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Monthly Archive: October 2012

Oct 31 2012

Torturing wildlife on the taxpayers’ dime

There’s a U.S. federal agency called “Wildlife Services” that — like many such agencies — has a name about 180 degrees opposed to its actual purpose. Called “Animal Damage Control”  until 1997, Wildlife Services’ job is, bluntly put, to kill or otherwise control wild animals that are perceived as causing problems for humans. Wildlife Services …

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Oct 31 2012

Ah, but that’s the Republican interpretation of the New Testament

And of course the deity has the same sick twist to it all.

Oct 31 2012

Why I don’t bother with youtube comments, Part Eleventymillion

As you know, NonStampCollector has joined Freethoughtblogs. Check out the responses to his latest video—angry people are unsubscribing from his youtube channel because a) PZ Myers is an evil dictator, b) they refuse to contribute to PZ Myers’ profits, c) they’re all evil feminists at FtB, d) they banned Matt Dillahunty! and e) PZ Myers …

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Oct 31 2012

Romney is a very devout man

Mitt Romney gives lots of money to his church! Sorta. It turns out he’s also a very clever man, with a deep knowledge of the tax code, who has cunningly used loopholes to generate the appearance of giving money to the church while keeping most of it for himself. Romney reportedly took advantage of a …

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Oct 31 2012

The principles of atheism promote a positive ethics

Last week, the Irish Times published an opinion piece that was generally quite positive about atheism, but also perpetuated a stereotype. Ireland is seeing the emergence of a newer kind of atheist, who is anxious to dispel the myth that they are all one-dimensional, rabidly anti-religious Dawkinsians. It then goes on to praise charitable efforts …

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Oct 31 2012

Godless Patriots

americanshirt

You need more t-shirts. You need some with a positive patriotic message so you can dumbfound all the yokels who think atheists hate America. Here’s the place you can find them: Godless Patriots. They’re just starting up, and they’re looking for business and assistance — they also have a kickstarter page where they’re trying to …

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Oct 31 2012

Happy Halloween!

halloweenchild

People are always sending me pictures of their terrifying tentacled creatures, so I thought it only proper today to exhibit one that will send chills down your spine. Behold! A nightmare from Tupelo, Mississippi! Note the cool regard of all she sees, the superior attitude, the tentacles, the stylish purple outfit with googly eyes on …

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Oct 30 2012

Could be worse

borealforest

Hey, residents of the east coast! Feeling down? Struggling with the aftermath of a small climate disaster? Let me cheer you up. It could be so much worse. You could be living in Alberta! You see, there are many consequences of human greed and shortsightedness. There’s an oil industry that’s demanding the right to pour …

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Oct 30 2012

Humans versus wildlife

I figure we could use some less-than-apocalyptic news today. Over the last couple decades, the management of Tilden Regional Park in the hills above Berkeley, California has closed a main road artery through the park each year between November 1 and April 1 in order to protect a local amphibian. The road parallels a seasonal …

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Oct 30 2012

Screw those women and neuroscientists, we should let Kant make abortion decisions!

William Egginton has an op-ed in the NYT in which he suggests that neuroscience might challenge Roe v. Wade. It’s long — about 1900 words — and it’s revealing that in all the ambiguous fudging about whether a fetus is conscious, there is no consideration at all for the woman wrapped around it. In fact, …

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