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Go to: A lawsuit too far?

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Comment 18 by LaurieB :

Here we go again. I was dead set against the Rhode Island cross monument and I'm dead set against a PUBLIC Elementary School forcing its music students to perform church songs. For those here who are not American please understand that this has nothing to do with feelings. This is a violation of our National Constitution. I'm very happy when FFRF goes after these predatory indoctrinators. If they want to teach religious music then do it in their local church. There's no shortage of them in this place. Granted, I know nothing about music education whatsoever, but seriously, are we hard up for decent simple little musical pieces for elementary school students? I mean, we're not talking about Handel for an 8 year old, are we?


Sat, 18 Aug 2012 15:03:10 UTC | #951002

Go to: Scapegoat for Catholic evils?

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Ditto to comment 7.

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:39:35 UTC | #950056

Go to: living in the watchtower

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Depending on the in-laws' attitude toward your living there, you can either move out now (good advice from comments 10 and 4), or tell them that you will absolutely not remain there if you perceive that they are trying to influence the child's thoughts. Make it clear that you are adamant on this matter. And remind them every so often; if you don't know what they said to her that makes you bring up the subject, they do. This needs to be done now, ever though the girl is barely beginning to be verbal---nip it in the bud. I wish you strength.

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:44:52 UTC | #949579

Go to: Unbelieving preachers get help to 'come out' as open atheists

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DeWitt is a good man. He will find a way to continue and to earn a living. I admire him and wish him the best.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:19:10 UTC | #947392

Go to: Church pastors become atheists

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The whole Clergy Project is a beautiful thing, and this example especially, seeing as how it is taking place in Houston, TEXAS. I have great respect for Mr. Aus. (In German aus means "OUT.")

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:25:14 UTC | #947043

Go to: Louisiana lunacy: tens of millions to be spent on faith-based education

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Just please, remember the blind men and the elephant. The U.S., is a big country, and I'm not referring to land area. Louisiana is just one part, one disgusting part of that disgraceful Bible Belt. There is a lot more to us than that or than the recent poll seems to indicate. Most of us in the rest of the country have known for a long time what the general intelligence level is in Louisiana, Texas, etc. Please step back and take a longer, broader view of us.

Sun, 10 Jun 2012 00:12:37 UTC | #946671

Go to: The Dangerous Fallacy of Ceremonial Deism

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I am old enough to have learned the Pledge before the "Under God" part was added and the teacher had to remind us to say it the new way. But even before then, as a child, I thought rote reciting of such a pledge was jingoistic (although I didn't know to call it that). I had seen newsreels of German children, arms upraised in solidarity with the Nazi movement, saying pledges. Sure, the American Pledge of Allegiance wasn't warlike, but there were similarities that I sensed even then. I didn't then, and I don't now, like the idea of having children in a group being required to recite a daily pledge to a flag, with or without God, Too much like reciting a pledge to Der Fuhrer. I would like to see the whole damn Pledge disappear.

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 23:21:05 UTC | #945599

Go to: In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins

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It would be nice to know what percent of the total people called didn't want to take part in the poll in the first place, and said in effect, "Go away, I don't want to play your games!" I wonder if creation believers are more likely to want to talk about religion than non-believers. This could well make it appear that the proportion of believers is higher than it really is. I don't know---just asking.

Yes, I know that there is a thick Bible Belt in the south of the U.S. (and in Rhode Island, so I've recently seen), but still, creationism is a geographic phenomenon here. The north, especially in the cities, is like another country in that respect. I would like to see them acknowledge this.

And two questions that should be asked anyway when evaluating poll results are

1.  Who paid for this poll to be made?
2.  Why was it made?

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:46:41 UTC | #945455

Go to: Why I watched a snake-handling pastor die for his faith

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Re Comment 11 by Strangebrew No, strychnine poisoning has a completely different way of working. It makes every skeletal muscle contract until even breathing is "locked." This guy died of snakebite, and strychnine didn't enter into it.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 23:31:47 UTC | #945101

Go to: [Update] How Christian fundamentalists plan to teach genocide to schoolchildren

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Comment 12 by Vorlund

Time perhaps for some reverse psychology? Instead of 'there's probably no god' campaigns how about a 'This is what god wants campaign' with a list of horrors and explicit biblical reference under it. Then the punch line: Is this the god you worship?

I've always wanted to see this sort of thing. I don't think anything being done in the way of presenting our way of thinking is as good.

Fri, 01 Jun 2012 23:20:56 UTC | #945099

Go to: Human Evolution Isn't What It Used to Be

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Maybe it isn't the specific genes for specific conditions, like Tay-Sachs, but the slight variations that are creeping in. If I had been born into a hunter-gatherer band some hundreds of thousands of years ago, I never would have made it to reproduce, near-sighted kid that I was. I'd have gotten lost on my first foray away from the village and eaten by a predator or something. As it turned out, I was born far enough into the twentieth century that even with 1940s optometry I could be fitted with glasses and do fine. Fine enough to marry a woman not much less myopic than I, to have a couple of children pretty much like us. We all wear glasses, but it is only modern technology and modern life that allows us to pass on our varying degrees of myopia; in a real evolutionary situation, those genes would never have made it.

Thu, 24 May 2012 23:49:08 UTC | #943385

Go to: A Year After the Non-Apocalypse: Where Are They Now?

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I, too, wish I had one. Those T-shirts could become collectors' items. Probably, though, speculators have already snapped up most of the supply. Wouldn't it be fun to attend Sunday services wearing one, the way I wear my 1948 Dewey-Warren campaign button when I go to vote.

Thu, 24 May 2012 12:52:36 UTC | #943268

Go to: "Our Lady of Sorrows (Ariz.) baseball team forfeits state title rather than play against team with a girl"

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I have often thought that while most women wouldn't have the body bulk to be a catcher or the height to play first base, a woman could be excellent at second base, just as this young woman is, where the main assets are speed, accuracy, and of course, savvy. Or as a pitcher, maybe not with a blinding fastball, but with control and a portfolio of off-speed pitches such as knuckleballs. (Sorry to bore the non-U.S. and non-Canadians with this comment.)

Mon, 14 May 2012 13:04:32 UTC | #941383

Go to: Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

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[Comment 34 by IDLERACER >

I have yet to meet a single person who can tell me what the hell it is that these people do for a living. The Amish are farmers, and the women weave hats and baskets they sell to the public. Orthodox Muslims work in convenience stores and drive cabs. From what I can see, Chassidic Jews do nothing but stare into their Bibles, rock back and forth like mental patients, and chant all day. Somebody please tell me, HOW THE HELL DO THESE PEOPLE MAKE MONEY?

Aren't they often in the wholesale diamond business?

Sat, 12 May 2012 00:26:40 UTC | #941108

Go to: Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

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The excuse for Catholic priests and their pederasty is that they are required to be celibate, so their sex drive overflows onto whatever is available and vulnerable. But these Jewish cults are not only encouraged to marry, and do it young, but to have a baby every 9 months and 20 minutes.

Fri, 11 May 2012 11:50:23 UTC | #941011

Go to: Human Societies Starting to Resemble Ant Colonies

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Fron the 1920s:

I took my auntie driving

In the cold and icy breeze

I put her in the rumble seat

And watched my anti freeze

Wed, 09 May 2012 23:07:19 UTC | #940796

Go to: Richard Dawkins - US October 2012 Tour

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Ooh! Ooh! Chicago! Come to Chicago! (Or Milwaukee--close enough.)

Tue, 08 May 2012 01:43:37 UTC | #940470

Go to: Human Societies Starting to Resemble Ant Colonies

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This is pop---very pop---science.

Sat, 05 May 2012 23:19:40 UTC | #939998

Go to: Family disputes create rebel bees

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Sonofagun! You taught me something. Thank you.

Thu, 03 May 2012 23:21:51 UTC | #939468

Go to: Cardinal Brady will not resign over 'abuse failure'

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Some of what he has said is reminiscent of the statements given by the defendents at the Nuremberg trials.

Thu, 03 May 2012 01:18:17 UTC | #939224

Go to: Family disputes create rebel bees

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The way it works is that when the new queen emerges from her pupal cell, she has to be fertilized. She never copulates with her brothers, the drones within her own hive (or nest if it is a natural colony), even if they bump into each each other inside. So a few days later, after she has gained strength, she flies out of the hive or nest, generally higher than normal foraging flight, is discovered by drones from the area---maybe her brothers, maybe from some other colony---who are out cruising for just that opportunity, and copulates with a number of the fastest ones right in the air. Then she returns home. After this one mating flight she never copulates again, keeping the sperm alive in a sac just for that purpose. In fact, she will never fly out again unless she takes part in a swarm. When she runs out of the obviously finite number of spermatozoa in a year or so, her queen pheromones diminish, the workers detect this, and she is superseded by a daughter---not a former worker, but a new queen started specifically for the purpose.

A drone, being haploid, may be viewed as being a flying gamete. It has also been characterized as having a maternal grandfather but no father. I might also point out that the force of the copulation everts the sexual apparatus of the "lucky" drone and tears it out, and he dies. I hope I never get that horny.

Wed, 02 May 2012 23:36:14 UTC | #939191

Go to: Open letter and video re threat to GM Research

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I am not in the protestors' camp, but GM worries me as to unintended consequences, and in my gut feeling that somehow it just ain't right. I suppose if this were 110 years ago I would have been one of those people who would have wanted to stop airplane flight, shouting, "Evil! Man wasn't meant to fly! If God had intended us to fly, he would have given us wings! (etc, etc.)," and of course I would have been dead wrong.

I know this is a forum for Reason, and I have no concrete reason to be against GM, but it just bothers me. Born worrier, I guess.

Wed, 02 May 2012 13:25:49 UTC | #939005

Go to: Family disputes create rebel bees

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Comment No. 15 by Bigtimedwarfer:

If I remember my Selfish Gene correctly sister bees are 75% related to each other due to being haplodiploids rather than 50% as would be the case in us diploids.

Just a correction of your terminology, not of your thoughts: All female honeybees, whether worker or queen, are diploid, period, just like all of us mammals and birds. All males are haploid, period. It is the system that is is called haplodiploidy.

Wed, 02 May 2012 13:13:56 UTC | #939000

Go to: Family disputes create rebel bees

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Comment 7 by Crookedshoes:

78rpm, Could this be a new novel behavior? Are you dismissing the finding as bullshit? I am a biologist and know very little about bees or beekeeping, however, the behavior detailed here does make evolutionary sense. I am wondering if, in keeping bees, you can track them like this study seems to imply. crooked.

No, bullshit is too strong a term. I haven't seen the original published paper. I can only say that the article as it appears is full of inaccuracy. I have never seen anything at all in any beekeeping journals that suggests "family disputes" or "rebels," and I suspect that these are terms made up by the hack writer of the article.

Comment 8 by GreatWhiteShark :

Comment 2 by 78rpm :

I once saw a bumble-bee climb out of the ground fire up its wngs and fly away like an inebriated bullet, do they have colonies like honey bees? they hibernate right? distinct behavioural difference, which genus/order preceeds which

Bumblebees have colonies, but the whole colony dies out over the winter, with newly fertilized princess/queens hibernating on trees until spring when they can start a new colony. Your other questions are beyond my knowledge.

Tue, 01 May 2012 14:40:21 UTC | #938683

Go to: Family disputes create rebel bees

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Wait, I may well have misunderstood Aquilacane's post and gotten sarcastic about it. Did you mean what they said or what I said was not what you remember? Didn't mean to jump on you. Sorry about that.

Tue, 01 May 2012 13:35:26 UTC | #938662

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Really, Aquilacane? Tell us more!

Tue, 01 May 2012 13:30:51 UTC | #938661

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Really, Aquilacane? Tell us more!

Tue, 01 May 2012 13:30:21 UTC | #938660

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Answer to comment One by Bigtimedwarfer: No, once a worker, always a worker. A laying worker can lay eggs, but she was never fertilized and can lay only eggs that will hatch into defective drones, not even full-size ones, let alone more workers. She can never be a queen; a colony with laying workers will die out.

I am not an entomologist, but I am a beekeeper. I hope that all the inaccuracies in this article are due to the basic incompetence that all "feature" reporters have, not due to these "researchers" not knowing what they are doing. I hardly know where to start.

First of all, if a colony has "thousands of fertile male drones" ("drone" is synonymous with "male," but let that pass), it is a colony that will fail anyway. A few hundred drones is typical of a healthy colony.

Then, worker bees of the nurse caste couldn't care less whose brood they are caring for. "Drop in relatedness" means nothing. And rebelions and counter-rebellions? Nonsense! The only time you find workers laying eggs is when the colony has gone hopelessly queenless; this is NOT the situation in a colony after the old queen has left with a swarm. What these guys apparently did was NOT what happens in a natural swarm.

A swarm never leaves until there are one or more queen pupae ready to emerge,in 9 days or less, and the ovaries of the remaining workers do not develop under that circumstance. What they seem to have done is to split a colony cold turkey, leaving half of it queenless. Even then, the workers can raise a new queen (a real queen) by feeding a worker larva royal jelly (that's how queens are made). When that is the case, the workers' ovaries still will not develop as they wait for the new queen to develop. However, if there are no suitable worker larvae available, then, and only then, will the colony go queenless and laying workers develop.

In the words of Charlie Brown, "I can't stand it!"

Tue, 01 May 2012 13:04:23 UTC | #938649

Go to: Rhode Island cross controversy - legitimate or petty?

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Right. Aquila non capit muscas. Not to eat for for dinner, anyway. But those muscas will suck him dry if he doesn't get rid of them one by one.

Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:15:42 UTC | #938240

Go to: Godless Chaplains - Rock Beyond Belief

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This is splendid on two counts: first that they allowed the event to take place at all, and second that there was such a lengthy, in-depth and objective news report of it. We needed this.

And about sending non-theists to a psychiatrist: Didn't the Soviets send dissidents to asylums on the grounds that if you weren't a communist, you must be mentally ill?

Sun, 29 Apr 2012 13:28:12 UTC | #938145