes that actually exist. Each of these universes is a bubble cosmos with its own cosmological constants, and as he says, “with some 10⁵⁰⁰ possibilities awaiting exploration, the consensus is that our universe has a home somewhere in the landscape.” Which is to say, string theory can no longer be accused of describing a landscape of fictional universes; our universe is just one in a collection of cosmoses as real as our own, even if we’re unable to see them. Charles Seife at Bookforum on Brian Greene’s multiversism. Via (where else?) 3 Quarks Daily.

* And MetaFilter remembers creepy moments from ’80s sitcoms.

Friday Night Links

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* The U.S. government apologized today for deliberately infecting hundreds of Guatemalans with gonorrhea and syphilis without their consent during the 1940s.

* The Zionist media has fired Rick Sanchez for speaking truth to Jon Stewart.

* California decriminalizes it.

* The new federal guidelines for sex education now include actual sex education.

* How to catch up on Fringe, quickly becoming the best SF on TV.

* The Ally McBeal of the 2010s: David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman?

* And Ph.D. Comics captures the tragic tale of my last week.

Return of the Son of the Totally Moronic Baby Smears

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Return of the son of the totally moronic baby smears: the seventeen-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin is pregnant. There are political points to be scored here, both about the unhappy consequences of abstinence-only education, about the parental choice to run for national office under these circumstances, and about the unlikely-in-context claim that McCain knew but chose Palin anyway—but let other people score them. I don’t plan on saying anything else about this.

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September 1, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Day -4 Link Rodeo

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Day -4 link rodeo.

* John Tierney writes up the Singularity in the New York Times: When do the post-humans show up? Via the Valve.

* The Index of Plagiarists.

* Shelby Knox, star of the Texas abstinence-education documentary The Education of Shelby Knox, has a blog.

* McCain up by only 2% in North Carolina. I’ve said it before: I really think Obama can win here.

* And, via Drawn!, Zombie Daily.

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June 13, 2008 at 2:44 am

Abstinence-Only Driver’s Ed

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Abstinence-only driver’s ed.

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February 25, 2008 at 3:15 am

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