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Evidence of Common Descent in Evolution

In a discussion on transitional forms in evolutionary biology, creationist Paul Glenn Cawley declares that there is no evidence that living organisms share common descent:

“Those who adhere to the evolutionary theory act like it’s been proven that all life “descended” from common ancestors when in fact it has NOT been proven! The best biology […]

Twin Lobster Fantasy

Seen on the sidewalks of America:

  

How do they know? Sure, they might look the same, but that’s no guarantee, as Chris Dodd and Josef Stalin know.  Plus, maybe they’re fraternal twins, and how would you know that? 

I suspect a ruse.  People looking to fulfill their fantasy of cracking open and sucking out […]

After Repeated Flops, Louie Gohmert’s CHURCH Act Fades Away

In 2009, Republican Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas first introduced the Congressional Hope for Uniform Recognition of Christian Heritage Act, also known as the CHURCH Act. If passed, the CHURCH Act would have:

Rejected the separation of church and state; Mandated the erection of a sign in the U.S. Capitol endorsing Gohmert’s alternative vision of […]

Five Years in, How’s the American-Muslim-Majority-in-Twenty-Years Trend Coming Along?

In 2010 and again in 2011, American conspiracy theorists insisted that “in twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. and Canada to elect the President and Prime Minister.” In the United States, that would take a population majority.

It’s 2015 now, five years in to that imagined twenty-year span. How’s the […]

How to Obtain a Positive Result with the Magic of Data Visualization

  Hint #43: select your sample. The caption on this word cloud reads “Comments: ‘Positive’ (N=75).”  Look at how positive the positive comments are.

Congressional Prayer Caucus Insists on Christian-Centered America, Ignores Christian Principles in H.R. 1565

Number of Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus:

90.

Symbolic Resolution Promoted by the of the Congressional Prayer Caucus:

“Members of the Prayer Caucus supported H.Res.847, which recognized the Christian faith as one of the great religions of the world, expressed continued support for Christians in the United States and worldwide, and acknowledged the international […]

Web Comparison: Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton on Racism

Number of unique web pages at the campaign website berniesanders.com discussing racism: 16 Number of unique web pages at the campaign website hillaryclinton.com discussing racism: 4

Number of web pages at berniesanders.com that make the subject of racism the centerpiece: 3 (link | link | link) Number of web pages at hillaryclinton.com that make the […]

Guess: in the past decade, has the Congressional Prayer Caucus grown or shrunk?

The Congressional Prayer Caucus is a group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate who are interested in maintaining government sponsorship of religious prayer, and who are organized to “use the legislative process – both through sponsorship of affirmative legislation and through opposition to detrimental legislation – to assist the nation […]

Corporate Insider Exposes Opponents of CEO Pay Disclosure as “Petty Guardians of Self-Interest”

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission finally — after a five year delay — allowed the implementation of a 2010 federal law requiring America’s largest publicly-chartered corporations to disclose the ratio of the pay of their CEOs to the pay of their average workers. Due to further SEC intransigence, the won’t actually see […]

Common words that sound like embarrassing bodily conditions

Affluence.

Clink.

Constitution.

Crocus.

Factotum.

Flax.

Gruel.

Hacksaw.

Impudence.

Onomatopoeia.

Plutocrats.

Pottage.

Public.

Serenity.

Troops.

Utterance.

Widget. What other words belong on this list?

Why the overdue SEC rule will underestimate the gap between CEO and worker pay

In 2010 — five years ago — the U.S. Congress passed into law a requirement that publicly-traded corporations must publicly reveal the gap between the pay for their CEOs and the pay for the rest of their employees. It wasn’t until yesterday that the Securities and Exchange Commission finally followed the law and enacted a […]