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Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 16 2011

The Worms Go In…

“… I reckon I’d be a pretty miserable, angry person with a chip on my shoulder if I also believed that I was no more than worm meat at the end of the day.” –from an email to PZ, a couple of years ago. I’m reposting this one from the old blog, because A) it …

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Nov 15 2011

Headline Muse, 11/15

From their gilded and silk-cushioned heights Where their privilege has suffered some slights The bishops are whining “The laws are confining!” They’ve vowing to fight for their rights Headline: Bishops Renew Fight on Abortion and Gay Marriage Heh. This headline has two daddies names–the “fight on abortion and gay marriage” one, and the far more …

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Nov 15 2011

Over My Dead Body

I was listening to NPR the other day (it was brief, and I don’t remember which program it was that I heard a snippet of), and heard a man speak of the death of his mother, which happened many years after he and his siblings had left the Catholic Church. As non-believers, and more importantly, …

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Nov 14 2011

Oh, Newt!

Ok, since this one was eaten by the upgrade, I’m reposting it. Now that pretty much every GOP candidate has had a turn at the top of the polls, we finally see Newt Gingrich (within margin of error) in a tie with Mittens for the lead (.pdf) . Given the average turnaround we’ve seen, there’s …

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Nov 14 2011

Nothing To Live For

It seems to me there was a post here on FtB that explored the notion that “atheists have nothing to live for”, but I can’t find it. Maybe the upgrade ate it, or maybe I hallucinated it, but it got me thinking. And writing, trying to put myself into the shoes of someone who really …

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Nov 12 2011

Making Amends At Penn State

We could have called the cops, I guess, In fact, I wish we had; We might have done the proper thing We didn’t, though—our bad. If maybe we’d done anything We’d not be here today. But now it’s time to set things right… That’s right; it’s time to pray. The victims and their families Have …

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Nov 12 2011

Let’s Ask The Republican Candidates

Oh, goody! Another Republican debate tonight! But they never ask the questions I want them to. Let’s ask the Republican candidates As they gather tonight to debate So together we’ll find What they’ve got on their mind As they gear up for fights When they turn on the lights For the cameras, this evening at …

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Nov 11 2011

Bad Pun Of The Day

I don’t mind eels Except as meals And the way they feels –Ogden Nash This video shows the favored result of an encounter between an octopus and a moray eel. There are other videos out there that show a different result; you can find those yourself. We are cephalopod people here. Looks mighty tasty to …

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Nov 10 2011

Am I Making Myself Clear?

With a predator beneath you, looking up to see your shadow, It is good to be transparent, so the light just passes through But a nearby light’s reflection makes you sparkle like a diamond, So a darker pigmentation is the better thing to do. Those are two competing strategies, and mutually exclusive Each has fatal …

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Nov 10 2011

Atheism Poll

Did you lose your religion while walking to church On a miserable, wintery day? Did it fizzle out slowly, till one day you looked, And your faith had all melted away? Did it leave all at once, in an argument, maybe, The reverse of the “road to Damascus”? I suspect there are millions of stories …

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