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Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 27 2011

Thugs amuck

Whose side are the police on? Apparently, the side of the corporate masters and exploiter bankers. This is a scene from Occupy Oakland, where the police are targeting protesters rather brutally. As is par for the course, the thugs are lying. Here’s what the Oakland PD had to say: Q. Did the Police deploy rubber …

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Oct 26 2011

Mississippi’s shame

The state of Mississippi will be considering Initiative 26 in less than two weeks. This ballot initiative is radical and dangerous; it intends to elevate a single cell to the full status of an adult human being, with all the rights and privileges of such status. It has an effect that ripples through every law …

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Oct 26 2011

Infinite offense can be compensated with brief inconvenience

jesusmo

Since August Berkshire is debating the meaning of Jesus’ death tonight, it’s very kind of Jesus & Mo to post a perfect comic for the event. That story just makes no sense the more you think about it.

Oct 26 2011

How many genes does it take to make a squid eye?

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This is an article about cephalopods and eye evolution, but I have to confess at the beginning that the paper it describes isn’t all that interesting. I don’t want you to have excessive expectations! I wanted to say a few words about it, though, because it addresses a basic question I get all the time, …

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Oct 26 2011

Why I am an atheist – Sophie Davis

Am I an atheist? I guess I am, I have never defined myself and put it in a box, but I guess when an opportunity arises… I am a non believer, that’s to say my thoughts are justified by evidence and theory that, to the best of my knowledge explains the truth. As a child …

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Oct 26 2011

Episode CCLXVI: The Pharyngula bump?

Recently, that goofy guru Deepak Chopra thanked me on Twitter for helping his book, whatever it was, become a NYT bestseller. It would be nice to imagine that I have some fraction of the power of Colbert or Oprah, but I think he was indulging in some wishful thinking. So what else is new? Anyway, …

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Oct 25 2011

I have a bad feeling about this

August Berkshire is debating a local pastor, Martin Bownik, Wednesday night, on the subject of “Why would Jesus need to die for my Sins?” It’s a dorktastic organization and a ridiculous topic that begs the whole question (my answer: there was no Jesus, blood sacrifice by proxy is barbaric and stupid, so it doesn’t even …

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Oct 25 2011

Someone tell Santa about good kids’ books

There aren’t enough children’s books telling the story of evolution — every doctor’s office seems to be stocked with some ludicrous children’s book promoting that nonsensical Noah’s ark story, but clean, simple, and true stories about where we came from are scarce. Here’s one, a new children’s book called Bang! How We Came to Be …

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Oct 25 2011

Psychics have a moral responsibility to address the zombie scourge

What good are they if they can talk to the dead, but won’t converse with the walking dead? Discrimination! Cowardice! “I think I see a letter ‘z’…is there anyone in the audience with nothing on their mind but braaains?”

Oct 25 2011

Why Damon Fowler is an atheist

His guest post at the Mu Sasha blog would fit right in with the series I’ve been posting here: he explains what it was like to be brought up in the Assembly of God church. It’s all homophobia, hellfire, and an oblivious monoculture of people who don’t even think about what they’re claiming.

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