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Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 24 2013

[Lounge #405]

puffer

This is the lounge. You can discuss anything you want, but you will do it kindly. Fish face! Status: Heavily Moderated; Previous thread

Feb 24 2013

A Canadian poll on abortion

I thought Canadians had more sense than this: an MP, Jeff Watson, would like to know if you’d like a complete ban on all abortions. Right now, 37% of his constituency seem to think that’s just fine and dandy. Maybe he needs some global input? Which best describes your position:. I support fully taxpayer-funded abortion, …

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Feb 24 2013

Don’t let Catholics run hospitals

Imagine if you lived in a town where the only hospital was owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and you were in a car accident — you’ve got a ruptured spleen, you’re bleeding internally, and your life is at risk. The surgeon is going to go in and stitch up and cauterize everything, but you’re warned …

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Feb 23 2013

Berkeley meetup et cetera

Having reviewed my schedule for my Bay Area visit, including the fact that Tuesday evening will likely be mainly consumed with helping my Dear Old Mom celebrate her 40th birthday,* I have concluded that I will be having a beer at the Jupiter in Berkeley starting at approximately 5:30 on Wednesday the 27th. The Jupiter …

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Feb 23 2013

Not to mention the excessive reductionism…

female-vs-male-word-counts

Wow. Talk about major failure. A new study out correlates levels of Foxp2 with levels of vocalization in rats: basically, male rats squeak more than female pups when they’re stressed by separation from their mothers, and mothers tend to rescue the rat who squeaks the loudest. They then found higher levels of Foxp2 in males, …

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Feb 23 2013

People suck

I’ve been reading the story of Adalia Rose, a six year old girl with progeria. It makes me sick. Not Adalia, of course, but the fact that when she had fun posting videos on youtube and facebook, the trolls descended. Sometime in June, Carl Ludwig Sherburne noticed a new "bandwagon," his term for the Internet’s …

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Feb 22 2013

A quick rhetorical question about animal husbandry

Who here can tell me the difference between hay and straw?

Feb 22 2013

I am so over the skeptical movement

I am so over Ben Radford. I thought he was obtuse before. Now I’m convinced that he’s simply an idiot. He attempts to rebut my criticisms. Myers admits that I’m technically correct that Ensler’s statistics are not exactly right, but claims I’m being “hyperskeptical,” and states that “One billion women have been victims of ‘homicide, …

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Feb 22 2013

Our garbage

Feb 22 2013

[Thunderdome]

Pentagram_satan

This is Thunderdome, the unmoderated open thread on Pharyngula. Say what you want, how you want. Status: UNMODERATED; Previous thread

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