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Archives for May, 2010

I’m waiting by my mailbox

The Vatican is reaching out to atheists. They are creating a foundation called “The Courtyard of Gentiles” to encourage discussion between Catholics and the godly — I can hardly wait. Except, alas, it turns out their invitations are only going to a select few. But in an interview with the National Catholic Register, Archbishop Gianfranco…

Now I fully understand what they’ve been doing.

Forget all this endless chatter, just watch the video. It’s Douglas Adams in fine form. (Current totals: 10,332 entries with 1,010,082 comments.)

Marshmallow reviews fierce book

Nicholas Kristof seems like a decent enough fellow, with a concern for humanitarian causes. He’s also something of a simpering apologist for religion — anything with a whiff of godlessness seems to put him on edge and start him whining about intolerant, obnoxious atheists. He is definitely not the right person to have review Ayaan…

Irish meeting in a bar tonight

I know, unbelievable, isn’t it? They’re gathering to congratulate Paul Gill on completing his traverse of Ireland to protest the blasphemy law. It sounds like it’s been a successful consciousness-raising effort. People all along the west coast have been incredibly supportive. Many people have refused to take payment for meals and staying at campsites, and…

That’ll send a chill down Antipodean spines. They’ve got creationists just like us (please stop sending them here, we’re full up), and they’ve also got crazy anti-vaxers promoting dangerous public health practices in public libraries. Fortunately, they also have skeptics opposing the people who want to make babies vulnerable to disease — maybe we should…

Hippos have an odd habit of licking crocodiles — tempting as it may be to want to find out what makes them so yummy, it’s not recommended unless you weigh a few tons and have the ability to bite them in half if they protest.

A strange thing has happened in this country: somehow, the United States of America has become a biblical entity. I know, the country didn’t even exist for over a thousand years after the Bible was composed and assembled, and there isn’t one word about the USA in the text, but you couldn’t tell from the…

Look at this: BP knew about problems at that burning oil rig 11 months ago. They screwed up with bad decisions in the short interval immediately before the explosion, but documents have come to light showing that they were worried about “loss of control” months before the disaster — and what they did in response…

What is it with some English professors and their contempt for science? Some of the noisiest, most obnoxious, most self-indulgently prolix and goofy critics of the New Atheism are full-of-themselves pomposities like Eagleton and Fish, and now we can apparently add another, Marilynne Robinson. She’s a novelist — I have not read any of her…