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Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 30 2013

White supremacists are getting a facelift?

At least, that’s what this guy Richard Spencer is claiming that he’s doing, trying to add a little intellectual respectability to a small gang of bigots. From this account of a conference the racists recently had, though, it sounds like the same old crap. “If you cannot be for your own people, who can you …

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Oct 30 2013

I hope a boggle eats them for Halloween

Answers in Genesis tries to explain the history of Halloween — and of course, the only way they can do that is to make shit up. I don’t know why, but I found their article particularly infuriating. Maybe it’s because they’re so shameless about inventing fictitious histories, and they exhibit no shame at all about …

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Oct 29 2013

Oh, so that’s what they mean by ‘sexual market value’

I think it’s counterfeit.

Oct 29 2013

Delusional pseudoscientist thinks with his testicles

So this morning I got tweeted a belly laugh. Frost @FreedomTwenty5 Excellent atheist/rationalist critique of evolutionary denialist @pzmyers – http://www.thumotic.com/2013/10/28/spot-price-forward-contracts-and-maturity-transformation-in-the-sexual-marketplace/ … #science “Evolutionary denialist”? What, me? So I followed the link. I can only assume that Myers, with whom I am otherwise unfamiliar, is some sort of evolution-denying Young Earth Creationist, or perhaps a Scientologist. …

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Oct 29 2013

Badly done political plagiarism

Rand Paul gave a terrible political speech for his buddy Ken Cuccinelli, in which he used a dystopian science fiction movie, GATTACA, as an illustration of what liberals aspire to. I would tell him that the operative word there is “fiction” — it’s not real. “Dystopian” is kind of important, too, because it was portraying …

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Oct 29 2013

Right on schedule

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In a typical year around here, we get our first snow some time around Halloween, which will melt away, and then round about Thanksgiving we enter the deep freeze after which nothing thaws until March or April. It looks like a typical start of winter around here this morning.

Oct 29 2013

Please tell me they show this comic in journalism school

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And that it’s shown as an example of what not to do, rather than a recipe for success. I don’t know about you, but it seems all of the news sites I read have adopted this as a model.

Oct 29 2013

Teaching is so easy, anyone can do it!

This guy, Anthony Seldon, works at a teaching school, and he has just politely dissed teachers everywhere on the pages of the Guardian. Schoolteaching is a profession, but it’s not like becoming a doctor or a vet. No one would want to be operated on by an amateur who hadn’t had years of experience. The …

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Oct 29 2013

SkepTech 2

It’s coming: 11-13 April 2014 in Minneapolis. Of course that means that the eager students who put on this free conference are deep in fundraising mode right now. Their latest get-rich-quick-scheme is to enslave Zach Weinersmith and force him to draw for free so they can auction off a personal portrait. That’s right, be the …

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Oct 28 2013

Double take

Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) goes for a drive with Ru Paul. I found this on Joe. My. God., where I saw this commentary: It’s very hard to believe that Elvira is 62. My first thought was, yes, she looks amazing, and I was surprised that she’s that old. But immediately after I saw her birthday — …

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