PLANE CRASHES: How you could tell engine failure caused Harrison Ford’s plane crash.

When Harrison Ford’s plane crashed on the Penmar golf course, before any audio had been released or any details hit the airwaves, I had guessed it was due to engine failure.  Today that has been confirmed to be the case.  So why did I make that guess? When planes crash, the first thing investigators look [Read More...]

SAD: Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, philanthropist, and atheist has died.

Atheist philanthropist and co-creator of The Simpsons, Sam Simon, has finally succumbed to cancer: Nine-time Emmy winner Sam Simon, who wrote episodes of “Taxi,” “Cheers” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” before co-creating landmark animated series “The Simpsons” and eventually becoming a philanthropist, died Sunday of colorectal cancer at his home in Los Angeles, his reps confirmed. [Read More...]

Evolution destroyed in under 5 minutes: The Ad-Hoc Constraint – Pt 1

Woe is us – for the source of the very purpose of our lives (evolution) is no more. [Read more...]

In which I agree with Matt Barber – students at Missouri were wrong to erase anti-abortion messages.

I feel so sick, but I’m reminded that even people who I think are odious are sometimes right.  I saw this in my special twitter feed: So I clicked it and, sure enough, he’s documented the case well.  The group Missouri Students for Life had chalked university sidewalks: I could list out all the ways [Read More...]

FAITH: Men suspected of killing Avijit Roy arrested in Bangladesh.

Some of the men suspected in the murder of Avijit Roy have been arrested. Three suspected Islamists were on Saturday arrested in Bangladesh in a pre-dawn raid, as authorities intensified a crackdown on extremists following the brutal killing of American blogger Avijit Roy in the capital. As Terry Firma points out over at Friendly Atheist, [Read More...]

INTERESTING: Skydiver has seizure at 9,000 feet and is rescued by instructor.

I follow the Air News & Services twitter feed because I’m immensely interested in plane crashes.  They just posted a video a man took while skydiving where he has a mid-air seizure.  His instructor manages to catch up to him and pull his ripcord.  The man spent about 30 seconds unconscious, waking up at about [Read More...]

Leonard Nimoy has died.

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Spock on Star Trek, has died: Leonard Nimoy, whose portrayal of “Star Trek’s” logic-driven, half-human science officer Spock made him an iconic figure to generations, died Friday. He was 83. Admittedly, I’m not much of a Star Trek fan.  But when any character gives us wisdom or was as [Read More...]

On Recognizing Design

The Cult of Dusty guy (Dusty), recently put out a video (below) about yet another of Joshua Feuerstien’s not-researched disproofs of evolution. It’s an extremely caustic video, probably NSFW, yet, strangely satisfying. I take issue (not necessarily with this video) with his word choices often, such as being ableist, so it’d be nice if he [Read More...]

GODLESSNESS: Religious belief among incoming college freshman at an all-time low.

We’ve got some really good news about the upcoming generation.  Yes, we all knew the next batch of American adults was less religious, but it turns out they’re even less religious than we thought: America’s Class of 2018 cares less about religious identity than any other group of college freshman in the last 40 years, newly [Read More...]

It’s Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day sucks.  Restaurants are crowded, single people feel like shit, and if I set aside one day out of the year to treat my wife/partner extra special that means my game has fallen off the other 364 days of the year.  If you’re celebrating it, fill your boots, but it’s not my thing. So [Read More...]