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Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep 29 2013

At last, the purpose of a Ph.D. is explained

phdpimple

It’s a pimple.

Sep 28 2013

I get email…and an exercise for the readership

cathulu

So I got this email. I think it’s sincere. Can you answer it? Dear PZ, I’ve lurked since forever at Pharyngula, and wanted to ask so many questions, but feared ridicule and contempt. I wish there were room for folks like me at FTB. I’m what you could call an extreme agnostic, and to the …

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Sep 28 2013

It’s Baturday!

I’m in Austin, Texas this weekend, hanging out with Matt Dillahunty and Beth Presswood, and it’s bats, bats, bats all day long. I’m giving a talk about bat evolution this afternoon (theme: so what if there aren’t many fossils?), and then we’re going on a bat cruise to watch the swarm of Mexican (don’t tell …

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Sep 28 2013

How can you call him a racist? He says he isn’t!

For some strange reason, this tirade by a guy laying out his criteria for a girlfriend reminds me of Pat Condell and his friends. I am NOT racist. Just because I don’t like the appearnce of black people does not make me racist. Just because I don’t like a particular painting, does not mean I …

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Sep 27 2013

Free Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander, the woman who fired a warning shot and got slapped with a ridiculously excessive sentence, has had that verdict overturned and the state of Florida is now considering retrying her. The Black Skeptics are making a Call to Action : read their blog for the details.

Sep 27 2013

Good advice for those threatened with a defamation suit

It darn well better be good advice, because I’m following it. Although “Step Seven: Better Call Saul” is a little worrisome — I don’t know how much my lawyer knows about money laundering or setting up fake identities. We seem to be committed to following the rule of law and conventional operating procedures here.

Sep 27 2013

Satanique!

ivy

It has come to pass that we are working with the Stevens Community Humane Society again, which means that they have foisted another hell-beast cat upon us to house. This is she. She is a young beast, all black with a white patch on her chest. She is very curious and there has been a …

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Sep 27 2013

Friday Cephalopod: The star I want on my Christmas tree

The Daily Mail? Really?

Sep 27 2013

The inconsistency of Hamza Tzortzis

This is an interesting clip of Tzortzis first rebuking Lawrence Krauss for his lack of an objective morality in admitting that there are certain conditions under which he could not condemn incest, and then, in a different debate, Tzortzis defending sex with children and rationalizing the lack of a taboo in the Qu’ran against it. …

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Sep 26 2013

OffTopic: Monitors

monitor

This is the experimental OffTopic thread. These may pop up sporadically as a non-judgmental alternative to the Thunderdome to discuss issues that might otherwise sidetrack another discussion. This time around, the subjects are…derailing, monitors, and suggestions for thread management (how appropriate for the first one!). This is not a place for angry argument, but for …

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