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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Not OK With Losing OK

The hacks and grifters were determined to make an innocent gesture into an evil one. And now they’ve succeeded. So … congratulations, I guess.

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Thursday Throughput for 3/14

Here’s the thing though: even if vaccines did cause autism, even if they caused other injuries, it would still be worth it.

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Tenshot: The Hobbit

The Hobbit movies are good movies; they could have been great movies.

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The Florida Story Teetering on the Edge

The Florida raids are becoming a textbook cases for how police and prosecutors overstate the problem of sex trafficking in this country. But even if further investigation does show that some of these women were being coerced, that only makes the case for decriminalization even stronger.

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McCabe, Trump and the 25th Amendment

The only way Trump leaves before 2025 is if he gets voted out of office next November. His political opponents would do well to focus on that instead of pie-in-the-sky daydreams of the cabinet spiriting him out of our lives.

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The Green New Deal Isn’t Ripe

So … that’s the GND. So what do I think of it? To be honest, I’d expect more out of a freshman year term paper.

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Fyre and the Age of Humbug

It is, perhaps, the supreme irony of our time that when we have access to all the information in the world literally in the palm of our hand, humbug has become more powerful than ever.

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Thursday Throughput

Saturn is losing its rings. The shepherd moons are keeping it together but the ice is slowing raining down on the planet and not being replenished. So be sure to take a look some times in the next … well, 100 million years.

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Thursday Throughput

One thing that annoys me is people conflating the far side of the moon with the “dark side”. These are not the same thing.

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An Historic Parallel For the Wall and Opioids

Seen in that light, the President’s comments become much more sinister. He’s trying to leverage the ongoing opioid epidemic into support for his his wall. It almost certainly won’t help. But once the problem gets better he’ll claim credit for it.

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The Bowl Points System

One of the most thrilling BCS games I can remember was the 2007 Fiesta Bowl when an outmanned and outranked Boise State team upended the mighty Sooners. That’s the kind of thing I would want to see in an expanded playoff system. Not another chance for Georgia to blow a big lead against the Tide.

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Thursday Throughput

So … ten stellar collisions weren’t enough for you, huh? How about ten, ten colliding black holes! Hahahaha.

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How To Pay For It

I’m against Medicare for All but I understand that many people are for it. There are various arguments in favor. But paying for it will not be easy. And supporters had best stop trying to pretend that it is.

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Thursday Throughput

Does men’s dominance of Scrabble prove there’s no sexism in science? Eh, not quite.

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Thriller at 35

Just watch the video and bask in the sight of one of the 20th century’s great entertainers at the absolute height of his powers.