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Lazy Sunday Round-up

I would like to start today’s round-up by introducing a new blogger, who also happens to be my wonderful son. He blogs under the name of John and his blog is A Day in the Life of Me. John has recently become interested in Champ, also known as Lake Champlain’s Loch Ness Monster. John has written a little about Champ on his new blog. He is skeptical but open to learning more, and welcomes comments and feedback.

Keeping it in the family for now, my husband Mike has written a very good post about Sarah Palin and the McCain’s campaign refusal to allow Palin to give interviews or even speak to the press. Obama, Biden and McCain will all be interviewed this week, but not Palin. Why is that, and what message does it send? Read No interviews for you! for some very good answers to those questions.

Although I stand by what I said in The Obligatory Sarah Palin Post, Tee makes some very good points as to why Palin’s family should not necessarily be off limits in What is fair Game? at Curious Villager.

In Human Evolution and the Biblical ‘Kind’, the author of For Knowledge writes an interesting piece about how although “modern Creationists have more or less accepted evolutionary theory” (regardless of what they call it), they also engage in a sort of special pleading when it comes to humans.

For those of you concerned about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and being gobbled up by black holes, please read Tenth of September 2008 — End of the World (Reprise.) by Gary Murning. But I still think we should sell T-shirts for the apocalypse.

Last, but certainly not least, Why science matters in the campaign is a must-read by Ed Darrell, author of Millard Filmore’s Bathtub.

Gotta run. The coffee’s going right through me and I have a bus to catch.

Posted by Lottie — Copyright © 2008 Rambling On


Lazy Sunday Round-up

Last week I posted my first Lazy Sunday Round-up. I decided to do this so I could post on Sunday without actually having to write anything, hence the title.

Last week, only two of the pingbacks went through and I haven’t been able to send pingbacks from this blog at all since then. I have sent a support ticket and look forward to getting this sorted out. While pingbacks help generate traffic to our blogs, my main reason for wanting the pingbacks to go through is because they show appreciation for the people whose work I link to.

Speaking of support, WordPress announced yesterday that they will now be offering 24/7 support. Way to go WordPress! It’s a nice way to start off this week’s round-up.

That’s the good news. Now for some bad news from PZ Meyers at Pharyngula:

As someone who takes his laptop everywhere, PZ is rightfully concerned about the ongoing erosion of our civil liberties, just as we all should be.

In Gender Rights are Human Rights, Ryan discusses the matter of choice in regard to transsexuality. How much of a choice is it for transexuals, and should that really matter? Ryan’s take is that he is what he is: it doesn’t matter why, and he shouldn’t have to justify it to anyone. And I totally agree!

Ed Darrell at Millard Filmore’s Bathtub has an interesting post which discusses tips for helping loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. He also has a rather disturbing post about the perils of teaching evolution. I admit to only watching about half of the video. It started to make me angry and I didn’t want to begin the day in a foul mood.

On a similar note, Chris Petroni, author of Allusions of Grandeur, discusses “the impending destruction of Texas’ science standards” in God Bless Texas. As a parent to a child attending public school in Texas, this concerns me deeply.

Mike posted an excellent short story entitled One Fine Night and an awesome drabble entitled Run On.

Gary’s been chatting with Elvis’s friend, Marty Lacker, regarding Tommy Steele’s claim that Elvis Presley visited London in the late 1950s. It’s interesting and thorough, and as Marty says, “Elvis is a historical Cultural Icon and it’s important that his history be accurate and true.”

As much as I disagree with some of the ideas being promoted at Feministe, as someone who lives with chronic pain, I found this post by a Feministe guest-blogger very interesting. Amandaw has a lot of tips for managing pain without (or in addition to) pain medications. Good read!

Well, that’s all for this week. Hope everybody gets their pingbacks!

Have a good one!


Three Strikes Over Texas

A few days ago, my son was being chased by a neighbor’s dog. Running as fast as he could, and periodically looking over his shoulder, he slammed into a pole. The impact caused the most gruesome swelling I’d ever seen on a person’s head or face. Usually when my son is injured, I keep my composure, reassuring him that everything will be OK. This time the injury was so startling that I literally gasped and cried out, “Oh no!” I took him inside the house and immediately called 911.

The paramedics arrived within a couple of minutes. They examined my son extensively, and determined that he was stable for the moment. As terrible as the injury appeared, there seemed to be no serious damage. As with all head injuries, though, there is a twenty-four hour window during which the injured party must be carefully observed for signs of more serious trauma. The paramedics gave me a list of instructions and warning signs, and advised me to keep my son home from school the following day – TAKS day!

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Two Kinds Of Texans

There are two kinds of Texans: those who are born here and stay, and those who are born here and get the hell out as fast as they can. Count me in with the latter.

Before I get started, I believe a couple of acknowledgments are in order.

First I would like to thank Mike, author of The Odd Blog, for his dedication to exposing fools and liars who insist on promoting creationist propaganda. Ben Stein’s Expelled! is but one example of the kind of garbage that Mike refuses to tolerate.

Upon checking in at The Odd Blog, as I routinely do, I found Mike’s latest entry, Ouchies. I do not share Mike’s talent for slicing and dicing these creationist fools, so I was delighted to learn of a way that I, too, can help expose at least one.

I would also like to thank PZ Myers, author of Pharyngula, one of the best science blogs I’ve seen. Professor Myers recently made a blog post calling for other bloggers to help promote a counter-site to Ben Stein’s “hideous little propaganda film” Expelled!. For instructions on how to participate, please see Professor Myers’s post, Bloggers, you have a job to do. While you’re there, please have a look around the rest of the site. You’ll be glad you did!

At this point, you may be wondering about the title of this post, and if I’m planning to tie it in somehow. Of course I am. I do tend to ramble, hence the title of this blog. I always know where I’m going, though, and I usually get there eventually.

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What Do Atheists Have In Common?

It’s really very simple. Atheists share only one common trait: absence of belief in the existence of deities. That’s all.

Time and again, theists make assertions about atheism in an attempt to place all atheists in a box. I have encountered a variety of misconceptions people have about atheists, although one in particular seems to come up most often.

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