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Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Truth

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip is actually a recycled strip from 2007, which shows you how long it’s been published. It’s called “share2”.  It’s pretty self-explanatory (see John Loftus’s The Outsider Test for Faith for further discussion). I love to ask theists, though, how they know their religion is the “right” one and all the others are […]

Important notice about Philomena

Matthew Cobb has just informed me of an Event: At 13:00 uk time (so in 30 mins) you can hear Diane Morgan playing records for three hours. You can listen here. That would be 7 a.m. Chicago time, or 8 a.m. EST in the U.S.  Also, for Philomenaphiles, she’s written a piece in the Guardian called […]

New York Times’s favorite travel photographs of 2016

The New York Times has a series of 25 “favorite travel photography of 2016.” The photos were all taken to accompany travel articles, and you can find the link to those articles at the link. Here are my five favorites, though I have to say that in general their submissions aren’t nearly as good as […]

Two fun religious facts about the U.S. missions to the Moon

1. On  December 24, 1968, the three-man crew of the Apollo 8 read Genesis 1:1-10 from the King James version of the Bible as they orbited the Moon. Madalyn Murray O’Hair sued to stop this blatant infringement of the First Amendment, but the Supreme Court rejected the case due to “lack of jurisdiction”. Seriously? 2. On […]

Finalists: BBC wildlife photographer of the year contest

In place of “Readers’ Wildlife Photos” today I’m putting up some of the BBC’s “Wildlife photographer of the year finalist entries,” and you can vote for the “People’s Choice” award here. The captions and credits are those given on the BBC Website, which shows 25 pictures. These are my ten favorites:             […]

On the rapaciousness of scientific publishers, and my refusal to be their slave

I’ve long complained about the bloated profits of commercial scientific publishers, which can be as high as 40%. That’s obscene if you realize that other companies which actually make a product make far less money, that the scientific publishers get that money by not only charging authors to publish there, but having their scientific papers refereed and improved by reviewers […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, November 25, 2016, and most Americans will have recovered from yesterday’s food coma. If you have, then take advantage of the fact that today is National Parfait Day. It’s also Black Friday, when, traditionally, Americans assail the stores hoping to snap up bargains, crushing each other in the process. Finally, it’s International Day for the […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

Good morning; it’s Monday, November 21, 2016, and the long descent into winter is beginning, with a predicted high temperature in Chicago of only 39°F (4°C) today. It’s both National Cranberry Day and National Gingerbread Cookie Day; I suspect I’ll eat neither for some time. It’s also No Music Day (calling attention to “the cheapening […]

A fan of homeopathy writes in

After I posted yesterday’s article about the U.S. Federal Trade commission setting stringent new standards for advertising homeopathic medicines (the FTC made the reasonable request that the manufacturers of this stuff provide evidence that it works), I got one comment from a reader named Brenda, which I decided to put above the fold. Here’s the comment […]

Winter is coming (in the northern hemisphere)

by Matthew Cobb Amazing skeins of geese over Scotland this morning: This morning I was sat having my breakfast when an approaching noise outside sent me rushing out the door to look. This is #Fife in autumn! — Ben Dolphin (@CountrysideBen) November 13, 2016 h/t @alisonatkin