July 21, 2009

Brand new Mr. Deity: Read more

July 21, 2009

Has this resulted from efforts to scale back sex education in schools during the Bush years as the social left claims?  Or is it because of increased sexual licentiousness throughout the culture as the social right claims? Teenage pregnancies and syphilis have risen sharply among a generation of American school girls who were urged to avoid sex before marriage under George Bush’s evangelically-driven education policy, according to a new report by the US’s major public health body. In a report… Read more

July 20, 2009

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July 20, 2009

This is a fascinating, illuminating, and myth-debunking lecture from neurologist Robert Sapolsky.  He goes through a number of features of our nature, shows how they are shared with other animals and how we take these features to another level.  And in the end it’s paradoxical and inspirational. It’s long but worth the time. Thanks to AtheisTube for the heads up! Your Thoughts? Read more

July 20, 2009

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July 20, 2009

Good for President Carter: After more than 60 years together, Jimmy Carter has announced himself at odds with the Southern Baptist Church — and he’s decided it’s time they go their separate ways. Via Feministing, the former president called the decision “unavoidable” after church leaders prohibited women from being ordained and insisted women be “subservient to their husbands.” Said Carter in an essay in The Age: [It was an] unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected… Read more

July 20, 2009

Greenwald is scathing on the media in general and takes the late Tim Russert to be the avatar of all that is wrong with them: Tellingly, his most celebrated and significant moment — Greg Mitchell says “this broadcast would help save many thousands of lives, U.S. and Vietnamese, perhaps even a million” — was when he stood up and announced that Americans shouldn’t trust the statements being made about the war by the U.S. Government and military, and that the… Read more

July 20, 2009

From the ACLU’s blog of rights: In a victory for free speech and academic discourse, last week the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court decision upholding the government’s exclusion of Swiss scholar Tariq Ramadan from the United States. Professor Ramadan, a leading scholar of the Muslim world, was offered a tenured professorship at the University of Notre Dame in 2004, but could not take up the post because the government revoked his U.S. visa. The government initially justified… Read more

July 20, 2009

LZ Granderson paints an ugly picture (thanks to jackandjillpolitics): Despite the catchiness of the slogan, gay is not the new black. Black is still black. And if any group should know this, it’s the gay community. Bars such as The Prop House, or Bulldogs in Atlanta, Georgia, exist because a large number of gay blacks — particularly those who date other blacks, and live in the black community — do not feel a part of the larger gay movement. There… Read more

July 20, 2009

I love a great review.  In what follows Peter Suderman manages to sum up the core problem of Snyder’s film version of Watchmen in less a paragraph: The sensibility behind it is puerile in the extreme. Say what you will about Moore and his book, at least he had a story to tell and something to say. Snyder, on the other hand, just had something to repeat. Watching his movie bears no small resemblance to being harangued about Objectivism by… Read more

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