Archives for February, 2010

Simple answers to stupid implications

Martin Cothran, enabler of racists and Holocaust deniers, doesn’t like that I busted a bad argument of his. He made the trite “it’s snowing so Al Gore is fat” line of argument, and I pointed out that an individual weather event doesn’t actually tell you about long term trends. He retorts: I wonder how many…

Happy Valentine’s Day

Beavotron reminds us: Via.

Fame

Oakland North tagged along with my fiancée and I as we knocked on doors to talk about gay marriage in Hayward a few weeks back. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, they’ve posted a nice story about the current efforts to ensure marriage equality for all, featuring yours truly and my intended.

It’s addictive

Shorter Martin Cothran: Snow in 49 states: Winter proves Al Gore is fat. To quote science policy professor Roger Pielke, Jr. (not always a friend to conventional climate science): What happens in the weather this week or next tells us absolutely nothing about the role of humans in influencing the climate system. It is unjustifiable…

Headline of the Day #2

Dog owner fends off raccoon with Samurai sword: A Fairfield man used a Samurai sword Wednesday afternoon to defend his dog from an attack by what appears to have been a large raccoon. Perhaps the raccoon’s mask confused him into thinking he was being attacked by a ninja?

Headline of the day

Inventor of Frisbee dies at 90: Walter Fredrick Morrison, the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, has died. He was 90. Morrison’s son, Walt, told The Associated Press on Thursday that “old age caught up” with his father and that he also had cancer. The cause of death, thus, is unknown, but I’ve heard speculation…

Teabaggers do Texas

For whatever reason, last year’s hearings in the Texas Board of Education attacking the basics of science education got less attention than this year’s nonsense over social studies and history. The Washington Monthly did a great article on the process last month, and now the New York Times Magazine section has a long article about…

Simple answers to stupid questions

Steve Fuller (and fuller) writes to ID creationist Bill Dembski’s blog about the question Do We Need God To Do Science?: I debated the question with the historian Thomas Dixon, who basically holds that while we may have needed God to do science, we don’t need the deity anymore. My own view is that if…

How to make a monster

Start by installing a madman as president, then invade another country. Pretty soon, you get a soldier waterboarding his daughter: An Army sergeant who served in Iraq for 15 months has been restricted to his Washington military base after being accused of waterboarding his 4-year-old daughter because she refused to recite her ABCs. (H/T BoingBoing).…

Point Counterpoint

In May, 2008 creationist bigot Martin Cothran complained at the Disco. ‘Tute blog about John Derbyshire reviewing a shitty movie without having watched it: That’s right: Derbyshire reviews “Expelled” without actually having seen it. This is a man who has friends he has never met, and who can review movies he has never seen. It…