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Boehner: ‘A Lot’ Of Republicans Want To Force Default, Create ‘Enough Chaos’ To Pass Balanced Budget Amendment

Article from ThinkProgress



House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said today that some members of his own caucus who are refusing to agree to a compromise debt ceiling deal are hoping to unleash “chaos” and thus force the White House and Senate Democrats to make bigger concessions than they’re already offering. As many as 40 House Republicans, especially Tea Party members and…

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Added by George on July 28, 2011 at 6:02am — 4 Comments

Video: Dissecting the “insane conservative women” meme

Bloggingheads.tv - Dissecting the “insane conservative women” meme









A Libertarian and a Conservative discuss the apparent battiness of some prominent conservative women - Christine O'Donnell , Sarah Palin, Anne Coulter, Michele Bachmann, Sharron Angle, etc.


I just stumbled across this while scanning the…
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Added by George on September 21, 2010 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Jehovah's Witnesses and Misogyny

Interesting comment on PZ Myer's blog post about the latest issue of Awake, the JW's magazine.





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Added by George on September 6, 2010 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

BP Offshore Oil Strike Game from the 70s

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Added by George on July 10, 2010 at 5:56pm — No Comments

House Democrats report increased threats since health care vote

CNN - House Democrats report increased threats since health care vote



Washington (CNN) -- Democratic congressional leaders Wednesday demanded Republicans join them in condemning a spate of threats and vandalism that has followed Sunday's vote on a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. health care system.



More than 10 Democrats have reported trouble since the weekend vote, House Majority Leader Steny… Continue

Added by George on March 25, 2010 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Video: The Transition to Atheism

Terrific 8-minute video in which the author describes how, as a 12-year-old student, he first began to doubt his faith. Outlines his own personal resistance to the Christian faith that he knew had to be true.



The creator's channel is TheraminTrees.





"My personal story of de-programming from christianity — told for transparency, and to honour the people who've been…
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Added by George on December 6, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Survivor Describes Sweat Lodge Deaths

Dr. Beverly Bunn, a follower of motivational speaker James Arthur Ray describes events leading up to the deaths of several retreat attendees.



"Everybody was throwing up everywhere, there was spitting going on... people were so disoriented they were screaming at one point..."



Sweat lodge survivor describes horror… Continue

Added by George on October 28, 2009 at 5:00am — No Comments

CNN: "Fox News, YOU LIE!"

Youtube - Rick Sanchez on Fox News' full-page ad claiming other media did not cover the 9/12 protests in Washington, DC.





CNN To FOX News: “You Lie!” Demands Apology - Blogcritics.org



CNN’s Rick Sanchez became livid on his program Friday about a color ad that FOX News had… Continue

Added by George on September 27, 2009 at 12:57pm — 5 Comments

Sacramento Radio Hosts Encourage Violence Against Transgender Children

Huffington Post: KRXQ Sacramento Radio Hosts Encourage Violence Against Transgender Children



Even by the flexible moral, ethical, and professional standards of American talk radio, the May 28th segment of KRXQ 98.5 FM Sacramento's Rob, Arnie, & Dawn in the… Continue

Added by George on June 5, 2009 at 12:10am — 2 Comments

Fear of gas attacks keeps Afghan girls from school

Fear of gas attacks keeps Afghan girls from school



Afghanistan (AP) — Only a few dozen of about 570 female students attended class in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday after an apparent attack with poison gas sickened more than 80 girls this week.



It was the third apparent poisoning at a girls school in about two weeks. No one has claimed responsibility for the… Continue

Added by George on May 23, 2009 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

Susan Blackmore Lecture: The Future of Memes

Also posted to Memetics and Cultural Evolution



Susan Blackmore on The Future of Memes - Pop!Tech Conference, 2005



Susan Blackmore, the author of The Meme Machine, gives a very good overview of memes. She describes a number of… Continue

Added by George on April 12, 2009 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Video: How Atheists Can Be Effective Evangelists - ACA Lecture Series With Russell Glasser

Russell Glasser of the Atheist Community of Austin (ACA) gives an informative lecture about the importance of being able to discuss and defend atheism. The video is in 7 parts (playlist).



Part 1:



See also the… Continue

Added by George on March 15, 2009 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Christian Bashing vs. Gay Bashing

Powerful video commentary contrasts anti-christian "bashing" versus actual violent crimes against gays and lesbians.





A right-wing group called the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (not "League") has put together a list called the "Top Ten Instances of Christian Bashing in America, 2008".



The Friendly Atheist has also… Continue

Added by George on March 1, 2009 at 9:53am — 8 Comments

From Pharyngula - Sarah Palin: Ignorant and anti-science

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/10/sarah_palin_ignorant_and_antis.php



"Sarah Palin gave a policy speech today in which she claimed that she wanted more support for children with disabilities, more tools to test for disorders, and while also decrying the expense of scientific… Continue

Added by George on October 27, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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