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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 30 2011

Headline Muse, 9/30

The direction this country is heading Is exactly what bigots are dreading! What’s the danger they feared? It’s that chaplains are cleared To officiate at a gay wedding! Headline: Military chaplains allowed to perform same-sex weddings Headline: Military Chaplains May Perform Same-Sex Unions Why two links? The first is CNN; the second is Fox. The …

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Sep 30 2011

Happy Blasphemy Day

Blasphemy Day is important. Not for offending people, but for celebrating the right to speak without fear that such an offense can land you in jail, or worse. Political speech often offends me, but the rough-and-tumble of open political debate is a good thing. When we coddle ideas, we allow bad ones to flourish. Religious …

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Sep 30 2011

Church Under Attack… By Self

An Ohio church is under attack By an evil atheist horde! Or that’s the headline, after all The facts have been ignored. The atheists had a billboard up Right on the church’s land! It was removed immediately Upon the church demand A billboard on the church’s land? There’s something there that’s funny Although the church …

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Sep 29 2011

Plato, Linnaeus, Darwin, and Atheism. And Greta.

Earlier today, Greta Christina posted a nice piece on the negative definition of atheism. I left a brief comment there, but wanted to post this much longer and perhaps actually coherent bit on positive and negative definitions, religion and atheism. It’s long, so you might want to pour yourself a drink first.

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Sep 29 2011

Evolutionary Biology Valentines Day Poem

I have been reading quite a bit about Evolutionary Bio and Evo-Psych explanations of human behavior, of whether or not it is appropriate to apply these theoretical models to people–especially to the behavior of individuals, and all that. If I had the time, I’d probably write something coherent about it, and include this poem. But …

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Sep 28 2011

Knit Me A … Sister?

Again, for Daniel, and for the Ravelry visitors, one of my all time favorites from the old place: Shelley serves as my muse again today… The brain was not her first post about anatomically accurate knitting; there was a previous post on a cute and cuddly teratoma. Ok, so she calls it “complicated and grotesque”, …

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Sep 28 2011

Knit Me A Brain

Our friend Daniel over at Camels With Hammers has noticed an influx of people with long needles. In a show of freethought blogs support, I thought I’d repost a couple of posts from my old digs that got quite a few visits from Ravelry in the past. Just trying to make the new place more …

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Sep 27 2011

Headline Muse, 9/27

The fragments were massive and burly And they fell to earth, slowly but surely Near an isle in the Pacific So, to be more specific The war against Christmas comes early Headline:Satellite debris entered atmosphere over southern Pacific Ocean Yup–south of Indonesia, in the vicinity of Christmas Island. When Fox News hears that NASA narrowly …

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Sep 27 2011

Just Where Is That Moral High Ground?

She broke the law! She’s well aware! The sentence, then, is more than fair! She drove the car; she took the trip; She gets ten lashes with a whip! America, just save your breath; Last week, you put three men to death.

Sep 27 2011

Never Got The Hang Of Tuesdays

I’ve suddenly realized why it is that I appear to have so little time! Time itself is a remarkably limited commodity, with all of it limited to just a handful of days… Only last Tuesday, a quarter past four, The universe was, when it wasn’t before! The whole of the universe started to be, Which …

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