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Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 29 2013

Bye-bye Bachmann

And Minnesota smiles in relief (we’re very reserved, so no loud cheers). Michele Bachmann will not be running for office again. You should watch her “I am not a crook!” video. She tries to claim that the decision is solely because she has a principled belief in term limits. It’s not because she only squeaked …

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May 29 2013

Calling all clowns

The Creation Science Hall of Fame needs help. They’re trying to fabricate a parody of peer review by recruiting fellow kooks to settle some “controversies” in the creationist community. Dear Creationists, The Creation Science Hall of Fame is sponsoring a Peer Review Panel and is now asking for volunteers. For a number of years there …

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May 29 2013

Around FtB

I’m still trying to get caught up…on sleep, on fluids, on FtB. Miri deplores dictionary racism. You know, any time you run to a dictionary to get a definition of a topic in an argument, you might as well admit…you’ve lost. Lilandra has annoyed Ken Ham greatly. I approve. Ashley talks about accessiblity and mental …

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May 29 2013

An obsession with permanence and secrecy

The next few months may prove to be very interesting — and damning — for the Catholic Church. The courts are poised to crack open a huge trove of church files, files that document the worst behavior of some of its priests, from child rape to murder. This facet of Catholic culture which insists on …

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May 29 2013

Chris Shaw has a thing for madonnas

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I don’t, especially not madonnas linked to science. It’s a pairing that I find discordant and weird and inappropriate, which is probably why I find myself staring at these things with some concentration. Darned tricksy artists! It’s true, the squid helped. But I was also concerned that the Catholics would try to convert my beloved …

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May 28 2013

Rise again!

I’m tired, my sense of time is all screwed up, and some evil virus is making my mucosa do disgusting things, so I needed this to feel alive again. This is Nathan Rogers, son of the Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers (who died far too young) setting the stage on fire with one of his …

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May 28 2013

New Anita Sarkeesian!

“removed from youtube”? What the ever-lovin’ fuck? I finished watching it, at least, and it is very grim: it points out the new tropes beyond rescuing the damsel. Many games now have you witnessing the grisly death of women to drive revenge stories, or have the woman suffering such extreme abuse that they ask the …

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May 28 2013

Let’s do crimes!

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Late last night, as we were driving back from the airport, we ran into a curious meteorological phenomenon: we entered a dense cloud of thick, chunky material that clunked into our car like a hailstorm and reduced visibility quite a bit. Only I guess it wasn’t meteorological, strictly speaking — it was the May insect …

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May 28 2013

Fighting back for women’s right to autonomy

The Black Skeptics have put out a call to sign a petition for Abortion on Demand and Without Apology. I signed it, so should you. There will also be an abortion rights caravan that will be stopping in North Dakota on 1 August — I may have to make a short hop up the road …

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May 28 2013

What do the Boy Scouts, Catholicism, and Nazis have in common?

They were all seething, orgiastic hot-beds of prancing nancy-boys, according to Scott Lively. Alternatively, all three are lied about by Scott Lively. It’s breakfast time here, so you might want to skip reading that whole essay: it’s stomach-churning homophobia and dishonesty. You won’t be able to read it without realizing that Lively really does hate …

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