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Monthly Archive: January 2010

Jan 11 2010

Post-show thoughts for 1/10

Hi folks, Thanks for watching the show last night, and thanks in advance to all of you who will eventually come across this thread after listening to the podcast. Sorry for spinning this off into a new post, but I felt like using my executive privilege to cut in line and not appear after 20+ …

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Jan 10 2010

Open thread on today’s show

Hey gang. I’m posting this one a few hours early, because, unless I’ve missed my guess (and I’ve just double-checked the schedule on the AETV site so I don’t believe I have), this will be the day that Kazim’s Special Thing that was announced for the show last month and then postponed will be happening. …

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Jan 06 2010

Came up with a one-liner, now I’m just waiting for an opportunity

Hypothetical nondenominational new agey theist caller: “Don’t you understand, God is the energy in the universe.”Russell: “Do you measure him in joules or calories?”

Jan 06 2010

Video games were invented by THE DEVIL!!

Oh look, this is original! Some crazy lady blogging for the Orange County Register, who aptly calls herself “Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom,” thinks that video games are horrible influences on her kids! And she blames Grand Theft Auto for the misgivings that negligent parents had after they allowed their underage kids to play it! (Props to …

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Jan 06 2010

Ill-educated fools in charge of education

Yes, it’s another Don McLeroy post. This Washington Monthly piece is currently making the rounds. If you haven’t seen it, you aren’t aware of just how bad things are in Texas. Seriously, this will make you ill. Is there no depth to the ideological delusions cretins like this want to enshrine in our schools? Don’t …

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Jan 05 2010

Scientist portrayal in Avatar

I’ve seen Avatar twice now. I already reviewed it on my personal blog. I didn’t love it exactly, but I had to see it a second time because, despite its flaws, I knew my seven year old would think it was awesome. He did. However, I do want to add one quick thing about it. …

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Jan 05 2010

Why I usually don’t argue with YouTube videos

This isn’t terribly important but I’m airing a minor grievance. People frequently email the TV crew to say “I saw this video on YouTube. Can you refute it?” Here’s why I usually refuse. Frankly, I hate dealing with videos. Text is an asynchronous mode of communication, whereas video is synchronous. (“Synchronous” is a fancy-schmancy computer …

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Jan 04 2010

Thugs without Borders

Christians are having a big impact in Africa, it seems–especially those from the US. In recent memory, we have: US Evangelicals James Dobson and Franklin Graham (son of Billy) easily inserted themselves in AIDS relief efforts in Africa under the Bush administration. While marketing their “charity” to the home base to get more donations, they …

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Jan 03 2010

Christian Side Hug – The Gateway Hug

For your amusement. No touching.

Jan 03 2010

The engagement bug: worse than H1N1

Man, that thing gets around. First it was Kazim and E.E.A. Now, word is in from the wilds of Australia (which I refuse to call “Down Under” because that’s so 25 years ago) that our pals from Sydney Atheists, Alan Conradi and Rachel McAlpine, are plunging into connubial bliss. Alan popped the question to Rachel …

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