Archives for October, 2011

After Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Faye Flam took the Discovery Institute to task for their Hitler obsession and constant violations of Godwin’s law, Disco. ‘tute fellow Richard Weikart struck back, insisting, “I have spoken with intelligent Darwinists who admit point-blank that they do not have any grounds to condemn Hitler.” This is patent bullcrap, but that’s…

A report from yesterday’s protests

We’ve discussed yesterday’s peaceful protest on behalf of Occupy Oakland, and the violent police response that dispersed that protest, but I want to quote at length from zunguzungu’s excellent report: You might find it a bit confusing trying to keep track of the different times the Oakland Police department used tear gas on peaceful protesters…

(Re)Occupy Oakland

This morning (as I mentioned) police from Oakland and 15 other local law enforcement agencies sacked and pillaged the Occupy Oakland camp in downtown Oakland. Oakland’s mayor was in Washington, DC at the time, trying to secure funding for the Port of Oakland, but insisted that the raid was necessary because of public safety concerns.…

Occupy Oakland

Like a lot of folks, my first reaction to the Occupy Wall Street protests – which began on September 17th, over a month ago – was dubious. While I agree with their concerns over income inequality and the failure of policymakers and law enforcement to hold Wall Street accountable for its role in the financial…

Earlier this week, I quoted this from an op-ed in the LA Times: I recently conducted survey research comparing the most conservative of Protestants — those who identify with a conservative Protestant denomination, attend church regularly and take the Bible literally, or about 11% of the population in my analysis — with those who do…

Sociologist John Evans talks about his research on evangelical attitudes toward science. Writing for the LA Times, he says: I recently conducted survey research comparing the most conservative of Protestants — those who identify with a conservative Protestant denomination, attend church regularly and take the Bible literally, or about 11% of the population in my…

Sarah Posner reports from the Values Voters Summit, a gathering of the theocracy-in-waiting. Various GOP presidential candidates spoke, as did Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association: Fischer followed Romney’s speech with an ugly anti-Muslim, anti-gay, anti-liberal speech. Although he did not mention Mormonism, he did emphasize, repeatedly, that the president of the United States…

Modeled Behavior tells A Tale of Two Recessions, noting a rather shocking statistic: as of the last few years the auto fleet in the United States has begun to shrink. That is, we are scrapping cars at a faster rate than we are producing them. Unless something changes in the next 18 months, our scrappage…