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I’m not real interested in blogging about politics. It’s just not my thing. But the recent increase in absurd and frankly scary rhetoric from the right is giving me the shpilkes. It’s not just the tea-baggers (heh heh…I said “tea bagger”), but I might as well say something about their lame-ass tea parties. These tea…

Oh, God…not the Pope again

Pope Benedict, the former head of the same Church body that ran the Inquisition, has done it again. He just committed an act which is morally equivalent to involuntary sodomy, and did it to an entire continent. Africa, the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic, sometimes seems to have not all that much going for it—AIDS…

Which cult is the funniest?

I often write about “cult medicine”, that is, medical practices that share many characteristics of cults: they are based on faith, they follow charismatic leaders, they separate people from their money—you know, like The Church of Scientology. The COS has everything going for it—a religious arm, a health care arm (the Citizens Commission on Human…

Out, pesky engram!

Over at Neurotopia, Scicurious has been doing some terrific writing about depression.  Mental illness is a topic I’ve written about many times, so I was inspired to look into the vault and see what kind of goodies I had back there.  Well, since I truly loathe people who dole out dangerous medical lies, I figured…

As the term of President B. Hussein Obama begins its transformation of American democracy into a socialist state, one guy saw early indications of his minority-led red revolution. “He spent his childhood in a Mohammadean country,” the guy said, “they could easily have started his indoctrination at that time.” Citing no sources, but using flawless…

Unhinged—the Michael Egnor story

If someone were to write a biography of the Creationist neurosurgeon, “Unhinged” would be an apt title. He used to content himself with rants against philosophical materialism, and evangelize for dualism with a zealous religiosity. But that wasn’t enough. The “forces of secularism” seemed to keep growing, despite his desire to see some heavenly smiting.…

Thanks for the roffles, PZ!

I don’t link to Pharyngula very often—our content just doesn’t intersect that much, but I followed a link from today’s post and had a good laugh. You see, some comedian creationist cult leader put out a new book, and the reviews on Amazon are a real hoot. From one review: My only disappointment with the…

Deirdre Imus—dangerous, stupid, or both?

It seems the same questions keep coming up when looking at the cult leaders of the infectious disease promotion movement. When you listen to them preach or read their liturgy you can’t help thinking, “dumb, evil, or both?” I think I’m going to vote for “both” when it comes to Deirdre Imus. Her sermon last…

Right is right, right?

I’m getting really tired of this nature vs. nurture debate when discussing homosexual rights. It’s always interesting to investigate the origins of human behavior, and occasionally something is found to be purely genetic, but I suspect that sexuality, like many human attributes, has a complex mix of biological and non-biological causes. That doesn’t piss me…

Props to Papa

The Pope has decided that forgiven doesn’t mean forgotten. When he recently un-excommunicated some dissenters, and they continued to spew hateful, anti-semitic Holocaust-denial, the Pope’s silence implied consent. He is silent no more. That isn’t to say he has re-excommunicated the offender, but he has called him out. It’s a start.