Daily Archives: December 17, 2011

What can you buy at a gay adult shop in Canada for $67?

Conservative Republican Mayor Greg Davis’ Adult Gay Canadian Bookstore Problem

Which is worse:

He’s a Republican Family Values (read: Anti-Gay) Conservative who is, apparently, gay;
He’s spending taxpayer money to buy gay stuff in a gay adult bookstore; or
He’s spending said Taxpayer (And that’s Mississippi Taxpayer) money in a foreign country!?!? (Canada)
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“…boys are innately better at math and science than girls…”

Sheril Kirshenbaum has a few comments about a piece in Science addressing innate differences between boys and girls in math. I have to say, it may be hard to accept the scientific truth sometimes, but the research really does consistently say the same thing again and again. In this latest study, the science …
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Deadly Cairo

Things aren’t over in Egypt, by a long shot.

A summary from the Daily Beast:

Clashes between police and protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square continued into a second day on Saturday, with 10 left dead over the two days and hundreds injured. Most of the casualties came late Friday or early Saturday as chaos reigned in the Square, only days after the first free election in recent memory for Egypt. Reuters and Al Jazeera reported that police chased retreating protesters—and local television showed one soldier pulling down protesters’ tents and setting them on fire. An Army official said the troops targeted thugs, not protesters, after shots were fired at soldiers and bombs destroyed a nearby archive building that was more than 200 years old. Health Minister Fouad el-Nawawy told Egyptian television that 10 people had been killed, and 441 injured, while state media reported 200 people had been taken to the hospital.

And this video which is rather disturbing. If you happen to know written Arabic, please feel free to summarize what the text says in the comments: Continue reading Deadly Cairo

For your listening pleasure …

Sunday Morning: “The Knowledge of Good and Evil”

Listen to Glenn Kleier on Atheists Talk #146, Sunday, December 18, 2011.

Glenn Kleier will join Atheists Talk this Sunday to discuss his rousing new suspense thriller, The Knowledge of Good and Evil. Kleier has a background in advertising, marketing and communication. In 1998 he published his first book, The Last Day, which received international acclaim from reviewers. His works of fiction are known for their suspense and controversial interplay of religion and politics in our modern global society.

In The Knowledge of Good and Evil, Kleier examines religious skepticism, belief and faith. The book’s main character is Ian, a paranormal investigator and television report who was deeply damaged by the death of his parents when he was a child. He struggles with religion and his anger at God. When he learns of a journey that may prove the existence of God and Heaven, he becomes determined to undertake it. But while he seeks this knowledge, he is blocked by a secret society that will do everything in its power to keep him out.

Details here.

Sunday Evening: Here Is a Human Being
Skeptically Speaking:

This week, we’re digging into the genome, the molecular blueprint that our bodies use to build themselves. We’ll discuss DNA, genetics, and personal genomics with Dr. Misha Angrist, Assistant Professor at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, and author of Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics. And on the podcast, we’ll speak to Dr. Thomas Perls, Director of the New England Centenarian Study, about his work on the Archon Genomics X Prize.

We record live with Misha Angrist on Sunday, December 18 at 6 pm MT. The podcast will be available to download at 9 pm MT on Friday, December 23.

CLICK HERE

Here Is a Human Being

Skeptically Speaking:

This week, we’re digging into the genome, the molecular blueprint that our bodies use to build themselves. We’ll discuss DNA, genetics, and personal genomics with Dr. Misha Angrist, Assistant Professor at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, and author of Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics. And on the podcast, we’ll speak to Dr. Thomas Perls, Director of the New England Centenarian Study, about his work on the Archon Genomics X Prize.

We record live with Misha Angrist on Sunday, December 18 at 6 pm MT. The podcast will be available to download at 9 pm MT on Friday, December 23.

CLICK HERE

Interesting new idea: No faking ads

Apparently, up to this point, it was OK to fake pictures in ads using “Photoshop” (which is not always “Photoshop”) to alter a photograph. For instance, Proctor and Gamble recently had an ad of some mascara that makes your eyelashes look really big, but since the mascara “didn’t work as advertised,” as it were, the just “Photoshopped” (or “GIMPed” or whatever) the eyebrows to make them look like what customers wanted, instead of what the product actually did.

It is actually rather astonishing that in 2011 it is still the case that industry lobbyists own this issue and have not allowed our representatives to make and maintain a legal and regulatory system that makes it not OK to lie to us blatantly. WTF?

Anyway, a non-governmental and voluntary watchdog agency is now pretending to get all huffy about this problem and promises it won’t happen again: Continue reading Interesting new idea: No faking ads

“The Knowledge of Good and Evil”

Listen to Glenn Kleier on Atheists Talk #146, Sunday, December 18, 2011.

Glenn Kleier will join Atheists Talk this Sunday to discuss his rousing new suspense thriller, The Knowledge of Good and Evil. Kleier has a background in advertising, marketing and communication. In 1998 he published his first book, The Last Day, which received international acclaim from reviewers. His works of fiction are known for their suspense and controversial interplay of religion and politics in our modern global society.

In The Knowledge of Good and Evil, Kleier examines religious skepticism, belief and faith. The book’s main character is Ian, a paranormal investigator and television report who was deeply damaged by the death of his parents when he was a child. He struggles with religion and his anger at God. When he learns of a journey that may prove the existence of God and Heaven, he becomes determined to undertake it. But while he seeks this knowledge, he is blocked by a secret society that will do everything in its power to keep him out.

Details here.