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Home Depot Needs a New Name

So Kate and I were over looking at paint and lighting and such yesterday, and we were feeling rather domestic. What’s a girl to do when the site of “Sidesaddle” brown and “Forest Green” and “Family Legacy Tan” come together with thousands of varieties of low-level romantic mood lighting in a great confluence of domestic bliss and happiness? Or, more importantly, where’s a girl to do it?

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Filed under: About, Corporal Kate, Humor, Romance, Sex

Anti-flapdoodle Superheroes

Well that’s what Kristine called us over at DAJ’s latest miserable failure of a blog. What sort of costume comes with that?

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Filed under: Blogs In Our MonkeySphere, Friends

More Autumn Poetry

This beauty is from John Keats.

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Breathtaking In Its Beauty

Been a while since we’ve made any literary posts.

Thomas Hood captures the moment.

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The Tripoli Six Need Your Voice

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Via just about every blog in the blogosphere, including Amused Muse, Aetiology (previous day’s post about it HERE), Pharyngula, A Blog Around The Clock, The Questionable Authority, and a boatload of others, comes the story of six medical professionals falsly accused, unjustly imprisoned, viciously tortured, and facing death by firing squad in Libya. They stand accused of infecting over 400 children with HIV even though scientific analysis has proven that many of the children were already infected before the health care workers even entered the country.

From Nature:

During the first trial, the Libyan government did ask Luc Montagnier, whose group at the Pasteur Institute in Paris discovered HIV, and Vittorio Colizzi, an AIDS researcher at Rome’s Tor Vergata University, to examine the scientific evidence. The researchers carried out a genetic analysis of viruses from the infected children, and concluded that many of them were infected long before the medics set foot in Libya in March 1998. Many of the children were also infected with hepatitis B and C, suggesting that the infections were spread by poor hospital hygiene. The infections were caused by subtypes of A/G HIV-1 — a recombinant strain common in central and west Africa, known to be highly infectious.

But the court threw out the report, arguing that an investigation by Libyan doctors had reached the opposite conclusion. Montagnier believes the judgement was based at least partly on mistranslation from English to Arabic of the term ‘recombinant’ — instead of referring to natural recombination of wild viruses, as intended, it was interpreted to mean genetically modified, implying human manipulation.

According to Alexiev, the decision to throw out the report removed all scientific content from the case, leaving a series of prejudgements, and confessions extracted under torture. “It’s scandalous,” he says. “This is a complex scientific affair, and it is impossible to judge it without a scientific basis.”

The full Nature journal article (free access on this one), with the details can be found at

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v443/n7109/full/443254b.html

Scientific ignorance is not just amusing, it’s not just dangerous, it’s deadly. This is a prime example of what sorts of things happen when people who ignore science to promote an agenda gain power. This is exactly why we need to fight so hard to keep religious fundamentalists and other scientifically ignorant scumbag whack jobs from gaining control, in the political forum or the educational one.

I’d like to take a moment to encourage you all to lend your blogging voices to the global chorus which calls for the immediate release of these folks.

The diplomats of the U.S. and the E.U. have done pretty much nothing for these people. Libya has oil, and who cares if the current dictator executes a few Bulgarians and Palestinians if we can get some oil out of him, right?

We lend our voices to the chorus. Free them NOW!

Filed under: Biology, Education, Fundies, More Formal Blogs, Politics, Rants, Religion, Science, Science Links

Science Friday: Eiffel Tower On Mars

In the same region as the Face On Mars, there is a mirror image of the Eiffel Tower!

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Filed under: Astronomy, Education, Humor, Science, Science Links

As If The Parallels Weren’t Striking Enough

Between my Human v. Fetus thread and the AFDave Thread at AtBC…

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Filed under: Fundies, Religion, The After The Bar Closes Fun

Have You Ever Smelled Moth Balls?

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Filed under: Humor

How To Wake Up Your Lover

at 3 AM, but not get beaten…

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Filed under: Corporal Kate, Friends, Romance, Sex, Shakespeare

For Kristine, By Request

In honor of Halloween and Halloween costumes…

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Filed under: Blogs In Our MonkeySphere, Friends, Fundies, Humor, Religion

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