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Archives for December, 2009

Phil Skell? Is he still around?

I’ve had a few run-ins with this wacky retired chemist and obsessive creationist, and recently pestered Jeffrey Shallit. There’s a good tip in that account; Shallit just mentioned my name, and Skell fled. I guess I’ve become an anti-creationist talisman now.

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How does your state rank? Check out the ranking of states by religiosity. Mississippi wins with the unfortunate #1 spot; 82% of the residents of that state say religion is very important in their lives. New Hampshire and Vermont (sorry, you two, you got lumped together) are at the bottom, but 36% still say religion…

Professor Don Belton murdered

An English professor at Indiana University, Don Belton, has been stabbed to death. The fact that he was gay is going to be an unfortunate issue here, since the accused killer is offering as an excuse the claim that Belton had assaulted him. Of course, Belton was killed in his own home. With a ten-inch…

I guess that explains it

The Jews have been waiting for a messiah for a few thousand years. What’s the hold-up? It seems that abortions have been causing a “delay [of] the messianic redemption”. This sounds like a fine idea to me — thank you, ladies, for your efforts to scare away the boogeyman.

Evo-devo on NOVA

Don’t miss it! Tonight at 8pmET/7pm Central, NOVA is showing What Darwin Never Knew, a documentary about evo-devo. I shall be glued to my TV tonight! I just started watching it. So far, it’s a nice little history of Darwin and his ideas; Sean Carroll is a good person to have talking up the story.…

These religious conservatives are certifiably nuts. Rep. Henry Brown of South Carolina and 74 Republican co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives actually wants Congress to pass a resolution condemning people for saying “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas.” Seriously? Yeah, seriously. Brown thinks we’re “diminishing the value of Christmas” by not making it mandatory…

The powerlessness of pink

Here’s another odd pink phenomenon. This is a page from a Toys ‘R Us catalog, illustrating some science toys, and note the odd distinctions being made. Both the telescope and the microscope come in special pink versions, just for the girl who is apparently more interested in getting an instrument that matches her nail polish…

So pink…

People send me the strangest pictures. This one was very confusing: I couldn’t tell whether it was food, science, or porn. Anyway, it trips a few triggers. I should mention that in the flood of peculiar email, I do often get squid porn: attractive young ladies draped with various molluscs, and little or nothing else.…

Liberty University is fielding an expedition to Turkey to dig up Noah’s Ark. When your professors are looking for a 4,000 year old boat that beached on a mountain top after a global flood, you might as well give up on any pretense to scholarly credibility, OK?