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If We Came From Apes, Then Come And Answer This Question, Smartypants!

The Seneca Bible Baptist Church, outside of Seneca Falls in upstate New York, has issued a challenge to all the secular eggheads in the area, their neighbors who actually believe in the theory of biological evolution through natural selection as proposed by the original Darwinist, Charles Darwin. The church has posted the sign you see [...]

Would You Drink Satanic Coffee?

A Starbucks customer has accused a worker there of putting Satanic symbols on top of her coffee.

I’m not saying that I support the drawing of religious symbols such as a 5-pointed star or three sixes, in the foam on top of a sugary coffee-based confection.

I am struggling to understand the reaction to [...]

Do They Tell People to Go Home Where You Are?

“Welcome to Maine… Now Go Home!”

This is the bumper sticker I saw in Jefferson, Maine today. I’d seen it before. Today I started to think, “How insular and parochial of Maine!” — but then I stopped mid-thought. It could be that such sentiments are part of the scene in every part of the country, [...]

Is there Convincing Evidence behind the Budwig and Gerson Cancer Cure Claims?

In a post debunking the supposed cancer cure-all “Matthew 4 Protocol”, more than one person has left a comment singing the praises of two other protocols: the “Budwig protocol” and “Gerson therapy,” both proclaimed to rid the body of cancer. “Anna” writes:

“Gerson therapy and Budwig protocol check out Tamara St John’s testimony, she too [...]

Ironies

This weekend, the Ending Spending Super PAC reported spending almost 100,000 dollars to influence a congressional election in North Carolina.

I read last night that a fellow named William Empsen wrote that there are seven types of ambiguity – not six or eight.

What ironies have you recently encountered?

Argument From Oliver Wendell Authority

“Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, U.S. Supreme Court, 1927

So said the long-serving, widely respected Supreme Court justice. Can’t you just hear that basso profundo. Cast James Earl Jones for the reenactment. Cast Morgan Freeman.

“It would be strange if it could not call upon those who [...]

What Should We Do About Animal Testing Of Cosmetics?

Puppies are cute.

Women who wear cosmetics are cute.

Who is more cute?

U.S. Representative James Moran made his choice yesterday when he introduced H.R. 4148, a bill that would gradually end the testing of cosmetics products on animals.

Moran says puppies are more cute. Do you agree with his choice?

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What The Ukraine?

This weekend’s big story has been the escalating conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. (What’s up with the muted reaction to the Optic Nerve story?)

It’s a complex situation, but I find that I just can’t move beyond the dread that the United States and Russia could be moving toward a new Cold War.

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How Can I Curate Content That Isn’t Common?

About a year ago, I joined Scoop.it, a web site that promised to curate for me – to pull information relevant to the topics I’m interested in from all over the Internet. It was a swell idea, except that Scoop.it doesn’t seem able to actually find that information for me.

If I was interested in [...]

What Makes An Olympic Win Historic?

Today, CNN reported on an American medal victory in the Sochi Olympics with the headline: “Sochi 2014: US duo Davis and White skate to historic gold”

Historic gold? What history was made?

Charlie White and Meryl Davis were the first Americans to ever win a gold medal in the ice dancing competition.

If [...]

How Should We Respond To GOP In-Fighting?

Elements of the Tea Party seem to be taking aim at Speaker of the House John Boehner. They’re using their independent expenditure mystery money to purchase advertisements criticizing Boehner for moving away from the far-right fringe.

What’s the best liberal response to this?

Ignore it and let the elephants gore each other as much as [...]