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Religion tickles everything

I’m sure I’ve posted at least one clip showing the American Charismatic Christian preacher Kenneth E. Hagin (1917-2003). Born in Texas, he preached in that state and later in Oklahoma.  Wikipedia describes his conversion: Kenneth E. Hagin was born in McKinney, Texas, the son of Lillie Viola Drake Hagin and Jess Hagin. According to Hagin’s testimony, […]

Steve Martin’s “King Tut” routine offends Reed College students

If you’re a Saturday Night Live fan, you’ll surely remember the old King Tut routine of Steve Martin. In case you don’t, here it is, about forty years old now: According to both New Jersey 101.5 and The Atlantic, the video was somehow played in class as a joke at Reed College in Oregon. BIG […]

I have landed. . . to find quantum quackery

. . . in Houston, that is. The George Bush airport is HUGE and not pleasant. Next I have a 2-hour flight to Puebla. I have no time for posting, but here’s something to examine very critically. The famed physicist Roger Penrose, over at the Daily Galaxy, says he has a reliable physical mechanism for producing […]

Tintype photo, bought for $10 at a flea market, may show Billy the Kid and the guy who killed him; likely worth millions

According to the New York Times, in 2011 a lawyer in North Carolina picked up the following tintype for $10 at a flea market: I don’t know who made the cheeks pink, but it doesn’t much matter, for the photo reportedly shows both the outlaw Billy the Kid (real name William H. Bonney; second from […]

The serious stuff: autonomous weapons

by Matthew Cobb Not really the usual WEIT fare, and certainly not what I normally post here, but I feel it is pretty important. This is a 7 minute video, ‘Slaughterbots’, about autonomous weapons and what the future could hold. Watch it and be chilled. The video was made by the Campaign to Stop Killer […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Xmas

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “adopt”, came with the note, “Is it just me, or does the War Against Christmas start earlier every year?” Go here to read about the dubious (and uncertain) origins of the December 25 date.  

“Superstar”

This song was written in 1969 by Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett, and first recorded by Delaney & Bonnie. But the definitive version was by Karen Carpenter, and so I’ll show this as a second tribute to Leon Russell, who died exactly a year ago after a heart attack.  When Bette Midler performed this on the Tonight […]

A philosopher criticizes Faith Versus Fact for not addressing Sophisticated Theology

King’s College, formerly “The College of Christ the King”, is a Catholic school in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania with about 2300 students. On November 4, the school hosted the annual Eastern Pennsylvania Philosophical Association Conference, a one-day affair in which papers were given on all aspects of philosophy. (The keynote speaker was Massimo Pigliucci, who spoke about stoicism.) […]

Another horror in the headlines: 20 or more killed in Texas church

From CNN; click on the screenshot to go to the story. The shooter has been killed (or committed suicide), and there’s no more information at this time. This seems to happen weekly now, but we can’t let ourselves become inured to the misery of dozens of grieving and uncomprehending families, friends, and lovers. People will certainly […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Good morning: it’s November 5, 2017, and Ceiling Cat’s Day, on which we are instructed to eat, read science and then nap. Foodwise, it’s both National Chinese Take-Out Day (the name suggests one should go out with a Chinese person) and National Doughtnut Day. In the UK (and, says, Wikipedia, in New Zealand, Newfoundland, and […]