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Monthly Archive: May 2014

May 31 2014

The devil’s new scheme to DESTROY CIVILIZATION!

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The supreme wickedness: gender-neutral bathrooms. Last year, they made the bathrooms in the science building where I work unisex. I should have spotted it as a satanic plot right away. (One thing I’ve already noticed: the formerly women’s restroom smells much nicer.)

May 31 2014

That’s one ugly alphabet

Pamela Gay is struggling with the problem of silence. She was once the target of an attempted sexual assault by Famous Person A, and fear and worry have kept her and other people quiet. You can read the full story, but what struck me is how convoluted and awkward it sounds because throughout, she can’t …

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May 31 2014

We’re gonna need a bigger asylum

All this talk of Elliot Rodger being mentally ill is driven by the same circular reasoning: only a mentally ill person would commit mass murder, Rodger committed mass murder, therefore he was mentally ill. It’s what I said yesterday, that people think “violations of conventional mores, or doing acts that harm people, are prima facie …

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May 31 2014

Best venue name ever

In August, I’ll be speaking in Edinburgh, and the details of the event are emerging. I’ll be speaking at The Banshee Labyrinth at 7:50 on 14 August. I like the name. I think that if you get lost looking for it, all you have to do is scream.

May 31 2014

Out of sight, out of mind

Imagine this: the way deer were hunted is to line up 100 bulldozers, and send them forward over miles of rangeland to scrape everything — trees, brush, squirrels, birds, dogs, foxes, everything in the landscape — into a big pile, and then the drivers would jump out and pick through the debris to pull out …

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May 31 2014

It’s a good thing research isn’t defined by a poll

A perfectly reasonable article on animal research ends with a pointless poll. After explaining the specifics of the research — this was a lab studying Parkinson’s disease, a serious and incurable human problem — they ask their readers whether research is justified, and apparently all they saw were cute widdle monkeys. Is medical testing on …

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May 30 2014

Is Ken Ham literate?

It’s an open question. He’s quite irate with me for stating the truth, which he says is a lie, while confirming that I was accurate. One atheist blogger is claiming that I was wrong to write on Wednesday that Rachel Maddow of MSNBC TV declared that our Ark Encounter would be built using taxpayer money …

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May 30 2014

New camera day!

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Oh, boy, my new lab toy arrived today: a ProgRes C3. I did a quick setup and took a few uncalibrated photomicrographs, but I am resisting the temptation to play with it all weekend — I want my students to tinker first. OK, one picture. Recognize it? No? Maybe it’s because you’ve only seen them …

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May 30 2014

Democrats: You suck.

I made a donation to the Democratic party once. Little did I know that it would lead to a deluge of spam. I am now getting a dozen emails a day from dccc.org, and their latest tactic is fear. They all have subject lines like “All Hope is Lost”, “Painful Defeat”, “DEVASTATING Defeat”, “EVISCERATED”, “throw …

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May 30 2014

Demons. It’s all demons.

Let us emulate the godly believers. We know what is right, and anything that deviates from it is…mental illness. But we might want to remember that sometimes the shoe is on the other foot. Some people believe that atheism causes insanity. But what about the variety of mental illness from which Richard Dawkins suffers? You …

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