A Favorite Quote:

"We are made of 'Star-Stuff.' We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." --Carl Sagan

22 November 2008

The Nigerian Spam Scam

Did you ever wonder what happens if you respond the one of those "Nigerian" emails promising to let you in on a bunch of money? Well you can find out in this funny article at Silicon.com.

“The widely held fear that a Godless citizenry must experience societal disaster is therefore refuted.”

That's the conclusion of an article in the online version of the London Times. It summarizes a 2005 study that was published in the Journal of Religion and Society, a US academic journal. It provides strong evidence that a high incidence of religious belief correlate with higher rates of various social ills such as STD s, teen pregnancy, abortion, murder, violent crime, suicide, etc. And, though correlation is not the same as causation, it does show that even though a country is highly religious it isn't necessarily highly moral.

20 November 2008

09 November 2008

Darwin Day is Coming

Mark you calendars now and start planning your Darwin day event! February 12th 2009 is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. There are sure to be celebrations all around the world. There's all kinds of great information on the Darwin Day Celebration website. Incidentally, last July 1st was the 150th anniversary of the theory of evolution.

06 November 2008

05 November 2008


...I know... it was a landslide. But still, when I think back to 2004 I can't help but feel like we just dodged a bullet. One thing's for sure, the new president has his work cut out for him. A lot of people are expecting him to work magic with the economy. I hope that Obama can get it across to them that there are no easy quick fixes for this mess. After all it took eight years to get us here.

I thought Obama's speech was quite good. However, I was a little disappointed by this line:

It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled.

I know it was just wishful thinking, but I half expected him to include "atheists" in the list. Oh well, I can dream, can't I?

04 November 2008


Today is election day. I know, I know, it sounds trite, but this is probably the most important election day we've ever faced in our lifetimes. We have the opportunity to make a change in the direction that this country is going and, maybe, just maybe, restore it's standing in the world a little bit. In case you're confused and haven't made up you mind yet, here's a little video to watch:

Now... go out and VOTE!

I'm back

Sorry I haven't posted for a while. We've had a very eventful October. Everything from my father-in-law's death/funeral to my daughter's 18th birthday. But, I'm back and ready to go...