Skepchick Quickies 11.7

Happy birthday to Marie Curie, one of my favorite aloof and brilliant scientists.



Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. November 7, 2012 at 10:38 am —


    That story about how animals choose their leaders really makes me glad I’m not a honey bee.

    • November 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm —

      Don’t whales also choose leaders? They weren’t mentioned in that article.

      • November 8, 2012 at 2:32 am —

        Grand Lunar,

        Come to think about it, I think you maybe correct. I wonder why they didn’t at least mention whales.

  2. November 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm —

    wait, you don’t like green pepper? you and i are done professionally.

  3. November 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm —


    • November 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm —

      Green peppers smell and taste bad. Blech. I don’t like any bell peppers for that matter.

      • November 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm —

        Remind me never to serve you stuffed pepper. :)

        • November 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm —

          I can smell it a mile away. The worst is when a stray pepper from my husband’s half of a pizza sneaks its way onto my side. The while slice is tainted!

      • November 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm —


        Anti Green Pepper Bigot! :)

  4. November 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm —

    That’s a shame you don’t like red peppers – they are essntial when I make pizzas – for the crunchy texture mainly. Though my wife would agree to a degree cos she hates the green ones too.

    I am glad to see that for once I’m not the only one off topic today!

  5. November 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm —

    On the “Who is running for president” article – folks seem to think this was regarding independents and minor parties and it got me thinking – How did they go in this election?

    I saw on TV a lineup with Jill Stein, a Libertarian and some other guy who sounded interesting but missed the detail.

    I reckon some good minor parties such as the Greens could do a lot of good for the US – if they could get their vote up to say 10% then they could be in a position of real influence.

    In Oz we seem to like this scenario where none of the major parties gets too big a majority and becomes too arrogant.

    • November 9, 2012 at 9:13 am —

      It’s a nice thought, but going to the Green party website, their list of officeholders includes Soil and Water commissioners and a few City Council members.

      I can’t figure out why the party wastes money on a futile presidential campaign, or even governor races. They’ve started with local offices, now get some people into state houses and senates. That’s how you make changes, not by getting .3% in the national election.

  6. November 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm —

    Yes, exactly. I had a bit of a dig around after making that comment and, yeah, most of the minors were under 1% in the senate – in the house, zip.

    I guess it will remain difficult for minor parties until you get a preferential voting system in the US.

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