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Monthly Archive: December 2009

Dec 23 2009

Oscar the Grouch: “I Hate Christmas”

Christmastime is wonderful, when people remember that it’s a time for friends, family and celebrating away the winter blues, rather than proselytizing and prostrating yourself before an imagined deity and generally making others uncomfortable with believing what is, in your view, the “wrong things”. I’ve had more than my fair share of sniping from people …

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Dec 22 2009

Happy science!

Here’s a few sciencey links to restore your faith in humanity. I need it myself. So, what would help restore said faith? Is medicine your bag? Well, genetic scientists have made a major breakthrough in cancer research involving having sequenced skin and lung cancer, identifying the specific mutations in DNA duplication that result in those …

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Dec 21 2009

Hot air

Global warming is a reality, whether folks want to admit it or not, as the only scientific debate about it presently is, “how bad will it be?” So, outreach at this point is the most important effort that can be undertaken, being that people with vested interests in sowing misinformation keep taking in otherwise rational …

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Dec 21 2009

Oh no, the Terror Alert has been raised to “Con-Job” Orange!

Did you ever have any doubts that the Terror Alert system was just a ploy to ratchet up fear so as to win elections? Well, you should have, because it also turns out the CIA was conned into a lot of those fear-eliciting alert incrementings. A self-styled Nevada codebreaker convinced the CIA he could decode …

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Dec 20 2009

Formspring – “Just what do atheists believe in?”

I jumped on the Formspring.me bandwagon and set myself up an account where people can ask me questions anonymously. It’s in the left sidebar, as well. I’ll be syndicating some interesting ones here as well as on my Twitter / Facebook accounts. The first serious question I got was a pretty broad one, so it …

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Dec 20 2009

RCimT: Lazy Sunday

I’m going to do a very brief Sunday catch-up — not because I have any specific plans, but because I’m feeling the need to have a lazy day today. Amazingly, only 14.6% of philosophers are theists. This despite theism dealing directly with philosophy! This implies that the vast majority of theists do not actually “think …

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Dec 19 2009

The Jesus Christ Sponge

It’s better than sex.* *Note: not actually better than sex.

Dec 18 2009

Silent Night, Drunken Night

Our good friend Jason Pickles e-mailed this to me. I felt the need to share the revelry.

Dec 18 2009

Holy shit, dark matter (possibly)!

There’s a one-in-four chance that two particles detected in a science project based in a deep mine in Minnesota may have detected dark matter — the stuff from which matter itself is likely derived, and that which is theorized to be responsible for the structure and shape of the universe as we know it. This …

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Dec 18 2009

Eight Percent

Something tells me this isn’t the best way to explain away being distracted from your beloved. If it’s any consolation, my beloved Jodi, you get at least 42% of mine. (Ah, Square One. I grew up watching this stuff. Thanks to Blake Stacey for reminding me that the internet is not just for porn, it’s …

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