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Category Archive: Politics, Society, History & Law

Oct 06 2012

It’s election season. Time to dust off the Christian Nation myth.

I haven’t given much thought to Sally Quinn for several years, since I last read dead tree newspapers regularly, in the hoary pre-internet days of college.  Now what the hell is this thing? Romney captures the God vote at first debate When Mitt Romney mentioned the “Creator” in the debate Wednesday, he owned it. “We’re all children …

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May 01 2012

Racial Profiling – a data mining perspective (WARNING: WONKY)

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Sam Harris posted a piece called “In Defense of Profiling.”  PZ Myers posted a response explaining why that’s a terrible idea. In general it should go without saying that I agree with PZ, unless stated otherwise.  I just want to add a little something from the perspective of a computer science nerd whose been around …

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Apr 23 2012

The world experiences an infinitesimal decrease in bullshit

On the occasion of Chuck Colson’s death, I’d like to take one final opportunity to point out the online discussion I had with him before he died. I was too young for Watergate.  In fact, Richard Nixon resigned one month to the day before I was born.  Or as I like to think, Nixon saw …

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Mar 18 2012

Evangelical narcissism: or, Jason Russell really is an epic douchebag

Dude, you are SOOO radical! And I bet you still haven't found what you're looking for!

Haven’t really talked much about the whole Kony 2012 flapdoodle here, because up until now, it didn’t seem to be much of a religious issue. But looking over the curious case of Jason Russell, self-appointed savior of Ugandan children and flamboyant public-naked-meltdown-haver, it is necessary for me to prologue this post in order to give …

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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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Nov 12 2008

The disgraceful cost of the Iraq War

In the news today is word from Afghanistan that those wacky pranksters in the Taliban thought it would be a hoot to spray some teenage girls walking to school in the face with acid. Now two of them are blind! Hooray for the religion of peace. (Because it is, of course, against their precious religionthat …

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