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Skepchick Quickies: Gaming Jeopardy, TSA Confessions, and Creationist/Atheist Debates

On February 3, 1984, the Space Shuttle Challenger launched for mission STS-41-B. This mission was notable for the first unmanned spacewalk and for holding the first high school experiment in space (about seed germination in zero gravity).

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. I’ve come to the conclusion that any article on atheism that comes from Salon should just go ahead and include the tag “concern trolling”, The takeaway line “Bill Nye is intensely concerned about climate change and evolution, as are we. He should therefore ally himself with sane religious leaders, rather than debate fundamentalists.” is classic concern trolling, crafting a false dichotomy wherein Bill Nye’s presence in Northern Kentucky (no I’m not going) obliterates his years of working with people of all belief systems, a fairly easily verifiable fact. What the author is essentially implying is that debating Ken Ham and focusing on the harms religious fundamentalism does to our public discourse, or being an open advocate for atheism (pretty much what New Atheist means imho) is a de facto excuse for those moderate “sane” religious figures to discount his activism.

  2. Flying out of Portland, ME last summer, I got pulled aside for 30 minutes of extra security theater because instead of wearing my vintage metal bracelet I had packed it in my luggage along with the rest of jewelry. Makes me wonder what sort of threat a round metal semi-circle could pose, exactly. Did they think it was bomb parts?

    I’m also curious what sort of criteria gets you SSSS’ed, since I have been randomly selected for special screening at least once every. single. time. I have flown since 2001.

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