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Monthly Archive: September 2008

Sep 17 2008

PARTY!!!!! (A)

PZ reports on a story from the Sacramento Bee, about the trials and tribulations of that most persecuted of minorities, the heterosexual christian. The state of California has new, gender-neutral marriage licenses, which list “Party A” and “Party B” instead of the previously-used “Bride” and “Groom”. This, of course, infringes on the rights of Rachel …

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Sep 16 2008

Giant Naked Englishman Restored To Life… if you know what I mean…

A couple of reports today (well, yesterday, in Dorset, already) from the BBC report on the restoration of a unique English landmark. A 55-meter giant, wielding a club and sporting an erection, etched in the hillside at the top of a mountain of chalk on a hill in Dorset. The problem is, as it often …

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Sep 16 2008

Sorry, Charlie!

So it seems that… 126 years after Charles Darwin’s death, the Church of England is considering apologizing to him. Considering. It is not yet an official Church position, so perhaps we shouldn’t get our hopes up. But at least one cleric, the Rev. Malcolm Brown, feels strongly enough about it that he has launched a …

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Sep 15 2008

A Serious Message

After the hurricane, after the flood,When the story’s been pulled off the air,We mustn’t forget that it’s time to give blood,If you have any in you to spare. 1-800-GIVE LIFE (to find where to donate blood) Or you could Donate to the American Red Cross Or find another way to help–the Red Cross does not …

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Sep 13 2008

Lipstick On A Pig…

Coturnix has found a wonderful video–a reporter from the Chicago Tribune going out to a farm to… put lipstick on a pig. It really says so much about the focus the media has on the truly important issues this election season. Link to original video. (I had it embedded, but frankly it got annoying, since …

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Sep 11 2008

The Big Bang… or Smush, Maybe…

PZ reports on a really cool new gadget, full of sciency goodness. Fast on the heels of that Hadron thingie that had us all excited yesterday, but didn’t end the world after all, comes the Evolutionary Acceleration Research Institute’s “Giant Animal Smasher”. The GAS is a 25 mile tube buried ten feet below the surface, …

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Sep 10 2008

End of the World ! (and I feel fine)

Allow me to be the last to tell you… they switched on the Large Hadron Collider. In related news, the world has not come to an end. The switch was thown in SwitzerlandAnd protons zoomed around a bend—Across the world, we clasped our handsAnd waited for the world to end. The scientists at FermilabWere hoping …

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Sep 08 2008

Eeew–you got real life in my poetry!

Blake Stacey reports on an interesting case of censorship. Most of the details are depressingly familiar: somebody gets a bug up a bum about a poem–in this case, one that “glorifie[s] knife violence”. What is fascinating about this case is the author’s response. She must really believe that bit about the pen being mightier than …

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Sep 07 2008

Praisin’ McCain!

Little Light runs a dog-whistle through a filter, so the rest of us can hear it. I must say, I was wondering what the point of Huckabee’s desk story was, let alone why it got such a response from the audience. Now that I know McCain’s secret identity, though… When John McCain was crucifiedEr, tortured, …

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Sep 04 2008

God doesn’t like competition.

Via Diatomaceous Earth, via pharyngula, we have a letter to the editor, helpfully explaining the global warming crisis. Well, folks, here we go again.First they try to make us believe in the “big-bang” theory; then the “millions of years” theory; then the “we all came from monkeys” theory or even the “sea” theory. Let’s get …

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