Category: Off Topic
|September 8, 2013||Posted by scordova under Off Topic|
Favorite atheist thinkers? Bertrand Russell, Nathaniel Branden, Fred Hoyle, Jack Trevors, TJ Rodgers. That said, have any of you met anyone who said, “once I stopped believing in God, I cleaned up my life and became a better person”? Yet I know of many who left their old life after becoming Christians. A pastor of […]
|September 8, 2013||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Media, News, Off Topic|
Security expert: I have resisted saying this up to now, and I am saddened to say it, but the US has proved to be an unethical steward of the internet.
|August 25, 2013||Posted by scordova under News, Off Topic|
One my scoundrel-hero-bankers of Wall Street, Goldman-Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein famously said: “we’re doing God’s work“, responding to criticism that his firm made huge profits from the demise of others and he paid himself fat bonuses. Well, in like manner “we’re doing God’s work” here at UD, benefiting from the demise of Darwinism. Novelists and […]
|August 20, 2013||Posted by scordova under News, Off Topic|
Since BA77 likes posting so many off topic comments on so many threads, and because others probably want to talk about off topics, I’m creating the first official off topic thread at UD just for off topic comments. YAY! Here is my off topic, my pastor tried to get the congregation to stick around for […]
|July 23, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Community/Personal, Off Topic||
After some hesitation, I think it best to cross-post the following from my personal blog; trusting that even the militant will realise that there are some things that rise above whatever animus motivates them: _________ >>Given the extreme hostility and bullying, “out”- and- intimidate tactics that too often are associated with today’s online skeptical community […]
|July 14, 2013||Posted by Barry Arrington under Off Topic|
We have a jury system not because jurors are are necessarily wiser, more educated, or innately smarter than the alternatives (judges, kings, standing tribunals, viziers, etc.). By and large they almost certainly are not. We have juries because they are safer for those of us without power (the 99%, to use a phrase that has become all too […]
|January 22, 2013||Posted by kairosfocus under Comp. Sci. / Eng., Culture, News, Off Topic, Society|
Off topic, but important as a service to UD’s readers. HERE. Pardon, I took some days before commenting, until I found some useful info beyond the media panic headlines. Notice the clip from Oracle’s advisory, the link to the FAQ and the further link on gory technical details. The bottomline is that over the past […]
FOR RECORD: A follow up on the implications of turning schools into soft targets in an age of mass attack events
|December 22, 2012||Posted by kairosfocus under Ethics, News, Off Topic, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society||
While it is Christmas and we all hope to turn our attention to more pleasant matters, unfortunately there are some concerns that will not wait. So, pardon a few moments to address such. But first , let me wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. Now, in the past few days, […]
|December 15, 2012||Posted by kairosfocus under Constitution, Culture, Ethics, Laws, News, Off Topic, Popular culture, Society||
Yesterday was a hard day, even for those like me who were quite late to the news. We woke up here to the news on BBC — a Caribbean tradition — that someone in China had attacked a classroom with a knife of some kind and had slashed twenty-two children. This, in a country where […]
|September 11, 2012||Posted by kairosfocus under News, Off Topic|
Today is the 11th Anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Let us pause for a minute of silence, and remember. (My personal memorial is here.)
|June 14, 2012||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Off Topic||
The size of a city block, and you can watch it live on the Web.
|May 18, 2012||Posted by News under academic freedom, News, Off Topic|
A writer was fired from Chronicle of Higher Education for alleged racism, but …
|May 7, 2012||Posted by News under News, Off Topic|
|March 19, 2012||Posted by News under News, Off Topic|
Three exceptions to the non-attack rule: people with differing political views, fundamentalist Christians, and rural working-class whites.
From The Best Schools: “Fix Fishtown Central High” social work schemes: If low self-esteem isn’t really the problem, …
|February 13, 2012||Posted by News under Education, News, Off Topic|
“The trouble with Fishtown teens’ self-esteem is that it is too often inflated by future sources of trouble. Let’s look at the four Fishtown teen high school dropouts’ choices again. “
|February 12, 2012||Posted by News under Education, Intelligent Design, News, Off Topic|
… a surprisingly level-headed and humane article in The New York Times challenging our newspaper of record’s standard Darwinian-reductionist line on human nature.
|February 7, 2012||Posted by News under Education, News, Off Topic|
A whimsical look at how an education bureaucracy can bring about improvements despite itself …
|December 25, 2011||Posted by News under Culture, News, Off Topic|
A tiny minority of state nannies, social engineers, and pressure groups specialize in taking offense, and make their living from it. And they are offended by us unwashed hordes generally, so ….
|December 8, 2011||Posted by News under News, Off Topic|
In a global society, we need a philosophically coherent means of confronting cultures that believe and act on such views, not an excuse for accommodating them.
|December 3, 2011||Posted by News under Culture, Off Topic|
“I had expected strong aversion; but that’s not what I got. Instead, they became confused. They seemed not to know what to think.”