scientists are witches

Terry Gross had journalist Chris Mooney on her show this afternoon discussing his new book, “The Republican War on Science.” It’s really good stuff (even though the author sounds like a teenager)… Luckily, if you missed it, you can still catch it on-line. (Thanks to Kristen for the tip.)

If you know where I can find a transcript, let me know.

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  1. Posted September 15, 2005 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    there’s no explaining this.

  2. mark
    Posted September 15, 2005 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Is that supposed to be Jesus, Steve?

  3. Shanster
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Some scientists ARE witches.

  4. Teddy Glass
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait for the public executions! I wonder if we’ll be crushing them with rocks, or dunking them in the river until the drown, or if we’ll just go with fire. This is such an exciting time to be an American!

  5. Posted September 16, 2005 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    People who followed Crowley are not witches.
    They are Mages or magicians. The debate is still ongoing as to whether they are so-called black magicians or ground breakers.
    Considering that that particular faction of Crowley-ites became the Scientologists I’m sure one could guess my opinion on that.
    Witches are of a completely different ilk and I’m betting you’d welcome a witch moving in next door before a scientologist or Crowley-ite

  6. be OH be
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Teddy, I think the time is nigh for crucifictions to make a comeback.

  7. Tony Buttons
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I think that we should let the Blackwater mercenary teams do it in whatever way they find most efficient (and entertaining).

  8. be OH be
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    You mean “contractor teams”.

  9. Posted September 16, 2005 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    no, you mean “sunshine units”.

  10. Shanster
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for correcting me, Stella, I wouldn’t want to mix my neo-pagan groups. But, on the positive side, they all abide by a similar rule of not harming anyone, so I don’t need to be worried about being turned into a toad, right?

  11. Posted September 16, 2005 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Well I wouldn’t count on that one either, my impression of people who follow Crowley is that they are more closely aligned to “do as thou wilt shall be the sum of law”. Incidentally those type of organizations are far older and far and away outside the realm of neo-paganism. And in terms of wicca, neo-paganism and other Dianic organizations it is true that the stated intention of any legitimate groups are to not cause harm. It doesn’t always happen that way though, as is true of any one attempting anything, religious, political, interpersonal or whatever.

  12. Shanster
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 3:28 pm | Permalink


  13. be OH be
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    I think somebody’s looking for a kiss.

  14. chris
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    OK, does anyone find it strange that Crowley has crept back up again (I confused him for Ming the Merciless the other day).

    I am telling you IT is a sign.

    And it is somehow all related to Roberts nomination.

    Crowley is on the move.

    BTW, which brings to mind another form of scientist execution…the Stone Table evil elf execution.

    And if we do start executing scientists can we please start w/ my Genetics undergrad Professor. She was truly nasty. Religious fundamentalists w/ a mercenary bent please contact me via mm for prof’s logistics.

  15. Posted September 16, 2005 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Ok, I’m biting, what the heck is the Stone table evil elf execution?
    It sounds like some kind of Narnia meets Heavy Metal with a little Norman Mailer thrown in meld.

  16. chris
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    You got it baby. All except the Norman Mailer reference, that is.

  17. mark
    Posted September 16, 2005 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m trying to remember what I read years ago about the practice of dunking witches. Was it that if the women being dunked died, you knew they weren’t witches? I seem to recall that there was some kind of catch-22 like that.

  18. chris
    Posted September 17, 2005 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Yes, Mark that is right. I learned this valuable fact from a Chick publication, and you know they’re always right.

  19. Tamara
    Posted September 18, 2005 at 2:56 pm | Permalink


    Mooney was on The Daily Show last week as well. And for the record, he LOOKS even younger. As soon as he came out I said to Chris, “So this guy is twelve?” He’s also much shorter than Jon Stewart, which is a feat! (No offense, Jon, if you’re reading — we love ya!)

    Anyway, it was good, although Mooney fell into the category of people about whom we ask each other, “Has he never SEEN The Daily Show?” Not much of a sense of humor. But informative nonetheless. I caught part of his Fresh Air appearance; afterward Terry had on some Republican who was W’s science advisor during the ’00 campaign. It’s worth listening for the stuttering she gets from him at one point.

    You can find The Daily Show clip here (scroll down a bit) along with lots of other cool JS interviews:

  20. mark
    Posted September 18, 2005 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link, Tamara. I’ll check it out… As for the Fresh Air Republican rebuttal, I’ve had a note here on my desk to listen to it since I posted the interview with Mooney, but I just haven’t had the time… Maybe I’ll try to make the time tonight… I suspect that it’ll just piss me off though.

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