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Archives for August, 2009

For all the wrong reasons

Kristin Maguire, chair of the South Carolina State Board of Education, has resigned from her position for all the wrong reasons. She has been a shill for the religious right, and has opposed the teaching of evolution in the public schools; she has also promoted that worthless ‘abstinence only’ sex education. She should have been…

This is definitely not safe for work, but I had to include it because you just know the Catholic League will freak out over it. And remember: 30 September is International Blasphemy Day. What will you be doing to outrage the fanatics?

How dare you disrespect the Krishnas?

Steven Novella has an excellent analogy for the Sedalia evolution t-shirt nonsense: What if the Krishnas had complained about a t-shirt that showed a rocket going to the moon? Apparently, they don’t believe in space travel at all, so it would have been just as offensive to them — and it’s amazing how well the…

This isn’t funny

It’s too accurate. That’s not the punchline, either — it’s just the setup. You’ll have to read the whole thing. Don’t miss the one right after it, either — it explains how science publishing works.

(via Flickr)

Via ERV and Coyne, I’ve learned that there was a poll associated with that story about the yanked evolution shirts for the Smith-Cotton band program. You must pharyngulate this poll! Should the Sedalia school district have pulled the Smith-Cotton High School band T-shirts? Yes, the evolution image was inappropriate 29% No, critics and the district…

I’m sorry, you are all required to watch this video before doing anything else today. Don’t worry, you’ll enjoy it. Penn & Teller, Bullshit! The Vatican from Brewster on Vimeo. (via Atheist Media Blog)

Missouri’s shame

This is the t-shirt worn by the marching band of Smith-Cotton high school of Sedalia, Missouri. The ‘ascent of man’ image is a bit irritating — it is a portrayal of a fallacious idea of directionality in evolution — but the designers had a reasonable goal in mind. Assistant Band Director Brian Kloppenburg said the…

Pope says it’s all our fault

The Pope has become an environmentalist, and he has figured out who is causing all our ecological difficulties: the atheists. Is it not true that inconsiderate use of creation begins where God is marginalized or also where his existence is denied? If the human creature’s relationship with the Creator weakens, matter is reduced to egoistic…

Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus!

Whew, dodged a mistake — the movie is on RIGHT NOW! An alert reader caught me in time and let me know I live in the Central Time Zone. I haven’t even touched the hooch yet. It starts with Deborah Gibson, Submarine Pilot, dodging angry whales, and…breaking a giant octopus out of a block of…