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A poll on kitty experimentation

There is an extremely common sort of experiment to understand plasticity of the developing brain. These are important experiments to understand an important phenomenon: the brain does not simply unfold ineluctably to produce a fully functional organ, but actually interacts constantly with its environment to build a functioning organ that is matched to the world…

Apparently, someone decided 27 February-4 March is Acupuncture Awareness Week. I’m happy to help out. You should be aware that acupuncture is total bollocks. There. Is that enough? No, it is not. We must also crash a stupid online poll. Devastate it, please. It’s on a site run by dishonest quacks, so I think we…

Flu poll

I saw the movie Contagion last night — it’s good, but chilling. You are at the mercy of viruses that are evolving far faster than we are, and our lives depend on the luck of our genetics, the random permutations of recombination in pathogens, a bit on our efforts in hygiene and social practices, and…

We saved their butts in WWII*, now it’s time for everyone to save them from this foolish poll. Should homeopathic treatments be available on the National Health Service? 59.1% Yes 40.9% No *It’s more complicated than that, I know, but it’s always good to pander to the American ego. (Also on FtB)

Steve King made a facebook poll

Isn’t he clever? Do you think Congress should repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)? YES – The definition of marriage should be expanded to include same-sex couples. 434 votes NO – Traditional marriage is a sacred institution & cornerstone of our society. 284 votes Let’s make him regret it.

Answers in Genesis has done something really stupid (I know, that’s no surprise). The Creation “Museum” has some new exhibit, and they’re trying to come up with a name for it. With a poll. And here’s the best thing: it’s on facebook, and it’s a poll in which you can suggest names. It’s up over…

Go give them something to talk about. Do you believe in God? Hell yeah! 73.65 % No! What a farce. 18.00 % Just cuz I’m afraid not to. 8.35 %

Atheists are planning to run bus ads in Spokane that say, “Are you good without God? Millions are.” I know, about as mild and inoffensive as they come…but still, local media are running polls to find out if people will be offended. Would an Atheist Billboard Campaign on the sides of STA Buses Offend You?…

Act fast, poll expires soon!

Georgia is fishing for a new license plate design, and of course the god-botherers want to proclaim their piety on their cars. Vote fast, it expires today, apparently. Should the words “In God We Trust” be included in the new Georgia license plate design? Yes 77% No 21% Undecided 2%

You know who is really unhappy about NY’s gay marriage law? “Religious leaders”, of course. Religious leaders slammed the state’s new gay marriage law on Saturday, vowing to ban politicians who supported the measure from any Catholic church and parochial school events. The city’s top Catholic clergy released strongly worded statements in the hours after…