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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 29 2012

Return to Challenger Deep

Last Sunday, film director James Cameron became just the third person to go to the deepest part of the ocean, in the region known as Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench. He did this in an updated version of the 1960 expedition to the same spot in the bathyscaphe Trieste.

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Mar 29 2012

Bullying

In comments on my series of posts on insults, it was pointed out that my stance that insults are ‘mere words’ that should be shrugged off ignored a context in which they were more than that and could not be so easily dismissed, and that was when it was used as a bullying strategy.

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Mar 28 2012

Some signs from the Reason Rally

Via Blag Hag, here is a collection of signs from the rally. Jason Rosenhouse was also there and shared his reflections and some photos.

Mar 28 2012

TV discussion on atheism and public policy

Thanks to Rev. El Mundo, I learned that on Up with Chris Hayes on the day after the Reason Rally, the host talked about the impact of atheism on public life with a variety of people, some of whom had been speakers at the rally. Hayes also casually let it be known that he was …

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Mar 28 2012

What is the MEK and why should we care?

The Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) is an Iranian dissident group that has been designated by the State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) since 1997. It is one of the main groups that seek to foment war against Iran and hopes to be installed as the Iranian government in the event of an invasion that …

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Mar 28 2012

Conning ordinary religious people

Every Friday, many Muslims around the world will attend their mosques. The next day, Jews will follow suit into synagogues, and on Sunday many Christians will attend church. We know that some of the people in these houses of worship will be those trying to hold on to their belief in a god despite their …

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Mar 27 2012

A defense of executive killings

I have been very harsh in my condemnations of the Obama administration’s claim to have the right to murder people just on his say so, even US citizens, as was the case with Anwar al Awlaki, his son and nephew, and who knows how many others.

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Mar 27 2012

First they came for the goldfish…

As if the first ad with its murder of goldfish was not bad enough, Herman Cain is back with an even more outrageous one.

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Mar 27 2012

Is the pope a credible expert on what constitutes reality?

On the eve of his visit to Cuba, the pope said that “It is evident today that Marxist ideology as it had been conceived no longer responds to reality.” Should we really be getting lectures on what constitutes reality from someone who worships an imaginary figure who supposedly tells him what to do? It would …

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Mar 27 2012

The demonization of Obama

Long time readers of this blog know that I have been very critical of some of the policies of president Barack Obama and the Democratic party. But even I have been taken aback by the sheer viciousness of the attacks on him that have come, not just from nutcases, but from the very leaders of …

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