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Archives for December, 2011

Friday Cephalopod: Surveying his domain

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Creationist abuse of cuttlefish chitin

A few weeks ago, PLoS One published a paper on the observation of preserved chitin in 34 million year old cuttlebones. Now the Institute for Creation Research has twisted the science to support their belief that the earth is less than ten thousand years old. It was all so predictable. It’s a game they play,…

Take a look at the ad copy for this evil book by a friend of Meryl Dorey, the anti-vaccination kook. “Marvellous measles”? “Embrace childhood disease”? This is rank madness. Here is what WHO says about measles: Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine…

The Pluto objection

I’m so sorry, Kentucky. How do you end up with such ignorant school superintendents? Ricky Line is concerned because his school district is teaching the facts of evolution. “I have a very difficult time believing that we have come to a point … that we are teaching evolution … as a factual occurrence, while totally…

He’s not a very exciting speaker, but he does present the compelling evidence well. (Also on FtB)

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I have really been looking forward to seeing David Attenborough’s latest, Frozen Planet, here in the US. I’ve seen brief snippets of the show on youtube, and like all of these big BBC nature productions, I’m sure it’s stunning. And then I hear that the Discovery Channel has bought the rights! Hooray! But wait, experience…

Would you believe that “”the largest, most definitive analysis of the mental health risks associated with abortion, synthesizing the results of 22 studies published between 1995 and 2009 involving 877,181 women, of whom 163,831 had abortions” has determined that “abortion harms women’s mental health”? It concludes that “10% of all mental health problems and 34.9%…

Anti-Caturday post

Game over, man. No cat video can ever be as awesome as this: two mimic octopuses mating. It’s like watching a nest of snakes break out into a barroom brawl. It’s also the most erotic thing I’ve ever seen on the internet. (Also on FtB)

Friday Cephalopod: Let the combat begin!

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