Archives for December, 2007

So that’s what waterboarding is like…

Someone was willing to try waterboarding on himself — he was in complete control, but he still found it a terrifying experience. Now we just need to get all our representatives who claim it is not torture to try it themselves.

Friday Cephalopod: Best buddies

It’s still Friday, isn’t it? Some of you have noticed there was some screw-up in post scheduling, which has been fixed now…and here at last is the Friday Cephalopod. Sepia sp. Figure from Cephalopods: A World Guide (amzn/b&n/abe/pwll), by Mark Norman.

An honest creationist, at last

From Cectic: Quote of the week: “Either the theory is wrong, or I’m just incredibly stupid.” -Todd Friel on Evolution, from The Way of the Master Radio for 24 Dec. The first true utterance I’ve heard on that show since I started listening to the podcast.

Any volunteers?

Next time I’m told by some “scientific” racist that he has evidence backing up his contention that certain races are inferior, I’m just going to tell him that there is one more experiment he has to do.

Swiftian round-up

Jon Swift asked for various blogs to submit a “best of” post for his end-of-year list, and it’s a clever way to get an idea of a blog’s content and introduce yourself to some interesting blogs. My entry is a science post, but even that one consigns me to an eternity in hell.

Converging in ignorance

Denyse O’Leary is a very silly person, but you all knew that. One of her latest entries on her silly Design of Life blog, which purports to be promoting Dembski’s silly book of the same name, is treading old ground. She’s claiming that convergence is common, and that marsupial lions and wolves and squirrels are…

Parasites preaching prosperity

When I read this tale of woe, I have to admit I had a hard time feeling much sympathy for the victim. The message flickered into Cindy Fleenor’s living room each night: Be faithful in how you live and how you give, the television preachers said, and God will shower you with material riches. And…

Coulter fan flaunts foolishness

Scarcely do I mention Ann Coulter and my challenge to her fans, than one such fan shows up in the comments. You will not be surprised that this person didn’t even try to meet the challenge, which is to cite some specific paragraph in Coulter’s drecky book, Godless, that they considered to be making a…

Somebody must have spiked the eggnog

A 2 year old girl picks up a screwdriver, runs around, falls, and… She’s fine now, fortunately — it somehow missed her brain. The father calls this event a “Christmas miracle.” That God fella. He’s such a card, poking little girls in the head with screwdrivers.

Progress on ScienceDebate2008

Well, they’ve got one Republican and one Democratic congressman to agree to co-chair a presidential debate on science, which is good news. The framework for the debate is coming together…now all they need is some debaters.