Poor Fox News

A comedy show is beating out the “news” dished up by Fox network. Yeah, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Stewart and his team are more honest, they check their facts, and any single comedian on the Daily Show is infinitely funnier than the pond scum on Fox. Jon Stewart Crushes Fox News In The 2011 Ratings (more…) Read more

Guts and Bugs

Probably more than you wanted to know about intestinal bacteria and toilet flushing, but here are two Jan. 2 articles that coincidentally both spotlight the pathogen Clostridium difficile. Your Appendix Could Save Your Life Flushing Can Spread Diarrhea Disease That second one … Man! Makes me want to use public toilets even less.     Read more

2012: Cold Fusion, Atheism, and Doubt

One article from Forbes, one from Huffington, suggesting that this year could be either the Year of the Atheist, or the Year of Cold Fusion. Ooh, baby, I favor both! First, Huffington: Brandon G. Withrow, Assistant Professor of History of Christianity, Winebrenner Theological Seminary, weighs in on atheism: (more…) Read more

Enlarge Your Penis! Get Out of Debt!

For reasons I’ve never heard anyone else express, I’m opposed to the death penalty. But I’m not completely against, you know, HURTING certain people. Hey, some of ’em deserve it! For instance: Spammers. If they had a place where you could get one good slap in on a convicted spammer — maybe for $10 or so — I’d show up. (If they had a place where they put people who create computer viruses — and, come to think of it,… Read more

From the States: Happy New Year!

I’ve been assured, by someone who claims to live in a time zone in which it is already 2012, that rogue nano-assemblers are NOT destroying civilization at the stroke of midnight. Also, the nano-assemblers are NOT on fire, creating a fiery destructive holocaust for all life as we know it. Repeat, this is NOT happening. Go about your day. Continue to purchase goods and services. Drink hearty tonight when you go out to celebrate. Do not think about the flaming,… Read more

Bringing Skepticism Home

Flicking around the web, I came across the Skeptoid site that sells their “Just Say No” t-shirts. With each shirt featuring a large “NO.” and then a followup inscription in smaller letters, mostly, the shirts ring true. I loved these: “No, Science is not a bad word.” “No, the Earth is not 6,000 years old.” No, psychic powers aren’t real.” But glancing through the entire list, I felt occasional pings from my “I’m Not Sure I Entirely Agree” meter. I’m… Read more

Bringing Skepticism Home

Flicking around the web, I came across the Skeptoid site that sells their “Just Say No” t-shirts. With each shirt featuring a large “NO.” and then a followup inscription in smaller letters, mostly, the shirts ring true. I loved these: “No, Science is not a bad word.” “No, the Earth is not 6,000 years old.” No, psychic powers aren’t real.” But glancing through the entire list, I felt occasional pings from my “I’m Not Sure I Entirely Agree” meter. I’m… Read more

Thoughts on the History of Broken Glass

Did you know they used to make baby bottles out of glass? They did. Amazing, isn’t it? You’ve got this item that, when dropped, shatters into razor-sharp and needle-sharp fragments, glass shards which are virtually invisible in low light, but capable of cutting deep enough to sever tendons, nerves, major arteries. Hell, every silver screen bar fight aficionado knows you can make a closely similar bottle into a deadly weapon simply by whacking it on a nearby chair. (more…) Read more

Phil Plait: Where the Sun Never Sets

Worth repeating, Phil Plait’s sterling words from 2005: In April, I was asked to give a short speech to a group of local students who participated in a science fair. I wasn’t sure what to say to them, until I saw a newscast the night before the fair. The story was some typically inaccurate fluff piece giving antiscience boneheads “equal time” with science, as if any ridiculous theory should have equal time against the truth. (more…) Read more

Phil Plait: Where the Sun Never Sets

Worth repeating, Phil Plait’s sterling words from 2005: In April, I was asked to give a short speech to a group of local students who participated in a science fair. I wasn’t sure what to say to them, until I saw a newscast the night before the fair. The story was some typically inaccurate fluff piece giving antiscience boneheads “equal time” with science, as if any ridiculous theory should have equal time against the truth. (more…) Read more


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