News From Around The Blogosphere 11.3.08

FOR MY U.S. READERS, DON’T FORGET TO VOTE REASON AND SANITY BACK INTO WASHINGTON TOMORROW!

POLITICS:

The misnamed quack journal, Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons reaches new low – In addition to their usual anti-science-based nonsense, now they’re suggesting that Barack Obama is literally hypnotizing his audiences during his speeches.

The color switch:

Isn’t that first guy Cal Turk?

Colorado Prop 48 up for vote tomorrow attempts nothing short of defining personness itself – This proposition is a somewhat back door approach by anti-abortionists (aka the religious) to define a person as an legal entity at the moment a human sperm fertilizes an egg. Here Phil Plaint points out some of the absurdities of this proposed law.

PZ Myers’ passionate defense of Bill Ayers – I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Elizabeth Dole’s bigotry in her own words – Humorously, she accuses her opponent of literally being out to steal Christmas, a claim that I’ve always said I’d jokingly make against myself in a self-attack ad if I ever ran for public office.

How would Jesus campaign? - How did these reporters get their jobs? Seriously.

M&M’s prove Darwin was right – This relates to a rather strange message film critic Roger Ebert received in his blog. And c’mon, with a title like that, how can you resist?

Don’t pet the Hawking! -

Get your stinkin paws off me, you damned dirty ape!

Get your stinkin' paws off me, you damned dirty ape!

Pope Benedict told a gathering of scientists including the British cosmologist Stephen Hawking on Friday that there was no contradiction between believing in God and empirical science.

Don’t get me wrong but while I’m happy to see religious leaders accept science, I just think this claim that religious belief is not inconsistent with known science is total bullshit. (Thanks Brian)

god-hates-signsThe Phelps kid that got away - Fred Phelps is known for fucking into creation “The Most Hated Family In America,” those who declare themselves members of the Westboro Baptist Church, the greatest media whores in religious history who regularly protest outside of funerals with signs that read, “God Hates Fags.” But apparently one of Phelps’ spawn, Nathan Phelps, managed to escape his vile cult and become an atheist (a Christmas miracle if I ever heard one) and says that he “agrees with prominent atheist and scientist Richard Dawkins, who has said that religion can be ‘real child abuse.’” Nathan Phelps is now telling his story.

How did the family react? Shirley Phelps-Roper is his sister, so you can only imagine:

“Nathan Phelps is a rebel against God,” she said. “He has nothing to look forward to except sorrow, misery, death and hell….Great peace fell upon our house when Nathan left….He spit on the goodness of his mother and father. In spite of that, his father and mother loved him and did their duty to him…and required of him that he behave while he lived in their house. They loved him in the only way that the Lord God defines love! They told him the truth about what the Lord his God required of him. He was not going to have that!”

lovely people, aren’t they?

Another great de-conversion story

The old address of Stop Sylvia Browne is now apparently being sold on eBay under false pretenses

Crop Circles in Argentina – Really people, it’s not that hard to do! Get over it already!

saps-taps-parodyI know a lot of people think there’s strong, compelling evidence for ghosts because that’s what gets conveyed often in the popular media but really most of the time the “evidence” for ghosts is very, very lame. How lame? This lame.

WHAT’S THE HARM?

groin-kickTeen hangs herself over ghost - Carissa Glenn, an 18 year-old British teen, hanged herself over the weekend because she was being haunted by the former tenant of her flat.


AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

scientist-use-in-case-of-emergencyTiny Fungi May Have Sex While Infecting Humans – “A fungus called microsporidia that causes chronic diarrhea in AIDS patients, organ transplant recipients and travelers has been identified as a member of the family of fungi that have been discovered to reproduce sexually. A team at Duke University Medical Center has proven that microsporidia are true fungi and that this species most likely undergoes a form of sexual reproduction during infection of humans and other host animals.” Kinky.

Early Hebrew Text Where ‘David Slew Goliath’ – “The earliest known Hebrew text written in a Proto-Canaanite script has been discovered by Hebrew University archaeologists in an ancient city in the area where legend has it that David slew Goliath – the earliest Judean city found to date. The 3,000 year old finding is thought to be the most significant archaeological discovery in Israel since the Dead Sea Scrolls – predating them by 1,000 years.”

Space Telescope Sees ‘Ghost Of Mirach’ Galaxy – “NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer has lifted the veil off a ghost known to haunt the local universe, providing new insight into the formation and evolution of galaxies.”

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One Response to News From Around The Blogosphere 11.3.08

  1. Ryser says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

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