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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 30 2013

Atheists should have good rules for behavior

It has come to my attention that certain people — certain thuggish, stupid people — are objecting to the Code of Conduct for the American Atheists 2014 convention. In addition to complaining that it shouldn’t bother to address the needs of trans people (WTF?), they object to this section. American Atheists does not tolerate harassment …

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Aug 30 2013

Your morning wakeup to hate

Drink your coffee and eat your breakfast first. This clip of Stan Solomon, a right wing talk radio host, will ruin your appetite. He hates blacks, Latinos, Jews, gays, environmentalists, just about everyone, and it’s all wrapped up in his fervent Christianity. …it doesn’t make a difference what group it is. If you put anything …

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Aug 29 2013

[Thunderdome]

Samantha Swords

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

Aug 29 2013

I am so tempted to visit Fargo Grand Forks next week

BoysFlyer

I’ve been informed that there will be a lecture at UND next Tuesday. I might be able to find time to dart up and come right back home that night…it’s only about a two hour drive. I’ve heard of Boys before. It’s going to be ugly. There he is, not only attacking atheism, but doing …

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Aug 29 2013

All these rape flavors…

So far we’ve had honest rape, legitimate rape, and now forcible beat-up rape. Oh, and let’s not forget forgotten rapes, although everybody else seems to have. How about if we keep it simple? There’s sex without consent. That’s rape, period. It’s not somehow ameliorated if the target is drunk, unconscious, too young to know better, …

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Aug 29 2013

Holy crap, it’s gotten this bad?

changeinfunding

The brain drain is beginning. Nearly 20% of American scientists would like to get out of this country. New data compiled by a coalition of top scientific and medical research groups show that a large majority of scientists are receiving less federal help than they were three years ago, despite spending far more time writing …

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Aug 29 2013

Midwest Society for Developmental Biology Meeting

I am tempted and will have to check my calendar: the Midwest Society for Developmental Biology Meeting is being held just down the road from me in St Louis on 26 September (OK, “just” down the road means a full day’s drive). I’d particularly like to see the work in segmentation clock dynamics. But…but…classes! It …

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Aug 29 2013

Cloning brains with Science

organoid_method

While we’ve been waiting and waiting for the physicists to get their act together and deliver on Mr Fusion home energy sources and flying cars, the biologists have been making great progress on the kinds of things that turn biologists on. The latest development: growing tiny little human brains in a bucket. Only let’s not …

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Aug 29 2013

What do you get when a creationist visits the Galapagos?

I think it’s an anti-Darwin: instead of observations, you get pretty pictures; instead of insights, you get a cloud of murk and lies. Georgia Purdom of Answers in Genesis visited the Galapagos, and now she’s coming out with a book of religious apologetics. After my return, I started thinking about writing a book on the …

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Aug 29 2013

It’s too early in the morning for the drugs

This is a 1995 documentary on the Mandelbrot set, which features Arthur C. Clarke narrating as we zoom in on the fractals, while David Gilmour of Pink Floyd plays the guitar. I think you’re supposed to take a hallucinogen before watching it.

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