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Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 29 2011

Ham is rich in irony

The LA Times did a story on those wacky Catholic geocentrists who read the Bible and insist that, by a literal interpretation of the words therein, the earth must be at the center of the universe, with everything else rotating about it. They quote verses and everything, so actually, in a very literal sense, they’re …

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Aug 29 2011

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Titillating titles

Someone had to know what they were doing, mixing “flash”, “tits”, and “sperm” all in one short title, “Flashier Great Tits Produce Stronger Sperm, Bird Study Shows“. I don’t care what the article said, I’m currently having palpitations and am having trouble focusing on my work. (Also on Sb)

Aug 28 2011

I desperately want to know what the flight crew was thinking

I need an explanation. Read this story of a flight that returned to the terminal and police came aboard to investigate a passenger, and please try to figure out what the problem was. Here’s what we know: the passenger was black, he was reading a book with illustrations of Polish and Italian aircraft from post-WWI, …

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Aug 28 2011

I guess Euthyphro wasn’t available for this episode of Mr Deity

Aug 28 2011

James Wood and the Magic Metaphor

Oh, not James Wood again. Wood is a literary critic who, like Terry Eagleton and Stanley Fish, dislikes those darned New Atheists on the strange grounds that they criticize a religious belief that weirdly cloistered literature theorists cannot and will not understand. I’ve already covered the pretentious follies of Wood at some length, and I …

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Aug 28 2011

Bacterial fossil doubts resolved

I raised a few questions about those 3.4 billion year old bacterial fossils, primarily that I was bugged by the large size and that they cited a discredited source to say that they were in the appropriate range of diameters for bacteria. Now my questions have been answered by Chris Nedin, and I’m satisfied. In …

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Aug 28 2011

Pastor Mike has a plan

It is a familiar plan. It is the kind of plan that many totalitarian regimes would love to implement. Pastor Mike wants a list of all atheists. Brothers and Sisters , I have been seriously considering forming a ( Christian ) grassroots type of organization to be named “The Christian National Registry of Atheists” or …

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Aug 28 2011

Talking about the weather

I’d ask how all of you out East were holding up in the big storm, but apparently three million of you are without power and aren’t going to be able to read or reply for a while. When you do finally get back online, at least you’ll find this entertaining. Fox News thought it would …

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Aug 27 2011

Episode CCXLIX: Madman in the sky

I’ve decided that this is how I want to commute to work from now on. Via The Kid Should See This, a fabulous collection of freaky cool videos. (Last edition of TET.)

Aug 27 2011

Chris Clarke for President

It’s the only sane choice. He explains why he’s not voting for Obama in 2012, and he makes a good case: in particular, Obama has been disastrous for environmental issues, as Clarke documents. He also posts a minimal list of basic criteria for any good progressive candidate: must neither openly nor tacitly support the use …

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