The 2013 Ig Nobels also recognised work on opera-loving mice, walking on water, and predicting when cows will sit down.
The Guardian, By Alok Jha, September 12
Stargazing dung beetles, mice that survive for longer after heart surgery when they listen to opera, and whether or not you could walk on water on other planets [...]
@scharlatanja:”that’s the problem -that loud confused assertions are in the room and no one believes anyone”
It may, in fact, not be the Assad government using chemical weapons. It may actually be the rebels:
Carla del Ponte told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof”.
However, she said her panel had not yet seen evidence of government forces using chemical weapons.
This all sounds suspiciously, or [...]
Reza Khalili reported earlier this week in WorldNet Daily, two names not known for reliability, that an explosion had occurred at Iran’s Fordow enrichment plant. Today a few more possible confirmations are emerging, but so far they are weak.
My bottom line as of this moment, subject to change: Unlikely, [...]
Today’s bit of fearmongering over Iran’s nuclear program takes us to Syria, and a report in the Financial Times.
Nuclear experts have raised concerns about the security of up to 50 tonnes of unenriched uranium in Syria, amid fears that civil war could put the stockpile at risk.
The nuclear experts concerned being the duo [...]
The Washington Post today has a report that gives me some hope to balance my cynicism over Obama being serious about gun control.
President Obama on Monday began the first serious push of his administration to attempt to reduce gun violence, directing Cabinet members to formulate a set of proposals that could include reinstating a [...]
The New York Times has run a report by Michael Gordon, one of the foremost catapulters of Bush propaganda in the lead up to the Iraq war, which quotes anonymous US officials who claim the Assad regime has fired more than half a dozen Scud missiles at rebel fighters over the last few days.
Off the main deflector dish…
The Dailly Caller is touting – and a whole bunch of rightwing outlets are echoing – some utter nonsense from serial fabulist Ed Klein that says the Clinton’s are preparing damage control in case Obama decides to throw Hillary under the bus on Benghazi.
How does Klein know this? “ [...]
ABC, By Matthew Jaffe, September 26
“Where is Jimmy Hoffa’s body?” is a question that has spawned thousands of theories. Now, one Michigan police chief believes a break in the famous cold case could be close at hand.
James Berlin, the police chief in Roseville, Mich., a town about 20 miles north of Detroit, says [...]
The film claiming President Obama’s true father is a Chicago Communist is being distributed for free all over the country.
BuzzFeed, By Rosie Gray, September 21
An anti-Obama movie claiming — without evidence — that President Barack Obama’s real father is an obscure African-American communist has been mailed to 1.5 million voters across the country, [...]
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”œListen bud, there’s no second term nothing and they know as much,” a Think Squader told me between bites of his bodacious sandwich. ”œAll this is for show. Axelrod has already moved on but no one knows what to do [...]
Put this one under “unconfirmed” till we see the whites of somebody’s eyes:
‘Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, helped scupper the Taliban’s talks with the US because he resented being left out of negotiations.’
One of the Taliban’s most senior commanders has admitted the insurgents cannot win the war in Afghanistan and that capturing Kabul [...]
more soon Washington Post – Mubarak’s lawyer says ousted leader is not dead. ”ª earlier: Egypt’s Mubarak taken to hospital after stroke
also earlier: Thousands join Egypt rally called by Muslim Brotherhood -Tens of thousands have gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to protest against a decision by the ruling military council to assume new powers. [...]
Not only did he introduce Christianity to Ireland in AD 432. If a new study is correct, St Patrick also pioneered another tradition, by becoming the first British celebrity to move here as a tax exile.
Where he differed from writers and rock stars, the Cambridge University research suggests, is that it wasn’t payment of [...]
Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has seen two classified FBI documents that he says are at odds with the bureau’s public statements that there was no connection between the hijackers and Saudis then living in Sarasota, Fla.
”œThere are significant inconsistencies between the public statements [...]