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Archives for January, 2006

Remember these names when Alito screws us over. These are the ones who didn’t even try to stop him. Akaka, Daniel K. (Coward-HI) Baucus, Max (Doormat-MT) Bingaman, Jeff (Toady-NM) Byrd, Robert C. (Ditherer-WV) Cantwell, Maria (One-termer-WA) Carper, Thomas R. (Lickspittle-DE) Conrad, Kent (Stooge-ND) Dorgan, Byron L. (Loser-ND) Inouye, Daniel K. (Pawn-HI) Johnson, Tim (Milksop-SD) Kohl,…

Miscellaneous Dawkinsiana

I sat down and watched both episodes of Dawkins’ series, The Root of All Evil? this weekend (because I can!), and I have to say…I liked it very much. I’ve already commented on the first episode, and if you want to know what’s in the second, Dawkins himself has an editorial that summarizes the main…

That’s some law, that Patriot Act

It’s got everything a fascist dictator might want in a law. A new provision tucked into the Patriot Act bill now before Congress would allow authorities to haul demonstrators at any “special event of national significance” away to jail on felony charges if they are caught breaching a security perimeter. [The] measure…would extend the authority…

Required reading

I will join the chorus in praising Bérubé’s essay on academic freedom. It’s excellent; now if only the people most desperately in need of reading it weren’t barely literate anti-intellectual thugs, it would be an awesomely persuasive rhetorical tool. That Mannion fellow explains why the Republicans don’t want us to fight Alito. I always thought…

I teach Intelligent Design, too

John Lynch catches Dembski getting all breathless about a class in Switzerland that includes a lecture on ID. Big whoop, John says, he teaches it, too. So do I. Why wasn’t Dembski announcing this glorious victory last semester, when I mentioned it on Pharyngula? Maybe it’s because when ID is discussed in a science class,…

I am an addict

I gave up on caffeine this past summer—I actually cut it off cold turkey for a good long while. I’m backsliding a bit now, though, just because my early morning teaching schedule has me feeling mostly exhausted all the time (I hope I adjust soon). This new blog, Smelling the Coffee, is not helping. Even…

Pablum for the masses

An Angry professor led me to an article on Inside Higher Ed, which discusses a document by the Wingspread Conference by the Society for Values in Higher Education (pdf). I knew when I saw the word “Values” up there that I was in for some platitudinous academe-speak slathered around a set of bland pieties, and…

Just say “no” to stupid surveys

I was not alone in receiving a silly survey from an ID creationist: Tara, Mike, John, and Wesley all got it, and all rejected its premise. I’m joining in the universal dismissal. If you’re curious, I’ve put the “survey” below the fold, but here’s my answer. A. Insert thumbs in ears. B. Flap hands. C.…

The Legendary Pinkoski

I guess I’m not the only fan of the weirdness that is Jim Pinkoski—another collection of Pinkoskisms has been unearthed at Ooblog.

Bob Woodruff: one among many

The Committee to Protect Journalists lists 61 reporters killed in Iraq, 13 killed by the US. Iraq, the most dangerous place for journalists in 2005, also became the deadliest conflict for the media in CPJ’s 24-year history. A total of 60 journalists have been killed on duty in Iraq from the beginning of the U.S.-led…