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Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 31 2011

Headline Muse, 8/31

To keep us kids safe, mom would try Giving rules which we’d quickly defy I remember her claims: “It’s all fun and games Until somebody loses an eye!” Headline: Man’s eye saved after impalement Fairly remarkable video at link. The guy looks pretty good, considering!

Aug 31 2011

Apple and Gods

So there have been any number of stories recently about Steve Jobs, due to his recent retirement. Here, for instance, PZ talks about some of what Jobs did so incredibly well. Me, I’m just going to take advantage of the current situation to repost a recent comment on a neurological finding. Mac-ily crack-ily Apple Enthusiasts …

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Aug 30 2011

Headline Muse, 8/30

Some may say I am lax in my morals Though I’m not one to advertise quarrels I’m a bad, selfish man, And because of my tan We’re both mining and killing the corals Headline: Coral could hold key to sunscreen pill Ok, I can’t wrap my head around two stories recently in the news. First…. …

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Aug 30 2011

The Truth (As He Sees It)

So today or yesterday, I saw a letter to the editor in a local paper, chastising the editor for something mean said about Rick Perry. The writer was planning on voting for Perry, because “He tells us the truth as he sees it.” The following is written in the West Texas song tradition, and may …

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Aug 30 2011

First Day Of Classes

Wish me luck–except that wishing works as well as prayer I guess it doesn’t matter much for you to say you care So think the thoughts you want to think, and sit there on your asses I’m much too rushed to care right now… I’m heading off to classes. (Best of luck to my student, …

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Aug 29 2011

I Really Like The Candidate!

I really like the candidate I really like his views His positions on the issues are the ones that I would choose! I really like the candidate I’m thinking it’s a sign Her slogans at the rally were identical to mine! I really like the candidate I’m following the bus! We’re going to take the …

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Aug 29 2011

Prose and Cons: How We Believe

Apologies for the pun, but a bit of prose for you. The power was out, so I just collected some recent thoughts. They don’t rhyme, but I hope they reason. How Do You Know?  (bulk of essay after the jump)

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Aug 28 2011

Headline Muse 8/28

“Keep the rum, give me straight Dr Pepper” Said the decade-long-sober 12-stepper She’s an atheist, too, Which may counter the view That A.A. sees the godless as leper Headline: My Faithlessness: The atheist way through AA Ok, not a headline, but from CNN’s Belief Blog. Hey, I only just got power back; any port in …

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Aug 28 2011

It’s An Empirical Question

I’m looking for some funding, if you’re willing to invest— Cos it’s time for us to figure out whose praying works the best. See, we’re getting rid of FEMA, and we’ve got to find a way To respond to things like hurricanes. The answer is, to pray. Can we influence the weather? Can we turn …

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Aug 27 2011

Ceremonial Deism

The Republican candidates have, of late, put me in mind of “ceremonial deism“. Atheists are sometimes accused of making mountains out of molehills, of making a big deal out of the pledge of allegiance or “in god we trust” when there are bigger fish to fry. Really, though, it seems to me that it is …

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