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Tim McGettigan is a professor of sociology at CSUPueblo. Tim's primary research interests are in the areas of science, technology, society (STS) and the future and Tim blogs about those topics at the following sites:

The Socjournal, www.sociology.org
OpEdNews, www.opednews.com
Socera, socera.blogspot.com
Fulbright Association, www.fulbright.org
Social Science Space, www.socialsciencespace.com

In addition, to being a professor at CSU-Pueblo, Tim has also taught at a number of other institutions including:

In 2008, Tim taught for a semester at sea on The Scholar Ship

In 2006-2007, Tim served as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California

In 2002-2003, Tim received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the Centre for Social Studies in Warsaw, Poland.

Tim's most recent books include:

2013 (Forthcoming), God's Loaded Dice: Random Musings on a Universe Gone Mad

2013 (Forthcoming), Evolution at the Speed of Thought: A New Chapter in the History of Evolution

2012, Where Nobody Has Gone Before: A Collection of Commentaries about Science, Technology, Society and the Future. Kindle Direct Publishing.

2011, Good Science: The Search for Truth and the Evolution of Reality. Lexington Books, a subsidiary of Rowman Littlefield Publishers. Lanham, MD.

2011, Rough Seas: Ethnography and Academic Freedom on The Scholar Ship. University Press of America, a subsidiary of Rowman Littlefield Publishers. Lanham, MD.

2011, The Time Cheaters, Part 1, Kindle Direct Publishing, (Published under the pseudonym, "Rocky Ford")

Tim's next book is tentatively titled Star Warriors: Friends and Foes on the Frontiers of Cosmology and it will examine controversies in the field of scientific cosmology.


http://goodscience.sociology.org/

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 (17 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Stephen Hawking's God: A Stubbornly Persistent Illusion It boggles the mind that two eminent physicists would be so unwilling to embrace the full implications of quantum uncertainty. With apologies to Einstein, quantum science has revealed the inescapable truth that determinism is naught but a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Thursday, October 10, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Planet of the Persnickety Apes: Darwin and the Aesthetics of Survival Thanks to Darwin, the most straightforward answer to any question regarding survival vs. extinction is simply: advantageous evolutionary adaptation. Humans are discontented aesthetes because--at least, so far--it has been evolutionarily advantageous for humans to be agents of change.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Condoning Criminality: Sam Harris' Warped Determinism Paragons deserve to be celebrated, criminals deserve to be punished, and determinists need to get a clue.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (15 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Grumpy Old White Guys United: Decoding the Attacks on Barack Obama and Angela Giron Of course, even though hateful cowards like Ted Nugent and Rush Limbaugh deny the charge, their antipathy for Barack Obama derives from the President's ethnicity. Back in the good old days, majority rule meant that good old boys were guaran-damn-teed to come out on top every time. How's that for an illusion of democracy?
Series: Science and Cosmology (1 Articles, 757 views)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ideas Having Sex: Lamarckian Evolution Triumphant Matt Ridley describes the extraordinary, Lamarckian capacity that humans have developed to innovate via social and intellectual collaboration as "ideas...having sex"

Monday, July 1, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Paula Deen and Pop Culture Racism As the Paula Deen case illustrates, racist vernacular among pop stars can stray too far across the line of good taste and decency. I think it is incumbent on responsible adults to impress upon our kids that using racially denigrating language--no matter which pop culture hero the user may be emulating--is hurtful, damaging and wrong.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (59 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Einstein's God is Irrelevant Einstein's oft-repeated, and dogged insistence that "God does not play dice" is scientifically wrong-headed for a number of reasons.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Fate or Folly: The Mind of God and Other Known Unknowns In spite of its scientific veneer, fate is a patently unscientific superstition. Determinists admit that in order to predict future events with 100% certainty, an observer would need to be endowed with some form of superhuman omniscience.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Nature's Taskmaster Where humans were once the relatively helpless pawns of almighty nature, super-adaptable agents have transformed their former master into their servant. Nature now answers to the beck and call of its human masters.

Monday, May 6, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Angela Giron: The Hardest Working Senator in Colorado Thanks to Senator Angela Giron, our kids will be better protected from rampant gun violence. Thanks to Angela, Coloradans will have better-funded schools in their neighborhoods, and more access to higher education. Thanks to Angela, when our kids complete their educations they are going to find more and better jobs waiting for them in an energized economy.

Thursday, April 4, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Race: The World's Deadliest Social Disease Racism is a socially-constructed disease of the mind. Racism is an infectious disease that is caused by a specific form of ignorance: a groundless, pre-scientific belief that race is based in fundamental biological differences among humans. Nothing could be further from the truth. When it comes to biology, humans are all like (Gregor Mendel's) peas in a pod.

Friday, March 8, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Immediate Nationwide Moratorium on Guns and Ammo Beginning today, Americans should demand a national policy of Zero Tolerance for Gun Violence. In order to prevent any more needless deaths, Americans should also call for a nationwide moratorium on gun and ammunition sales until every gun, gun owner, and in particular, every wacked-out sociopath can be "well regulated" by appropriate, Constitutionally-empowered authorities.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Racism and Hypocrisy: Celebrating Diversity--Just Not Among Humans Remarkable as the human enthusiasm for diversity may be among canines, humans tend to deplore diversity among their fellow humans. For example, common as racial discrimination has been among humans, has there ever been a dog park that discriminated on the basis of fur color? "No black dogs allowed!"

Thursday, March 7, 2013 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The NRA: Proud Sponsor of Mass Murder Since 1871 Here are the facts: The National Rifle Association delivers unlimited guns and ammunition to trigger-happy gun nuts, while simultaneously preventing law enforcement from impeding even the most reprehensible psychopaths who are bent on carrying out mass murder against innocent victims--all too many of whom are sweet, little kids.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Prove it! Scientific Prediction vs. Teleology The predictive power of science has made it possible for humans to exert unprecedented control over the natural universe. In the days before science, the winds of human fate were largely blown about at the mercy of the elements. But science changed all that.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 (33 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Boycott the Boy Scouts: Quit Teaching Kids to Celebrate Prejudice and Ignorance* Boycott the Boy Scouts! I am re-posting this article in objection to the Boy Scouts reaffirmation on February 6, 2013 of their poisonously prejudiced ban on gays.

Monday, February 4, 2013 (13 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Feynman's Cosmic Onion Albert Einstein believed that the universe was governed by a rational god who would never play dice with his precious creation. Yet, if scientists have learned anything over the past century, it is that the universe is anything but rational. Thus, if there is a god, he does play dice. Further, scientists who don't wish to crap out would be well advised to wise up to the increasingly bizarre rules of his game.

Friday, January 25, 2013 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Evolution 2.0: Lamarck, Culture and Human Ingenuity observers have also noted that humans have been liberated from the strict constraints of biological, or Darwinian evolution. For example, in Wired for Culture , Pagel (2012) argues that humans have been able to subvert the biological evolutionary process due to their unique capacity for cognition and cultural adaptation.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sapient Apes Ascendant: The Costs and Benefits of Human Agency Having succeeded in asserting unprecedented mastery over the planet, can super-adaptable apes draw upon their intellectual agility in an entirely new way in order to evolve from ruthless, insensitive combatants into judicious stewards of their own and their planet's better interests?

Thursday, January 3, 2013 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
When You're Wrong...You're Right? Stephen Hawking's Implausible Defense of Determinism Hard determinists assert that nothing moves, interacts, appears or disappears in the clockwork universe without having been minutely pre-determined by a chain of causality that was set in motion at the origin of the universe. Thus, hard-core determinism leaves no room whatsoever for agency, free will or indeterminism.

Friday, December 21, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Evolution at the Speed of Thought Humans are the first super-adaptable organism to evolve on earth. Rather than being determined by the constraints of Darwinian biology, humans are the only terrestrial species that is graced with the Lamarckian capacity to "redefine reality."

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Thanksgiving at Walmart: Strikers Plan a Nationwide Celebration for Black Friday There is a tragic chink in Walmart's "populist" armor. While there is no doubt that Walmart loves to deliver severely discounted products to its customers, in order to maximize discounts, Walmart is infamously stingy with its employees. Actually, stingy is too generous a term: when it comes to caring for its employees, Walmart is like Ebeneezer Scrooge on steroids.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
God's Loaded Dice: Einstein and the Death of Classical Reality Try as he might to construct a unified field theory, Einstein never succeeded in shaping a coherent unified theory into which bizarre quantum phenomena would comfortably fit.

Monday, November 19, 2012 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Paradigms Unlimited: Thomas Kuhn and Evolutionary Truth Though Kuhn's revelations stirred a great deal of discomfort in the scientific community, nevertheless, his analysis exposed crucial insights about the knowledge accumulation process.

Friday, November 16, 2012 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Elementary My Dear Watson! The Beauty (and Baloney) of Being Right about Everything Fate is the most potent weapon in a the arsenal of determinists like Stephen Hawking. To contend, as determinists plainly do, that the outcomes of events are pre-determined is essentially the same as saying that the ebbs and flows of history are all dictated by fate.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It's Alive!! Ray Kurzweil, AI, and Frankentelligence Kurzweil not only believes that AI is inevitable, he also believes that AI will be a uniformly positive phenomenon. For example, AI-enhanced machines could repay their human creators by helping solve variety of currently intractable problems. However, no one should be surprised if sentient machines decide to focus on their own priorities.

Friday, November 9, 2012 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Sweet Revenge: Barack Obama and the Death of White Republican Privilege As Republicans conduct an autopsy of the 2012 election they'll need to acknowledge that their particular brand of vanilla--rich, white, and well-aged--is no longer a recipe for electoral success.

Friday, November 2, 2012 (24 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Blinded by Faith: Religion as Institutionalized Ignorance If the Bible encourages its followers to believe that dinosaurs accompanied the preposterous menagerie on Noah's ark, then I think we can safely conclude that the bible is not a tool of enlightenment, rather, it is an instrument of intellectual stultification.

Monday, October 29, 2012 (96 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Many Worlds, but only One Reality: Stephen Hawking and the Determinist Fallacy Through his affinity for Many Worlds theory, Stephen Hawking is trying to have his determinist cake and eat it too.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Time Surfers: Problem-Solving as the Path to a Better, Brighter, but Unpredictable Future Essentially, the future is a process. The fact that the earth has been revolving around the sun for eons is a fairly strong indicator that it will continue doing so in the future. One of the most unpredictable instigators of temporal change is the often improbable impact that human agents have upon the structure of unfolding events.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ward Churchill, the AAUP, and Academic Freedom Should the AAUP have done more to assist Ward Churchill in his long struggle to preserve and advance the principles of academic freedom? To that I can say, yes. Emphatically, yes! Indeed, I also believe that the AAUP needs to do more--much more!--to ensure that Ward Churchill's academic freedom (and, by extension, every scholar's academic freedom) is restored, reaffirmed and strengthened.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Innocence of Muslims: Sam "The Imbecile" Bacile, Religious Freedom and Free Speech Having amply demonstrated that his opinions are worthless, people should accord Sam Bacile the respect and recognition that he so richly deserves: Ignore the dumb-ass and move on! Continuing to fuss and fume over Sam Bacile's idiotic insults will only drag otherwise decent folks down to his slimy level.

Saturday, September 15, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Future is a Fantasy: A 100YSS Presentation* Why bother with space travel? Because, quite simply, the stars light the way to a brighter future. Space travel paved the way to Kennedy's New Frontier in the 1960s. If the US remains committed to accomplishing ever greater feats in the future, then we should look to the stars to light our way. Thus, space travel is not a distraction. Space travel represents the path to America's--nay, humanity's--next Great Frontier.

Friday, September 14, 2012 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Get Your Geek On! The 100 Year Starship Symposium "The 100 Year Starship Mission will transform 20th century Star Trek science fiction into 21st century fact!" Nichelle Nichols Star Trek's Lt. Uhura

Monday, August 20, 2012 (28 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
There Ain't No Justice in Putin's Russia: Closing Statements from p*ssy Riot On August 8th, the three members of Russian feminist punk band p*ssy Riot delivered their closing statements at the Moscow Khamovniki District Court. Charged with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were first arrested on March 3, a day before the controversial re-election of Vladimir Putin.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 (22 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Putin's p*ssy Problem: From America with Love Pussy Riot's protest was an exceptionally courageous act because of Vladmir Putin's infamous knack for disposing of political critics in a heavy-handed fashion. In short, Putin's critics usually end up in prison or dead. Indeed, if I were a Russian citizen, I and my family* (*Putin likes to play rough and send clear and terrifying messages to his critics) could very well end up dead for defending p*ssy Riot.

Thursday, July 26, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It Takes a Village Idiot: Romney's Artful Distortion of Obama's "You Didn't Build That" Quote The beauty of this is that Barack Obama never did--and never would--make such an insulting statement. Again, in its proper context, Obama was simply saying that individual success is predicated upon support from a village--and the most successful villagers have an obligation to repay some of that largesse.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Don't Bother Apologizing for Joe Paterno The following message is for anyone who would like to suggest that, due to a selective reading of the Freeh Report, Joe Paterno should be exempted from blame or criticism for the egregious role that he played in the Sandusky Scandal.

Monday, July 23, 2012 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
False Gods and Monsters: The Terrible Costs of the Joe Paterno Cult at Penn State By removing the Joe Paterno statue, Penn State has taken the first crucial step toward dismantling the nefarious influences of its Joe Paterno Cult. So long as the statue remained, Penn State would never have been able overcome the taint of its slavish reverence for a false and tragically-flawed god.

Friday, July 20, 2012 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Queers Need Not Apply: The Boy Scouts of Amerika Continue to Disappoint On July 18, 2012, the Boy Scouts of America announced the results of a confidential, two-year review of its policy that explicitly excludes gays. The Boy Scouts' national spokesman, Deron Smith, stated that a special eleven-member committee came to the conclusion that the exclusion policy ""is absolutely the best policy'' for the 102-year-old organization.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 (66 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Say It Ain't So, Joe: Another Sports Legend Bites the Dust Unfortunately, Joe was not a man of his word. Winning football games did matter to Joe Paterno, and, it has come to light that winning obviously, and distressingly, mattered more to Paterno than the welfare of kids. Winning mattered so much that Joe Paterno, that great and honorable man, was willing to make a deal with the devil.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Federal Budget for Dummies: Tax Cuts + Increased Spending = Red Ink In the late 1990s, Bill Clinton managed to produce a series of record-setting federal budget surpluses. Not deficits, surpluses. For those who are unacquainted with such a foreign concept, budget surpluses occur when the federal government collects more revenue than it spends--which, as we all know, doesn't happen very often.

Thursday, July 5, 2012 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Catholic Bishops Fortnight Fiasco: Government Grants Freedom, Not God Via the Fortnight for Freedom, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops are attempting to make the argument that the AHA's mandates will inhibit their religious freedom. In this case, "religious freedom' is defined rather broadly as "blocking access to contraceptives for Catholic Church employees.' On July 4th, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, asserted that "God grants freedom, not government.' However, on that poi

Monday, July 2, 2012 (15 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Charles Darwin: The Unlikely Revolutionary (Excerpt from Good Science) Darwin is one of the most widely revered and enduringly controversial figures in the history of science. Both are exceptional feats for such a mild-mannered gentleman.

Friday, June 15, 2012 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The First Star Warrior: Galileo's Assault on Catholic Cosmology (Excerpt from Good Science) Following the invention of the first telescope in 1608, Galileo took up this new instrument with uncommon zeal. Imperfect as early telescopes may have been, Galileo was nonetheless enthralled by the wonders that his new star-gazing tool exposed. One glance through the telescope revealed that there was much more to the heavens than anyone had previously imagined: more stars, more planets, more beauty and more anomalies.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
RVing for a Cause: An Alternative Vacation at Best Friends Honestly, you've got to experience Best Friends to believe it. It's difficult to imagine that such a vast and unreserved fountain of collective human kindness could actually exist in this dog-eat-dog world.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Power to The People's Attorney Since both candidates are Democrats one might assume that Bill Thiebaut and Jeff Chostner are interchangeable. Not so. Apart from the fact that they are both members of the same political party, each candidate emphasized throughout the debate that their views about criminal justice, the state of public security in Pueblo, and the manner in which the DA's office ought to be managed differ in practically every respect.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Trumped by the Dorkusians: Donald Trump's Evil Plan to Conquer the Planet (Satire) Just for laughs, let's ask Donald Trump to prove that he is really an American. Without even bothering to examine his 'official' birth certificate, I would be inclined to dispute it on his face. Why is Trump's birth certificate any more valid than President Obama's?

Friday, June 1, 2012 (29 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
To Infinity and Beyond: New Frontiers in the Science Wars It's easy to beat up on postmodernists these days. Ever since the Sokal Hoax, the postmodernists' Waterloo, the science wars have been a rout. Once it became clear that postmodernism was incapable of distinguishing between valid scientific perspectives and gibberish, postmodernists have bolted from the battlefield.

Saturday, May 19, 2012 (38 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dear Arizona, If Obama's Not American, Then Neither Are You In a recent email exchange, Ken Bennett, Arizona's sitting Republican Secretary of State, dredged up a particularly malodorous scoop of political muck by stating that "if Hawaii can't or won't provide verification of the president's birth certificate, I will not put his name on the ballot."

Saturday, April 21, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Graveyard of Empires: The Debacle that is the US Mission in Afghanistan In the long years since the US launched Operation Enduring Freedom, endless miscues have transformed the mission in Afghanistan from unprecedented early success into America's longest and, increasingly, messiest war.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Monkey Wars: Tennessee's New Monkey Bill Attacks "Controversial Science" The people who composed the New Monkey Bill, and the spineless governor who stood idly by as it became a law, are intent upon undermining science education. The Old Monkey Bill brazenly trumpeted its anti-scientific objectives where the New Monkey Bill is more subtle. Nevertheless, it is still designed to achieve precisely the same objective: privileging anti-science, and undermining science.

Thursday, April 12, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Airlines Considering Plan to Charge Passengers by the Pound - Satire (Satire) Some major airlines, such as Universal Air, have begun considering plans to charge passengers by the pound in response to Allegiant Airline's recently-announced plan to charge up to $35 per carry-on bag. "It's simple math," stated Howard Fine, a spokesperson for Universal Airlines, a rival of Allegiant Air. "Heavier passengers cost more to ship from point A to point B."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The New World Order: Rush Limbaugh vs. Empowered Women in the 21st Century Perhaps it was due to the harshness of the terminology that Limbaugh used to excoriate Sandra Fluke that he ran afoul of his supporters. Truly, it is difficult to find humor in the profoundly stigmatizing labels that Limbaugh sought to apply to Sandra Fluke.

Monday, February 27, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Sacred and the Profane: Religion, Military Occupation, and Intolerance in the Age of Reason The Sacred and the Prof As of February 25, 2012, the death toll in Afghanistan keeps climbing (28 killed in one week of rioting), but this time it's not because of terrorism, or because of some sneaky campaign by the Taliban or al Qaeda. No, on this occasion it's because some American troops accidentally--or, perhaps, intentionally--incinerated a number of Qur'ans, the sacred text of the Muslim faith.

Friday, February 17, 2012 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Darwin Day: Celebrating the Scientist that People Love to Hate Charles Darwin (February 12, 1809-1882) is without doubt one of the most important scientists who ever lived. He is also one of the most controversial. First published in 1859, Darwin's theory of evolution has proven to be one of the most groundbreaking achievements in the history of science.

Monday, February 13, 2012 (19 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ayn Rand: The Blinkered Visionary It is worth emphasizing at this point that arch free marketers, such as Ayn Rand, typically endorse a qualified view of "government interference." Since the modern nation-state is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining a monetary system, in spite of Rand's idyllic view of a 100% laissez faire business environment, it would be impossible for an economic system to function in total isolation from government intervention.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Bungling Fox in the Henhouse: The Corporatization of Higher Education Milton Friedman, who cooked up the modern-day version of free market mumbo jumbo (aka, neo-liberalism) that brought the global economy to its knees in 2008. Three cheers for Uncle Milty! May he rest in peace and may his reprehensible ideas remain in repose with him for a long, long time to come.

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Occupying America: Middle Class Outrage Finally Transforms into a Movement The film, Inside Job, won the 2011 Academy Award for best documentary. Charles Ferguson the director of Inside Job kicked off his Oscar acceptance speech with the following statement, "Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by financial fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that's wrong."

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Captain America, The All-American Drughead So, how do we know that Captain America is a true, blue American? Well, for starters, Cap is wrapped in the flag from head to toe. There could hardly be a clearer message: this guy represents the USA. He's strong, he's fast, he's fearless, and he is all of these things because he is...( drum roll, please )...a drughead!

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