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Archives for June, 2009

Send GrrlScientist to Antarctica!

I’m really not being mean and trying to banish a fellow science blogger to some barren, frigid desolation — hey, that’s where I live! — but she’s volunteering to leave New York for a month to live in Antarctica. All you have to do is vote for her essay, and presto, maybe they’ll ship her…

Another myth debunked with Science

I have just received a message from The Almighty Lord on twitter, re the kinds of expletives people use when excited. Strangely enough, you’re right. People shout My Name when they have sex, because I am all one can think of when they’re orgasmic. This is all wrong, a myth that another patriarchal myth has…

Victory!

Thanks to all of your helpful clicking, I have just received this message from Eric Hovind of Creation Science Evangelism: Congratulations, you logged the most clicks to CreationMinute.com and won an Apple iPod Touch complements of Creation Science Evangelism. Good work, gang! I hope it’s full of creationist videos. I’ll have to bring it with…

Sanford’s very expensive fling

Some people have asked for a thread to laugh over the latest Republican hypocrite: Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, often considered a likely Republican candidate for president, has been caught with his pants down. He had an affair with an Argentinian mistress, and lied to his staff and…

I’ve been away all day, shuttling family about, so I’ve been trying to catch up the ongoing drama in the conflict between those simpering accommodationists and us mean new atheists. If you’ve got a little time — there is a bit of tl;dr about it all — read Sam Harris’s exchanges with Philip Ball. Sam…

A serious theologian

It’s a novel argument, at least. This evangelist has a weird justification for the priority of Christianity: because we say “Jesus Christ!” when we wack our thumb with a hammer, instead of “Buddha!”, he must be the one true god. Alas for that line of reasoning, I’ve noticed that more people are more likely to…

Good news about Daniel Hauser

The boy who was in the news recently for his Hodgkin lymphoma that his family wanted to treat with ineffectual homeopathy and herbs is actually getting better — now that the courts have ordered him to continue the medically functional chemotherapy treatments. He doesn’t like chemotherapy, though (and who would?), and there are these interesting…

Even if he does try to clumsily word his polls to drive answers towards the one he wants — we’re smart enough to see through that and boldly click where we want. Let’s surprise Congressman Duncan Hunter with the vigor of our response. Do you support a government imposed healthcare policy? Yes, even if it…

I’m getting under Ken Ham’s skin

He seems a bit peevish. He now has a blog post up complaining about me and my “inaccuracies”. His complaints are amusingly petty. I object to the lies at the very heart of his “museum”, and he thinks he is rebutting me by whining over petty details. For instance, he quotes me as regarding the…

It’s about time he read that book

Finally, Mr Deity notices what’s been written about him, and his wrath is righteous. It’s too bad he seems to have lost his knack for slam-bam smiting, though.