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Go to: Siphonophore: Deep-sea superorganism

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It's proof! The creature was the Flying Spaghetti Monster! His Noodly Appendage nearly touched the camera!

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:03:00 UTC | #290678

Go to: Florida Woman Says Former Church Plans to Make Her Sins Public

Burt Likko's Avatar Jump to comment 36 by Burt Likko

Here's what I would suggest she write to the church elders:

"Greetings. As if it were any of your business, I am f***ing my boyfriend on a regular basis. I don't intend to change this behavior at any point in the foreseeable future, because I enjoy f***ing my boyfriend. Now, you may not approve of this and that's certainly your perogative. But if you gossip about me, from the pulpit or elsewhere, bear in mind that in addition to a boyfriend with whom I'm regularly enjoying pleasures of the flesh, I've also got a lawyer with whom I'm regularly consulting. Her kids need orthodontia. In closing, I suggest that you re-read Matthew 7:1-6. Please do not contact me again, for any reason, ever."

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 14:13:00 UTC | #290585

Go to: Weak US dollar hits papal profits

Burt Likko's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by Burt Likko

Don't shed a tear for impoverished Catholic clerics. They're doing quite fine despite this worrisome news. I'm certain I'm not the only recovering Catholic here, and the financial structure of the Catholic church is no secret from anyone who cares to investigate it.

Each dioscese within the church is functionally independent of the others, particularly in terms of financial support. At least in the US, that's where the real estate comes in. Here in southern California, the Archdioscese of Los Angeles is one of the largest residential landowners in the region, and the bulk of its residential holdings are apartments and trailer parks that offer low-income housing to renters. Unsurprisingly, this generates a large amount of income and because it's the church and all, no one wants to call Cardinal Mahoney a "slumlord."

I would be not surprised at all if similar situations prevailed in other parts of the US and elsewhere in the world. And this doesn't count the other kinds of state support the church receives -- either the direct payments or state-run tithes that prevail in European countries, or in the form of very generous tax breaks and other indirect subsidies that happen even here in the US. So the Vatican may not have realized a profit in 2007, but the Vatican isn't the entire Catholic Church, just its glittering and storied headquarters. The Catholic Church as a whole (or in its several parts) may well still be profitable.

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 08:37:00 UTC | #198153

Go to: New legal threat to school science in the US

Burt Likko's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by Burt Likko

I wonder, is there "academic freedom" to teach geocentricity and teach the flaws and historical criticisms of Copernican theory? After all, it's only a theory that the Earth revolves around the sun.

And what about the "theory of gravity?" That's being presented as a "fact," too. What about the academic freedom to present the alternative and intellectually exciting theory of intelligent falling?

Wed, 09 Jul 2008 12:28:00 UTC | #196735

Go to: Trailer for Religulous

Burt Likko's Avatar Jump to comment 86 by Burt Likko

An ally, by definition, someone who is "not one of us, but on our side for this fight." Maher is an outstanding ally for the purpose of demonstrating the ridiculousness of religion. Let's leave it at that.

Sat, 21 Jun 2008 07:03:00 UTC | #187199

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