• Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 8 months, 1 week ago

    My guess is the red bar is the amount of aid promised and the blue part is the amount of aid actually provided for various humanitarian crises around the world, with the first bar representing Puerto Rico. Of course the data on the charts is totally fabricated and wildly out of scale (the red part should be 9 to 10 times as large as the blue bar…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 8 months, 1 week ago

    Haven’t quite finished reading this yet, but I just had to butt in with:

    Wait, they’re having lab assistants objectively rate the photos of the participants? Don’t they know that “lab assistants” are probably undergrads or maybe grad students, and therefor this shares the same bias as every psych study ever, namely the “students aren’t an…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    I think “Bisaatsinsiimaan” (“beautiful planting”) would make a good word for any well-supported scientific theory, not just relativity. Scientific theories are the source from which many scientific ideas grow, so are a planting or seedling. They are “beautiful” in the sense of fruitful and productive, as well as beautiful in the scientific sense…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Nice Hobbit reference.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Brings back fond memories of wasting a couple of hours over breakfast every morning! Three interesting articles.

    Not long ago, I saw an article providing quotes from various people (i.e. white men) saying Elizabeth Warren is unlikable along with previous quotes from the SAME people saying how likable she was. Apparently, she’s only likable…[Read more]

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Yippee! PS. Yes, @Melanie Reap, Convergence/Skepchickcon, Melanie still scares me. At least she doesn’t have her samurai sword…

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    Ever read the label on a bottle of Doctor Bronner’s Soap? I assume they were really, really high when they wrote it and when they came down, they thought a little bit about fixing the typos and then decided it was perfect as is.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months 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 4 years, 11 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 4 years, 11 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 4 years, 11 months ago

    Is this why Daleks hate Cybermen and vice versa?

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 4 years, 11 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 4 years, 11 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 4 years, 11 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 4 years, 11 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 4 years, 11 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 4 years, 11 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 4 years, 11 months ago

    LAP: People who knit clothing for their pets.

  • Buzz Parsec posted a new activity comment 4 years, 11 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 4 years, 11 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]

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