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    Well, I won't pretend to understand on what terms the Supreme Court makes these types of decisions, and their stays don't do much sometimes -- in March 2010 they halted the execution of Hank Skinner on the night of, and while his lawyers are still active in the Texas courts right now his execution is scheduled for this November.

    Ultimately, this is on the government employees of Georgia, from the attorney's office to the prison personnel. If your job one day becomes to kill a person who was convicted on evidence that would be insufficient for firing someone from Walmart, you don't fucking do that job. It's not complicated.

    But, it's done

    Which death penalty supporters and fetishists must be realizing is a huge fucking cockup on Georgia's part. As much as the NAACP, conservative action groups and politicians should have been tearing their hair out over this. This is not how you keep the liberal youth disengaged and not how you keep the middle apathetic.
  2.  (10212.2)
    Heh. I dropped a mail to Dan Savage about a family values fundie nutjob pulling a Ted Haggard in Finland, and he decided to open his latest Savage Love podcast with the item :)
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2011
     (10212.3)
    As in he was caught doing drugs with a male prostitute?

    Awesome.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2011
     (10212.4)
    An interesting use for 3d printers.

    You can tell when a particular invention begins to reach critical acceptence when it starts being used to facilitate crime... hehe.
  3.  (10212.5)
    RenThing:

    Not quite - "inappropriately touching" male members of his congregation during theological therapy sessions, and by his own words, "adultery with a man". He's a real nut job, tried to bring a body back to life in a mortuary once, and in the 90s he publicly said that homosexuality is an sickness that should be purged from the world, etc... Pretty typical hypocritical fundie closet case arsewipe.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2011 edited
     (10212.6)
    A followup to the Amazing Whitechapel Speed Of Sharks discussion:

    Baffling results from CERN as neutrinos appear to travel slightly faster than the speed of light.

    Hopefully this will be a good example of the mechanism of science: Someone has found a result that appears to contradict existing scientific theory. Accordingly, they've opened up their research to see if anyone can explain what's going on.

    There are three classes of things that I think could happen here:
    a) Simple explanation (the experiment is flawed, FTL does not happen)
    b) Crazy explanation (some heretofore unknown effect is occurring that makes it look like FTL is happening, but it isn't)
    c) SUPER MEGA CRAZY PHYSICS PARTY EXPLANATION (FTL is happening, rules need rewriting).

    I guess that those possibilities are also in order of (vastly separated) probability, but honestly I'm excited to see the process of coming to any of them.

    [[Nerd4Lyfe]].
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2011
     (10212.7)
    @Vornaskotti

    What a fucking tool.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2011
     (10212.8)
    Speed-of-light experiments give baffling result at Cern
    Puzzling results from Cern, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists - because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light.
  4.  (10212.9)
    @256 - Something faster than the speed of Bob?! I for one will believe it when I see it. Of course since my eyes probably can't physically distinguish things going that fast, I'll probably never believe it, even long after E=mc^2 is updated to E=mc*^2

    * Except for neutrinos or in the states of Texas & Louisiana where the theory of relativity has been deemed to be nothing more than just that and one that violates several state and local statutes.

    @icelandbob - 256 got this story up here first, further supporting the theory that there are things that go faster than Bob.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2011
     (10212.10)
    hey i'M watching the daily show! Shut up!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2011
     (10212.11)
    I love you, Bob.
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2011
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  5.  (10212.13)
    Movie Institute Feels Pain Of IP Address-Only Piracy ‘Evidence’

    "The Swedish Film Institute (SFI) is in the middle of a crisis after an anti-piracy company revealed that it had tracked several leaked movies on The Pirate Bay back to its servers. Desperate to deflect the accusations, today the SFI made a long statement. It turned out to be a perfect illustration that allegations of piracy based on an IP address and nothing else, simply must be backed up by something more solid."
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011 edited
     (10212.14)
    First Irish case of spontaneous human combustion.

    Every case of this I hear about seems to involve an elderly person sitting next to a heat source. I don't know what to make of that, but it does seem pertinent somehow.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
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    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2011
     (10212.17)
    @curb, please factor whishkey into your equashions.
    Thanksh
    -We Irish
  6.  (10212.18)
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2011
     (10212.19)
    A virus that kills breast cancer in the lab.

    This seems like a pretty cool way to find potential therapies.

    Re: Movies in Our Minds - have seen some article or other calling this "video of actual memories" which seems disingenuous since it definitely is not video of actual memories. It's video compiled from guesses about what someone might be remembering.

    It's extremely impressive that fMRI can give enough information to identify when someone is thinking about a plane, or a face. But to imply that memories have been recorded and look like that is... wrong.
    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2011
     (10212.20)
    @256
    it has always been theory (theory as in tectonic plate theory ie. almost as true as you can get) that certain things can and do travel faster than light, but there has been a problem in the past with observing this.... i believe that is the current breakthrough... my google fu is weak today due to lack of sleep, but basically the media are not physisists. It's a myth similar to that of "people believed the earth was flat", to paraphrase the great pratchett: teachers are liars to children but for a good cause