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I’m now a contributor to Occam’s Aftershave, a new venture I’m starting with an old friend, J.P. Crosby. You can read my first post, “The Danger of Narratives,” here.

I don’t plan on abandoning Babel Frog, despite the recent lack of activity here. Perhaps this new venture will serve as a shot in the arm for this poor site.

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WordPress has developed a neat little BlackBerry app, which I’m testing out right now while losing at Scrabble.

Also, the Senate voted 60-39 tonight to move the health care reform debate to the floor. During his comments, Sen. Chris Dodd asked, “Why are we here on a Saturday evening; and for that matter, what are you doing watching C-SPAN on a Saturday evening?”

I felt like he was talking to me.

EDIT: I actually won the Scrabble game, coming back from a 60-point deficit. The winning word was “EQUIP.”

I can’t claim that I’ve been busy because I haven’t. The semester is over, I wound up with a surprisingly decent GPA, and now I am half-heartedly looking for a job. Burger-flipping may be in the offing.

A couple things I need to address at some point — the president’s and former vice president’s speeches on national security Thursday is a major one. I came away from Obama’s reassured in the principles he is operating under (the idea of coequal branches of government, that the executive is bound by the decisions of the judiciary — you know, novel ideas like those) and from Cheney’s… well, was anybody really surprised by Dick Cheney’s 9/11 scare-fest? The speech was, on its face, repellent, and certain writers (who I won’t link to yet) have pointed out the blatant lies and half-truths he used in justifying his torture program (as well as, um, everything else the Bush administration did).

Another issue I should probably get some thoughts down on is atheism. I’ve wound up in a couple discussions about this since my last post, and it’s probably time to approach the subject — particularly after watching Dinesh D’Souza “debate” Daniel Dennett. D’Souza, in addition to being a big fan of Jesus, is also a fan of red herrings, straw men, and filibustering.

But that’s all stuff for later. I’m off for a run.

More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops – NYTimes.com. (From Sunday’s edition.)

“It’s not about carrying banners or protesting,” said Herb Silverman, a math professor at the College of Charleston who founded the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, which has about 150 members on the coast of the Carolinas. “The most important thing is coming out of the closet.”

Of course, this will be alarming for some people; for others, a welcome sign of things to come.

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We’re discussing “stable social and economic characteristics” in political psychology today. That’s stuff like ethnicity, religion, and economic class and how determinant they are in electoral behavior.

I’m in Pittsburgh, visiting my brother. This is why blogging has been light. Not a great way to start off a brand-new blog, I know. Anyway, I’ll pick the pace back up when I get home.

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