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Happy 4th of July!

Back home for the holiday!  Thanks to Skepchick for inviting me to speak at CONvergence and just generally showing me a good time.  Because I was in Minneapolis, I was able to do an hour-long interview on the Minnesota Atheists Sunday morning talk radio program.  You can listen to it…

Our policies are working! Oh shit, blame the liberals!

Via Roy, I see Charlotte Hays of the National Review is really bringing it in the ongoing Wingnut Olympics, where competitors are judged by how many lies and non sequiturs they can cram into limited space. Hays has only one paragraph’s worth of material, and yet the bullshit packed in…

Libertarianism is fundamentally anti-human

I have some more observations from this New Yorker article about the brothers Koch and the immense, scary influence they have on the political system. A lot of stuff in here isn’t that surprising if you’re paying close attention—the self-aggrandizing to distract from the immorality of libertarianism, the astroturfing, the…

Harassing science out of existence

In my new book Get Opinionated, I discuss something I learned while “debating” a right wing relative, which is that one of the talking points that’s floating out there in the right wing noise machine is that scientists who study the climate—and therefore climate change—are the real money-grubbing assholes who’ll…

Global warming denialism, part 3: The difference between skeptics and denialists

One of the most pernicious aspects of the global warming conspiracy theorists who imply that millions of scientists, politicians, pundits, and activists are in collusion to perpetrate a global warming hoax is the way they call themselves “skeptics”. Even How To Talk To A Climate Skeptic uses this term, reinforcing…

We’re losing the rhetorical battle of global warming

Drop what you’re doing and read Peter Daou’s impassioned response to the news that nearly half of Americans now have bought into the idea that global warming is an exaggerated and quite possibly made up problem. That’s the sort of thing that really makes you want to throw your hands…

There’s nothing in the world that’s not the fault of bitches

Via Sadly, No, I see that the Vatican and their misogynist sycophants like the Anchoress are up to their usual tricks, namely blaming women—as they’ve done going back to Eve—for pretty much everything that goes wrong, even when the vast majority of people who fucked this up were male. You,…

Jesus Was Born In A Desert

The War on Christmas goes right up to the 11th hour. Build-A-Bear has a series of videos on their website which mention global warming, and, well, they’re building “eco-fascist Manchurian candidates”, although I’m not sure what the normal Build-A-Bear audience is going to be running for. Third grade class president?…

A Surefire Way To Make Everyone Believe In Global Warming

Let’s just host every global warming conference on the Equator. I’m not sure that any proponent of the theory of global warming has ever said that weather cycles will stop entirely, but who gives a fuck what science-types say about the weather? Weather isn’t even really science, it’s just looking…

Having it both ways on global warming

This morning, I posted about how health care reform opponents are taking the “throw a bunch of shit and see what sticks” approach, which of course means making anti-health care claims that flat out contradict each other. This is far from an unusual tactic with conservatives, since the conservative movement…

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