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Archives for March, 2011

Guns vs. Butter

Guns vs. Butterby Audley Z Darkheart Since the Libyan protests began, the debate over the US led NATO enforcement of a “no-fly zone” has raged nearly everywhere– news outlets, op-ed pages, blogs, even facebook. It all boils down to one fundamental question: Should the United States be dropping bombs on yet another sovereign nation? My…

Happy Birthday, Dan Dennett

It’s another godless birthday. March must be a good month for birthing ferocious atheists — so procreate in June/July!

What is it with these stupid, cheap silicone wrist bands? It seems every scam artist in the country is selling these things along with claims that they have amazing magical powers, and people must be buying them. Here’s a promotional video for Energy Armor — “NEGATIVE IONS!” This is their explanation for how these are…

(via National Geographic)

I had never heard of these before: Papal knighthoods are awarded to lay men and women for conspicuous service to the church and society. They are among the highest honours the Pope can bestow. Surprise, surprise, though…the “highest honours the Pope can bestow” can be purchased for £50,000. Somehow, the venality of the church is…

Home sweet home

I find it very disturbing that some artist managed to penetrate the layers of security and multiple deadly traps to produce illustrations of my inner sanctum. The alert level has been increased and security enhanced, so other interlopers should beware. Further breaches will not be tolerated.

And it’s all explained in song! It seems right for the perpetual thread. (Current totals: 12,111 entries with 1,322,671 comments.)

Shades of Ontogenetic Depth!

I’m pleased to see that the Intelligent Design creationists do actually occasionally challenge themselves — it’s just too bad that they trip and fall flat every time they do. Over at Uncommon Descent, that hotbed of hot air hosted by William Dembski, one poster slipped the leash and asked an uncomfortable question: how do we…

Happy Birthday, Richard Dawkins

Today is the man’s 70th birthday — I didn’t see a thread of well-wishers on the RDF site, so let’s start one here. Hey, he and I are both Pisces, there must be something to this astrology stuff. I’ve been informed that my knowledge of astrology is deficient, and that his birthdate falls under some…

In the grade school of madness

Uh-oh. This is a frightening art project in which children were asked to draw figures from the Cthulhu mythos. Didn’t they know that contemplating elder gods always ends in insanity, a mysterious disappearance, and haunted rooms spattered with slime? They produced some fascinating pictures, too. Scary stuff. There’s a kid or two that might need…