Archives for July, 2009

In Philly

If this is Monday, this must be Philadelphia. Any readers in the area who want to meet in person to tell me that I’m an accommodationist dick who must be incredibly stupid should leave a comment. We’ll get a beer or something.

Yes please

Last December, I called for nationalizing the securities ratings firms, companies that propped up Big Shitpile through its heyday and actively encouraged the idiotic and destructive practices which brought us to the current economic crisis. Barry Ritholz reveals that the rating agencies may just get their comeuppance at last. Calpers, the giant California public employees…

Ben Stein’s Money

Felix Salmon wades back into the moral morass that is Ben Stein. Stein has a new ad on the air. No longer content to shill eyewash and brain bleach, he’s now pushing a credit report scam. Salmon explains: ?I went to freescore.com and found out my score for free?, says Ben, while an annoying squirrel…

PZ Myers doesn’t care for Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future by Chris Mooney, Sheril Kirshenbaum. In objecting to it, he quotes Jerry Coyne’s objection: I could find little in Unscientific America that has not been said, at length, elsewhere. Setting aside the merits of this claim for a moment (a full review…

Deep thought

There are a number of people who, even when they are right, get things very wrong. To whit, Michael Gerson, former Bush speechwriter, reacting to Francis Collins’s nomination as NIH director (h/t Joel). He notes that Collins is well-qualified, and that it’s odd how a few people are agitated that Collins is forthrightly religious. He…

Deep thought

Apparently disagreeing is the same as “dissembling.”

Controversial issues on TV

The local Fox affiliate did a story on the controversial issues workshop I’m part of here in Florida. You can see me talking to the teachers about a minute into the video above. Alas, the reporter got the story a bit wrong. Teachers were never forbidden from saying the word “evolution,” the standards themselves simply…

Adventures in air travel

I’m in Florida at this teacher workshop, so bloggery will be limited. I had a good talk with the assembled teachers about the history of creationism and education. My ability to accomplish anything at all was a bit of a surprise. My flight was scheduled to arrive in Florida at 12:30 am, which was manageable.…

Back when Yoko Ono was suing the makers of Expelled over their use of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” the Discovery Institute was a hotbed of copyfighters. Disco. DJ Bruce Chapman called Ono a “censor” and pitched it as a battle for free speech. Chapman complains about an Ars.Technica post which rightly notes that “intelligent design is…

A new member of the TfK family

Sorry that blogging has been extra-crappy lately. Honestly, no Independence Day post? WTF? Well, it’s like this. A while back I met Debra Berliner. She was smart and cute and made the same sorts of jokes I liked to make and laughed when I made them and enjoyed the same sorts of projects I do.…