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Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 12 2012

So He Carved A Pentagram Into His 6-Yr-Old Son’s Back…

12-12-12 is a holy day— I’ll only be getting just one. I think I shall mark it my own, special way… By carving it into my son. A pentagram, carved in my 6-year old’s back Is a symbol he’ll carry for life! And no, it’s not really some deadly attack Like you’ll hear from my …

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Dec 12 2012

God, Neurology, And Bliss

A vision of God’s not the slightest bit odd When your brain’s shutting down, argues Sacks But you knew all along some would find his view wrong And would write of the logic he lacks We might not be deceived; perhaps God was perceived When the cranial neurons misfired That was already known. What these …

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Dec 11 2012

Clearly, They Were Rehearsing For Cephalopodmas

Chris Clarke, over at Pharyngula, gives us the “real story” (that is, the lamestream media cover-up) of a massive Humboldt squid stranding near Santa Cruz. He shows his hand, though, in his choice of headline. As someone privy to the inner circle of cephalopodian machinations, I am offering you the *real* story. (I am stunned …

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Dec 11 2012

Vestigial Brains?

Strange. While following the trail back from the Bananaman song, I stumbled across a comment from over on Pharyngula in 2009 that I don’t think I have ever posted up on my own place (got busy writing Bananaman and forgot all about it): If we load up the creationists and put them on the moon, …

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Dec 10 2012

God Is Not An Endangered Species

There’s freedom of religion, which we all acknowledge, but— While true freedom seems a rare thing… of religion, there’s a glut. The New York Times today has an Op-Ed piece by Frank Bruni that is well worth reading, entitled “The God Glut”. We have God on our dollars, God in our pledge of allegiance, God …

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Dec 10 2012

Equality Stops At The Border

I’ve been following, as best as an ignorant mollusk can, the analysis of the recent decisions by the Supreme Court to take on a couple of cases on same-sex marriage. Ed has done a great job dissecting the choice, and today the New York Times has a really useful sidebar on it. What I can’t …

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Dec 09 2012

Billy Joel Takes On Ray Comfort

Ed tells us of Ray Comfort’s new series, in which he takes on prominent atheists. My title is a nod to Ed’s “Ray Comfort takes on Billy Joel”. The following was written a few years ago at the old place (click through for context), but it seems appropriate now. It’s an afternoon post on Pharyngula, …

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Dec 08 2012

South Carolina’s Elusive Green Cuttlefish

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Notice how much more effective his camouflage is than the flounder’s. (Click to embiggen)

Dec 07 2012

A One-Way Wall?

A door that doesn’t open? Why, that’s not a door at all. A door that doesn’t open Is a wall. If you want to pass right through it Well, that’s not what walls are for. If you want to pass right through it Use a door. It’s a wall of separation That the founding fathers …

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Dec 07 2012

Stand Up And Be Counted!

Atheist Alliance International has launched the international Atheist Census. It’s kinda neat to watch the map update, as news of the census spreads internationally (Australia was recently overtaken by Brazil, as home to the most atheists–but it only launched today, so numbers are greatly in flux). Details over at Kylie’s. Spread the word, and stand …

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