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Nov 22 2012

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It’s Thanksgiving! The Americans around here are going to be slowing down to gorge themselves, and I’m going to be grading! But there’s still lots of stuff to read.

  • Chris Rodda has a horrific story of a Christian poultry processing company’s labor abuses. If I were eating a turkey tonight, I’d be worried that it was the product of a crippled child forced to work by a sneering Christian overlord. But I’m not (vegetarian meal here), so it’s all OK!

  • Digital Cuttlefish has another war on Christmas story for you all. He’s been doing that a lot lately…while also flogging his merch.

  • Steven Andrew features a very confused Pat Robertson, who admits that the words from God he thought he heard predicting the election were wrong. Don’t expect an epiphany in which he realizes maybe he hasn’t been hearing the word of god at all, ever.

  • Alethian Worldview finds Christians wailing over the imminent death of Christianity. It shouldn’t be surprising that an apocalyptic death cult is full of people obsessed with their own demise.

  • Finally! A relevant post! Stephanie Zvan posts a pie crust recipe.

  • Jason Thibeault skeptically shoots down the myth that tryptophan in the thanksgiving turkey makes you sleepy. I’m having pad thai with tofu, so I wasn’t worried about it.

  • Dana Hunter is having a godless thanksgiving…and finds someone other than an invisible sky fairy to thank.

  • Ian Cromwell hates freedom of religion. Not because you shouldn’t be free to practice your religion, but because it’s already covered by freedom of speech. Why does religion get special attention?

  • Kate Donovan seems to have had a good time at Skepticon, and especially enjoyed Rebecca Watson’s talk.

  • Aron Ra is being attacked by a rabid Lutheran. That dog gets put down calmly and with a minimum of fuss.

  • Zinnia Jones is an ABOMINATION!

  • Natalie Reed asks us all to remember the victims of hate driven by race and gender.

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  1. 1
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Last Sunday’s Mythbusters confirmed that it was eating 2200-2400 calories in one sitting that caused the after dinner slowdown, not the turkey. So don’t eat a much bigger than normal meal PZ.

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    hillaryrettig

    The labor abuse in the slaughterhouse/meatpacking industry is so bad that Human Rights Watch issued its first-ever report on a US industry on that industry.

    http://www.hrw.org/news/2005/01/24/abuses-against-workers-taint-us-meat-and-poultry

    Glad you’re eating a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner, PZ, but please remember that dairy and eggs also involve horrendous labor and animal abuse.

  3. 3
    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    “The meatpacking companies hire immigrant workers because they are often the only ones who will work under such terrible conditions,” said Fellner. “And they exploit the illegal status of undocumented workers to keep them quiet.”

    I’m sure glad this never happens to those picking crops.

  4. 4
    dysomniak "They are unanimous in their hate for me, and I welcome their hatred!"

    I’m sure glad this never happens to those picking crops.

    Because of course livestock eat sand…

  5. 5
    SC (Salty Current), OM

    But I’m not (vegetarian meal here),

    Hooray!

  6. 6
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    Ian Cromwell hates freedom of religion. Not because you shouldn’t be free to practice your religion, but because it’s already covered by freedom of speech. Why does religion get special attention?

    Well, and of assembly.

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    Rewarp

    Jason Thibeault skeptically shoots down the myth that tryptophan in the thanksgiving turkey makes you sleepy. I’m having pad thai with tofu, so I wasn’t worried about it.

    Would that be eggy tofu or plain tofu. That said, congratulations on being vegetarian!

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