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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 28 2012

[Lounge #371]

baby-tasmanian-devil

This is the lounge. You can discuss anything you want, but you will do it kindly. Aren’t baby Tasmanian Devils adorable? Status: Heavily Moderated; Previous thread

Sep 28 2012

The same old bad argument against gay marriage

Riley Balling, patent attorney, is certain that gay marriage will affect his marriage. Why? Well, he splutters on in a long op-ed in the Star Tribune, but all he manages to say is the children, because…the children, that’s why. For many of us who favor traditional marriage, marriage is about raising children in a healthy …

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Sep 28 2012

Why I am an atheist – MD

I had been an atheist for over a decade but hadn’t realized it. It took a child to make me see that. My own child. He asked me one day why I didn’t go to church like others in our family. All these reasons flew through my head in a matter of seconds, but they …

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Sep 28 2012

But what if you like the Brown Recluse?

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These are my people. I don’t know why I keep flying off to conferences.

Sep 28 2012

Friday Cephalopod: That’s a freakin’ huge tag

Poor cuttlefish: they’re getting tracked, their camouflage to no avail. But man, that’s a big tag. Oops. That was annoying — I can’t get that BBC player to work on my machine at all. It’s annoying, too, because their archaic embed code is frickin’ ginormous. Here, if you can’t see it either, is a completely …

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Sep 27 2012

Who was it that was supposed to be committing voter fraud again?

Here’s some news on a representative bit of Republican Party slime from Riverside County, California, home to some of the slimiest Republicans in known space. From California Watch: In a complaint filed last week with the┬ácounty registrar of voters, the Democrats presented affidavits from 133 Democratic voters who said they had been re-registered as Republicans …

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Sep 27 2012

Jonathan Wells talks about history

Oh, boy. Jonathan Wells explains why some of us reject the outrageous interpretations made from the ENCODE work claiming 80%+ functionality of the genome. It was really an effort to get past this sentence. Some historical context might help. Bwahahahahaha! First sentence, he makes a joke. Wells is a creationist clown notorious for his tortured …

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Sep 27 2012

Why didn’t I hear about this before?

Hey, I’m late to the party, but not too late. There are going to be a series of grassroots concerts all across the country to benefit Americans United for Separation of Church and State. This weekend! Look at the map and find the one nearest to you and go! If you can’t make it, here’s …

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Sep 27 2012

A polarized poll

It seems a shame we can’t tip it even more strongly in a sensible direction. Or can we? How do you feel about allowing same-sex marriage? Strongly in favour of it 57% Don’t feel strongly but lean towards supporting it 4% Don’t feel strongly but lean towards opposing it 1% Strongly opposed to it 38% …

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Sep 27 2012

Cactus wren

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I just had about a fifteen minute conversation with this bird. I was sitting on the couch on our back porch, drinking coffee: my daily routine. The bird came up to investigate me, puzzled over me for a minute or so, and then went off to terrorize the finches who’d gathered around the pile of …

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