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Archives for November, 2009

This week, ten years ago, between 50,000 and 100,000 protesters from a wide variety of labor, environmental and global justice organizations descended on the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference being held in Seattle and prevented delegates from reaching the convention hall. This effectively shut down the talks and focused public attention on an undemocratic institution…

The Mentally Unbalanced Views of Thomas Friedman

The New York Times Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Thomas Friedman, by his own definition, is insane. Many understood this when he published The Lexus and the Olive Tree and asserted that military socialism was a good thing because it promoted American business: McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the U.S. Air Force…

Everyone Please Welcome Our Newest Scibling!!!

Huxley Laden has just entered the world at a whopping 7 lbs. 11 oz. Please head over to Greg Laden’s blog and offer your congratulations. As regular readers will know, my partner and I had our own primate in June (8 lbs. 6 oz.). Hopefully Sagan and Huxley will have the chance to play together…

Saint Patrick’s Battalion

David Rovics sings his song remembering the hundreds of Irish recruits in the US invasion of Mexico in 1846 that turned on their commanders and fought on the side of Mexico. While this event is little known in American history, what is even less known is that some of the soldiers in John O’Reilly’s battalion…

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a quiz to test your understanding of religion and politics in American history. I got 19 out of 21. How’d you do?

Spirited Debate with Ray and Kirk

From Atheist Cartoons.com

Now that his plan has backfired drastically (his own website has removed the link to his “Introduction” of Darwin’s book) and more people were offended by his distortions than anything else, let me briefly point out some useful information. Comfort makes the following assertions in his introduction: Adolf Hitler took Darwin’s evolutionary philosophy to its…

Friday Rant: Atheists Need To Be Brighter

Now that the Darwin Reclamation Project collage has been posted, I can confess that I have a few problems with the recent atheist action that sought to counter the dunderhead Ray Comfort and his Creationist propaganda ministry. I’m not sure who originally suggested this action, but I don’t think it was well thought out. Having…

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The Darwin Reclamation Project

(To watch this as a music video click on the volume icon in the top left.) Here you are, all your bright, shining faces with a brand new copy of On the Origin of Species. It’s extremely generous of Ray Comfort and Living Waters Publications to distribute so many free copies of a book with…