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Just so you know…


I’ve been going through my older posts on the blog, deleting broken or expired links, adding up-to-date links where needed, making sure videos are still viewable, and such. These older posts are currently pending review, and last night I’m afraid I may have made your inboxes and feeds explode when I released several at once.

Sorry about that.

I’m still in the process of updating and reviewing these older posts. This is going to take a bit, one post per day, unlike yesterday evening’s post-post-post-Cambrian explosion. I’ll be rewriting some of these older posts, but ONLY when the text seems stilted, redundant, or unclear, NEVER to change the meaning of the post. I’ll not censor myself.

I’ll continue producing new material over this and the next few weeks, but punctuated by these rereleases, and at a rate that doesn’t make your inboxes scream in horrific agony.

Thanks for being patient,

…and stay brilliant!

Talotaa frang.

What makes something right or wrong?


Originally posted on Open Parachute:

Here is another of the  4 animated videos  produced by the British Humanist Association. They are all narrated by Stephen Fry.

This one deals with aspects of morality – an important subject where the voice of non-theists is often ignored.

“What makes something right or wrong?” Narrated by Stephen Fry 

See: That’s Humanism: Four animated videos about Humanism narrated by Stephen Fry

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Wordless Wotan’s Day: 2014/02/19


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The precautionary principle


Originally posted on Open Parachute:

This has become a sort of slogan for activists. We have all probably seen the anti-fluoride political posters – “If in doubt, keep it out.” And we have heard the appeal that we should not be putting fluoride into our drinking water until all researchers are unanimous and it has been absolutely proved it can do no harm.

Well, what do these activists make of this plot.

The data look pretty good and the correlation is excellent. Surely this at least shows the science on organic food is not settled.

Should we stop the sale of organic produce “in the meantime.” Or until rigorous checks have been made and researchers are absolutely unanimous that organic foods are harmless?

In fact, data in that graph are far better, and certainly “seem” more convincing, than the poor data often used by anti-fluoride activists to promote doubt about fluoridation.

To take another ploy…

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Casino competitions: Art or Science?


Originally posted on Vikram Roy's Blog:

How do casinos determine the competitions they give to players?

Much has been said about casinos and the games they offer. There are literally hundreds and thousands of books about everything from poker to slot machines, with each one featuring their own secret techniques that will be sure to make you win big or your money back guaranteed order now!

So, yes, casinos have largely been de-mystified by these books, blogs, and gaming systems. If there’s one thing that has remained a bit of a mystery in the glitzy world of casinos until now, however, it’s the comps system.

Smart Gaming defines comps as “an abbreviation for complimentary. They are the free goods and services provided by the casino to its players. Comps can range on the low end to free drinks and free valet parking all the way up to free room, food, beverage and transportation.”

While the comps…

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