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Monthly Archive: January 2014

Jan 28 2014

“The New Atheists as Secular Fundamentalists”

My delightful evening of fun and intellectual stimulation continues shortly, with a guest lecture on my campus from Chris Hedges, who threatens to berate atheists with his typical ignorance. I’m hoping for full-bore hand-waving purple-faced screaming, but otherwise, it’s going to be a failure of a night. I’ll try to live-blog it, if he says …

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Jan 28 2014

The Northstar Holy War continues

Which of these things is not like the others? The North Star, the abolitionist newspaper established by Frederick Douglass? The North Star STEM Alliance, an undergraduate organization that gives minorities research opportunities? The North Star, Polaris, an important navigational guide in the Northern Hemisphere? The Morris Northstar, a right wing newspaper run by wackaloons at …

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Jan 28 2014

I love to watch my enemies flail at each other

Two creationist camps, both alike in dignity, in fair America, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. Not that they were ever very civil to begin with. The Discovery Institute snipes at Answers in Genesis, suggesting that the Nye-Ham debate is going to …

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Jan 28 2014

[Lounge #449]

Yeden.deviantart.com

This is the lounge. You can discuss anything you want, but you will do it kindly. Status: Heavily Moderated; Previous thread

Jan 28 2014

More Pete Seeger

Man, that guy was ahead of the curve on everything. Here he is singing about a woman’s place.

Jan 28 2014

Gun-fondler porn

Watch this video for a rather nauseating perspective on American gun culture. Whatever you do, though, don’t think about the fact that the dorks so earnestly firing their weapons in this video are showing you their “O” face, as I did — it just makes it even more icky. So what sells this ammo is …

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Jan 28 2014

I thought he’d live forever

Dharma Forest

Pete Seeger has died. No, I said that wrong — read that amazing obituary, and you realize that Pete Seeger has lived. Just for the contrast, the NY Times also has an interview with the odious Tom Perkins, who is now equating the 1% with the people who are creative…while flaunting a $300,000+ watch. I …

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Jan 27 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Brilliant Bees

Intimate Portraits of Bees

Jan 27 2014

Some people don’t know how to handle bad weather

It’s cold out there. So cold that last night, I got this weather alert: The Stevens County Sheriff is advising NO TRAVEL in Stevens County. It is unsafe to travel and roadways are blown closed with hard packed snow. The County plows will not go out until the wind goes down. Again, NO TRAVEL ADVISED …

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Jan 27 2014

When the phrase “out-of-touch” is too mild…

We need a measure of just how far out into space a commentator has launched themselves. I propose that we use the unit, the TomPerkins. Last week, he sent a letter to the opinion page of the Wall Street Journal, and they published it, despite the fact that it is certifiably nuts, because Tom Perkins …

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