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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sunspots 271

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Science:Karl Giberson says that science is not like politics.

Wired reports that Colorado marmots have been hibernating for a shorter period, because it's been warmer. There are probably going to be other effects.

(or race) A new book deals with the problem of "acting white," according to a review. ("Acting white" is an accusation leveled at blacks who show signs of high achievement in school, and is made by other blacks. It has caused quite a few potential leaders to fail to achieve academic excellence.)

An NPR interview with Van Jones, former Obama White House employee, who resigned over accusations that he had signed a petition claiming that President Bush had allowed the 9/11 attacks for political purposes. (Jones denies having signed the petition.) The really interesting part was that Jones commended Glen Beck for staying out of the Shirley Sherrod mess. There should be more examples of praise for people who don't agree with us, when they do the right thing.

(or politics) Sports Illustrated reports on a court decision -- cheerleading is not a sport.

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