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First evening in Dublin

The first panel (DPR Jones, Lone Frank, Richard Dawkins) at the Wotld Atheist Convention has got us off to a roaring good start. Lots of interesting discussion and disagreement within the panel and the audience, good questions, not too many audience manifestos. There is a delegation of Muslims here, one of whom stood up to…

They have an official wish list. it’s mostly “drill, baby, drill” and other heedless, short-term indulgences and catastrophes, but it also openly advocates ignoring science. In California’s dry central valley, ensure that no federal scientific report … requiring water for endangered fish be allowed to interfere with farmers’ rights to their historical maximum allocations. That…

Fishkiller

I write in my sleep. You see, the way it works is that if I have something on my mind when I go to bed, my brain will churn over it all night long, and because of the way my head works, it will spontaneously generate a narrative. I do that in all of my…

It’s nicely done. The difference is that this one is a parable about sausages.

Episode CCX: Rested and recovered!

I’ve heard the “waily waily o waily” cries from the mob after the Endless Thread took a brief vacation. Well, too bad, TET had a wonderful time napping on the barren coral sands of Pukasavilivili, but now it’s back and is slogging in to work. Don’t listen carefully to the lyrics, or you may learn…

It’s always a surprise. I’m lounging in St Paul with an iced tea, browsing the City Pages, the news and arts weekly, and after reading a good article about the recent pharmaceutical debacle with levaquin, I turn the page, and there’s my name. dang, that’s right — I’m expected to perform.

It’s SCIENCE!

It’s true, and it has been empirically evaluated: Guinness really does taste better in Ireland. The results of the Guinness-tasting t-test were clear. Pints consumed in Ireland had a mean GOES score of 74, compared with a score of 57 in pubs outside Ireland. While Ireland may not necessarily keep the best stuff to itself,…

…the fear he fosters spreads around the world. This woman, fearful of the end of the world, took a boxcutter to the throats of her two daughters, and then sliced her own throat. This is what religion encourages: fear based on imaginary terrors. Here’s a man who committed suicide in Nairobi. Here’s a family torn…

I’m busy in DC this weekend, so I thought I might just dick with you all by letting Pharyngula go dead for the whole weekend, as if I’d been raptured. But I decided to be nice and at least mention that I’m still earthbound. (Although there was a scary moment on the plane last night,…

It’s a great lead: Atheists have better sex. Sign me up already. Put it on billboards, too.