The Law Of Unintended Consequences And The Separation Of Church And State

State of Protest has an interesting retrospective of his first two years of blogging, highlighting his best posts and giving an interesting glimpse into the ways blog readership expands and contracts over time. The post is reading as a nice guide to his site. As part of that post, he highlights one of his more [Read More…]

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The Biggest Bang That No One Ever Heard

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Hope Sandoval With Jesus & Mary Chain

Okay, that Dervish performance of Bob Dylan’s “Boots of Spanish Leather” was a bit of a downer, here is a real charmer Hope Sandoval singing meeee-ow over a backing that sounds like something out of Fight Club: And a great live vintage Letterman performance of her utterly charming duet also with Jesus & Mary Chain, [Read More…]

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Bob Dylan’s “Boots Of Spanish Leather” As Performed By Dervish

I actually heard and fell in love with a Dervish recording of this Dylan classic before ever hearing Dylan’s beautiful original itself.  This is not quite as spot-on a performance as the Dervish recording I have, it’s a little rougher in an organically live and alive way, but nonetheless it’s a must for Dylan fanatics and [Read More…]

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Smug Atheists?

Andrew Sullivan, whose blogging I usually admire and emulate a great deal as he’s really my blogging hero, had an astoundingly nasty post about the fact that atheists dared to meet up together to listen to Daniel Dennett mock the emptiness of apophatic theological gobbledygook last weekend. They’re really charming, aren’t they? It is as [Read More…]

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30 Republican Senators Vote Against Rape Victims’ Rights To Bring Charges In Court

Yesterday, 30 Republican senators opposed an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would prohibit federal defense contractors like Halliburton/KBR from getting money “if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.”In other words, 30 GOP senators want to deny rape victims their day in court. Just stupefying and [Read More…]

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Do Animals Grieve Their Dead?

Bernie Krause provides some sad audio indicating maybe they do: The video of Krause’s full talk on the sounds of the animal world: Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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What To Make Of “Bad” Theologians Who Do Good “Theology”?

Halden muses about the independent relationship between theological study and personal piety and virtue: Its hard to find a more scandalizing bunch of people than theologians, and not in the good way. One would think that among a guild of professionals dedicated to getting to know God as well as possible you’d see less infidelity, [Read More…]

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Distinguishing The Atheist Agnostic, The Theist Gnostic, The Atheist Gnostic, and The Theist Agnostic

Peter Brietbart defines and schematizes distinctions between different kinds of atheists, theists, agnostics, and gnostics which have been growing in popularity in recent years.  Rather than misleadingly defining atheists as exclusively those who claim to know there are no gods, theists as those who claim to know there is a god (or gods) and agnostics [Read More…]

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