Archive for November, 2007

Texas Education Agency Science Expert Fired for Indirectly dissing Intelligent Design

November 30, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Texas Education Agency Science Expert Fired for Indirectly dissing Intelligent Design

In brief: Chris Comer, director of science curriculum, was pushed out after she sent an e-mail promoting a local talk by the author of “Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design“. Comer merely sent a notice about the talk as an “FYI.” The School board tried to claim that she was dismissed (after 9 […]

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I didn’t know that . . .

November 30, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
I didn’t know that . . .

Advertisement (almost a full page ad) for a huge new casino opening soon in St. Louis, published in the November 30, 2007 St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  I didn’t know that happiness was so easily achieved.  And from this ad, it appears that everyone comes out ahead at the casino.  

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The banality of burning coal

November 30, 2007 | By | 11 Replies More
The banality of burning coal

In October 2007, James E. Hansen testified with regard to an application to build a new coal-burning plant in Iowa.  Hanson is the Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and senior scientist in the Columbia University Earth Institute.  He said some harsh things about our substantial dependence on coal: Global warming from continued […]

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The Making of the Fittest

November 29, 2007 | By | 4 Replies More
The Making of the Fittest

I’ve just read a good book about genetics. The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution by Sean B. Carroll. There is much food for thought in this book. One reviewer called it “A Primer of Evolutionary Theory for Beginners”, and this is accurate. One doesn’t need to know chemistry […]

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Manger Arbitration

November 29, 2007 | By | 16 Replies More
Manger Arbitration

It’s that time of year again, when we gear up for the rewards (or disappointments) promised in our celebrations of the Yule Season. Christmas Time! Days of saccharine movies, maudlin songs, a hope for fluffy white snowfall that is somehow miraculously easy to drive through and falls only on grassy areas, and the group psych-up […]

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Joe Klein is not a journalist

November 28, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
Joe Klein is not a journalist

He can’t be, based on his own statements. A journalist is a person who reports – who scrutinizes what the powerful say for omissions or falsehoods, who informs readers what’s really going on, who sifts through the spin and digs beneath the surface to get at the real truth. But Joe Klein doesn’t do any […]

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Is America a Christian Nation?

November 28, 2007 | By | 15 Replies More
Is America a Christian Nation?

Any fundamentalist will tell you that our nation was founded as a Christian nation by Christians and for Christians. Their carefully crafted surveys show that a massive majority of Americans say that they are Christian, and therefore approve the fundamentalist platform. Let’s look at some of their potent evidence. I pulled this fact from a […]

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The Devil In Memphis

November 28, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
The Devil In Memphis

I received the following from a friend of mine, who sent it to his local paper as well. I’ve asked his permission to post it here, in its entirety. It concerns an issue which, while we may hope represents an unfortunate part of our history long outgrown, still rears its viperous and virulent heads in […]

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The right to dry movement

November 28, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
The right to dry movement

How can we save up to 6% of our total electricity usage? Dry our clothes outside–hang them on clothes lines.  Unless the neighbors try to interfere, as described by this article from Time Magazine.  Yes, there are people who want to do their part to lower their carbon footprint. But on the other side are […]

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