December 2009

From Skeptico:

I was reminded of the Kennedy/Thimerosal fiasco when I looked at the recent Climategate hacked emails. You know the ones. The leaked emails that proves, just proves I tell you, that global warming is a hoax, a conspiracy of lefty scientists, environmentalists and Al Gore.


University of Tennessee professor Stan Guffey is considering legal action against Ray Comfort, the evangelist who has spearheaded a nationwide drive to distribute free copies of his doctored version of Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of the Species” on college campuses, including at the University of Minnesota. Comfort, who denies evolutionary biology, published his own edition of Darwin’s treatise so he could annotate it with fundamentalist Christian criticism. But it turns out that Comfort’s introduction apparently contains whole passages from Guffney’s biography of Darwin — without citing Guffney. And here’s a twist: Guffney is an ardent opponent of Comfort.


Jon Stewart went after “Fox & Friends” host Gretchen Carlson last night. Saying she plays the “troubled mom, just trying to make sense of this modern country,” Stewart explained Carlson seems to be dumbing herself down in order to connect with an audience that sees intellect as an elitist flaw.

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From TimesOnline:

Chip fat, dogs’ rear ends, potato chips, factory walls, the foil wrapper of a cider bottle…

God moves in mysterious ways to show his face in even more peculiar places and he’s been exceptionally busy this year.

Inspired by BuzzFeed’s comprehensive round-up of this year’s sightings, here’s Comment Central’s pick of the 10 best objects in which Our Lord (in his infinite wisdom) chose to reveal himself in 2009.

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David Williamson, participant of Free Inquiry Forum, is starting a new group called Suncoast Skeptics.

Group description from David:

Southwest Florida Critical Thinkers and Skeptics gather to network and to promote science and reason.

Let’s start with a Skeptics in the Pub event in Sarasota and see if we have interest in Bradenton, Venice, or Port Charlotte, too.

If you are interested in helping to get things started, please be in touch and PLEASE spread the word!

The first Skeptics in the Pub will be January 8th at 6 PM. More details are here.

Check out these links for more info:
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Facebook Group

From ABC News:

Anthropologist Not So Gently Points Out Basic Superiority of Our Ancient Forebears

In “Manthropology: The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male,” anthropologist Peter McAllister argues that any Neanderthal woman could beat Arnold Schwarzenegger from his “Conan the Barbarian” years in an arm-wrestling match.