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Archives for May, 2011

Ireland: victim no more

It’s as if the media is finally getting it right and timing the news to match the World Atheist Convention in Dublin with stories that show why we must oppose religion. The New York Times tells the story of the Magdalene laundries, in which 30,000 women were used as slave labor (and victims of abuse)…

The Barnum principle

Johan Huibers, the owner of a construction company in the Netherlands, is way ahead of Ken Ham. He has actually begun construction of a replica of Noah’s Ark, and his even floats—although he accomplishes that by cheating, building his ark as a wooden superstructure on top of an array of bolted-together steel barges. The revealing…

Somehow, I just think that’s what all the wildlife of Ireland wander about bellowing.

I’ll be brief. I’m sure you all find these things as tiresome as I do. Once again, we’ve got a couple of indignant wanna-be bureaucrats of atheism complaining about those cranky, rough-hewn gnu atheists. Chris Stedman and Karla McLaren are shocked that people don’t realize their hectoring is good for the movement. So they whine…

Rabbi Moshe Averick asks, “Seriously, Aren’t Atheists Embarrassed by P.Z. Myers?“ Seriously, aren’t you? What’s the matter with you people? What prompts his outrage is his discovery of a lecture I gave some time back on the complexity argument from intelligent design creationists. He is appalled at my total lack of logic! Unfortunately for him,…

I didn’t get the right leg up on my financial situation from my mother. If she’d done her job right, I might be in Bristol Palin’s situation. Bristol Palin, famous for being the daughter of a wackaloon politician and nothing else, was signed on to be the public spokesperson for a foundation advocating abstinence-only sex…

Sunday Sacrilege: The Plan, or not

Believers and I have a fundamentally different view of history.

An ugly pointless poll

It’s become standard in the US for polling places (real polling places, not the online kind) to hand out little “I voted” stickers after you’ve made your contribution. This is a totally meaningless act; the stickers aren’t used to actually track who has voted or not, they’re just there to make you feel good and…

Anti-Caturday post

“Caturday”? What is this “Caturday” frippery I see on various blogs today? It seems to consist entirely of photos and video clips of small furry predators in repose or at play, and it’s not very interesting. Let us try something more stimulating. Loom from Polynoid on Vimeo. The “ooh”ing and “aah”ing and “how cute!”ing may…

You know that shark fin soup you get in Chinese restaurants? Fishermen catch shark indiscriminately, lop off their fins, and throw the poor bleeding mangled beasts back in the sea to die. There is a move afoot to ban the practice, what do you think? Are you in favor of the shark fin ban? Yes…