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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 25 2011

The real origin of Santa Claus’ flying reindeer: magic mushrooms?

As plausible a theory as any, I suppose.

Dec 25 2011

Happy whatever you celebrate!

My wife and I are hosting my sister for the day, cooking a small ham and playing video games and drinking wine and generally staying off the intertubes. Whatever you have planned for the day, I hope your plans find you and your friends and family in good health, and I hope you enjoy the …

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Dec 24 2011

LHC discovers a new boson

Armin Shimerman as the Ferengi Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space 9

Sadly, it’s not the Holy Grail that is the Higgs boson, but it’s a new particle that was predicted by the Standard Model but never actually observed. It is called Chi_b (3P) and will help scientists understand better the forces that hold matter together. The as-yet unpublished discovery is reported on the Arxiv pre-print server. …

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Dec 24 2011

Merry Christmas, Komodo Dragon Zombie Superman Jesus

Here’s the Tim Minchin piece that got pulled from the UK channel ITV’s Jonathan Ross Christmas special just in time for the holidays. I don’t honestly see what the problem is with this song — he’s told a very accurate account of everything believers think about Jesus. Every single line item is absolutely true, though …

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Dec 24 2011

Bingo Cards for Evo Psych blog comments

Evolutionary Psychology Bingo Card

Quick, print out a copy of this card, nicked from The JAYFK, and try it out with Bering in Mind‘s pedophile-enabling nonsense. Oh, sorry, hebephile. Which is like pedophile, only the middle-aged adults are kind enough to wait for these children to enter puberty, which limits the kids to 8 at the absolute youngest. How …

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Dec 23 2011

Marieke Hardy apparently incorrectly named the man who calls her things

A while back, in my post The General Pushback against Misogynist Trolls Begins, I mentioned an incident where Marieke Hardy, a screen writer from Australia, has endured a years-long hate campaign by a particularly vicious little misogynist troll. She posted the name Joshua Meggitt in a post supporting the Twitter #mencallmethings hashtag, only it turns …

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Dec 23 2011

In defense of my male feminism

I’ve had listed for some time, as part of my profile on the right, the fact that I consider myself a feminist. I put it in shortly after joining Freethought Blogs and being assailed in very short order by the winged monkeys who have this absurd tendency of descending onto any pro-feminism post, shouting down …

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Dec 22 2011

The Kepler destroys the fine-tuning argument

I’ve posted this before, but it’s worth seeing again in light of the Earth-sized planets Kepler just found.

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Dec 21 2011

Canadian-made HIV vaccine headed to human trials!

And I damn well want every syringe to be stamped “Made In Canada”. The FDA has approved a 40-person trial of a vaccine against the human immunodeficiency virus developed by Dr. Chil-Yong Kang of the University of Western Ontario. “FDA approval for human clinical trials is an extremely significant milestone for our vaccine, which has …

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Dec 21 2011

Bryan Fischer represents a Heightened Risk to my Blood Pressure

Via Right Wing Watch, a clearinghouse of all the ridiculous bullshit the right-wing produces as a matter of course, comes yet another gigantic spike in my blood pressure. It’s like they’re literally trying to make my head explode. In this episode, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association says that homosexuals represent an inherent heightened …

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