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Hack-tastic Neil deGrasse Tyson tweet sparks a hashtag: #TysonTweets

http://twitter.com/#!/EsotericCD/status/517115274420826114

And what’s the deal with airline food?

Sometimes people just can’t handle how brilliant astrophysicist/Reddit messiah Neil deGrasse Tyson is. When he’s not making up presidential quotes or looking for venues in which to apologize for doing so, he’s dropping scientific brain busters like this.

If Detroit added a pro-sports team & called it the Bears, the City could boast it was home to the Lions and Tigers and Bears.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) September 30, 2014

Dude. Mind blown.

Tyson-Oh-My

This sort of heavy science has been known to spark a spontaneous hashtag game.

Have you ever noticed that there are interstate highways in Hawaii? Guys, you live on an island! #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

If it's really *instant* oatmeal, why are there directions on the box? I think those marketers are trying to pull a fast one! #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

How come glue doesn't stick to the inside of the bottle? And how do they get Teflon to stick to the pan? Science, you guys! #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

@seanmdav Why do you drive on the parkway and park in the driveway?

— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) October 1, 2014

@allahpundit Boy, those clowns in Washington sure aren't very bright!

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

Civil wars sure don't seem civil to me. #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

"Jumbo" shrimp amirite? RT @seanmdav: Civil wars sure don't seem civil to me. #TysonTweets

— Dave in Texas (@DaveinTexas) October 1, 2014

What if an orange wasn't orange #TysonTweets

— M Gardner (@Engerlandm8) October 1, 2014

If Monday wasn't the first day after the weekend then Tuesdays would suck #TysonTweets

— M Gardner (@Engerlandm8) October 1, 2014

I once went to a crowded firehouse and yelled "Movie!" Those firemen sure thought I was clever. #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

@allahpundit @seanmdav #TysonTweets or #StevenWrightTweets? How come abbreviated is such a long word?

— _RobRob (@_RobRob) October 1, 2014

How do you know when you run out of invisible ink? RT @seanmdav: Civil wars sure don't seem civil to me. #TysonTweets

— KingShamusé (@KingShamus) October 1, 2014

.@neiltyson: "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!" #TysonTweets

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) October 1, 2014

I once asked a polar bear which way was north and which way was south. He had no clue! Somebody get that dumb bear a new name. #TysonTweets

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 1, 2014

Kid at the birthday party keeps yelling "To Infinity and beyond!" So I find his mother…I'm trying to explain the math error #TysonTweets

— Steve G (@StevenGoldsch) October 1, 2014

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‘Brown deserved execution’? Slate journo thinks he’s got ‘right-wing Twitter’ pegged

Recently released surveillance footage depicts a suspect police say resembles Michael Brown robbing a convenience store shortly before the shooting incident in Ferguson took place. And now, conservative tweeters are really out for blood. Well, if you ask Slate journo Jamelle Bouie, anyway:

Really, dude? Really?

Has Jamelle looked in a mirror lately?

Oh, well that’s all right, then.

What about the phenomenon of left-wing journo-hacks like Bouie painting “right-wing Twitter” as bloodthirsty racists? Isn’t that also “a thing,” Jamelle?

Except the term “right-wing Twitter” implies a whole lot more than just a “particular slice of right-wingers.”

Bouie’s not a journalist; he’s a one-man smear campaign.

But hey, maybe it’s not Jamelle’s fault he’s this way.

Snort.

 

‘Racial stereotypes’: ThinkProgress compares reactions to Ebola & Mad Cow

Liberal website ThinkProgress had a piece yesterday on “The Ugly Racial Undertones In Our Panicked Response To Ebola.” Consider, for example, the “disproportionate” national response to the Ebola outbreak, as opposed to the relatively calm reaction to Britain’s outbreak of Mad Cow disease.

“With Mad Cow disease (in Great Britain), you didn’t restrict travel; when you had bird flu in China you didn’t restrict travel,” Leo Mulbah, who heads up the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta, told the Detroit Free Press. “So why now?”

In his interview with the newspaper, Mulbah suggested it’s because countries like Liberia don’t have the same political or economic clout as countries in Europe or Asia. That’s certainly true. On top of that, however, there’s another dynamic that’s been gaining increasing attention over the past few weeks: The undercurrent of racial stereotypes and prejudice.

Thanks to Ebola, some xenophobic attitudes have been on full display recently.

ThinkProgress editor Judd Legum tweeted a link to the piece, but the comparison of Ebola and Mad Cow didn’t convince many.

Remember when there was a mad cow disease outbreak and all the politicians proposed a travel ban to England? http://t.co/iyIdHEjEuK

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 17, 2014

@JuddLegum remember sars travel ban….oh wait

— Maxine Baptiste (@brownsugar7878) October 17, 2014

@JuddLegum I had steak tartare during that time in England. Travel bans in this day and age are goofy. Send more healthcare workers instead.

— Mark Thrun (@MarkWThrun) October 17, 2014

.@JuddLegum Are you seriously this stupid?

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 17, 2014

@seanmdav @JohnEkdahl Stupid doesn't begin to cover it.

— Varad Mehta (@varadmehta) October 17, 2014

@seanmdav I can answer for him if he doesn’t respond.

— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) October 17, 2014

@JohnEkdahl I'm happy to take suggestions from the audience.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 17, 2014

@seanmdav Why bother? Ask a stupid person, get a stupid answer.

— Adam R. Maxwell (@maxwellarm) October 17, 2014

@JuddLegum remember when you showed how little you understand the differences in how the two diseases spread?

— John Holtz (@presidentjlh) October 17, 2014

@JuddLegum @seanmdav I remember Oprah telling her minions not to eat meat and being sued as a result.

— EdAsante (@EdAsante77) October 17, 2014

@seanmdav I remember they wouldn't let a SINGLE COW onto a commercial passenger jet! #specism @JuddLegum

— Jason Hart (@jasonahart) October 17, 2014

@baseballcrank @seanmdav @JuddLegum April Ryan of American Urban Radio asked that at the WH briefing. Must be lefty talking point of the day

— DrewMTips (@DrewMTips) October 17, 2014

@seanmdav It was April Ryan.. Of course..

— S.M (@redsteeze) October 17, 2014

@JuddLegum the stupid hurts … how is BGE spread??

— Victor Morton (@vjmfilms) October 17, 2014

@JuddLegum A travel ban for cows? Yes.

— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) October 17, 2014

I remember cattle being slaughtered to stave off an outbreak. I suppose that is your strategy here as well? @JuddLegum

— Martini Shark (@MartiniShark) October 17, 2014

DEEEEEEEEERP RT @JuddLegum Remember when there was a mad cow disease outbreak and all the politicians proposed a travel ban to England?

— RB (@RBPundit) October 17, 2014

@RBPundit @JuddLegum No. But I remember that it destroyed the British beef industry because the whole world banned imports of British beef.

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) October 17, 2014

@charlescwcooke @RBPundit @JuddLegum totally misleading.

— Terry Smithson (@dcjournoterry) October 17, 2014

@dcjournoterry @RBPundit @JuddLegum Which bit?

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) October 17, 2014

@charlescwcooke @RBPundit @JuddLegum that a ban on beef is the same as ebola. come on

— Terry Smithson (@dcjournoterry) October 17, 2014

@dcjournoterry @RBPundit @JuddLegum That was my point.

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) October 17, 2014

@dcjournoterry @RBPundit @JuddLegum It’s ridiculous for Legum to compare the two that way; even more silly to pretend there was no reaction.

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) October 17, 2014

Your comparison fails, Juddle Gum. Restrictions on cattle "travel" FROM the infected area were put in place. #Idiot @JuddLegum @RBPundit

— John Petruna (@jgpetruna) October 17, 2014

@seanmdav If you don't understand/recognize the difference between banning cattle from traveling and humans, I don't think I can help you

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 17, 2014

.@JuddLegum You appear to be laboring under the monumentally stupid delusion that mad cow/Ebola have similar transmission mechanisms.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 17, 2014

@seanmdav No, I never said that. But you must be really confident of your views. That's why you call people "monumentally stupid."

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 17, 2014

.@JuddLegum Is there currently an epidemic of people eating people with Ebola? Because that's how mad cow is transmitted. Not via contact.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 17, 2014

@seanmdav I fully understand that. You completely misunderstand my point though. Have fun with the insults though.

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 17, 2014

.@JuddLegum Your point is that it's racist to want a travel ban w/ Ebola but not w/ mad cow. Which makes absolutely no sense at all.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 17, 2014

.@JuddLegum Diseases that can't be transmitted via casual human to human contact don't need human contact quarantines. This isn't hard.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 17, 2014

.@JuddLegum mad cow disease doesn’t spread by contact you doofus.

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) October 17, 2014

@seanmdav So members of Congress called for travel bans on every other disease transmitted thru human contact?

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 17, 2014

@seanmdav Also, Ebola is also not transmitted through casual human contact. Have fun with this though.

— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 17, 2014

.@JuddLegum You can't get Ebola by having an infected patient cough/sneeze in your face? That's breaking news. Publish that ASAP.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 17, 2014

.@seanmdav @JuddLegum I'm sure many infectious disease specialists will be interested in Judd Lugum, M.D.'s analysis.

— Jason B. Whitman (@JasonBWhitman) October 17, 2014

@JasonBWhitman @JuddLegum He seriously needs to tell the CDC of his findings, b/c this is what they say. pic.twitter.com/BcVBjpQxF5

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 17, 2014

@seanmdav Didn't Judd Legum & the Racial Overtones open for Angry Cow Dynamite in Akron last weekend?

— Ginny (@ginthegin) October 17, 2014

Sorry, Mr. Legum, the job’s been filled.

Juddle Gum seems to have exactly the medical training/experience of the new ebola czar. @JasonBWhitman @seanmdav @JuddLegum

— John Petruna (@jgpetruna) October 17, 2014

 

 

 

‘That’s embarrassing’! Is Jonathan Chait angling for a job at Vox?

Vox’s head genius Ezra Klein recently announced his support for California’s problematic new “Yes Means Yes” law:

Wooooowwwww RT @Nero: I cannot believe @ezraklein actually wrote this. Speechless. pic.twitter.com/5ZPneha5da

— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) October 14, 2014

And New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait is pretty darn disappointed about that:

The liberal response to campus rape has taken on a tone of creeping illiberalism. http://t.co/JmKpo70TJX

— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) October 14, 2014

He just expects so much better from the JuiceVox-ers. Because they’re usually so … “grounded in empiricism”? OK, this we’ve gotta see:

Weird. I didn't know @jonathanchait did stand-up comedy. pic.twitter.com/w45X6gXxfv

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 14, 2014

This is seriously the most @jonathanchait sentence ever written. pic.twitter.com/IH6gknP4pF

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 14, 2014

@charlescwcooke @jonathanchait "Ezra Klein,one of the most intelligent & evidence-based analysts of American politics." That's embarrassing.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 14, 2014

Oh dear.

It's kind of weird that @NYMag allows its writers to publish cover letters begging for jobs from other publications. pic.twitter.com/jHnVqWL4QJ

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 14, 2014

Ha! It does smell a bit like brown-nosing, doesn’t it?

.@jonathanchait You stated that Vox's analyses are "grounded in empiricism." Please empirically defend this assertion. @charlescwcooke

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 14, 2014

Yeah … he can’t. Because it’s a load of bullcrap. But bless his heart, he’ll still try:

@charlescwcooke @seanmdav Point of that line is distinguishing between its coverage of economics/nat'l politics and social issues.

— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) October 14, 2014

Sorry, buddy. No dice.

@seanmdav @jonathanchait Empiricism like the Gaza bridge?

— Pradheep Shanker MD (@Neoavatara) October 14, 2014

How embarrassing RT @seanmdav: This is seriously the most @jonathanchait sentence ever written. pic.twitter.com/MClnwqPgq4

— Omri Ceren (@cerenomri) October 14, 2014

Wow, wrong….and weird. (h/t @seanmdav) pic.twitter.com/z9g4ZwXPgC

— Matthew (@Matthops82) October 14, 2014

@seanmdav @jonathanchait @charlescwcooke empiricism. you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

— Dave in Texas (@DaveinTexas) October 14, 2014

Wikipedia’s scrubbing of deGrasse Tyson controversy ‘would make China proud’

As Twitchy reported, The Federalist’s Sean Davis has been fact-checking some quotes by Neil deGrasse Tyson, including Tyson’s claim that George W. Bush in the days after 9/11 said that “Our God is the God who named the stars,” which Tyson explains was Bush’s way of segregating radical Islam from religions like Christianity or Judaism.

The problem, Davis reports, is that Bush uttered a similar but not identical phrase, and after the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, not 9/11. Hot Air and others noted that Wikipedia editors seemed to refuse to allow any information about Tyson’s serial fabrications into the article about him.

Thursday, Davis noted that Wikipedia editors were hard at work on the “List of Wikipedia controversies” page.

Wikipedia isn't just deleting Neil Tyson facts en masse. It's also memory-holing any mention of this being a Wiki controversy.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 26, 2014

For Tyson's fabrication allegedly not being a big deal, there sure are a lot of people invested in making sure nobody ever hears about it.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 26, 2014

@seanmdav He's the new designated #AGWFraud/Cultural Science point man. They start making their political gains again if he's exposed.

— Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) September 26, 2014

@seanmdav Politics is downstream from culture & Tyson is all about pushing cultural science narratives in order to make political gains.

— Brian Cates (@drawandstrike) September 26, 2014

It took a Wikipedia editor only 15 minutes to censor the final passage on the "Wikipedia controversies" page. https://t.co/zLVXJHjsL9

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 26, 2014

You know how I know the Tyson thing is a MAJOR Wikipedia controversy? Wikipedia itself has spent over 30,000 words talking about it.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 26, 2014

When I visited China, the first thing I did when I found a computer was Google "Tiananmen Square." The results? Not a single tank image.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 26, 2014

Congratulations, Wikipedia. Your Internet-scrubbing would make China proud.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 26, 2014

 

 

 

Another error from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson? Yes!

On Friday, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson — astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of the television show “Cosmos” — claimed that “100%” of “free” penguins (as opposed to penguins enslaved in zoos?) live in the Southern Hemisphere:

Some of us in the North are jealous that 100% of the world’s population of free Penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) September 19, 2014

Busted! Fact-check from Sean Davis of The Federalist:

Wrong. http://t.co/TDAsKBIlgN MT @neiltyson 100% of the world’s population of free Penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 20, 2014

Doesn’t everyone know about the majestic — and free — Galapagos penguin that lives north of the Equator? Sheesh.

As we wait for a correction from the esteemed Dr. Tyson, here are some hilarious tweets mocking this egregious (or is it egg-regious?) error to pass the time:

Science School with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Chapter 8: Pengins: The Most Dangerous Game http://t.co/lsBW1K76FT

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 20, 2014

@neiltyson I saw penguins in the Galapagos, right on the Equator and even slightly north of it. They seemed quite free to me!

— Mig Greengard (@chessninja) September 19, 2014

FACT: Penguins subsist on a steady diet of fish, insects, hoboes, runaways and Identity Theft.

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 20, 2014

okay i'm out of penguin facts. they're very interesting creatures, though. Nature's Little Khmer Rouge.

— iLoveScienceSexually (@AceofSpadesHQ) September 20, 2014

Science School with Neil deGrasse Tyson…with Penguins, what’s not to love. http://t.co/ABigyCWctX pic.twitter.com/G7FEp5noVN

— Mike (@ICUStat) September 20, 2014

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Neil deGrasse Tyson — serial fabulist? Now, with ‘quotes’ mocking the celebrated physicist