CHARITY & ACTIVISM: Help Sarah Hargreaves raise money for Camp Quest!

Sarah Hargreaves with Camp Quest Kansas City is turning 31.  She doesn’t want presents for her birthday.  Instead she wants people to help make CQKC as special as possible this coming summer.  That means money (I can assure you, you’d be hard pressed to find a workaholic who will make that money go farther than [Read More…]

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FAITH: Saudi man receives death penalty for insulting Mohammad and ripping pages from the Koran.

A man in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to death for blasphemy: specifically for insulting a man who married a six year-old and slept with her when she was nine years-old (Mohammad) and for ripping pages from a book he owned.  This sentence came not from ISIS, not from a terrorist cell, but from a [Read More…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: Muslim prayer to ND House canceled because GOP members “didn’t agree with it.”

I’m a little late to this party, but this is lame enough to still merit a post.  Dr. Nadim Koleilat is a Muslim religious leader in North Dakota who was invited to give the opening prayer in the ND House last Wednesday.  While the decision in Greece v. Galloway allows for sectarian religious prayers before [Read More…]

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SCIENCE: National Geographic’s latest cover – the war on science.

Thank you, Nat Geo.  Sadly, the people who need to read this issue or at least look at the cover don’t read National Geographic, and pretty much don’t care what scientists think (until they want faster computers or better medical technology, of course).   Joel Achenback has the cover story titled “Why Do So Many [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: The Fence.

My favorite Tim Minchin song is “The Fence.”  It really captures how my outlook has changed as I’ve gotten older.  The more I learn about things, the more I really don’t know exactly where I stand – and I’m less likely to make those choices quickly, and far more hesitant to align myself with people [Read More…]

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On Specific Complexity

I was actually writing up a different article (for Monday) where this topic came up. I found an article that tried explain what it was. So now here I am, writing a pre-Article. [Read more…]

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I use the wiggle method

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MENTAL ILLNESS: Time to go be a lab rat.

The time has come for me to take off for Kansas City.  I’ve signed up to be a test subject in an fMRI study dealing with clinical depression.  I’m honestly more giddy about this than I thought I would be. First, I get pictures of my brain.  Michaelyn has pictures of her brain.  We’re going [Read More…]

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POLITICS: Oklahoma bill would bar people from getting married if they have an STD.

The Oklahoma government must’ve taken a look at Alabama and Arkansas lately and been like, “Oh, you think you can waste more time and bigot harder than us?  Ha!”  That’s the only explanation for their recent bill that would punish government employees for following the law as well as this new bill that would prohibit [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS: Washington judge rules against florist who denied service to gay couple.

Lots of us remember the Dover trial over creationism in the classroom.  Creationists, including the Discovery Institute, talked a big game.  I remember getting countless emails from creationists assuring me that the pro-science side was legally screwed (and that I just needed to read the links they provided for proof).  Then, when it came time [Read More…]

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POLITICS: Glenn Beck says America deserves to be wiped out if net neutrality wins.

Glenn Beck insists that if net neutrality wins out American deserves to be wiped out and that voices like his will be silenced: Nobody trusts the government or Big Business, Beck marveled, “and yet you’re giving Big Business and government more latitude! What are you, insane?” “We deserve to be wiped out,” he concluded. “We [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: These otters really want this butterfly.

Good morning!  Gonna be a short day again…I have to drive to Kansas City to put my head into a big machine. What would they do if they caught it? [Read more…]

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GAY RIGHTS & LAW: Texas Supreme Court issues order prohibiting judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

In response to the ruling in Travis County, the Texas Supreme Court has just issued an order prohibiting county clerks and judges from issuing same-sex marriage licenses: The Texas Supreme Court stepped in this afternoon and blocked all state judges and county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. The emergency action comes following [Read More…]

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POLITICS: Huckabee says a pencil is as lethal as an assault rifle.

Last month at Destiny Worship Center in Florida (where he goes to church), Mike Huckabee recounted “schooling” some Fox News staffers by telling them a pencil was as lethal as an assault rifle. Huckabee recounted the tale of how he humiliated a New York media elitist Fox News staffer during a debate about guns by suggesting that [Read More…]

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