Pharyngula

Archives for February, 2011

Lies wrapped in piety

I sat through another horrid performance from our creationist visitor, Terry Mortenson. He lied and lied and lied for a couple of hours again, and once again refused to answer questions. Once again, I twittered my way through it. My student, Kele Cable, was also there, and he has a blog entry where he lists…

Some things never change

You can’t possibly be surprised at this turn of events anymore. The Reverend Grant Storms, a Christian fundamentalist pastor known for his campaigns against New Orleans’ gay Southern Decadence festival, has been arrested for masturbating in a public park in front of children. But wait! Let’s let Pastor Storms tell his side of the story.…

A UK court has decided that a pair of homophobic Pentacostal Christians should not be allowed to be foster parents to children, because they openly condemn homosexuality. I think it’s a shame that these deluded bigots won’t get an opportunity to learn that gay kids can be good people, too, but it’s probably better that…

Episode CLXXVIII: Rappin’ about vaccines

Heed ZDoggMD, all you denizens of the endless thread, and vaccinate! (Current totals: 11,946 entries with 1,294,946 comments.)

That’s no way to start your morning

Imagine getting your morning cup of coffee and discovering this nonsense splattered all over it. Since gods don’t exist, that’s far more depressingly nihilist than anything any Gnu Atheist ever wrote — we prefer to find meaning in what is real. (via Toni Marano)

Pay special attention to those orange spots on the anal fin. Astatotilapia burtoni (via Kevin Bauman) Those spots help this fish get oral sex. As is the case in many fish species, the sight of a brightly coloured male somehow triggers females with ripe eggs to start releasing them. But in cichlids, there is a…

I just suffered through a few hours of Terry Mortenson, Answers in Genesis stooge, babbling and lying on stage here in Morris. I’m going to recuperate for a while with a nice cup of tea and a little light reading, so don’t expect me to post on it now. You can browse my twitter feed…

Oh, dear…today is the day the clown from Answers in Genesis is speaking at the elementary school in Morris. I guess I’ll be going, even though Terry Mortenson is a goats-on-fire flaming moron. Here he is in all of his pursed-lipped pretentious glory. Anyway, I’ll be attending his 6:00 lecture — “Dinosaurs: Have You Been…

As we’ve learned watching the Rethuglicans lately, the assault on abortion rights is only the first step — they also want to shut down the wickedness that is contraception. But they’re not going to stop there, oh no! If you want a peek at our theocratic future, read this incredibly long-winded disquisition on exactly what…

Can you OD on woo?

This is an experiment. Take care, readers, you might experience symptoms of distress and nausea if you actually watch this video. Wow. “Quantum”. “Vibrational frequencies”. “Higher planes”. “Vibratory medicine”. Attractive young lady waving her hands over people. Did you know Melissa Hocking has a double degree in…Science? Really, it’s true — check out the Quantum…