Now we know who still reads B.C.

I remember reading Johnny Hart’s B.C. back in the late 1960s. It was stale then, relying on feeble non sequiturs and unfunny one-liners, and it just got worse over the years as it became increasingly religious (You want to suck all the joy out of something? Just add Jesus.), and now of course, it’s the classic example of a zombie comic strip, the original creator is dead, and his successors just keep phoning it in.

But someone still reads it: Ken Ham, of course. He was quite amused by this piece of crap.

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Where are the toxic communities in atheism?

slime

Jadehawk has been suffering to provide evidential support for Secular Woman, in particular their recent statement on their priorities.

However, one issue that has surfaced during this dispute demands our attention due to our understanding of events. Our stated values make it clear that we stand with survivors of sexual assault and those who believe and support them. We choose not to associate with those who align themselves with abusers rather than victims.

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A musical interlude, courtesy of Owl Mirror, on the Hugos

This is a guest post by Owl Mirror. I refuse to be blamed!

Inspired by the title of Philip
Sandifer’s essay
, I felt compelled to filk.

No rights reserved. For pity’s sake, I left quite a few lines
unchanged from the original. I deeply apologize to Leonard Cohen, who
probably has no idea what this is all about.

“First we take their rockets”, to the tune of “First we take
Manhattan”, by Leonard Cohen

They sentenced me to Less-Than-“No Award”-dom
For trying to game the system from within
I’m coming now, I’ll show them “No Award”-dom
First we take their rockets​¹, then we bite their shins

I am guided by a voice from out of Heaven
I’m guided by my hatred of their sins
I’m guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take their rockets, then we bite their shins

I’d really like to vote your ticket, baby
I love your malice and your trolling and your sword​²
But you see that crowd there moving into Worldcon?
I told you, I told you, told you, I was only bored

Ah you loved me as a loser, but now you’re worried that I just might win
You know the way to stop me, but you don’t have the discipline
How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin
First we take their rockets, then we bite their shins

I don’t like this social justice, mister
And I don’t like those people dark of skin
Don’t need rights for wife or girl or sister
First we take their rockets, then we bite their shins

I’d really like to vote your ticket, baby

And I thank you for those items that you sent me
The ballot and the little rocket pins​³
I practiced every night, now I’m ready
First we take their rockets, then we bite their shins

I am guided

Ah remember me, I used to live for music​⁴
Remember me, my mouse​⁵ was full of win
Well it’s Judgement Day and everybody’s losing
First we take their rockets, then we bite their shins


Notes:

1: The physical form of the Hugo award looks something like this (the
base is different each year):

realhugo

More info here.

2: Flaming phallic sword.

3: Every Hugo nominee receives a little rocket pin; one per
nomination, as best I can tell. John C. Wright will thus receive 5. It
would perhaps be appropriate if they were accompanied by as many as
necessary to come to 30 pieces of silver

4: Psykosonik, it says there.

5: Yes, the mouse that goes to 11 18…!!

It’s traditional!

barbie

Here’s a curious marketing omission for you: the Marvel Avengers merchandise is all lacking the one woman on the superhero team, the Black Widow. It’s a mystery. I’m wondering if maybe Scarlett Johansson has cooties or something.

Or maybe it’s something else. Maybe it’s because it is traditional to erase the feminine. Let’s take a look at some classical statuary.

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What good is a transparent fig leaf?

teachcontroversy

Louisiana is saddled with this absurd “creationism law”, which states that teachers can bring creationism into the public school classroom as part of a “teach the controversy” strategy. Zack Kopplin has been fighting this stupid law, trying to get it repealed, but with no luck so far. One problem is that lawmakers have an excuse to avoid doing anything about it: they try to claim that no one is using it to teach creationism!

The Louisiana State Legislature has voted to keep this law despite repeated challenges, in part because it has a fig leaf: No one has managed to demonstrate what is going on inside Louisiana classrooms. In 2013, as I was testifying before the Louisiana Senate Education Committee in support of a bill to repeal the law, Sen. Conrad Appel, the committee chairman, asked me, “Do you have any evidence of school districts or individual schools that are physically teaching creationism?”

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The new new Prometheus

cheese

Microbiologists are the Frankensteins for our century. They are creating new stinky life.

Cheese is known for its stinky odor. But, cheeses at one exhibit at the Science Gallery Dublin in Trinity College Dublin come from an especially smelly source — human toe, armpit, belly button and mouth bacteria.

Selfmade, which is part of the Grow Your Own…Life After Nature exhibition, features different “microbial sketches” of cheeses created with bacteria samples from various people. Each cheese supposedly smells similar to the donor’s body odor.

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The rot goes all the way to the top

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It’s dismaying to see law enforcement in this country exposed as a gang of thugs abusing the rights of citizens — we have a militarized police force that basically executes people they don’t like. Now we learn that even if they survive arrest, suspects will get railroaded straight into a conviction by biased crime labs. The latest culprit: the FBI has been jiggering hair analysis results for decades.

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