Daily Topics - Thursday April 19th, 2012

Daily Topics - Thursday April 19th, 2012

Catch The Thom Hartmann Program LIVE at our new time, 3-6pm Eastern!

Hour One: GOP vs. God - John Gehring, Faith in Public Life

Hour Two: Geeky Science - How music awakens Alzheimer's patients

Hour Three: The shocking truth behind BP settlement - Greg Palast

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mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 26 weeks ago
#1

Somebody needs to straighten out everyone who talks into a microphone for a living, and soon. Now, Thom and several others I've heard have not made this mistake, but I have no other outlet for my complaint: That city in Colombia is Cartagena, not Cartageña. Likewise with habanero peppers; they're from Havana, not Havaña, so they're not habañeros.

There is a terrible ignorance that makes some people believe every n in Spanish has a tilde on it.

charell's picture
charell 2 years 26 weeks ago
#2

Instant Runoff Voting might not be as great as you think.

Thom, please talk with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com before you tout IRV anymore. He has changed his mind and no longer supports IRV. I haven't heard the details from him about it yet but I really wish you would have an on-air discussion with Brad about it.

Burlington, Vermont rejected IRV:
http://blackboxvoting.com/s9/index.php?/categories/18-Instant-Runoff-Vot...

mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 26 weeks ago
#3

Hamlet, III, ii, 229-30:

Hamlet:
Madam, how like you this play?
Queen:
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 26 weeks ago
#4

Dang. I really need to get around to putting up a blog post describing my own idea for an electoral system. Thanks for reminding me, Charell.

mathboy's picture
mathboy 2 years 26 weeks ago
#5

Many years ago, Discover magazine had an article about a gene (called Eyeless) that would, when scientists turned it off, make a fruit fly develop with no eyes, not even a hint that eyes belonged on their heads. (There's also a gene called Headless, discovered in mice, which when turned off keeps the entire head from developing.)

The eyeless gene is probably the same in shrimp as in fruit flies, since they are both arthropods. (Whereas Headless would be different in arthropods, since vertebrates and arthropods evolved the head at opposite ends of the alimentary canal, i.e. mouth and anus are switched, and the canal pumps in the other direction.)

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