Archives for February, 2012

David Klinghoffer is surprised that his Disco. ‘tute colleagues managed to get an article published at the Huffington Post. Klinghoffer’s colleague must’ve known this was coming, and HuffPo isn’t notorious for refusing essays, so I can’t fathom why it was any sort of surprise. Nor is “pleasant” the word that came to mind on reading…

Shorter David Klinghoffer: National Center for Science Education, Darwin/Climate Enforcers, Humiliated by Forged Document Scandal: Ethical questions about someone with no formal ties to NCSE clearly demonstrates the scientific, pedagogical, and moral failings of NCSE. So Peter Gleick outed himself as the source of the Heartland board documents released last week, and now lots of…

A secret fundraising document from a shadowy anti-science institute was accidentally made public. The document candidly lays out the anti-science agenda of group, including efforts to undermine science education in public schools, but also plans to broadly redefine society. The year was 1998, and the document was from the Discovery Institute. Nicknamed “The Wedge Document”…

As the SPLC and ThinkProgress report: Yesterday, police arrested an unidentified man at the Kansas Capitol after discovering several homemade bombs in his truck close to the Kansas Capitol. The truck had stickers on its back window saying, “Welcome to America. Now speak English’’ and “Does my American flag offend you? Call 1-800-LEAVE THE USA.’’…

Sharpened stakes testing

Disco. ‘tute ex-president Bruce Chapman doesn’t know his history. He asserts: The Spanish Inquisition was about testing the sincerity of people’s Christianity. This is true in the sense that the Crusades were about the joys of travel and cultural exchange. I mean, how did torturing Jews until they accepted Jesus or fled their homeland test…

His genes made him do it

Shorter Jerry Coyne: Chris Mooney, evolution, and politics: We haven’t got free will, except when it comes to politics. Like Coyne, I’ve yet to read Chris Mooney’s book, and like Coyne, I’m not up on the latest research on the determinants of political and ideological orientation. Unlike Coyne, I’m not going to make grand declarations…

Pascal’s lament and E. B. White

Long ago (1656), Blaise Pascal wrote an apologetic note that editors have been quoting at prolix writers ever since: The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter. Brevity is a key to effective writing, if nothing else because it’s hard to hold a reader’s attention,…

Free contraception for everyone!

Last week’s all-consuming outrage was spurred by a new rule issued by the Obama administration requiring that all employers’ health insurance plans cover birth control without a copay. Religious employers – especially Catholic groups – had asked for an exemption, and thought there was a wink-and-nod agreement that they’d get the exemption, but then they didn’t.…

Godwin’s Law

Shorter David Klinghoffer, Minister of Propaganda for the Disco. ‘tute: “Then They Came for Me — and There Was No One Left to Speak for Me.”: I’m Jewish so it’s OK for me to claim NCSE’s decision to oppose pseudoscience in earth science classrooms as well as biology classes is just like Nazis dragging people…