• Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    So the Secretary of Education is an ignoramus. And the Secretary of Defense is offensive. The Secretary of the Treasury is a bank robber (well, a banker and a robber). The Secretary of Agriculture is an herbicidal maniac. The Secretary of Health and Human Services is malignant and inhumane. The Secretary of State is, uh, what’s the opposite…[Read more]

    • Berlusconian? Though the centrists are now trying to convince me Five Star Movement’s a leftist party.

      At the same time, there’s more and more Clinton’s cult of personality striking back. Now opposing anything either Clinton did is becoming a dealbreaker, yes, including things like DOMA and the Iraq invasion.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    1) The donation form and receipt say “SkepchickCon 2014”. Shouldn’t this be 2015?

    2) Also, is Skepchick LLC (the organization receiving the donations) a 501(c)3? (In other words, are donations tax-deductible?)

    3) Buzzed Aldrins are tiny and delicious. This makes it easy to drink hundreds of them. DAMHIKT.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    That’s not the way being against something works. The enemy of my enemy is not my friend.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Is this why Daleks hate Cybermen and vice versa?

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Whose bottom line is that? Kavin did not mention labeling at all.

    I don’t think labeling GMOs is useful, unless vastly more information is included. It’s not like nuts or phenylalanine or lactose or gluten, where a tiny quantity will cause problems for susceptible people. I think compulsory labeling caters to ignorant people who believe in…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Conservation of anxiety: Just when there are some glimmers of hope of new, radically different antibiotics and increased public awareness of the problem of multiple-antibiotic resistant bacteria (largely due to over-prescription and factory farming), along comes “every drug ever consumed by anyone anywhere is slooowly accumulating in the…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    I had totally forgotten about this (I have a great memory for utter trivia, but terrible one for important stuff.) At the time it was a large factor in my decision not to attend NECSS last year. I’ve already got my ticket for this year, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. (That works, right?)

    I have a Pamela Gay “Stopping Harassment Starts…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Our Skeptics in the Pub reboot on Monday watched Invisible Threat, a DVD about vaccines made by some amazing high school students. They included the first chart (or one very similar) and explained exactly what was wrong with it (conflating morbidity and mortality). Well worth watching if you get the chance. (You can download it for $5 from Vimeo…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    I don’t know about pinterest, but my Tivo is full of woodworking shows, so yes.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    I recently heard that not being a hipster is the new hipster. That should pretty much cover everyone.

    BTW, if no one got my joke, I was referring to the featured image at the top of the page. If *everyone* got it, I apologize for bashing you with it.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    LAP: People who knit clothing for their pets.

    • …and hipsters, or is that redundant?

      • The great thing about hipsters as a LAP is that you can just relabel anything you don’t like as hipster, and thus fitting the model.

        • I recently heard that not being a hipster is the new hipster. That should pretty much cover everyone.

          BTW, if no one got my joke, I was referring to the featured image at the top of the page. If *everyone* got it, I apologize for bashing you with it.

    • Is this the same as the DIY crowd and pinteresters? Are their sub-categories for this LAP thing. This might take some time to sort out.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Is that actually a prejudice? For someone to be deemed “willfully ignorant” should mean they have a track record of not only being wrong but of ignoring arguments and facts that disprove their contentions. This behavior lowers the prior plausibility of anything they say, so automatically doubting what they say is not a form of prejudice.

    On…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Some serious researchers have proposed exactly that model as a test for whether bias exists in a field. If the average performance of minority or woman employees is much higher than the average performance of the majority in the field, then there is a selection process going on where only the best of the minorities, women, or whatever…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    3rd person asking… How do you derive statistically significant data from a study of 1 person?

    • but-but-but! he observed some anecdotal evidence! no confirmation bias here, no sir.

    • “I coupled the 10 days with precise scientific measurements of my body for months before and after the 10 days and less scientifically my own perceptions.”

      And measuring what, exactly? And with what instruments?

    • 4th person asking: Wouldn’t p for an n=1 study be around .5? In other words, a crapshoot?

    • 5th person asking, and please also verify whether the “10-day Celebrity Transformation” you speak of is the multi level marketing scheme produced by Purium Health that is marketed as a cleanse and really has nothing to do with organics?

      Skepticism is a pain in the ass when you’re trying to sell stuff isn’t it?

    • “Formalized research” — that’s what Joshua Smith called his “challenge”. LOL

    • Do we have a meme now? 😉

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Heavy! (That was a Higgs field/Back to the Future joke)

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    I was shocked when the article just suddenly ended without even mentioning possible alternative explanations. It could be that the bone was lost in most two-legged dinosaurs, but not in the particular line that led to birds. It could be the bone was not actually lost, but being small, it didn’t fossilize well in the relatively few specimens of…[Read more]

    • Pharyngula wrote a blog addressing that article

      Death to Dollo’s Law!

      • Thanks for linking to that! My original thought was that the language of the article was weird, but it *was* on the Smithsonian website, so I was like, maybe because I’m not an evolutionary biologist I’m misunderstanding this? I should listen to my gut more often. 🙂

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    “Up to” is only my second favorite spin phrase. My favorite is “up to … and more!” (it always has to include the exclamation point), because that not only includes $5.50, but also $550 trillionquadrillionquintillion. Phil Rizzuto used to advertise some high-interest loan company on late night TV that could lend you up to 30 thousand, 40…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    Dr Rb, you missed the fact that ALL CAPS EMAILS are even more effective at killing bacteria than prayer, wishful thinking and a 30C dilution of Yersinia pestis combined!

    Thanks for the very accessible explanation. There is tons of nerdy info if you want more and follow the links. I did find one disturbing point in the EPA FAQ on page 21:

    “…

    [Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    All carbon-based compounds are stardust. Just sayin’

    This is just awesome. I like wine (or many varieties), but know very little. Now I know I don’t have to be embarrassed around people who know a lot. (At least, if most of them are like you!) The takeaway I get from this post is, unless I’m trying to bullshit my way through a job…[Read more]

    • For people, like me, who know nothing about wine, “Mondovino” was a nice documentary:

      “The film explores the impact of globalization on the various wine-producing regions, and the influence of critics like Robert Parker and consultants like Michel Rolland in defining an international style. It pits the ambitions of large, multinational wine…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    Amy, please let us know if this works.

    We are trying to get speakers for our reboot of the Boston Skeptics Skeptics* in the Pub meetings. If your strategy works, I’ll propose we make an award, named after our founder, to be presented (annually?) to person we deem most worthy (i.e. that we can blackmail or coerce into showing up.) I further…[Read more]

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