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New Scientist has no guts

It's a shame I have to report this, since I am generally a fan of this magazine. However, the publication recently pulled an article from its site due to a complaint, and so I feel compelled to say something. The article in question was a simple piece: how to spot a creationist agenda. It was summarily pulled due to complaints, made supposedly by the very creationists the article was trying to expose. P.Z M ...

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College hippie shot in ‘drug raid’

Ryan and I sometimes joke around that as attitudes about drug prohibitionism soften, others harden in a predictable, reactionary way. What isn't funny is when it turns into an overzealous cop who guns down a college kid during a bullshit 'drug bust'. Derek Copp (kind of an ironic name) is usually described by friends as an easy going 'hippie' who is friendly, nonchalant, and most obviously likes to smoke po ...

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Terrorism has different meanings

I read an interesting article on the Christian Science Monitor about the percentage of people in Muslim countries who favor bombing civilians, and the numbers reveal far more Americans are willing to commit this act than they are. If you need this put in perspective, consider the image we have in the West of a terrorist is a Muslim guy wearing a dynamite covered belt bomb, while in Muslim countries a terror ...

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Religious people are less stressed

There's a new study that seems to indicate religious people have less stress, and appear less worried about making mistakes than their secular counterparts. The study indicates something I've always known about religious people: they generally take a hands off attitude towards life. Think about this: when you are certain this life is only one form of existence, the only thing you have to worry about is plea ...

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Dropping the mad rhymes

Man, talk about some fucking scathing lyrics. I'm a new fan of this guy. He's apparently a vet of the Iraq War, studies physics and raps about theology. If you haven't heard of Greydon Square, go check him out! ...

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Not allowed to be blasphemous?

A lot of you will disagree with me on this one, but the UN is possibly one of the most useless and corrupt organizations in existence today. The ideology behind the UN is nice enough, but in execution, it has shown itself to be inefficient, blind, and often backward. This new resolution to make blasphemy illegal is just another example of how corrupt the UN is. The law calls making "acts of hatred, discrimi ...

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Bristol Palin is a liar

the easiest way to tell if someone is lying is to look at their eyes. Looking down and to the right (your left) is usually an indication that they are not genuinely remembering something. Try and use this trick to see if you can spot the truth from the lie. I'm not a spy, but there are a few tricks I've learned from watching interrogation tactics over the years which lead me to believe most of what Bristol ...

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Irony, thy name is Islam

Imagine you're Muslim, and you want to show people that your religion isn't the violent, backwards faith the mainstream media portrays. Starting your own English TV station centering on your religion is probably a reasonably good start. Bridges TV was such a project. It featured shows such as Democracy Now, a cooking show called Veggie Table, and the saccharine sounding Talking Peace. In a twisted bit of ir ...

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Getting it monstrously wrong

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article calling for Catholics to abandon the church in light of the recent news Pope Benedict XVI was behind the cover up of child abuse scandals. Obviously, I didn't actually think any Catholics would hear me out. I mean, I am a filthy heathen after all. I'm finding it difficult, however, to stay silent for long about the general attitude some Catholics have about the revelation ...

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When religious freedom turns to child neglect

There are currently an estimated 170 million people worldwide who suffer from diabetes. A few decades ago, this disease was destroying lives. Children diagnosed would slowly fade away, often dying of starvation even though they were eating plenty of food. The discovery of insulin, and later its manufacture, has allowed what would otherwise be a deadly disease to become only an inconvenience for those who su ...

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