random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  

"So you're saying praying doesn't work."

"Oh, no. Praying does work. Praying is a very effective way of talking to yourself, of talking yourself into things, of focusing your attention on whatever it is you want to do. It can give you a feeling of control and help you to stretch yourself beyond what you thought were your limits."


tagged: prayer, religion
  —dialog Parable of the Talents, Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents, pp.76-77.

attack ads turn surreal

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Wow, the Alabama Education Association has hit a new low: shelling out half a million dollars to a Republican PAC to run attack ads against a gubernatorial candidate … for supporting evolution. Yikes.

religious in Turkey block wordpress.com

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Pharyngula said it well: “Turkish ass shuts down a slice of the Internet” (well, as far as Turkey is concerned, anyway). Muslim creationist was unhappy with some critical blog commentary so he got a judge to block the entire domain. Best comment from Pharyngula thread: Wonder Twin powers activate. Form of A Google Bomb

morning tea round-up

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Yahoo!’s historically less-than-stellar track record of protecting user privacy is made much, much worse by this news: Yahoo! turned over a user’s identity information to the Chinese government, and now journalist Shi Tao has been sentenced to ten years for “e-mailing a government’s plan to restrict media coverage around the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen […]

reading & listening

Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

Reading: Tower of Babel: The Evidence Against the New Creationism by Robert J. Pennock; Music: Disco, “Carmen”, Chumbawamba, Judy Garland, “Red Hot + Blue” (Cole Porter covers), Ani DiFranco & Utah Phillips “Fellow Workers”, Klezmatics “I Ain’t Afraid” (cover of Holly Near song)


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