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Monthly Archive: November 2007

Nov 13 2007

Liveblogging the PBS Dover trial special

I’ve never tried something like this before. Martin asked me if I would post a review of the Nova Special, “Judgment Day,” since he wouldn’t get to watch it. So I thought I’d take some live notes during the show, either as an aid to or in place of this review. I’ll update this post …

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Nov 13 2007

Some corrections to this week’s TV show

This week when I did a show on pseudoscience, I was complaining about a reality show called “Phenomenon”, featuring Uri Geller and Criss Angel as the judges. I mistakenly claimed that this show was about contestants trying to prove that they have psychic powers. In addition to the person who called at the beginning of …

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Nov 12 2007

Cripes, why not sacrifice a @#!!* chicken?

Headlines that make me embarrassed to be an American: Georgia governor prays for rain amid drought. They’re even going to do it on their capital steps. Oh the humiliation. Of course, if it rains at any time in the next three months, they’ll squeal that their prayers were answered. Makes us in Texas look not …

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Nov 12 2007

Fundies splintering over GOP hopefuls

The Christian Right is all over the place when it comes to whom they want to support next year for the White House. The latest news is that the anti-abortion group National Right to Life Committee has thrown their weight behind washed-up character actor Fred Thompson, despite the fact he’s been trailing so far in …

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Nov 12 2007

Scalzi’s Creation “Museum” field report

Popular blogger and science fiction writer John Scalzi has returned from his trip to Ken Scam’s Creation “Museum” in Kentucky (the trip that he promised his readers in return for the $5000 they Paypalled in, which he donated to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State), and boy, does he have a report …

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Nov 12 2007

“Those who know what’s best for us….”

“…must rise and save us from ourselves.” So sang Canadian prog-rockers Rush in their 1981 track “Witch Hunt”. A quarter century later, the modern-day torch-bearing hysterics haven’t gone away. I’m a little behind-hand on this, as I took a week’s blog break and don’t regularly read the local Austin paper. So it wasn’t until today …

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Nov 11 2007

This Tuesday: Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

Yes, I know things have been quiet around here for several days, but rest assured I’m about to be doing a lot of catch-up blogging this week. But for starters, I wanted to alert everyone to this week’s upcoming episode of PBS’s venerable Nova, a two-hour special about the Dover trial entitled Judgment Day: Intelligent …

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Nov 03 2007

Barbara Forrest: the evolution of creationism

Barbara Forrest’s talk last night was nothing short of brilliant, a wonderfully concise and entertaining summation not only of the Dover trial, but of the shenanigans and institutionalized dishonesty and sleaze of the whole creationist movement since it began to get really politically active in the 1980′s. What stood out most to me was how …

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Nov 01 2007

Friday in Austin: Barbara Forrest, Creationism’s Trojan Horse

The fine folks at CFI-Austin are sponsoring a talk tomorrow night from 7-9 p.m. by Barbara Forrest, one of the authors of Creationism’s Trojan Horse. Forrest has been active in the front lines of the ID wars, and she’ll be talking about her participation in the Dover trial as well as giving an overview of …

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Nov 01 2007

Letter from hell!

Over on GodTube, Pharyngula has pointed out this video of a letter by a kid in hell. Yes, it’s a dramatic reading of a fictional young unbeliever about to get tortured forever. As Martin likes to put it: “Torture porn.” You know, we frequently use the words “tortured forever” on the AE TV show. As …

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