Archive for March, 2007

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Unapolagetic Shaving Nerd

March 31, 2007

lathering up

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Evolution Disproved!

March 31, 2007

That last post I wrote, expressing concern about the number of Americans who don’t believe in evolution? I stand corrected. Thanks to this youtube video, I have had a life-changing revelation: peanut butter utterly disproves the Godless theory of evolution. Praise Jesus and pass the Skippy!

(Seriously? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.)

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Stigma

March 31, 2007

six percent [of Americans] said they don’t believe in a God at all. Just 3 percent of the public self-identifies as atheist, suggesting that the term may carry some stigma.

Newsweek

“Some stigma”? Ya think?

Frankly, it really worries me that Americans are so religious. Is there any stigma involved in utterly rejecting the most fundamental principles of biology? Or in believing in supernatural beings? I suppose in some circles there is, but mostly these folks aren’t stigmatized – they constitute a majority and they’re running our whole country and determining the fate of the entire world.

In case you missed it, I’m a atheist. (Stigma be damned.) I don’t believe in anything supernatural. In spite of this I am a very normal patriotic American who doesn’t kick puppies or hate rainbows, and who finds his life quite meaningful, thank you very much.

If Bob Dole can be the face of erectile dysfunction, I’ll stand up to be the face of American atheism.

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Student Suspended for Religious Beliefs

March 30, 2007

I’m totally serious. I hope he sues.

Next they’ll be banning The 8 I’d really Rather You Didn’ts from our nation’s courthouses!

(H/T to Wil.)

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Java Friday

March 30, 2007

import javax.swing.*;
import java.util.*;
import java.text.*;

public class WeeklyMoodSwing
{

public static void main(String[] args)
{

String dayInput = JOptionPane.showInputDialog(“What day is it?”);

if (dayInput.equalsIgnoreCase(“friday”))
JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, “W00t! Friday!” );

else
JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, “Sucks to be us.” );

}

}

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Turnitin Sued for Copyright Infringement

March 30, 2007

Wow, has it really been three years since I wrote about how Turnitin gives me the creeps? Time flies when you’re raging against the machine, I guess. According to slashdot, some high school students in Virginia are suing the plagiarism-detection service for $900,000 in damages, claiming – as I did three years ago – that the company is using their copyrighted works for financial gain without their permission. If the consensus at slashdot is anything to go by (and it’s admittedly often not), Turnitin may be in some trouble on this one.

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Neo-conservatism: that radical and warped vision

March 29, 2007

…neoconservatism — which is really what the right-wing pro-Bush movement has become — […] touts a radical and authoritarian nanny-statism that seeks, at its core, to provide feelings of protection, safety, and moralistic clarity — “security leads to freedom” — all delivered by political leaders using ever-increasing federal government power and limitless militarism. Whether one believes in that radical and warped vision of the American federal government is, more than any other factor, what now determines one’s political orientation.

Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com

I really don’t know if it’s fair or accurate to say that this is the axis upon which the entire American political spectrum now turns, but I definitely have seen this ideology at work among many conservative bloggers. Their otherwise unwavering concern about the potential abuse of government power miraculously disappears when the word terrorism is used.