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Post-script to bureaucracy, now-found documents and health insurance. . .

Post-script to bureaucracy, now-found documents and health insurance. . .

| June 11, 2007 | 4 Replies

For those of you who waded through my post of last week about my day trekking through the federal bureaucracy on a quest for documents, I have two things to add. First, thanks for taking the time to wade. Second, I got an update from my friend. Remember those records that everyone told him were […]

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James Dobson: God would be justified destroying entire cities

James Dobson: God would be justified destroying entire cities

| June 9, 2007 | 11 Replies

Why would God be justified destroying an entire city right now?  Because we’re bad.  How do you know we’re bad?  Because of lesbian sex. How do we learn all of this?  Because when minister John MacArthur says so, James Dobson nods in approval.  For more, see Crooks and Liars.  Here are Mac Arthur’s words: We […]

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The danger of focusing on human differences

The danger of focusing on human differences

| June 9, 2007 | 8 Replies

Bill Clinton’s Commencement Speech at Harvard – June 6, 2007 The former President explained much societal dysfunction when he asked a simple question:  Should we focus on what human beings have in common or should we obsess about their minor differences?  The outcome of this simple choice determines innumerable personal and political agendas.  To the extent […]

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Colbert on NASA’s new mission statement

Colbert on NASA’s new mission statement

| June 8, 2007 | 1 Reply

This is Colbert at his best: “These agencies need to quit getting Shanghaied by their stated goals.”

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Conservatives: Stop having sex for the pleasure of it!

Conservatives: Stop having sex for the pleasure of it!

| June 8, 2007 | 19 Replies

The Washington Post reports on a “controversial” meaure that would: increase funding for family planning clinics, expand Medicaid and private health insurance coverage of contraceptives, require hospitals to make emergency contraception available to rape victims, and allocate money for comprehensive sex education programs that teach youths about birth control as well as abstinence. Here’s the […]

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Free gasoline for everyone, for the next 2.5 years

Free gasoline for everyone, for the next 2.5 years

| June 8, 2007 | 1 Reply

We have already discussed how much one trillion dollars would buy.  Well, the Boston Globe did its own story about this subject, using the more conservative figure of $456 billion (the estimated cost by September).  My favorite is where it says $456 billion could have fed and educated the world’s poor for the next five […]

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The Origin of Life Just Got Easier

The Origin of Life Just Got Easier

| June 8, 2007 | 6 Replies

In the June ’07 issue of Scientific American, the article “A Simpler Origin for Life” discusses a new approach for figuring out how life could have spontaneously arisen. The views of evolutionary biologists have evolved over the last few decades from assuming that the extremely unlikely spontaneous formation of simple DNA must have occurred, to […]

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God gives girl a diamond

God gives girl a diamond

| June 7, 2007 | 8 Replies

Unfortunately, you’ll have to read nearly this entire story to get to the part where the girl credits God with giving her a nearly 3-carat diamond. These sorts of things are where bad science, and faith in false deities, come from.  If that girl’s parents let her go on believing that God answered her prayers, she’ll probably spend the […]

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Shouldn’t we treasure life closer to home?

Shouldn’t we treasure life closer to home?

| June 6, 2007 | 2 Replies

Many of us spend a lot of energy wondering whether there is life on Mars, on the moons of Jupiter or elsewhere in the galaxy.   If we found life out there, it would make huge headlines. The June 2007 edition of Science has a beautiful photo of an orangutan and her baby on the front […]

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