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Monthly Archive: July 2009

Jul 20 2009

Tagged–15 Books

DuWayne is going into meme overdrive and has tagged me with the 15 books meme that two people also tagged me with on Facebook tonight. Just for him, I’m posting my answers here before I put them on Facebook. (It’s been mean to him.) Rules are simple: 15 books (or in DuWayne’s case, 15 minutes …

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Jul 19 2009

Samia’s at It Again

Blogging things that make me vaguely uncomfortable, that is. I do believe she’s requiring me to think. I don’t get this unspoken idea in the white West that Muslim (esp brown) women are somehow more lost/mindless/submissive/in-need-of-saving than women of other faiths. It seems the bodies, sexuality, and general suffering of many Muslim women are just …

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Jul 18 2009

Today’s Question

When do we get to stop defining smart, passionate women by the most powerful men in their circle? My head is spinning 4 bazillion different kinds of purple because I have no idea what any of this means. I’ll grant ERV that she never said the word “atheist” in her post criticizing the book she …

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Jul 18 2009

Foul, Vile and Expressly Stupid

Apropos of the derailment here, the further concern trolling here, and the pointless pissing on the parade here. Because sometimes you just have to ask why someone doesn’t have something better to do than hang out in places that offend them. I Hate Your Blog Guess I’ll try to go despise a blog by someone …

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Jul 17 2009

Atheists in Love

I turned back to the conversation between PZ and the very earnest young man sitting across from me. He had come to atheism relatively recently and with great relief, and he wanted to give something back. He was shy, though, and diffident, and didn’t know what he could do to help. He asked PZ. Now, …

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Jul 15 2009

My Day Is Made

Charlie Pierce, of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me (and, you know, a career in journalism, but who’s counting) has weighed in on the Unscientific America row. Just a word of advice: never piss off a comedian. There is nobody better at spotting hypocrisy and nobody more willing to point it out.

Jul 15 2009

Today’s Reading in Science Communication

[E]leven years ago after hearing Kent Hovind on the radio making a complete ass of himself on the radio, and worse hearing a bunch of “Coast to Coast” listeners call in to agree with him, not only confirmed for me that creationism is just another version of UFO’ism supported because it kind of fits with …

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Jul 14 2009

Hollywood, Science, and Unscientific America

I’m a bit busy at the moment, having a very important house guest this week and just having taken on a new and very exciting project that I’m only going to tease you with for a while. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll lack for continued criticisms of the new Mooney/Kirshenbaum book. Peggy got herself a …

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Jul 12 2009

The Mooney/Kirshenbaum Strategy

I must issue an apology to Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum. I admit to having wondered whether their intention in criticizing the world’s most popular science blogger and a much-awarded science communicator whose books all remain in print as being bad for science literacy was merely to generate publicity for their own book. After all, …

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Jul 11 2009

Ellison Is a Lousy Cameraman

But he’s a great representative. Big Media not want to talk to you and your allies about your legislative agenda? Get your message on camera yourself. Why don’t the rest of you have representatives like this?

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