Archives for March, 2010

?With a vengeance

Today’s Washington Times covers the nexus between global warming denial and creationism, quoting from my ScienceProgress piece to show that: diehard scientists are striking back. Yipee-kay-yay muppethuggers!

Upchucky award runner-up and Disco. ‘Tute staffer Casey Luskin is upset. Last fall, we were on a panel together, and I mocked his defense of the neo-creationist “orchard model” described in Explore Evolution as claiming that life “poofed” into existence. In the course of one of Casey’s regularly scheduled bouts of logorrhea, he decides to…

Blinded by the Disco. light

Casey Luskin, intrepid Upchucky also-ran, is aflutter. Last week’s New York Times story about creationists and global warming deniers partnering up has the whole Disco. ‘Tute in something of a tizzy, but Casey’s outrage is of a special sort. Casey, you see, thinks the the Times misdescribed Selman v. Cobb County. The article states: The…

When I started tweeting (@JoshRosenau), I was unconvinced. I’m already overwhelmed with silliness and interesting people writing interesting stuff, so why would I a) want to read more and b) want to restrict myself and others to 140 characters. And the character limit still grates, though I’m learning to have smaller ideas. But what’s nice…

I can’t say I disagree with these pro-octopus sentiments, though having a cheap and charismatic supergenius escape artist does not preclude having a panda too: Washington needs a new animal celebrity, one more in line with our character, intellect, values and personality. We need to love and celebrate an animal that is more than a…

In which I am misunderstood

Larry Moran is unhappy with me. This is fine; I knew that posting “On the need for grownups” would get people angry, and it did. I hoped it would spark some productive discussion, and it has, at least via email. What bothers me is that the reasons Larry is upset seem to entirely misconstrue what…

Oscar scandals explained

If you were curious why Farah Fawcett and Bea Arthur and Ed McMahon were omitted from the In Memoriam section of the Oscars show, apparently Hollywood has discovered Wikipedia’s notability requirement: “I would not say that it was an oversight,” Leslie Unger, spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, tells E! News.…

Attention conservation notice: This post should have been broken into about three parts, but it’s written now and I don’t care. Read it at your risk. Consists of points I’ve made before to little avail, thinly veiled disdain for people I respect, and cartoons. As I’ve said before, reading anti-accommodationists is bad for the health…

Call a fleet of wahmbulances!

The Disco. ‘Tute is displeased. Or perhaps not. They love attention, especially in a venue like the New York Times. But they hate having attention drawn to their agenda or the details of what they advocate. Thus, we get… Shorter Disco.: Yes we think AGW and evolution are bogus, but how dare people draw attention…

James Hrynyshyn has a great response to John West’s quote in today’s New York Times article on creationism and global warming: Any efforts to ensure science education is “balanced,” in any subject, must be accompanied by reassurances that science classes will stick to science, and not embrace misinformation from ideological or religious think tanks masquerading…