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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 30 2011

Happy Blasphemy Day! Up your god’s arse! (a repost)

Oh god damn it, today’s Blasphemy Day. I was already just reposting stuff today, so here’s one more. Today is International Blasphemy Day. Atheists everywhere are insulting your invisible deity, whomever he or she might (not) be, in protest of the stripping of rights, in certain countries, to publicly and vocally disbelieve in anything that …

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Sep 30 2011

Two boats tethered together on a lake (a repost)

The following is a repost from 07/10/2009 on Accomodationism vs New Atheism. Given how well it worked for Stephanie Zvan and Greta Christina as first posts, maybe I should have led with this one. Or maybe I should write something new. I’m sure I have more to say about the nonsense that is the “New …

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Sep 30 2011

Reminder: James Randi at St. Mary’s in Halifax today, 6PM

Today’s super-busy what with preparations to see The Amazing Randi in person, so I’ll repost two things from my archives — this is one of them. I need to see this. I’ll have to get off work early to make this visit, but this might be my last chance to see the man that took …

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Sep 29 2011

A galaxy made of dark matter?

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Is this blob of hydrogen actually spinning, thus betraying all the dark matter in the vicinity, distending nearby NGC 4254? Scientists say maybe. Skeptics of the dark-matter interpretation argue that VIRGOHI21 is simply a tidal tail of the nearby galaxy NGC 4254. The observations, made with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope in the Netherlands, show …

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Sep 28 2011

Please confuse the children of Family Values parents

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It’s so easy to get them all mixed up when their parents tell them that gays are evil and sinful and that only little boys want to play baseball and only girls should wear pink. All you have to do is show them that these things their parents are telling them aren’t true. The Toronto …

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Sep 28 2011

Exorcism: what’s the harm?

Oh, no harm, no harm at all. A 13-year-old girl suffocated after she was strapped down and doused with water by her father and a monk who were trying to expel an “evil spirit”, according to Japanese police and media reports. [...] “They allegedly strapped the victim to a chair with belts and doused her …

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Sep 27 2011

You can get a degree in baloney

FtB reader Adam Shelton alerted me to some excellent opportunities for continuing education being offered by the Toronto District School Board. Everything You Want to Know About Ghosts but Afraid to Ask – 46559 Think your house is haunted? Felt a cold shiver? Find out how to clean and protect your house, work, cottage, and …

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Sep 26 2011

Tories’ steamroller government targets Canadian autonomy from US law

Back on Talk Like a Pirate Day, our friend sinned34 posted the following, which ought to give any Canuck pause, all pirate talk aside. Seems th’ Cons in power here been schemin’ wit’ the Prez o’ them United States to allow the Queen’s navy to cross the border soutwards, in return for allowin’ the longish …

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Sep 26 2011

The death spiral is steeper than we thought

Nicked from Pharyngula. The IPCC was wrong in being too conservative. I’d take this moment to point out that the denialists are empirically wrong on yet another point, but I’m too busy despairing. The interconnectedness of all things is amazing, but daunting. We have so much responsibility vested in us by nature, by making it …

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Sep 25 2011

Are all astrologers fated by the stars to be douches?

Ed Kohout is one of THOSE kinds of trolls. The ones you know are just trolling from the get-go, but that you just have to feed anyway, just to see what levels of douchery they can realize. In my repost of “How does One Prove Astrology? By Starting Over”, our new friend Ed has taken …

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