August 12th, 2007
|02:35 pm - Bill Nye in Waco|
Bill Nye booed in Texas after saying the moon reflects light from the sun.
Since practically everything about this story has been pulled, I've posted a copy from a web cache here.
Last week, Bill Nye (The Science Guy) gave a talk at McLennan Community College in Waco, TX. Everything went well at first, until…
The Emmy-winning scientist angered a few audience members when he criticized literal interpretation of the biblical verse Genesis 1:16, which reads: “God made two great lights — the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.”
He pointed out that the sun, the “greater light,” is but one of countless stars and that the “lesser light” is the moon, which really is not a light at all, rather a reflector of light.
A number of audience members left the room at that point, visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence.
“We believe in a God!” exclaimed one woman as she left the room with three young children.
What’s funny to me is that people would get angry at this, when there are two creation stories. Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 is the first, and a new story begins in Genesis 2:4. In the second story, man is made before anything else, including women. This is in total conflict with the creation order given in the first account, and seems rather in conflict with Genesis 1:27 which, with a close literal interpretation implies that men and women were created at the same time.
You know, when I’m reading literature and I see two different stories back to back, I usually recognize a literary style other than literal history. But it seems that some, like the attendees to Nye’s lectures, wear their sensitivies on their sleeve, looking for their opportunity to cause a scene. Man, it’s embarrassing.
Nye’s website (warning, it’s the most annoying website ever, turn off your speakers or puncture your eardrums) opens with a flash animation of the evolution of man. Perhaps those audience members who got angry should have googled him first. Then they could have gotten angry at home.
October 30th, 2006
|08:42 pm - Glitches cited in early voting|
After a week of early voting, a handful of glitches with electronic voting machines have drawn the ire of voters, reassurances from elections supervisors -- and a caution against the careless casting of ballots.
Several South Florida voters say the choices they touched on the electronic screens were not the ones that appeared on the review screen -- the final voting step.
Election officials say they aren't aware of any serious voting issues. But in Broward County, for example, they don't know how widespread the machine problems are because there's no process for poll workers to quickly report minor issues and no central database of machine problems.
Debra A. Reed voted with her boss on Wednesday at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale. Her vote went smoothly, but boss Gary Rudolf called her over to look at what was happening on his machine. He touched the screen for gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis, a Democrat, but the review screen repeatedly registered the Republican, Charlie Crist.
How many times is this same shit going to happen before they think somebody's gonna mail order a clue?!
Current Mood: angry
September 10th, 2006
|03:56 pm - Peddling "The Path To 9/11" To Kids|
'Disney/ABC's "docudrama" "The Path to 9/11", is a slanderous and fictional illusion about that tragic day five years ago. It will not only be peddled on our public airwaves, the corporate media is seeking to manipulate our cherished public school teachers. "The Path to 9/11" an ABC miniseries, touted on their tagline as "based on the 9/11 Commission Report" plans to rewrite history and further invoke the bogeyman of terrorism. It airs at 8:00 P.M. (east coast time) on Sunday, September 10th and Monday, September 11th.
'100,000 letters apparently were sent to high school teachers so they may collude in this travesty and only muddle the real history behind the tragic day of 9/11. Scholastic, Inc., known to children nationwide as the home of "Clifford, the Big Red Dog" is the catalyst behind the mailing. Go to the Scholastic website and you may download the "Setup and Prepare lessons" for September 7th and 8th . There is a follow-up lesson for 9/12. They are misleading and woefully deficient lessons. Crucial information about the "apparent" Iraq-9/11 connection, the origin of most of the 9/11 terrorists and hard data about Osama Bin Laden is missing in action. Disney and Scholastic have no shame and little integrity for a serious investigation into the 9/11 tragedies.' (CounterPunch article).
|11:10 am - Evidence That a Frozen Fish Didn't Impact the Pentagon on 9/11 (and Neither Did a Boeing 757)|
Joe Quinn does a pretty good job of deconstructing a wad of common disinformation and just laying scientific facts out for you to consider. An interesting read to say the least, and highly relevant at this time of year. It also compares impact damage to the World Trade Center to that of the "plane" that hit the Pentagon.
Current Mood: angry
September 9th, 2006
|01:24 am - Brad Pitt: I'll marry when everyone can|
Brad Pitt, ever the social activist, says he won't be marrying Angelina Jolie until the restrictions on who can marry whom are dropped.
"Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able," the 42-year-old actor reveals in Esquire magazine's October issue, on newsstands Sept. 19.
August 21st, 2006
|09:44 pm - New Christian broadcasting TV special featuring Ann Coulter blames Darwin for Hitler|
An upcoming television special produced by a Christian broadcaster that features conservative pundit Ann Coulter blames Charles Darwin for Adolf Hitler
"What's annoying about Coulter (note: there's more than one thing!) is that she insistently demands evidence for evolution (none of which she'll ever accept), but requires not a shred of evidence for her 'alternative hypothesis," wrote Professor Jerry Coyne from the University of Chicago's Department of Ecology and Evolution in a recent book review.
Meyers counters Coulter's claims that there is no physical evidence for evolution by noting that there were 150,000 primary research articles alone in an online database of articles related to life sciences he searched called PubMed, which "indexes over 4800 journals and contains about 12 million articles going back to 1966."
Guess who's behind this mess! Guess what network carries this crap as paid programming! And then guess what administration owns it!
EDIT: I meant to post this to dark_syndicate, but I suppose it can stay here too.
Current Mood: aggravated
Current Music: Iceman - Lost Complex (Ruby Radio)
|12:45 am - ...|
I don't know which is more disheartening... the fact that the link from qbutterfly to our main site was down until just a moment ago or the fact that nobody bothered to tell us about it for probably a year.
Current Mood: depressed
|12:23 am - Goosnargh.|
Haven't posted much lately because there's not much to post. The American pathocracy is getting worse, which is helping to drive K crazy while V tries to keep him stable. K's about to defriend a bunch of people I thought he got along with, not that he's the social type to begin with. K and V are talking about starting a tech/politics podcast, which could be dangerous. I don't know. K's also been working on Midnite Coffee, hoping to have the release edition of the novel done before November. He's already begun work on a followup, Mourning Coffee, but I don't know how far along it is.
Regarding qbutterfly, I'm told there are two new stories ready to go up, but I haven't received them as of yet. One is the second in the "Rumblemon" series, and the other is K's first (?) novel Dungeon Seeds. (Actually, K tells me there was one before it but it was atrociously bad and the manuscript was stolen anyway.)
Enough rambling. I need something to do, and sleep sounds as good as anything.
July 29th, 2006
|12:56 pm - 9-11 Poll|
Current Music: The B-52's - Song For A Future Generation (Ruby-Eye Radio)
January 16th, 2006
|01:13 am - MUD is down.|
Just in case anyone has tried to log in (unlikely, though I haven't been checking the logfiles lately), the stock SMAUG that foxsynergy was hosting is now down due to their computer being moved to their new place, and there being no power or internet connection there due to "meatbag incompetence".
Since there's been a little renewed demand for it lately, we were thinking about putting Nth Dimension back up once everyone's settled in. Nth Dimension is a MERC MUD using almost all original areas (even the school and arena are heavily modified, and everything else was fresh). I remember it being quite funny. One of the sillier bits was killing Pikachus in the arena, then brandishing their testicles to unleash a lightning attack. Another was mounting a genocidal assault on a bunch of bastardized anime characters. Yet another still was the restaurant "Murder is Meat", where you could sell any type of corpse and then buy meat pies cheap. The goblins in foxsynergy's novel Dungeon Seeds are right out of Nth Dimension's first dungeon. :D
I never claimed sanity on behalf of any of us.
Current Mood: anxious
Current Music: Genesis - Jesus He Knows Me