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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 27 2012

Why do I despise MRAs?

Because they are narcissistic clueless psychopaths, that’s why. David Futrelle had to ruin my morning by linking to an awful, horrible post by an MRA on Reddit (two words in combination that multiply the dreadful effect of each one alone). It’s written by a smug jerk who is busily congratulating himself on how he and …

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Sep 27 2012

Why I am an atheist – Steve

It’s probably a sign that you’re doomed to be a heathen when your initial conception of God was not the Gandalf-looking dude from the “Creation of Adam”, but the Fairy Godmother from “Cinderella.” It was easy for me as a child to buy into fictional characters being real. The brief time that I did go …

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Sep 26 2012

Botanical Wednesday: A rugged old tree

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Sep 26 2012

An idol…tarnished!

The Vampire Squid, Vampyroteuthis infernalis has the most bad-ass name and has the coolest, creepiest appearance of all the cephalopods — who doesn’t see it and think Halloween? But it’s a little known fact that it actually drifts in deep and nearly anoxic layers of the ocean, surviving by maintaining a very low metabolism, and …

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Sep 26 2012

Fluff flattened

A while back, I read Hamza Tzortzis’ “paper”, Embryology in the Qur’an: A scientific-linguistic analysis of chapter 23: With responses to historical, scientific & popular contentions. It was terrible and painful: a 58 page treatise (with big print and lots of white space) expanding obsessively on two sentences from the Quran, claiming that it revealed …

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Sep 26 2012

I don’t care, just GIVE ME A CHOICE

A blogger recently posed this question. If I had to vote for one of two hypothetical candidates, would I be more likely to vote for a liberal Christian or a conservative atheist? My first, immediate response was to just answer the question: yes, of course I’d vote for the liberal Christian. All you have to …

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Sep 25 2012

Around FtB

Since I’m utterly useless these days, you’ll have to get your jollies by browsing elsewhere on the network. Ed Brayton really doesn’t like SE Cupp. Neither do I. He fails to mention one awful moment in that clip: she cites Ayn Rand. Positively. Zinnia Jones suggests that we shouldn’t use religious arguments even in favor …

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Sep 25 2012

[Lounge #370]

grasshopper

This is the lounge. You can discuss anything you want, but you will do it kindly. Man, it’s hard to find an insect picture tagged with “cute” and “baby”. Status: Heavily Moderated; Previous thread

Sep 25 2012

Squirrel!

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It’s a year old, but I just read a paper on one of those species that pops up pretty frequently in environmental impact reports — the Mohave ground squirrel, Xerospermophilus mohavensis — whose conclusions add a little bit more depth to the Deep Time perspective of the desert around here. And by “depth” I mean …

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Sep 24 2012

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Circumstances under which I’d never wear any clothes

glassfrog

Wouldn’t it be cool to have transparent skin?

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