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Science Cat!

I don’t follow anyone on Twi**er as I don’t have time, and use this site to convey my thoughts. But I found one site that’s almost worth following: Science Cat! Click on the screenshot to go there: Two of the latest tweets: This fat fool had to be rescued by animal control — Science Cat […]

Trump says he’ll accept election results—if he wins

My CNN feed tells me that Trump has proven himself dumber than I thought by effectively mocking the democratic process: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says that he will accept the results of the general election next month — if he wins. [JAC: watch the video at the site to see some complete insanity.] “I would like […]

Question to women readers: have you been assaulted or violated?

One of the only good things that came out of Trump’s candidacy (for me) is my growing realization that women are groped or physically assaulted far more often than I would have thought.  I know about catcalling, as I’ve seen it often, but there’s been a spate of women reporting unwanted touching, fondling, or other kinds of […]

A year of panda cubs in Toronto

Seriously, is there anything cuter than giant panda cubs? I can’t think of anything, and that includes Pallas’s Cat kittens. Take 3½ minutes to watch this video from the Toronto Zoo, showing the first year in the life of two new cubs. The YouTube description: On October 13, 2015 the Toronto Zoo announced the birth of […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Hump Day: Wednesday, October 12, 2016. That means it’s National Gumbo Day, and if you’ve never had a good cup or bowl of this Cajun delicacy—a thick seafood, chicken, and sausage stew/soup—your life is the poorer for it. I recommend either Dooky Chase’s or The Gumbo Shop, both in New Orleans.  It’s also Freethought […]

Why is pi irrational?

π, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is an irrational number, which means it can’t be written as a fraction a/b, where a and b are integers. That means that, unlike decimals like 1/4, or 0.25, or repeating decimals, like 1/3 or 0.33333333, it neither terminates nor repeats. It goes on forever without […]

Evolution denialism by Pence

Here’s a tw**t by Seth MacFarlane, who’s apparently famous but about whom I know nothing. Yes, I’m a cultural numbskull, but what’s important here is the point: Republican VP candidate Mike Pence is a straight-out evolution denialist. It flummoxes me that someone can be completely oblivious about the evidence for evolution yet be considered qualified for public […]

Reader’s wildlife videos

Tara Tanaka has struck video gold again with this heartwarming video of seven wood ducks (Aix sponsa) being set free. (Tara’s Vimeo site is here and her flickr site is here.) Seven little ducklings were lovingly raised by the dedicated staff of St. Francis Wildlife in Tallahassee, FL during the summer of 2016. I picked […]

PuffHo tries to whitewash Islam again (yawn)

PuffHo is on a crusade to stamp out “Islamophobia,” by which it apparently means not just bigotry against Muslims themselves, which is reprehensible, but criticism of the religion. To the latter end, it repeatedly asserts that Islam is not a divisive, xenophobic, or particularly hateful faith—and it’s not, so long as you’re a Muslim of […]

An ITV movie on apostate Muslims

I’ve arrived in Pittsburgh for the FFRF convention and, unlike Chicago, it’s sunny and warm. Reader Dom sent me this link along with a note that “it’s a ‘must watch’ for UK viewers.” Sadly, it won’t be viewable from outside Old Blighty. Mark your calendar for October 13 and lay in a few bottles of Sam […]