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Monthly Archive: October 2009

Oct 31 2009

Halloween Horrors!

It’s almost time for Trick Or Treat,And now I’m in a panic—I’m doubting if my candy isSufficiently Satanic!The needles, pins, and razor blades(Which used to be tradition)Are terribly old-fashioned now;I need new ammunition!The local Coven gave their curseAs every Coven should,But will that really be enoughTo drive away the Good?The fundies warn us all aboutThe …

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Oct 28 2009

Anglican-Catholic Horizontal Transfer

It’s all over the news, it’s all over the blogs, it’s everywhere, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a discussion of the Pope’s recent invitation to Anglicans. A group of Anglican priests, upset at recent changes in their church (changes which slowly, glacially, tectonically, move the church from the bronze age into the …

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Oct 27 2009

Colossal Sea Monster!! O Noes!!

With powerful jaws, like steel girders in strength,The biggest uncovered thus far,At 2.4 meters of bone-crushing lengthThese jaws could bite clean through a carWith a gullet, we’re told, that could swallow a cow,Next to this boy, T. rex is a kitten!The biggest of fishes are Pliosaur chow—When it bites you, you know you’ve been bitten! …

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Oct 25 2009

Finding Little Albert

“Little Albert” was a baby, nearly ninety years ago,And a healthy, mild-mannered one, at that,His demeanor was the reason he was chosen for the taskOf developing a phobia to rat John B. Watson was the founder of Behaviorism, andWas, by all accounts, a bastard through and through.When presented with a baby, unemotional and strong,John B. …

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Oct 23 2009

Blue Roses: A Halloween Poem

The BBC reports on a genetic breakthrough, of sorts. Japanese whisky distiller Suntory, along with Australian biotech firm Florigene, have succeeded (you can be the judge as to how well) in developing a blue rose. Blue roses, it appears, have been long sought, and are nearly mythological in status–a symbol of mystery, of impossible things, …

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Oct 22 2009

Arizona Update: Three Dead, Thanks To James Arthur Ray

The participants are speaking, telling what occurred that day,Sharing stories of their puzzlement and grief;But the dissonance believers feel, is giving Mr. RayThe impenetrable armor of belief. How could people die for nothing? How could all this be a scam?All my money, all my effort, all my pain?When a Faithful True Believer is the heart …

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Oct 22 2009

For Dr. Pal

I’m cutting corners where I can;It’s good to be so frugal!I’m cutting out my doctor, andReplacing him with Google! That mole that keeps on growing?I’m convinced it’s fungal rust!(If I can’t trust Wikipaedia, Who else, then, can I trust? My doctor says such fungiAre a problem… but for plants.He’s stuck in Western Medicine,Won’t give my …

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Oct 21 2009

A Milestone Of Sorts

One Hundred, now number my followers;I’m not really sure what that means.I think those are people who follow my postsOn electric computing machines. One Hundred, who read silly versesOn science, religion, and more;They each clicked a link that said “follow this blog”,Though I’m not really sure what it’s for. One Hundred is twice more than …

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Oct 20 2009

Which Is Witch?

An extremely sad story today from the BBC, although with a better ending than hundreds of other such stories. Five women were paraded naked, beaten and forced to eat human excrement by villagers after being branded as witches in India’s Jharkhand state. Local police said the victims were Muslim widows who had been labelled as …

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Oct 19 2009

One Fish, Two Fish

One fishTwo fishCleaning-Crew fishWonder who fish?Yellow-blue fish!Little fish, as bright as lightsWho love to munch on parasites!Some are yellow; some are blueSome very few, some other hueWhy are they colored just like this?Go ask an ichthyologist!Some are happy; some may gripeThe nice one has a vivid stripe!From here to there, from there to here,There’s fishes …

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