Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Phydeaux3 also has instructions on how to alter the settings on to allow this on Blogger.
Friday, November 23, 2007
|1.||Unitarian Universalism (100%)|
|2.||Secular Humanism (92%)|
|3.||Liberal Quakers (92%)|
|5.||Reform Judaism (73%)|
|6.||Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (73%)|
|7.||Theravada Buddhism (73%)|
|8.||Mahayana Buddhism (69%)|
|9.||New Age (69%)|
|14.||Bahá'í Faith (58%)|
|17.||New Thought (48%)|
|18.||Orthodox Quaker (47%)|
|20.||Orthodox Judaism (43%)|
|21.||Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (36%)|
|22.||Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (24%)|
|23.||Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (24%)|
|24.||Seventh Day Adventist (23%)|
|25.||Eastern Orthodox (17%)|
|26.||Roman Catholic (17%)|
|27.||Jehovah's Witness (14%)|
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
- Three-party voting in a two-party system
- Health care and sick children
- All Saints’
- Elections in Trinidad and Tobago
- Food for decoration
- CSI NY…sucks on botany
- Bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting
- Like water off the back of a duck
- Ads vs. Reality
- Red-haired Neandertals
- Bart Ehrman at OU
- Ranking blogs
- Ignorance or bigotry?
- “Largest peacetime movement of Americans since the Civil War”
- Poor showing for fall colours
- The meaning of life
- Ron Paul’s politics
- Human impacts on pre-Columbian tropical forests
Thursday, October 25, 2007
It turns out that there is more to this story. [Read the rest of my post at John Angus Campbell and the North Mason School board Part II]
Monday, October 22, 2007
We took a trip down to Houston this weekend to visit the Lucy exhibition. There had been controversy over the tour, given the irreplaceable nature of the skeleton and its frailty, I figured that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Regardless of whether I thought it a good idea for her to travel or not, she’s in the neighbourhood. So we took a trip down to see her. Lucy is the name given to the most famous Australopithecus afarensis skeleton in existence, which was discovered in Ethiopia in 1974.
I found the display fascinating. Abbie wasn’t thrilled with the long religious history of Ethiopia that preceded the palae- stuff, but I quite enjoyed it (after all, I’m fascinated with history, and there were some pretty cool artefects in there). But it paled in comparison to the main display.
[Read the rest of my post at Visiting Lucy in Houston]
Friday, October 19, 2007
- Human impacts on pre-Columbian tropical forests
- Creationists, earmarks and David Vitter
- New Michael Pollan book
- Fruit species blog
- The Nobel Peace Prize and the Caribbean
- Gore and IPCC win Nobel
- “Extraordinary witness”
- IDist drivel
- Indian fruit genebank threatened
- Political realities explained
- Who are these books aimed at? Siegel on “militant atheists”
Sunday, October 07, 2007
- The reds and the greys
- “Values voters” paint Republicans into a corner
- “Caught in their criminality”
- Religion and the “Religious Right”
- More on DonorsChoose
- New look
- Keith Olbermann - he must not be named?
- Angels and Intelligent Design
- Intelligent design and archaeology
- DonorsChoose.org Blogger Challenge
- Fighting to save Greene Prairie
- Songs of Insects
- Breaking a child’s wrist over spilled cake?
- Next big battle?
- Religion Clause
Thursday, October 04, 2007
[Read the rest of my post at Intelligent design and archaeology]
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
James McGrath has launched a new movement dedicated to defeating “godless atomism” called Group Of Intellectuals Negating Godless Atomism + Generic Atheism.
All around the world, children are being indoctrinated with a godless philosophy in what should be science classrooms. Instead of learning true chemistry that agrees with sacred Scripture, children are being taught atomism. This has become possible because very few parents and concerned citizens today are aware that atomism is in fact not a true science, but a philosophy with its roots in the teachings of Greek philosopher Democritus. His teachings gave rise to Epicureanism, which shows they are fundamentally antithetical to religion, piety, and ethical behavior.
I have decided to commit myself to the movement and get a second Ph.D. in another field that isn’t chemistry, and charge groups $5,000 to come and talk about the subject. [Copied from my main blog]
Thursday, September 20, 2007
While it may not be the best thing for the Canadian economy, it somehow has a feel of a wrong set right. The child, waiting for this one little thing to be set back right in the world, has finally seen the wish fulfilled.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
[Read the rest at Dembski and the flagellum]
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
[Read the rest at Dembski at OU: Why Atheism is no Longer Intellectually Fulfilling]
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I find it oddly fascinating. In many cases I have no context in which to interpret the information - it is simply data. It's almost like reading a string of numbers and trying to decide if you should try to figure out what they mean, or simply enjoy their beauty. Read enough rulings an motions and I think you learn something, but I'm not sure what I have learned.
It is, I must say, oddly fascinating.
Friday, September 07, 2007
I have no idea what next. Is there an appeal process? Will I at least find out what I did wrong? It really feels like a part of myself was ripped out. I put a lot into those posts. Oh well...it's a free service. Sucks.
Update: It's back. Yay. Apparently it was deleted "by mistake". I should be annoyed, but I'm too relieved.
Friday, August 31, 2007
A retired communications professor, Campbell says he has the skills to foster a more civilized dialogue, “restore trust,” and “establish transparency.”
Although campaigning on “trust” and “transparency”, she notes that he fails to disclose that he is John Angus Campbell, a Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture (formerly Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture), the creationist arm of the right-wing “think tank”, the Discovery Institute.
Friday, July 27, 2007
On Friday July 27, 1990, the Jamaat al Muslimeen attempted to overthrow the government of Trinidad and Tobago. A six-day siege ensured, with the Jamaat leadership holed up in the Red House (where they held the Prime Minister and most of Parliament hostage) and in the headquarters of TTT (then the only television station in the country) and Radio Trinidad (one of two radio networks, located next to TTT).
This year the anniversary falls on a Friday. In the seventeen years that have passed, there has been no inquiry into the events. The guilty parties are free and have never been called upon to account for their actions. The two major political parties, the PNM and the UNC appear to wish that the events would just go away, but there are still open wounds in society. Carson Charles, leader of the NAR, which was the governing party during the coup attempt, has called for a probe into the events, but the government is uninterested.
“There must be some kind of investigation, some kind of impartial investigation and report of what took place. Something dispassionate, something removed from the politics with the emphasis on what lessons should be learned from what took place,” Charles said.
The government is uninterested in any inquiry into the events
Questioned yesterday on the matter, senior Cabinet member Energy Minister Dr Lenny Saith indicated there was no change to the Cabinet’s previous decision of holding no enquiry.
Some politicians though, agree that this is important
Congress of the People Chief Whip Ganga Singh, the existing Caroni East MP, who was not a member of Parliament in 1990 agreed with Charles.
Singh said that instead of a Commission of Enquiry, the country needs the local equivalent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up by the Government of South Africa.
“I think as a society, I think we should really confront this issue and not go into self denial as if it never really happened,” Singh said.
Seventeen years have passed, and nothing has been resolved. The memorial will be “low key” - neither the President nor the Prime Minister is attending. But these things don’t just “go away”. The memory of what happened is still burned into my memory.
At the very least the victims should be remembered.
From the Trinidad Guardian
From the Trinidad Express
From the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
- If first you don’t succeed, keep smearing (there’re a lot of stupid people out there)
- Smearing Gore (yet again)
- Can organic agriculture feed the world?
- Answering the far-right
- Wind of Change
- Another take on impeachment
- Are non-Christians second-class citizens in the US?
- Right-wing backlash
- “The Old Apartment”
- “The State of Scientific Research on Intelligent Design”
- Creationist terrorism
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
- Guayanilla Windfarm
- “My generation will put it right”
- Live Earth
- Tropical deforestation (II)
- Comedian Dembski
- Patterns of tropical deforestation
- Go Keith!
- Straw that breaks the camel’s back?
Saturday, July 07, 2007
The "theistic" understanding of God as a being, external to the world, which intrudes from time to time (or doesn't, I suppose, for a deist who uses theistic language). The "Spongian" understanding of God - that you reject the supernatural, external characterisation of God - is terribly useful to me. And while it doesn't leave me with an answer to the "what is God" question, it leaves me with a set of skills that may be useful for me to formulate my own definitions. It's also nice that these definitions or understandings are just my own conception...they don't represent any sort of an objective "truth". And I find that idea remarkably comforting.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
So why, after all that, does Bush turn around an commute part of Scooter Libby's sentence? Was he suddenly moved to clemency? Or was he, as Joe Wilson suggested, participating in obstruction of justice? It seems far more parsimonious to suggest that Bush is merely acting to protect his administration than it is to suggest that he suddenly and coincidentally discovered that "compassion" was something more than a campaign slogan. And does this mean that Bush will engage in further acts of clemency? Is he going to spend the rest of his term in office studying the convictions of other criminals, to make sure that the sentences imposed are not "excessive"?
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Other new posts at my Wordpress blog:
- Theologians Under Hitler
- Blog Against Theocracy
- The “theory of intelligent design”
- Heaven and Hell
- Defunding the VP?
- What’s your theological worldview?
- Excuse me please, you’re standing in my space
- Best blog posting ever
- Homosexuality and the Christian Right
- Malicious design?
- Behe’s Quote Mining
- More Steeplejacking
Thursday, June 21, 2007
- Up is down at UD? - more comments on the inanity at UD.
- Crack dealers for Rudy? - a comment on the indictment of Rudy Giuliani's South Carolina campaign manager.
- Is intelligent design science? - comments on some inane postings at UD
- Creationism in Canada - a look at a survey of attitudes toward evolution by Canadians.
- Terrorists celebrated - about "Paul Hill Days" in which Minnesota anti-choice activists celebrate terrorist.
- Dispersal, vicariance and press releases - Ceiba pentandra in the Neotropics and Africa (and how not to write press released).
- Jesus for the Non-Religious (part III) - the third part of my look at Spong's book.
- Fuel and economics - about biofuels and food prices for the poor.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
It takes a great deal of trust for total strangers - after all, when you are that deeply asleep, you're pretty much helpless. I just can't imagine doing such a thing, and even after all this time, it has never ceased to be very strange.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
..."Years ago I was in Trinidad...this man was sitting on the platform and I said... you will be the next Prime Minister and he is till now. I was in his (Manning) office a few months ago... he brought with him a very foolish woman who called herself a prophetess.Bartholomew also managed to find some articles from the TT press - notably Sat Maharaj's comments and a Newsday story about Manning's "prophetess".
"He came to the room with this woman and said "I have a gift for you". So he looked at me, said this is the woman, she has a word for you... I was not happy and when I am not happy people will know it.
"He (Manning) said I want her to pray for you and give her the word, I take her with me everywhere he said (Manning).
"God speaks to me through her. She has been a great blessing to the Government. I'm thinking you foolish man.
"This woman reaches out to touch me and I grab her hand in mid air, 'don't touch me' I said. Shaken, I said Mr Prime Minister, I honour you but I don't know who this woman is...nobody will lay hands on me and I walked out of the room. Whether it is the Prime Minister or President, nobody lays hands on me. I don't know what spirit is in her. Don't let people touch you."
Anyway, since I was only really aware of Hinn in relation to the nonsense he did in Trinidad, it was interesting to know that he did similar nonsense in Uganda. Only there, he cast demons out of a local pastor, which have now infected a heard of pigs. Looks like people will have to call on a witch doctor to remedy Hinn's work.
The willingness of people to believe in televangelists is both shocking and sad. (H/T Ed Brayton)
On the other hand, if he called Manning a "foolish man" he can't be all bad, right? ;)
American televangelist Benny Hinn has told millions of TV viewers that he thought Prime Minister Patrick Manning to be a "foolish man", after an incident which occurred during his last visit here.
Friday, June 15, 2007
- The effect of topography, a comment on ecological effects of canyons on vegetation in western central Oklahoma
- Teaching creationism, my first comment on DeWolf's Boston Globe OpEd
- Politics and evolution, about support for evolution in the major US political parties
- Holes in the big tent?, my second comment on DeWolf's Boston Globe OpEd
- DeWolf and denialism, my thirdcomment on DeWolf's Boston Globe OpEd (ok, so it was getting abt much)
- Omnivore’s Dilemma, a comment on Pollan's book and the food industry
- Dembski’c ongoing antics, which comments on Dembski's latest argument argument in favour of intelligent design creationism “your ugly, nyaa, nyaa”.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
- The Edge of Evolution, a comment on review about Behe's new work of religious fiction
- Chesterfield and Dover, a comment on the latest school district to consider adding creationism to their biology syllabus
- Travel to the US, which talks about the fears of Trinis (especially Muslim Trinis) travelling to the US after the JFK plot.
- Another nail in the coffin, which talks about the discovery of post-synaptic proteins in sponges (which lack nerved).
- In which I contemplate my own comments, where I do just that.
- More hilarity at UD, which reflects on their attempt to fisk Sean Carroll's review of Behe's book.
- Continuing assault on science education, which looks at the new DI textbook Exploring Evolution.
- Small world, a sort of meta-comment on the US Senate candidacy of Rand Knight, the first ecology PhD to run for the senate.
- The destruction of our shared cultural heritage, which laments the treatments of archaeological sites in Iraq by the Americans.
- Powell's redemption?, which talks about Colin Powell's attempt to redeem himself.
- Really?, which is a comment on an alleged "inductive proof" for ID
- Jesus for the Non-Religious (part II), which talks a little about Spong's newest book, Jesus for the Non-Religious.
Monday, June 11, 2007
I'm rather curious about Prescott - Clarkson reported that he had two blogs: Mainstream Baptist and Christian Democrats - the former appears to be active, the latter hasn't been updated since September 2006. I'm curious about the wider world of progressive Christianity in Norman.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
* this one
* my wordpress blog
* my plant news blog
* my fish blog
* and my livejournal
In every case, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but as a result of an experiment at the wordpress blog, all the archives of this blog are now present over there. That would seem like a pretty good argument in favour of shuttering this one...after all, it's pretty much inactive. So why keep it? It isn't for the hordes of loyal readers.
I started the plant news blog for just that purpose - to write about plants in the news. Although I have not updated it in a long time, it's probably the blog with the most potential. The fish blog probably generated the most concentrated posting, but I ran out of steam. The wordpress blog is good for posting about religion, science and politics. The livejournal (which I only created because Carol's blog is now private) is useful for personal stuff, journaling. So what does that leave for this blog? I'm really not sure, but hopefully over the next few weeks I will figure out a purpose for it.
Monday, April 23, 2007
[I]t's hard for me to see where he won't be one of those figures whose positive moments, even if brief and episodic, were profound enough in their importance to outweigh the longer periods of lassitude, corruption and drift.I think that sums it up pretty well. I have no way to judge his overall contribution, I don't know whether he tried to set Russia on a good path, or whether he is the one responsible for putting the gasngsters and oligarchs on the path to power...but I can never forget the coup in 1991, I can never forget him standing up against the military. Whatever came after, my opinion of Yeltsin was formed on those actions, and whatever came after was always seen through the filter of that day.