Pharyngula

Archives for July, 2010

Zeno catches something amusing: a right-wing radio host ranting about professors. Sussman:I get a kick out of— You go to UC Berkeley, you go to Stanford, you go to these various campuses and these students are out there protesting, “We need more money for our schools!” And standing next to them are the professors. “We…

JL Vernon is lobbying to have Huffpo dedicate a section of their undeservedly popular, cheesy website to science. He makes a superficially reasonable argument: to work within the belly of the beast to promote good science, in opposition to the tripe they usually publish. I’m sympathetic, really I am, but I see the Huffpo as…

She made the right choice

Some things just make you want to cringe under a table somewhere, they’re so awful and embarrassing. And sometimes they’re so bad I don’t want to cringe down there alone, so I’m going to creep you all out, too. Behold, Andrew Cohen. His ex-girlfriend, who turned down his proposal of marriage for what rapidly become…

Well, traffic was down a bit yesterday, although the dedicated thread is going strong. I suspect that some of the readers here were distracted by some silly little game that was released yesterday, and the only way to get them back is to dangle the eye candy in front of them. Now we’re all caught…

Late night in Seattle

I am pleased to report that the godless heathens of Seattle, including the likes of Ophelia Benson (who, I learned, was once bitten by a gorilla, and thereby acquired the superpowers of strength, ferocity, and calm) and Dana Hunter, know how to close out a bar. Once again, a horde of cheerful chatty atheists had…

Do you remember how to crash a poll?

It’s been a while. I hope you haven’t forgotten. Here’s an easy one to get you back in the swing of things. Do you think The Ten Commandments should be displayed in government buildings?” Yes 76% No 23% Undecided 1% It seems rather silly to post a bunch of laws, most of which everyone in…

This is a rather horrifying article about young girls reading Harry Potter one moment, and then dragged off to get their clitorises chopped off. It’s got these nasty little details like, if you pay extra, you can get the butcher to use a clean knife. But there’s an odd disjoint here, too. It’s the UK,…

Mmmm…boiled beef and cabbage…

In a great victory for history, a very rare 19th century MP3 has been recovered which documents a moment in Charles Darwin’s domestic life. It seems that there was a bit of unreported conflict between them…

We were all losing our religion

One of the giant panels I was on at Convergence is now a podcast at the Secular Buddhist. It’s got me, Bug Girl, Jennifer Ouellette, Lyra Lynx, Maria Walters, Jen Mana, Ted Meissner, Debbie Goddard, Carrie Iwan, and Dave Walbridge, and I’m already worn out just listing them. It was also very well attended: SF…

A war against mosquitoes?

Well, this was a weird article in Nature that made me think, at least: A world without mosquitoes. I was surprised to learn that there are actually ecologists/entomologists who believe the world would be a better place if we could simply exterminate entire genera of winged pests — that mosquitoes fill a readily replaceable niche,…