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Monthly Archive: October 2008

Oct 15 2008

Election Snippet: McCain on the Environment and Global Warming

Today’s election snippet: John McCain on the environment. McCain often talks a good talk about environmental issues. He’s no dummy, and he knows issues like global warming are important to voters. But according to this article in Salon.com: All you have to do is look at his voting record. It reveals that McCain has long …

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Oct 14 2008

Against Simultaneity: The Blowfish Blog

Please note: The piece that this post links to includes references to my personal sex life. Family members and others who don’t want to read about that stuff may want to skip this one. I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s about the ideal of sexual simultaneity, the idea that both …

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Oct 14 2008

Election Snippet: Nobel Scientists for Obama

In this video, Marty Chalfie, one of this year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, explains why he — along with 61 other Nobel Laureates in science — is supporting Barack Obama. I’ll be talking more in future Election Snippets about the role of science in this election… and the respect, or lack thereof, …

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Oct 14 2008

Blog Carnivals!

Blog carnivals! Humanist Symposium #26, at Terahertz. Skeptic’s Circle #87, at Evolved and Rational. Carnival of the Godless #102, at A Division by Zer0. And Carnival of the Liberals #75, at Clashing Culture. Happy reading!

Oct 13 2008

What Convinced You? A Non-Belief Summary… and an Atheist Game Plan

What convinces non-believers to reject religion and embrace non-belief? A couple weeks back, I took a survey here in this blog, asking, “If you’re a non-believer in religion, and you used to be a believer — what changed your mind?” I found the answers fascinating: touching, funny, heartbreaking, thoughtful. (Thanks so much to everyone who …

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Oct 13 2008

Election Snippet: Sarah Palin’s Terrorist Associations

Normally in elections, I don’t like playing the “guilt by association” game. If you’ve been in politics for any length of time, chances are you’ve worked with, or accepted money from, people you have some serious disagreements with. That’s sort of how politics and government works. So unless I’m convinced that Senator Blow’s connection with …

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Oct 10 2008

Morals, Deprivation, and Prioritizing Sex: Is Cheating Ever Okay? Part 3

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. It’s Part 3 of a three-part series; here are Part 1 and Part 2. Again, the bits about comments and conversations are primarily in reference to comments and conversations made on the Blowfish Blog when the series was originally published. I swear to Loki — this …

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Oct 10 2008

Election Snippet: McCain’s Temper

Today’s election snippet: John McCain’s temper. You’ve probably heard or read bits here and there about John McCain’s volatility and difficulty controlling his temper. This video pulls many of those bits together. It makes it clear that this is not an isolated incident or two: this is a pattern, a central part of the man’s …

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Oct 09 2008

Is Cheating Ever Okay? Part 2

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. The bit about the comments is a reference to comments made on that blog, when Part 1 of this series was originally published. If that makes sense. (BTW, the Sarah Palin piece on the Blowfish Blog has since gotten more comments… but not by much, and …

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Oct 09 2008

Election Snippet: Sarah Palin’s Supreme Ignorance

My election snippets haven’t gone after Sarah Palin in a couple of days, so I think it’s time to return to that very fertile ground. This is an excerpt from the now- infamous Katie Couric interview… an excerpt in which Palin was unable to name any Supreme Court decisions, other than Roe v. Wade, that …

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