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Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 27 2012

Bonnie Raitt sings Right Down the Line

Nice cover of the Gerry Rafferty song. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive (This clip appeared on April 16, 2012. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)

Apr 27 2012

‘Rotating Snakes’ optical illusion

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I like optical illusions, such as the Ponzo Illusion, which is one of the better explanations of why the full moon on the horizon seems so big. They provide nice examples of the complex interplay of visual sensations and brain activity and cautions us that what we ‘see’ may not be really what is out …

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Apr 27 2012

And the Catholic church’s war on women continues …

Emily Herx was an English teacher at a Catholic school in Indiana who was fired because she and her husband used in-vitro fertilization to get pregnant, which a local church official declared was a “grave, immoral sin”, presumably taking his cue from pope Ratzo who views IVF and other forms of ‘artificial’ procreation as immoral.

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Apr 27 2012

Why does the TSA hate children?

Coming on the heels of the story about the TSA’s aggressive handling of a four-year old child, we now have an even worse case of an aggressive pat-down given to a seven-year old girl with cerebral palsy who uses crutches, resulting in the family missing their flight. Add to this the charges of stealing, and …

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Apr 26 2012

Astronauts have been raptured!

astronaut raptured

Or so this photo seems to suggest.

Apr 26 2012

Stephen Colbert pokes fun at Cardinal Dolan

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TIME magazine publishes an annual list of the 100 most influential people. At a dinner given for this year’s mentions, Stephen Colbert gave a speech that included the following comments aimed at the Catholic church and Cardinal Thomas Dolan who is a smug example of Catholic homophobia and sexism. (Unfortunately I have not been able …

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Apr 26 2012

Book Review: God and the Folly of Faith by Victor J. Stenger

Victor Stenger has had a long career in experimental high-energy physics. He has become a prolific writer on the intersection of science and religion and I have referred to him frequently in past blog posts, especially to material in his 2007 book God: The Failed Hypothesis. Stenger is an unabashed ‘new atheist’ who thinks that …

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Apr 25 2012

‘Personhood’ amendment in Oklahoma

The ‘personhood’ legislation that is currently working its way through the legislature in Oklahoma grants embryos full rights as people from the moment of conception. It is another front in the Republican war on women.

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Apr 25 2012

More TSA craziness

Sometimes I think that the TSA is going out of its way to make people think they have gone totally berserk.

Apr 25 2012

Special treatment for religion

Jonathan Turley describes the case of the Brooklyn District Attorney who has made a special exemption for Orthodox Jews by not releasing the names of those members of their communities who have been accused of being sex offenders.

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