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2012 U.S. Elections - President Obama Re-elected

14 April 2012 - 08:53 PM

I realized there hasn't been any significant discussion on the 2012 elections. I have been following the presidential campaigns almost religiously via various news websites over the year. I'm not sure who I plan to vote for yet, but it has been an entertaining primary season.

There are also a number of important state and congressional elections where we can get a better picture of how the nation feels about the 2010 elections. Will it be a season of throwing out the incumbents? Also, the Governor Walker Recall on June 5th in Wisconsin could possibly be indicative of how voters feel about newly elected GOP politicians--and one that is personally relevant since I grew up in Wisconsin.

Here are a few recent articles to perhaps get some conversation going:

Analysis: Obama leads in projected electoral vote totals

Democratic super PACs gain ground but still trail GOP in fundraising

Political Scientist: Republicans Most Conservative They've Been In 100 Years

The Draperizing of Mitt Romney

I typically get my news from POLITICO and NPR, so if anyone has other sources feel free to post them. I know the media does a great job spinning stories, it's always nice to get a fresh perspective.

Also, I'll put up a poll of Romney vs. Obama (I think we're all assuming it will be Romney).

AMC's Mad Men

26 March 2012 - 03:29 AM

Anyone catch the premier tonight? I thought it was a great start to the season and it had some very funny moments where I was laughing, mostly at the Roger Sterling character.

Yale Discovers Fungus That Eats Plastic

04 February 2012 - 01:30 AM

Plastic is possibly the greatest commercial creation of last 150 years. It's made it into tupperware, saran wrap, toys, car parts, computer parts, smartphones, and shopping bag all over the world. The only problem is that polyurethane is not biodegradable, and recycling plastic can be equated to just turning it into another product, so all that plastic already in landfills will stay there for centuries to come.

Scientists have not found a single way to break down polyurethane--luckily, nature has found a way on its own. Yale scientists recently found a fungus in the Amazonian rainforest that naturally eats polyurethane.

This is the first fungus species, identified by the Yale researchers as Pestalotiopsis microspore, which exclusively subsists on polyurethane. It can also grow in an anaerobic (air-less) environment, which will hopefully allow it to take root in the deepest regions of our trash heaps.

Jonathan Russell, a Yale scientists of the group, has managed to isolated an enzyme the fungus uses decompose plastic. The scientists hope to use the extracted chemical to eliminate plastic trash and to help in bioremediation projects.


This is some very exciting news for the planet if it is indeed successful!

Ryan Dunn Dies

20 June 2011 - 02:46 PM


This is horrible news. :sad:

Narcissism in Popular Music

16 May 2011 - 05:34 PM

Recently (as in this morning) I heard a bit on public radio about an increase in narcissistic lyrics over the last thirty years or so. Essentially, the researchers have concluded that lyrics are now focused more on "me, I, my, mine, etc." whereas during previous decades, there was less focus on the self and more on a communal "we, us, etc."

Here is a link to a conversation with the head of the research team, Dr. Jean Twenge, Tom Moon, and Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning host Kerri Miller.

And Here's the Other Side

I'm hoping to get a nice discussion going on this. So, any thoughts?