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Archives for February, 2011

Reproduction in Ireland

It’s all very confusing, and I’m not quite sure how they managed all these years…all those Irish children must have been the product of some amusing and peculiar accidents. At least the quacks are profiting from the confusion — here, for instance, is a mysterious bottle of an over-the-counter “organic” menopause relief remedy. It’s the…

This country recently managed to pass a rather lame compromise on health care: there is now a mandate that requires everyone to have health insurance, even if it is from a hodge-podge of insurance companies, with the intent of fairly distributing the expense. Unfortunately, one group got singled out with an exception from this requirement.…

How to tell you’re arguing with an idiot

There are some useful tells. My favorite has the been the classic quotemine, where creationists quote one sentence of Darwin’s — “To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have…

Episode CLXXVII: The blockbuster thread

Finally, they’ve kicked that sappy Spielberg off the property and are redoing ET with the edge it should have had in the first place, and the endlessly patient thread will be waiting in line. (Current totals: 11,936 entries with 1,292,769 comments.)

Frenetically catching up with Molly

I told you I was bad and neglectful, but we’re getting there. The Molly award for December 2010 goes to a long-dead Seleucid monarch, Antiochus Epiphanes…on the condition that he promises to leave Egypt alone, and occupy himself with conquering trolls on Pharyngula instead. Now you get to leave nominations for a Molly winner for…

Post on Pharyngula, win big prizes!

This happens every year about this time: that first month of the new semester is such total chaos that I let stuff on the blog slide…like failing to take care of the Molly stuff. Now I’m going to catch up quickly. The first order of business: I proposed a Molly of the Year award, and…

Friday Cephalopod: Head on

Oh, man, 14 year old articulate atheist kids — I’m feeling old. I don’t know if she’d even be allowed to participate in the vulgar and voluble thread. (Current totals: 11,932 entries with 1,291,666 comments.)

Ask an Atheist

This week, the University of Minnesota Campus Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists will be hosting an Ask an Atheist panel discussion on Thursday, March 3, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. This will take place on the UMTC campus, at: Amundson Hall B75 421 Washington Avenue SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 Here’s how it is described: This week we…

An Atheist’s View On Abortion

An Atheist’s View On Abortionby Juno Walker On the drive home from work tonight I was behind a pickup truck that had a rather large white sign with red letters that read: “ABORTION KILLS CHILDREN” taped to the inside of his back window. In addition, he had a bumper sticker with a picture of a…