random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  When government steps aside, it is not as if nothing takes its place. Paradise does not prevail. It's not as if private interests have no interests, as if private interests don't have ends they will then pursue. To push the antigovernment button is not to teleport us to Eden. When the interests of government are gone, other interests take their place. Do we know what those interests are? Are we so certain they are better?

tagged: government
  —Larry Lessig, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, p. 220.

public school & religious cultural center field trip

Friday, September 17th, 2010

My partner sent me this article about the furor over a public school field trip to a local Muslim community center. Folks seem to be upset because a few kids participated in religious observances / prayer. Personally I’m not too bothered by that — it appears to be voluntary participation at the event, and likely […]

"nothing of this sort will happen in the future"

Friday, June 4th, 2010

матрациFacebook has deleted “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!”, a user-created page, and apologized to the Pakistani government which had blocked Facebook. A Pakistani minister said Facebook had assured them that “nothing of this sort will happen in the future”. Yeah, good luck with that. And fuck you, Facebook. How about not knuckling under to paternalistic theocratic […]

unidentified flying pasta monster

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

oh, sure, there are lots of interesting goings-on in the world of copyright / IP / info / intellectual freedom / privacy / tech law / policy / librarianship / etc. plus of course the endlessly fascinating polling data on the various elections. (i’m voting YES on questions 2 and 3 in massachusetts: ban dog […]

gassing muslim children in Ohio “not a hate crime”

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Apparently, Dayton, Ohio, officials think that tossing pepper spray* into a mosque nursery, filled with infants and directly in the face of their ten-year-old babysitter, is nothing more than a random chance chemical irritant attack. Certainly not a hate crime. In fact, it was probably motivated by love — James Dobson-style “tough love” for those […]

faith-based damages

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

So this flight attendant is suing a televangelist who assaulted her, and in addition to emotional damages and hemorrhoids, the flight attendant is claiming she is owed damages for loss of faith. Broadsheet, Salon.com, 8/8. Obviously the First Amendment is going to pose real problems for the plaintiff — American courts establishing a monetary value […]

back to mormons and forced “marriage”

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Source: More Clarity About Abuse, Intermarriage, Child Breeders, andthe Fundamentalist Churchof Later Day Saints, Sara Robinson, Orcinus, 2008/4/25 [Warren] Jeffs was convicted last year in Utah of forcing a 14-year-old girl into marriage with an older cousin. I’m sick of these quotes that just talk about “marriage” and accept the use of that word. If […]

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 […]

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 […]

the bear stearns of organized pedophilia

Monday, April 14th, 2008

It’s a bit dicey to find anything funny in the sexual slavery / prostitution ring known as the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, aka, the Mormon child abuse cult). Bill Maher managed to do it by pointing out the discrepancy between society’s treatment of misbehavior by “cults” and misbehavior by “religions”. If you […]

Scientific American fisks Expelled

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Scientific American‘s reviews of “Expelled”, the creationist movie with Ben Stein, are the best yet: the one by John Rennie is particularly helpful. It dissects the rhetorical tricks, and fills in the facts that were left out of the film’s assertions about punitive action taken towards experts. Expelled Exposed, from the NCSE, is developing point-by-point […]

“dangerous even for children to know of atheism”

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

That’s a paraphrase of what an Illinois state Rep. Monique Davis told a man who was protesting the state of Illinois’ $1M grant to a church. Read more at Eric Zorn’s Chicago Tribune blog. link from an David S-J on an atheist mailing list 4/11 update: Rep. Davis apologized, sort of, after being excoriated in […]

“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 […]

parents pray; kid dies

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

These Wisconsin parents prayed while their kid lapsed into a diabetic coma and died. So, Madeline Neumann was born to parents who let her die only eleven years later. Her parents think she may be resurrected yet. I usually think of religion as inherently funny, but it’s also stupidity, and stupidity is dangerous and not […]

geyser of icy particles

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

I just love the imagery in these descriptions of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, in Friday’s NYT 3/13: Cassini Gets a Cool Shower From an Ice-Spewing Moon Then again, no other 310-mile-wide ice-ball moon in the solar system has a geyser of icy particles shooting out of its south pole. Geysers of ice. Truly, this world is […]

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 […]

stupid religious tricks

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Full Moon Investigations, a Scottish “paranormal group”, is trying to get their government to “pardon” people convicted under Scotland’s anti-witchcraft laws. These include Helen Duncan, a Scottish woman imprisoned in 1944 for conducting a séance in which she revealed information about the progress of the war (a sunken battleship) that the government had decided to […]

death by religion, part # in-the-hundreds-of-millions

Monday, February 25th, 2008

I haven’t heard any recent updates about Fawza Falih Muhammad Ali, the woman sentenced to death for witchcraft. A Saudi Arabian court issued the death penalty in 2005 for a woman who allegedly made a man impotent, through witchcraft, among other sins. According to Human Rights Watch, she was beaten until she signed (by placing […]

on the sexiness of testosterone and unquestioned assumptions

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Last weekend I was listening to a program on “Testosterone” on “This American Life” (archive) and, predictably, my interest in the topic was equaled or surpassed by my exasperation and annoyance at its handling. “This American Life” is a one-hour show, that aims to do something rather cool: Shed some light on a topic by […]

The Republican Shuffle

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Following hot on the heels (ahem) of Larry Craig, another Republican politician got caught seeking a little bathroom action, leading to more denials and resignations etc. My partner Michele has dubbed this “the Republican shuffle”. (She’s good with naming things. You should see some of her reagent names. <g>) For the past few weeks I’ve […]

Bill Maher: We’re not the crazy ones.

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Bill Maher had a great run about religion at the end of his new rules back in March, 2007 ( video) — since being pointed to this either from pharyngula or some other place, i saw it and did a quick transcript (below the fold)


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