Daily Archives: November 10, 2011

Church State Separation Wins Tennessee Battle

Americans United for Separation of Church and State earlier challenged the Johnson County, Tennessee Commission’s decision to allow the display of the Ten Commandments and other Christian rhetoric including literature in the county courthouse lobby, while at the same time refusing to allow Ralph Stewart’s posters about separation of church and state through US history.

The case has been settled. The County has agreed to put up Ralph’s posters and the County will make other changes in it’s rules.

Here’s the full press release:

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Evolution and Politics: November 13th

Skeptically Speaking:

This week, we’re looking at what happens when a bedrock scientific theory goes up for debate in the contentious realm of politics. We’ll speak to Dr. Eugenie Scott, Executive Director, and Steven Newton, Programs and Policy Director, at the National Center for Science Education, about evolution as a political issue. And on the podcast, anthropologist and blogger Greg Laden analyzes the fallout from the so-called “climategate” emails.

We record live with Eugenie Scott and Steven Newton on Sunday, November 13 at 6 pm MT. The podcast will be available to download at 9 pm MT on Friday, November 18.

Details here

Keystone Pipeline Dead

President Barack Obama said on Thursday he supported the State Department’s decision to study alternative routes for the Keystone XL pipeline, which will delay a decision on the project for more than a year.

The delay means a final decision to approve or reject the controversial Canada-to-Texas pipeline would not occur until after next year’s presidential election, taking political heat off of Obama, who is running for re-election.


Occupy Michele Bachmann

About 30 Occupy Wall Street protesters have interrupted a foreign policy speech by Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann in South Carolina.

Bachmann was delivering the speech Thursday on the deck of the mothballed aircraft carrier USS Yorktown near Charleston when the protesters stood up and began shouting, “Mike check!”

They told her she was more concerned with dividing Americans than helping them. They chanted for about three minutes while the Minnesota congresswoman left the stage.


It is time to start thinking about nesting

i-724b30210afcc1a983254e2adba57f2d-Avian_archetecture_book_bird_nests.jpgBirds don’t live in nests. They make nests for specific purposes, use them for that purpose, then abandon them. Or, sometimes they don’t abandon them, but rather add on and use them again and again, but in between they don’t live in or on them. Well, sometimes they hang out on them a lot. And not all nests are for putting their eggs in. In fact, sometimes a nest is more of a symbol of quality and overall bird sexiness than it is a place to keep the chicks. As it were. Oh, and sometimes they live in the nests, now that I think about it … It’s complicated.

But there is a book that can help you keep it all straight: Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer, and Build by Peter Goodfellow.

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Rick Perry is “going to do away with education and … uh …. duh …. um …. education and …. I can’t … uh … I can’t remember … um …. uh…”

Rick Perry’s strategy is to appear as much like George Bush as possible. He’s pretty much nailing that.
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What convinced you to not believe in god and stuff?

This question would apply only to those who were once religious, as all humans are born as atheists but often converted young. I’ve written up my personal answer to this question for a book being produced by Minnesota Atheists, and I’ll keep you posted on that. In the mean time, Greta Christina is running an internet poll in which she asks this question.

This is not a multiple choice poll. It is more of an essay quesiton poll.

This is what I think is funny: What if PZ Myers Pharyngulats this poll!!! Hahaha. Anyway, go and stuff the ballot box with your considered opinion: What Convinced You? A Survey for Non-Believers