Author: Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.
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Thursday Throughput: Nuclear Explosion Edition

So if you are standing next to a nuclear bomb, you will experience conditions similar to the core of the Sun. But…don’t worry. You won’t experience them for very long.

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Richard Spencer’s Mask Falls Off

The tape is horrifying. But the tape should be listened to. Because I don’t want anyone to ever forget what these people stand for, what they really believe and who they really are.

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The NCAA Gives In…A Little

The most important aspect of this is that the scales, long tipped against the athletes in almost every way, have been slightly tipped back.

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The Impeachment Meltdown Begins

I have, to this point, been neutral on the question of impeachment. But I’m slowly falling off that fence I’ve been straddling for the last few months. Maybe…it’s time.

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Thursday Throughput for 9/12/19

I don’t think there are enough exclamation points out there for me to express how gob-smacking this is.

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The Trump Economy On the Brink

You don’t need to be an economist to know that none of this is good. A President at war with everyone and pushing an economic agenda that is pure crackpottery.

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Thursday Throughput for 8/22/19

A new treatment for Ebola, if administered early, can cut the fatality rate to 6%, a stunning reduction from the normal rate of 75%. We now have this and a working vaccine.

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No, Google Did Not Steal The Election

This is one of the classic methods of junk science — multiplying humbug by humbug, extrapolating upward and onward until you get dramatic conclusions that defy any common sense.

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Manifest Trumpestiny

Really the Danes should consider the offer. After all, this may be their one chance to sell the island to a President who doesn’t understand the Mercator Projection.

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Short Story: Back to School

School had been out for a long time; longer than Jack could remember. He wasn’t sure why they’d had to stay away. But he was excited to be going back.

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Thursday Throughput for 8/1/19

I’m not one of the “we have 12 years to save the planet” doomsayers. But it does feel like we are approaching an inflection point. We will survive; but our options for how we will survive are narrowing rapidly.

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Mayor Pete

Symposium: I think a Buttigieg presidency would be incredibly boring. And frankly, I could use a bit of boring right now. Vote for Mayor Pete. And maybe, if we’re lucky, we can occasionally forget that he’s President.

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Actually, the Film Was Better Than These Books

“The book was better” is not something I say very often, but it is no less true: books are a different medium and what works on the page my not work on the screen and vice versa.

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Upheaval in San Juan

Where we go from here…I don’t think anyone knows. But we once again find ourselves in interesting times.

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