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Skeptic Summary #57

By The Staff
Posted on: 9/10/2005

Non-hurricane devestation, the Governator, common descent, shadowy figures, anti-NASA dogmatism, computer crap, Sylvia, SHARE and more!

Week ending September 9, 2005 (Vol 2, #36)

Welcome to the Skeptic Summary, a quick week-in-review guide to the Skeptic Friends Network and the rest of the skeptical world.

While Katrina still dominates the national news, an event occured on Thursday night which hits “closer to home” for some of us on the SFN staff: Derek, of Skepticality (and an SFN member), was suddenly clobbered by his own brain, and is now hospitalized and mostly unconscious. An announcement by Kil contains all the relevant links. We’d just added our own mirror of their podcast’s contents a scant three days before this horrible event, and expect to continue to adding to it after Derek gets back on his feet.

Forum Highlights:
Arnold terminates hope for gays in California - “I’ll be… passing the buck.”

The Big Easy is screwed - For all your hurricane-discussion needs.

Man, chimps share genes - What are you, a man or a mouse primate?

Shadow People - The people who run the shadow government.

We never went to the moon, Mars, Saturn, Titan - The latest incarnation of the never-ending story (sigh).

Editor’s Choice: Quantum-Optical CPU too good to be true? - Nonsense can be educational.

From the Archives: Psychic vultures have started - Last time tragedy struck, Sylvia Brown claimed to succesfully have predicted it.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
Donate to Help Victims of Hurricane Katrina - Katrina disaster relief is still a very high priority. Please donate through SHARE, the Secular Humanist Aid and Relief Effort.
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: First out: Auction finds; incompetent Bush; lost guitars (lost to memory lane and elsewhere); the revolution of reason; evolution debates and the rigidity of creationist minds. Also: filthy got a new snake; punching weighted-base inflatable punching bags (debating moon-hoax)

Wednesday: Gas prices, Ricky’s teacher and… uhhh… Our regular chat host was AFK, and my memory isn’t what it used to be…

Come chat with us.
New Members this Week:
St. Michael

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Elsewhere in the World:
Bad Science

Intelligent Design: It’s Not Even Wrong (by Rep. Rush Holt)

Toxic trouble in New Orleans water

What’s New by Bob Park

Got some skeptic news items? Send them to us, and we’ll think about adding them.
Book of the Week:
Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium, by Carl Sagan

“It is doubtful that there is anyone unfamiliar with noted astronomer and science writer Sagan’s ability to convey the wonder, excitement, and joy of science. This book is a wonderful, if eclectic, collection of essays, some reprinted from magazines of national prominence, covering a wide range of topics: the invention of chess, life on Mars, global warming, abortion, international affairs, the nature of government, and the meaning of morality. Writing with clarity and an understanding of human nature, Sagan offers hope for humanity’s future as he illuminates our ability to understand ourselves and to change the world for the better.”

— Library Journal

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