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Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 26 2013

God vs. Science, again

I’m flying off to Ireland tomorrow to pay rapt attention to the speakers at Empowering Women Through Secularism — you know that four FtB bloggers will be speaking there, right? Me, Taslima, Maryam, and Ophelia. I’ll be the one with the beard. Now what could I possibly have to say? I’ve got it easy. I’ll …

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Jun 26 2013

Obama says weasel words

Wasn’t it nice of Obama to say a few words about the environment yesterday? President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada to Texas should only be approved if it doesn’t worsen carbon pollution. The $7 billion pipeline has become a contentious issue, with Republicans touting the jobs it …

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Jun 26 2013

He liked it!

Greg Laden reviews my book. I guess it was OK*. *I’ve been in Minnesota too long. It’s beginning to rub off on me.

Jun 26 2013

Two phrases I like to see together: ‘Creation Museum’ and ‘Financial Trouble’

We’ve been getting rumblings about this for some time now: Ken Ham’s Creation “Museum” is struggling. This is not surprising. It’s initial success was due to novelty and capitalizing on controversy, but all of that is fading. In a developing story from Kentucky, the Creation Museum is running out of money due to declining attendance, …

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Jun 26 2013

Pirate metal with terrorsquid

Here you go, if you’re up late suffering with insomnia, this is a little musical something to soothe your brain and help you rest.

Jun 25 2013

I have got to stop taking those drugs every afternoon

My god, what is in this tea?

Jun 25 2013

When will CFI’s nightmare end?

They just lost Point of Inquiry…or at least, the main people involved in it. On Friday, Point of Inquiry’s two co-hosts—Indre Viskontas and Chris Mooney—resigned from their positions at the Center for Inquiry. On Monday, Point of Inquiry producer Adam Isaak followed suit. This note is to explain our reasons for departing CFI and our …

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Jun 25 2013

You mean this stuff helps?

Sue Black recounts her experiences as a woman in computer science. Carrying out research for a PhD in computer science and going to academic conferences I was very much in a minority as a woman. The ratio was around 2:8 female to male, or lower, and sometimes this made things a bit uncomfortable. I remember …

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Jun 25 2013

Another reason to hope there isn’t an afterlife

An Egyptian statuette in a museum in Manchester was said to be actually moving on its own — so the museum installed a time-lapse camera and discovered that it actually did rotate slowly. I looked at that and thought that obviously it was vibrations from the traffic that was causing it to wobble and gradually …

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Jun 25 2013

It’s summer head-asplodey time!

Gang, don’t try this at home. I’m a trained professional, so I can get away with it, although I do face extreme risk of brain damage. I am reading two books at once. OK, that part isn’t too scary, I’m actually just alternating between the two — an hour with one at lunch time, an …

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