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Skeptic Summary #164

By The Staff
Posted on: 11/3/2007

Laws and religion, Jeffrey Dahmer of all people, Scientology, retractions, Our Lady of Revenge and more!


Week ending November 3, 2007 (Vol 4, #41)

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

Forum Highlights:
First Clause of First Amendment - Says nothing about Congress making a law despising religion.

Hovind and Dahmer sittin’ in a tree… - Hovind is playing a game of morality limbo.

Scientology sneaking into Christian churches - Xenudidit.

Editor’s Choice: Scientist retracts 1955 life-origin paper - Wake up the person next to you, this is important.
Kil’s Evil Pick:
RevengeLady.com - Want revenge? Just ask the Revenge Lady for advice. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not actually suggesting that revenge is a good thing. But if revenge is a must, and I would advise against it, this is the site for you. Lately, and perhaps because of my dealings with a certain cable company, I have had revenge on my mind. Not that I will act on it, but it is fun to dream…

Now, I understand that this site is weighted toward women who want revenge. But there is plenty there for the male seeking revenge as well. In fact, much of the advice can be turned around, if the nature of the revenge has to do with the end of a relationship. The more general stuff anyone can use, but I don’t recommend that anyone should.

I think numbers two and three of the Revenge Lady’s rules sum it up best, even though I am not endorsing these rules:
2. Revenge is healthy. Don’t listen to those mealymouths who tell you otherwise. You’re teaching people to behave better. At the same time you’re getting icky poisonous feelings out of your system once and for all. What could be healthier?

3. Remember, Karma is a good thing. Be sure everyone gets his or hers… in this lifetime. You’re helping to bring the scales of justice back into balance and restore order to the universe.
And what could be more important than that?
SkeptiQuote:
Sure, we’re smug, self-righteous, pompous and self-
important assholes, but damn it, we’re right!
— Penn Jillette
Chat Highlights:
Sunday: There was no Sunday chat.

Wednesday: There was fairly small attendance as it was Halloween. Kil being in a dress didn’t help either. Chat mostly focused around bad jokes, a Randi video, and odd google searches. Then a short discussion on the historical origins and meanings of “Trick or Treat?” Chat ended with more about Time Warner Cable, the customer is always an idiot, and Acts of Gord.

Come chat with us.
New Members This Week:
thecatman
khunla
Pelayo
David78
kingcynic
indianagrl

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Elsewhere in the World:
Book review: The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism

Minority out of control

Skepticality #064: Flock of Dodos — Interview: Dr. Randy Olson, evolutionary biologist turned film maker.

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:
The Counter-Creationism Handbook, by Mark Isaak.



“Those opposed to the teaching of evolution often make well-rehearsed claims about the science that sound powerful and convincing. And many people who support the teaching of evolution — students, teachers, parents, administrators — do not have the background to respond. They know that scientists have thoroughly dismantled these arguments, but they don’t have a handy way of responding to these attacks. The Counter-Creationism Handbook is a one-stop resource for addressing over 400 of the most prevalent claims made by creationists. Each claim is followed by a succinct and scientifically valid rebuttal, and the book includes print and on-line resources for further reading and information.”

— Book Description


This Week’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. We’d invite Hitler to speak, says Columbia dean (6,089 views)
  2. Rejoice Republicans, the Savior approacheth (1,619 views)
  3. What is photorealism? (1,390 views)
  4. Fish fin gene gave us the finger (1,288 views)
  5. ID predicts… (1,168 views)
  6. Suicide bombing — AAI (899 views)
  7. Global communication — beta (497 views)
  8. At last… (275 views)
  9. Bishop in Africa claims condoms contain HIV (271 views)
  10. Scientology sneaking into Christian churches (240 views)
Articles:
  1. Evolving a Venom or Two (503 views)
  2. Questioning the Validity of False Memory Syndrome (246 views)
  3. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (240 views)
  4. Fundamentalists Hate Noah’s Ark (200 views)
  5. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (90 views)
  6. Time Warner Cable: Trick or Treat? (58 views)
  7. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (50 views)
  8. Cold Reading (45 views)
  9. Miracle Thaw Tray (45 views)
  10. Preaching that Anti-Evolution Propaganda (38 views)
There were 10,471 daily visitors this week.
Last Month’s Most-Viewed Pages:
Forum Topics:
  1. Rejoice Republicans, the Savior approacheth (12,805 views)
  2. We’d invite Hitler to speak, says Columbia dean (10,816 views)
  3. Fish fin gene gave us the finger (2,461 views)
  4. What is photorealism? (2,450 views)
  5. 9/11 was an inside job! (1,153 views)
  6. Really creepy illusions (1,051 views)
  7. Jerry Falwell’s induction interview (1,032 views)
  8. Crime or military action? (1,008 views)
  9. Money can buy (almost) anything! (922 views)
  10. Global communication — beta (893 views)
  11. The water cooler, part 2 (871 views)
  12. ID predicts… (820 views)
  13. Religion versus vaccines — sound familiar? (807 views)
  14. Four reasons to believe in God (805 views)
  15. Mukasey won’t say if ‘waterboarding’ is torture (794 views)
  16. Q’s on atheism (611 views)
  17. Jenna Bush answers your questions (609 views)
  18. Owl on the dollar bill… (606 views)
  19. Bible and slavery (593 views)
  20. Watson says Africans less intelligent (534 views)
Articles:
  1. Fundamentalists Hate Noah’s Ark (39,462 views)
  2. Evolving a Venom or Two (2,410 views)
  3. The Bible’s Bad Fruits (870 views)
  4. Miracle Thaw — The Bogus Miracle (398 views)
  5. Questioning the Validity of False Memory Syndrome (357 views)
  6. Kent Hovind is a Big Phony! (212 views)
  7. Cold Reading (207 views)
  8. Preaching that Anti-Evolution Propaganda (169 views)
  9. A Cherry Picker’s Guide to Choosing Evidence for Traumatic Repression or False Memory Syndrome (162 views)
  10. Miracle Thaw Tray (155 views)
  11. Is the Speed of Light Slowing Down? (154 views)
  12. Evidence Cited as Hard Proof of the Existence of Satanic Cults (116 views)
  13. Scientific Truth (108 views)
  14. Tommy Debates the Bible Answer man (99 views)
  15. More on the Polonium 218 Controversy (93 views)
  16. TAM4 (90 views)
  17. The Fred Flintstone Hoax (86 views)
  18. Darwinism: Sorcery in the Classroom (84 views)
  19. Spam Scams and Slams (82 views)
  20. You’re an Idiot (82 views)
There were 69,373 daily visitors in October.

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