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Feb 13 2014

Backyard Dinosaur Count This Weekend

It’s time to count the dinosaurs— It shouldn’t be that hard Just grab yourself a window That overlooks your yard A pencil and some paper To make a little list A “field guide to the dinosaurs” To name the ones you missed The count begins this Friday, And by Sunday night, it’s done It’s time …

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Feb 07 2014

Olympic Conscience Wrestling

The thing you’ve been working for, all of your life? That comes to fruition today? The people in charge of this glorious time Will turn you away if you’re gay. Your colleagues, your teammates, your family, your friends, (And you) couldn’t be more excited— But if any of you has the wrong sort of love …

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Jan 28 2014

A Time To Be Born; A Time To Die

Pete Seeger has died. Other places will eulogize him far better than I could here. I’ll just note that it is a certainty that, had there been no Pete Seeger, there would be no Digital Cuttlefish.

Jan 11 2014

Almost Heaven?

My goodness, what they put in the water in West Virginia! But that’s the price of Freedom. Freedom Industries, that is. From the first link: The Freedom Industries president downplayed the chemical’s health effects, saying it has “very, very low toxicity” and poses no danger to the public. Strange… I originally posted the following as …

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Jan 09 2014

Ken Ham Clearly Doesn’t Believe (I Hope)

So I was just out walking the cuttledogs, and it occurred to me that the whole notion of a Noah’s Ark Theme Park showed either an incredible lack of belief on the part of the planners, or a psychopathic lack of empathy. I mean, it’s a theme park. Think Disney. But it’s built around the …

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Dec 31 2013

Live Same-Sex Wedding To Be Part Of New Year’s Tournament Of Roses Parade

At the Tournament Of Roses, There’s a wonderful parade Where the floats are not just beautiful, They’re very strangely made: Every inch of them is covered With a flower, leaf, or twig; They must hide the float’s machinery— Each lever; every rig— It’s a grand show of technology, A flowered tour de force, And it’s …

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Dec 27 2013

Old Good News Revisited (Or, New Bad News)

Since the topics I write on are vast There’s a chance that good news from the past Might be soon overturned Cos you see, I have learned That Good News may be too good to last. They may or may not both be from today, but that’s when I saw them–two updates on things I …

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Dec 12 2013

Breaking News: Mt. Soledad Cross Must Come Down! (…eventually, perhaps)

Today’s report from San Diego (oh, and read to the end of page 2–there’s a poll!): A San Diego federal judge made a reluctant ruling Thursday that the cross atop Mount Soledad is unconstitutional, although the chances of the La Jolla monument coming down anytime soon are unlikely. The latest ruling by U.S. District Judge …

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Dec 10 2013

Nonhuman Rights On Trial

An octopus solves puzzles; A chimpanzee can add An elephant expresses When it’s happy or it’s sad A finch that’s after grub-worms Uses twigs and thorns as tools We thought them foolish animals They showed us we’re the fools A honeybee has language, and A cunning corvid plans— Though different in important ways From those …

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Nov 23 2013

“Equality Should Never Be Mistaken For Hostility”

“Some might view a rule against preferential treatment as exhibiting hostility toward religion, but equality should never be mistaken for hostility”—Judge Barbara B. Crabb, FFRF v. Geithner When decades of deference Yield to one’s preference One can’t help but feel one’s virility! As such, abrogation Feels more like castration: Equality feels like hostility! When unequal …

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