random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  They first came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up -- because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak up -- because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up -- because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me -- and by that time no one was left to speak up.

tagged: activism, Nazis, speaking out, protest
  —Martin Niemoeller

Expelled without a license

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Word on the street is starting to trickle in that the popular music was not licensed: * John Lennon’s “Imagine” was definitely used without permission. The Lennon estate + EMI are suing. (See Reuters, 4/23 (link from pharyngula); the NYT, 4/24; and Paste Magazine. (I can just picture the graphic on The Daily Show: “Ono […]

creationist & religious violence against science & education

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Just a list of links for the flurry of postings on this topic: * Bug Girls’ Blog, Weekly WTF: More threats by Creationists, 2007/7/12; related Pharyngula, 2007/7/11; Bug Girl’s blog, 2007/7/20 * Bug Girl’s Blog, Creationist Death Threats, Part 2 (2007/8/24) * Pharyngula, Another example of amoral religiosity, 2007/8/24 * Sunclipse, Creation, Power and Violence […]

music inspired by Expelled

Friday, April 18th, 2008

So at the end of this long post about Expelled and copyright infringement, I appended some rewritten lyrics to the tune of “Spirit in the Sky” : When I copy and they tell me “desist”, Gonna go to the place that’s the best When I get caught in a lie, Goin’ up to Designers in […]

apparently i’m married to pharyngula

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Yesterday I excitedly pointed to this io9 blog entry about vat-grown meat: “You see!” I told my partner. “You see! I was right. We are going to have vat-grown meat, in our lifetime !!!” The “I was right” or “you were right” is the gold ring of our relationship. The ch-ching it makes when one […]

Expelled copyright infringement, cont’d

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

update 4/16: Both a commenter here and also P.Z. Myers have reported that Expelled filmmakers Premise filed on Monday a DJ (“declaratory judgment”) motion on XVIVO‘s copyright claims against them — i.e., asked a judge to look at the evidence & say that they are not infringing. Premise v. XVIVO, N.D. Tex., 4/14/2008. Here are […]

obedience & expelled

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Obedience has never been my forte but every now and then I try it out just for fun. Or else, just because the radio waves directly into my brain will stimulate the pain center unless I do as told. So, direct from central squidelicious headquarters: This dumb movie named Expelled is being released the eighteenth […]

“Expelled” music licensed or not?

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Josh Timonen wrote a detailed synopsis of the movie “Expelled”, the creationist film that tries to argue that creationist views are “unfairly” excluded from the academy. What piqued my interest about this particular post (there have been hundreds by now about how bad the movie is, the deceptiveness of the filmmakers, P.Z. Myers’ being prevented […]

atheist’s creed

Friday, March 7th, 2008

i like this atheist’s creed pretty well. it was posted at pharyngula and i suspect that pz myers wrote it. An atheist’s creed I believe in time, matter, and energy, which make up the whole of the world. I believe in reason, evidence and the human mind, the only tools we have; they are the […]

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

PZ Myers speaks for me*

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

David Klinghoffer @ the National Review is confused, perhaps willfully, about the Kitzmiller decision. He describes the decision thusly: If ID is bogus because many of its theorists have religious beliefs to which the controversial critique of Darwinism lends support, then what should we say about Darwinism itself? After all, many proponents of Darwinian evolution […]

chortle: atheist meetings

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Pharyngula tears up a Christian apologetic, which was fine and entertaining, but it was the commenter Oneiros Dreaming who made me laugh out loud: pharyngula: Personally, I’m a little bit miffed about this frequent assertion that atheists are just that way because they want free sex. I’m an atheist, and I never got to take […]


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