Worthy causes of the day: “Repower, Refuel, and Rebuild America” and “Urge Interior Secretary Salazar to Rescue the Polar Bear”.
Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
- “Religious freedom at center of pot case”: The religion in question is the Religion of Jesus Church, which claims they are religiously required to smoke marijuana. It is claimed on their Web-site that hemp in mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as an aromatic herb, on which justification they believe they are supposed to smoke it. This is frankly a very pathetic sort of hermeneutics because hemp is not mentioned at all in the Hebrew Bible. I am not clear what the plant they claim is hemp, qaneh-bosem, really is, but hemp is hardly likely. The name does mean something like “reed of perfume”, but as any picture of cannabis will tell you, cannabis is not a reed. Furthermore, even if qaneh-bosem were cannabis, it is still a great leap of interpretation to claim that just because a plant is used as part of sacrificial incense that it should be generally used for smoking.
- Self-promotion: 2009 Darwin Week in Charleston | February 08-15. Come and tell me everything I am saying is totally bogus—if you can.
- “Fewer deaths in hospitals with computerized records”
- “Every Man an Island, Pt. 1” and “Every Man an Island, Pt. 2”
- “Our World: Defending freedom's defenders”
- “Worried about the flu? Get a mask”
- “"Festive" time on board ice-trapped cruise ship”
- “The Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science”
- “No kidding! Bad jokes result in real social harm”: Submitted by Barry.
- “March of the Penguins...to extinction?”
- “When an Innocent Confesses to a Crime”
- “Getting Even versus Getting Over It: Think Twice Before Enacting Your Revenge”