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Philomena on “Moments of Wonder”

Philomena on “Moments of Wonder”

Philomena Cunk presents a new “Moments of Wonder,” the subject being “Charity”. Reader Michael sent this, alone with a note: This video was made for Comic Relief day last week in the UK [AKA Red Nose Day] Unfortunately Cunk’s writers have fallen for the Mother Teresa myth, but other than that a reasonable stab. I’m not […]

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The saga of NASA’s grant to theologians continues, with NASA violating the Constitution and its employees apparently behaving illegally

The saga of NASA’s grant to theologians continues, with NASA violating the Constitution and its employees apparently behaving illegally

If this doesn’t get me another Discovery Institute “Censor of the Year” award, I don’t know what will, for, as far as I remember, I discovered this bit of information. But the Freedom from Religion Foundation should be the real recipient, as it’s done every bit of the legwork and heavy lifting. The issue involves […]

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New Zealand: From Picton to Wellington

New Zealand: From Picton to Wellington

Yesterday morning (I’m writing this on Thursday), I was driven to Picton, detouring through the famous Marlborough wine region (vineyard below), famous for Sauvignon Blancs. But I also saw some Pinot grapes on the vines. The ferry from South to North Island, and vice versa, goes between only two ports: Picton and Wellington (New Zealand’s […]

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Thursday: Hili dialogue

Thursday: Hili dialogue

by Grania The days go by, and we are already heading for the end of the week. Today in 1981 an assassination attempt was made on Ronald Reagan injuring him seriously, as well as two others. The would-be killer John Hinckley Jr. was found not guilty for reasons of insanity and spent the next 35 years in […]

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Guess the creature

Guess the creature

Reader Barry sent this tw**t, and readers can have fun guessing what it is. (I have no idea.) I’m off to the Museum in Wellington. Strange Creature Found On The Sea Floor In Bali pic.twitter.com/vs7TljnP2z — Nature is Scary (@TheScaryNature) March 28, 2017

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New Zealand: A sheep station (and mussel lagniappe)

New Zealand: A sheep station (and mussel lagniappe)

Yesterday Don MacKay and I were invited to a “sheep station” (the word “ranch” isn’t used here) to tag along with a bunch of American wine buyers visiting New Zealand to sample the local sauvignon blancs and pinots. Don and his wife Karen are long-time friends of the station’s owners, Paul and Muff Newton, and the […]

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Are religious people a bit thick?

Are religious people a bit thick?

I had a discussion a few days ago with someone who told me that many very smart people he knew were also religious. I thought about that for a minute, and after reflection I just couldn’t agree. I don’t think one can be really smart and religious at the same time. Yes, I know that some […]

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FFRF versus the Ark Park

FFRF versus the Ark Park

In this video, which the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) says was filmed covertly, FFRF lawyer Andrew Seidel talks about how Answers In Genesis, Ken Ham’s organization, sworn to purvey lies about biology to children, has benefited from taxpayer subsidies. (As you may remember, the Ark Encounter has a supposedly life-sized version of Noah’s Ark which […]

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Readers’ wildlife videos

Readers’ wildlife videos

Tara Tanaka informs me that I put up the wrong video the other day, and so here’s the right one: a new one, 3.5 minutes long, called “For the love of cranes”. These are of course sandhill cranes, Grus canadensis. Here are Tara’s notes. I finally culled the remaining video I shot in November, 2016 at […]

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Wednesday: Hili dialogue

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Welcome to Wednesday. Today is New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless‘s birthday (1968) famous for playing Xena, Warrior Princess and unlike many “action” women of the time, actually looked like she could kick the living daylights out of  the baddies du jour.   Eric Idle (1943) is celebrating his birthday as well. Long time […]

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Further adventures of Business Cat.

Further adventures of Business Cat.

by Grania Twitter is the gift that keeps giving. Sometimes. Today is one of those times. Regular readers of  this website will of course be familiar with the doings of Business Cat. (Click on the white play button).

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New Zealand: Pelorus Bridge and thereabouts

New Zealand: Pelorus Bridge and thereabouts

I’m staying near Pelorus Bridge (not a village but a small bridge over the Pelorus River), famous for being not only the first bridge from which somebody bungee jumped, but also for featuring in one scene in a Hobbit movie, to wit: Part of the pretty Marlborough Sounds at the very top of the South […]

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Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Today is the birthday of  Italian Renaissance painter Raphael (1483-1520) one of the three great artists of the period along with Leonardo and Michelangelo. He left an impressively large collection of work behind him, considering he died very young at the age of 37, from “excessive sex”, or at least, so said his […]

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Big fun in Nelson

Big fun in Nelson

I spent two days and three nights in Nelson, graciously hosted by American expats Tom and Ann, who spent much of their lives teaching in “American Schools” across the globe, but have landed in Nelson. As one of the sunniest places in New Zealand, a lovely town of 50,000 on the northern coast of the […]

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Readers’ wildlife videos

Readers’ wildlife videos

I am just back from a two-hour tramp in the native beech/tree-fern forests around Pelorus Bridge (where part of Lord of the Rings–or The Hobbit–was filmed). And that is between Nelson and Picton on New Zealand’s South Island. What a lovely walk it was, too, although the forest was way too silent: many of the birds […]

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Monday: Hili dialogue

Monday: Hili dialogue

by Grania Morning all! Welcome to a new week. It’s the birthday of Quentin Tarantino (1963),  director and actor who rose meteorically to fame with his 1992 film Reservoir Dogs, which I still think is one of his best films out of a strong field. In contrast, and I realise that my opinion is a […]

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Travels in New Zealand: to Nelson via Pancake Rocks

Travels in New Zealand: to Nelson via Pancake Rocks

On the way to Nelson two days ago, we passed through Paparoa National Park on the west coast of the South Island, one of New Zealand’s smallest national parks. It’s famous for its limestone geological formations, nearby blue penguins (I didn’t see any) and the rock blowholes, where the sea violently enters the caverns it’s carved, sending […]

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Sunday: Hili dialogue (with bonus Gus)

Sunday: Hili dialogue (with bonus Gus)

by Grania Good morning! Among the many celebrating birthdays today are Steve Tyler (1948) and Diana Ross (1944). It’s not easy to choose just one song for either of them as they are prolific and have had long-lasting careers. It is also the birthday of Richard Dawkins (1941), Nancy Pelosi (1940), Watergate-busting journalist Bob Woodward […]

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AAAS uses Science March to make money and swell membership

AAAS uses Science March to make money and swell membership

I’ve never been a big fan of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: they are too soft on faith, and in fact include a Templeton-founded program, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER), whose goal is reconcile science and evolution with religion–largely Christianity (the program is headed by an evangelical Christian astronomer; see here, here, […]

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Sign Cornel West and Robert George’s statement in favor of free speech

Sign Cornel West and Robert George’s statement in favor of free speech

  Now is your chance, if you’re an academic or affiliated with a college or university, to sign a well-crafted statement in favor of free and untrammeled expression on campuses. The statement, “Truth Seeking, Democracy, and Freedom of Thought and Expression” was written by Robert P. George, a professor of jurisprudence at Princeton, and Cornel West, […]

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