Out of the abyss

Kaing Guek Eav was an educated man and, according to his students, a fine math teacher with a keen mind. He grew up poor in a rural Cambodian village and had a reputation for bookishness. He trained to be a teacher. College friends remember him taking up collections to help poor students with their ... Continue reading

A debate rages in New Mexico

I spotted this sign while driving through New Mexico recently, and it piqued my curiosity. Dust storms may exist. As a dedicated rationalist, I was frankly surprised, for I was certain that by now, these claims by some for the existence of dust storms had been stamped out. But to my chagrin, I was ... Continue reading

Don’t worry, be happy!

There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life. — London advertising slogan paid for by gadfly atheist Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Association British "bendy-buses" — those monster 60-foot, articulated, people-movers — will soon be sporting light-hearted "God is dead" ... Continue reading

Deconstructing Woody

Woody Allen cuts his banana into seven slices each morning. Six slices, or eight, and something bad might happen. "I know it would be total coincidence if I didn't slice it into seven pieces, and my family were killed in a fire," he says. "I understand that there could be no correlation, but, you ... Continue reading

Someone buy Mike Newdow a dog, please!

Michael Newdow, the Madelyn Murray O'Hair pretender, has lost his first round in federal court to ban prayer and any other religiosity from the upcoming Presidential inauguration. Clearly, this is a lonely man. How else to explain Newdow's obsessive self-promotion? It started with his suit to ... Continue reading