You may remember that during the run-in to the 2016 Republican convention, the #NeverTrump people were trying desperately to come up with some way, short of dynamite, to put out the dumpster fire that the conservative movement has been feeding lo these past three decades, and is now threatening to consume the GOP. At the… Read More Will There Be Faithless Electors in 2016?
Via Slashdot comes an IEEE Spectrum article about a new scam from Nigeria. In brief, instead of asking you for money directly, they redirect your business email. They wait until someone orders something from your company, then rewrites the bank routing numbers and such so that the client sends money to the scammers’ account instead… Read More Nigerian Scammers Are Good People
I’ve run into the cosmological argument several times lately, probably due to the people I’ve been engaging with on Twitter. Roughly speaking, it goes something like this: Pretty much everything we see around us was caused by something else. If you follow the causal chain backward, you’ll eventually wind up with something that doesn’t itself… Read More An Ultimate Cause
Erick Erickson has an article with the sensational headline, “State of Iowa Says Churches Must Let Men Use the Women’s Bathroom” (retweeted by the lachrymose Glenn Beck). ZOMG! The big bad government is sending legions of men in dresses to diddle your children in your very churches! And they’re not Catholic priests, even! Be afraid!… Read More Is Peeing A Sacrament?
A story from the Associated Press tells of a clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters in Sacramento (emphasis added): SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A white nationalist group’s rally outside the California state Capitol building turned violent as fighting broke out with a larger group of counter protesters, leaving 10 people injured with stab wounds, cuts… Read More “Guns Don’t Kill People”
If you are or have a parent, you’re no doubt familiar with expressions like “It’s fun until somebody gets hurt” or “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” in A Christmas Story. In one of those rare cases where Russian is more compact than English, my dad would use the word “доигрались” (“do-ee-GRA-lees’”) when my brother… Read More So You’ve Poked Your Eye Out
Let’s take a peek over at Eve Keneinan’s post Keeping Track, which recounts a Twitter discussion between her, @MrOzAtheist, and Mark Houlsby, about Houlsby’s assertion that There is no evidence for God. Therefore God does not exist. Here’s a representative excerpt from Keneinan’s recap/rebuttal: But evidence is an epistemological concept, pertaining to knowledge, to how… Read More It’s Too Soon to Ask for Evidence, and What Is Evidence, Anyway?