Monthly Archives: March 2012

Study tracks how conservatives lost their faith in science

Whether it’s evolution or climate change, it’s abundantly clear that in the US conservatives tend to reject science and education almost instinctively. A recently published study documents how this happened.

Over the last several decades, there’s been an effort among those who define themselves as conservatives to clearly identify what it means to be a conservative,” he said. “For whatever reason, this appears to involve opposing science and universities, and what is perceived as the ‘liberal culture.’ So, self-identified conservatives seem to lump these groups together and rally around the notion that what makes ‘us’ conservatives is that we don’t agree with ‘them.’

House of “Representatives” doesn’t give a crap about your rights

The House of Representatives, who in fact are neither, voted down legislation that would have stopped employers from demanding your Facebook password. In case you’re curious, all Republicans but one voted to trample on your privacy. Something to think about when elections come up.

What happened to Sealand

You might have heard of Sealand, the so-called “data haven” contained on a WWII anti-aircraft platform seven miles off the English coast in the middle of the North Sea. It’s been in the news lately now that Wikileaks is looking to create a similar haven free from government regulations. What you might not know is that Sealand failed, epically. Ars Technica has a detailed article, Death of a data haven: cypherpunks, WikiLeaks, and the world’s smallest nation that describes the founding of Sealand and what eventually happened.

MacGregor’s replacing Anchor Bar

MacGregor’s is moving back into the city, replacing the Anchor Bar at the corner of East and Alexander. The Anchor was supposedly a franchise of the original Anchor Bar in Buffalo (original home of Buffalo chicken wings) but didn’t seem to have much in common with its namesake. MacGregor’s, on the other hand, are all owned by the same person.

MacGregor’s had a location in the city on Gregory Street, but left it when neighbors complained about the noise. That location is currently the home of Tap and Mallet, which has done a much better job of integrating with the neighborhood.