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Achenblog: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

The war on science

On Tuesday, people of the same sex will be able to marry in D.C.. Yesterday, 151 couples obtained licenses at the courthouse, the first day they could apply. There's a three-day waiting period after the license is obtained, which strikes...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 4, 2010; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (327)
 
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Talking to machines

[I'm heading off for a couple of days vacation. In the meantime here's another Rough Draft that never made the print run and then was inexplicably and tragically deleted from the server. It ran on the afternoon of June...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 3, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Napalming my spam

I've just done some back-of-the-envelope calculations -- envelopes are now calculating pads since no one sends letters anymore -- and I've discovered that at my current rate I'll spend the rest of my life doing nothing but killing spam....

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 2, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (115)
 
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The power of market fundamentalism

The other day I saw a light bulb, made in 1886, on display at the Smithsonian. It would fit into a socket in my house. We are surrounded by technological fossils. The entire U.S. energy system in the 21st...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 1, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (251)
 
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