Geography Quiz

Test your geography and mousing skills at the same time! And it’s fun!! And I don’t even like geography!!!

I got about 350,000 (I forgot to look, what a moron) and was never more than 6300km* away from where I should have been (turns out it’s a toss-up whether I know least about Indonesia/Pacific Islands or Africa).

*yes, that’s irony

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Homeopathy

Here’s a great article about the nonsense of Homeopathy, the idea that giving people a dilute solution of a substance that causes their symptoms can cure those symptoms. A couple of ideas that hadn’t registered with me before:

1. One of the standard dilutions used is 100C, which translates to 1 in 100100. To translate that into terms that we can understand (kinda), if you magically created a new atom that did not exist anywhere else in the entire universe, then counted up all the other atoms in the universe, your novel atom would still not be as diluted as a 100C solution.

2. It’s really hard to get totally pure water in any volume, and even harder to keep it uncontaminated as you swish it from beaker to beaker to create your desired dilution. That means that there are background levels of pretty much any chemical you might put in there that would swamp the supposedly ‘medicinal’ levels you’re trying to create. It would be like trying to apply Giselle B√ľndchen’s lipstick while 10 guys emptied cans of Dulux over her.*

(*In your dreams)

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Justice Being Undone

It appears that the President has appointed two judges who donated to his campaign while they were being considered for their judgeships.

There are two sides to justice, embodied in the saying “Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.” Clearly this has nothing to do with the first part of that; I’ve no doubt the President is happy to hand out positions to friends and supporters (one has only to look at the former horse judge who was put in charge of FEMA to understand that), but a thousand dollars or so just isn’t enough to sway his decision one way or another (100 grand maybe). But the President tramples all over the second part of the saying. There is nothing illegal about these men making a contribution while under consideration, but it is entirely antithetical to the idea of justice. That would be bad enough if this was an appointment to the Forestry Commission or some-such, but we’re actually talking about the justice system!

(HT: ThinkProgress)

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