Smooth as silk! New mixer, new recorder, better mics, no utter disasters… all in all, a pretty good episode, I think. We go a bit long, but are actually fairly on point for a change. The Items of Interest are salvaged from last week’s aborted attempt at a show, and I’m in the process of cutting up the rest of it to share on YouTube.
Whoever brought this paper to the attention of the fundamentalist Christians was demonstrating, in Brian’s words, ‘graduate level trolling.’
Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.
A blog post from the editor of the publication in defense of the paper: http://blogs.bmj.com/medical-ethics/2012/02/28/liberals-are-disgusting-in-defence-of-the-publication-of-after-birth-abortion/
“Parents were invited to a school board meeting Wednesday evening to express their concerns after an Oxnard middle school teacher was placed on paid leave for allegedly dabbling in hardcore pornography.
However, not one parent with a student at Haydock Intermediate School attended, according to CBS2’s Suraya Fadel.”
Some follow up – she was eventually outed by name: http://www.nationalconfidential.com/20120307/stacie-halas-middle-school-teacher-allegedly-worked-as-pornstar-tiffany-six/
Trial begins this week in a lawsuit over whether NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) unlawfully discriminated against an employee for discussing the scientific theory of intelligent design (ID) at work, according to the Discovery Institute.
The Crystal Cathedral, where modest services at a drive-in movie theater morphed into the Hour of Power at a fabulous glass-paned home to a global televangelical empire, will relocate and the Orange County megachurch will get a new name, the Associated Press reports today. The financially-struggling church sold its iconic glass-paned home to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange last month to emerge from federal bankruptcy protection.
Items of interest:
We talk with Brian’s friend and early supporter of this podcast. It’s blog dedicated to reviewing the gear, guns, events, & personalities within the airsoft community of Southern California. Manny and his brother are the only ones contributing to it at the moment, but as they increase the size of their team they hope to expand their level of content. I’ll be heading out to the range to get shot at with BB’s myself fairly soon, so I’ll have a report back on my impressions of the sport within the next few episodes.
Matt – http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/
Just your everyday man-made object about to leave the solar system…
“The twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft continue exploring where nothing from Earth has flown before. In the 33rd year after their 1977 launches, they each are much farther away from Earth and the Sun than Pluto. Voyager 1 and 2 are now in the “Heliosheath” – the outermost layer of the heliosphere where the solar wind is slowed by the pressure of interstellar gas. Both spacecraft are still sending scientific information about their surroundings through the Deep Space Network (DSN).
The primary mission was the exploration of Jupiter and Saturn. After making a string of discoveries there — such as active volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io and intricacies of Saturn’s rings — the mission was extended. Voyager 2 went on to explore Uranus and Neptune, and is still the only spacecraft to have visited those outer planets. The adventurers’ current mission, the Voyager Interstellar Mission (VIM), will explore the outermost edge of the Sun’s domain. And beyond.”
What can we say about this one, really? We end up mainly bashing on CNN for such a florid piece of crap of a news story.
Listener Feedback Section (New! (because we just now got enough feedback)):
We talk about some cool listener feedback we’ve gotten from an early listener, cwebb, who runs the show over at http://atheistsocialworker.org, and respond to some questions he had. Thanks again, cwebb!
We also discuss an email I received from a listener named Jonathon, and invite him to be on the show to discuss fun with door-to-door proselytizers. Thanks for the email, Jonathon!