Today In Both Sides Do It: The Gray Lady’s Long, Long, Bender

found online by Raymond

 
From driftglass:

Are you ready?

Here it comes.

Secrecy Surrounding Senate Health Bill Raises Alarms in Both Parties

For the record, the creative typists who assembled the words in the column did find two Republicans who were mildly uncomfortable with the idea of a mob of vandals killing the ACA in the dark.

– More –
 

Hell Yes Let’s Place Some Blame

found online by Raymond

 
From Yellow Dog at Blue in the Bluegrass:

While we contemplate the white murderer of black Philando Castile walking free even though the victim’s death was live-streamed, let’s remember who keeps it impossible for anyone who is not white, male, straight, christian, conservative and rich from getting justice in this country.

– More –
 

The Meeting Circuit

found online by Raymond

 
From PZ Myers:

Some people expressed surprise that I was at the Midwest Zebrafish meeting. They have meetings about zebrafish? How weird. Only not. What I find weird is that people are unaware of this mundane part of the science experience, so I thought I’d briefly explain it.

Every sub-sub-discipline does this. There are zebrafish meetings, fly meetings, worm meetings, mouse meetings, bat meetings. There are meetings dedicated to specific diseases. There are meetings for organs and tissues: brain meetings, kidney meetings, hair cell meetings, enteric nervous system meetings, ear meetings. There are meetings dedicated to the mechanisms of vomiting. There are meetings with 50 attendees, others with 30,000. They are going on in every city of the country all the time. We are right there under your nose.

Why do we hold these meetings?

– More –
 

Man Ravaged by Amnesia Holds Down Demanding Legal Job

found online by Raymond

 
From Andy Borowitz:

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—An Alabama man whose brain was ravaged by severe amnesia is somehow able to function in an extremely demanding legal job, leading neurologists reported on Tuesday.

The man, whom neurologists are calling a “medical mystery,” has performed highly exacting tasks in one of the country’s top legal positions despite having virtually no short- or long-term memory.

– More –
 

Trump the Transparent

found online by Raymond

 
From Michael Kinsley:

In her recently published book, “Presidents’ Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power,” Mary Graham rampages through American history to show that it’s an old story: Presidents almost always try to keep information secret, and someone else is always trying to make it public.

There are some surprises. George Washington was pro-transparency; Woodrow Wilson anti. Much of the current national security state apparatus can be traced back to Wilson, via Harry Truman, another tarnished icon of liberalism.

Donald Trump is running what might be the most transparent administration in history.

– More –
 

Guest Post: A Christian Pastor Shares Why He Reads My Blog

found online by Raymond

 
From Reverend Greg as a guest of former Pastor and Current Atheist Bruce Gerencser:

There is no argument that will win Bruce back to the faith. This is between God (if God exists, which I believe He does) and Bruce. Besides, I don’t think I’d come out too well in an argument with Bruce. He seems to be a capable defender of whatever he believes, whether as a Christian in the past or an atheist at the present time.

Some Christians may not like this, but Bruce has done us a service by exposing some of the hypocrisy in the church. He has also posted stories about crooked pastors. To that I say “thanks!” Too many times, the church has excused bad behavior and criminal actions, sweeping them under a rug or passing the problem on to another unsuspecting congregation.

A lot of Christians have abandoned Bruce — people he used to call friends. That is too bad. If God is love, then why do we fail to love? I’m sure someone will find some scripture to say why we should treat Bruce like a leper, a tax collector, or some kind of apostate enemy of the faith. It’s easy to want to argue with him, feel superior to him, to be smug. But what if we Christians would just take him at his word, respect him as a fellow human, and treat him as we would want to be treated? I personally know some friends of Bruce that have not deserted him. Thankfully, they still care. But too many Christians are more worried about winning an argument, about being right, than loving a person just for who he is and where he is in his life.

– More –
 

Why Paul Ryan is a Hypocrite and Should Leave the GOP!

found online by Raymond

 
From Jack Jodell at The Saturday Afternoon Post:

I firmly believe, once fully implemented, that an economy devoid of government regulation replete with greatly reduced taxes for the wealthiest 1% will prove to be an utter disaster. This smug Ryan has proven himself time and again to be a pure ideologue who will side with his reactionary Republican Party above all else. Although he may fein to, he doesn’t give a damn about the poor, the handicapped, the sick or the elderly, and certainly not for average everyday American workers, especially those very few who still belong to labor unions! This charlatan is a shill for big business and corporate interests.

– More –
 

Trump Didn’t Have Any Friends in the Room With Comey

found online by Raymond

 
From Jonathan Bernstein:

No Republican “broke with” the president. But none of them really did much to support him, either.

It was a riveting display of political fireworks, complete with a fired FBI director accusing his former boss of lying about why he was fired. Comey also said he had to take special precautions with Trump in large part because the president can’t be trusted to tell the truth. Devastating.

But the core of James Comey’s testimony was built upon the question of obstruction of justice, for which he had a clear and, basically, uncontested story:

– More –
 

Womanly Wonder

found online by Raymond

 
From Infidel753:

Though this movie has aroused much enthusiasm among female fans, there’s nothing anti-male about it. Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) is also a strong and effective character, not diminished or intimidated by acting as an ally to a biologically-superior female. Of course I personally loved all the Classical Greek references, even if the actual Classical Greek culture was heavily male-dominated.

If the film has been something of a breakthrough for women-centered art, the now-inevitable sequels may break representational ground in another direction. DC revealed last year that Wonder Woman is bisexual, and Gadot seems cool with that.

– More –
 

Science is Hard, Therefore God

found online by Raymond

 
From PZ Myers:

I took another peek into the nonsense the Discovery Institute is currently peddling. It’s depressingly shallow, a lot of motivated reasoning and twisted use of the evidence. For instance, Kirk Durston has an article titled Could Atheism Survive the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life?, which, as an atheist who would be thrilled to pieces if we discovered alien life of a completely independent origin, seems peculiar.

Here’s his argument, though. The origin of life on Earth is a hard problem (agreed). Current models, as he understands them, suggest that it was an event of exceedingly low probability, so low that it was extremely lucky that it happened here, but it would be extremely unlikely that it would also happen in multiple places in our universe. Therefore, logic dictates the existence of a supernatural creator. It’s simply, I don’t understand this, therefore god. It also flops inelegantly into a common creationist theme that there are only two possible models, and if I find a weakness in yours, my model is automatically correct, even if my model has even more flaws, which I conveniently ignore.

The centerpiece of these kinds of articles is usually some juicy admission from real scientists that we don’t understand every detail of the origin of life, therefore, ha ha, god exists!

– More –