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Disingenuous or deceptive? December 30, 2008

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Lets redefine some terms

Lets redefine some terms

 

 

 

 

 

Answers in Genesis is a Christian website dedicated to defending biblical literalism. Every time a check their site I am blown away by one or two things: deception or dis-ingenuousness. 

P.Z. Myers sums it up very nicely:

“It’s true, I do have some presuppositions. I think that explanations should deal with as much of the evidence as possible; they should avoid contradictions, both internal and with the evidence from the physical world; they should be logical; they should make predictions that can be tested; they should have some utility in addressing new evidence. It’s not too much to ask, I don’t think. “Darwin” is not one of my presuppositions, however. Charles Darwin provided a set of explanations that, after some modification, meet my criteria. I am quite prepared to throw Darwin out, however, if a better explanation came along or if evidence that contradicted his ideas were discovered.”

Or better yet, read the blog:

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/

Hitchen’s on Christmas December 27, 2008

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'Tis the Season To Be Incredulous

'Tis the Season To Be Incredulous

Although, I’m late posting this article it is well worth a read.

Once again Christopher Hitchens gives us his thoughts on the holidays (aka marketingdays).

Considering the recent election I could not help but post this great picture!

Hitchens and Mccain

Bush’s midnight farewell December 21, 2008

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 [This blog was adapted from an article in the current Rolling Stone magazine, issue 1068/1069, entitled Bush’s Final Fuck You.]

Bush's Midnight Farewell
The term “midnight regulations” entered the American vocabulary at the end of the Carter administration, when Carter pushed through 10,000 pages of regulations before the end of his term. President Bush is set to push through double the amount of “midnight regulations” than Clinton and quintuple the amount of Reagan. These regulations are common, but Bush is setting a troubling precedent.

Some of these laws are sure to concern people of all political ideologies:

(Many of the environmental measures are frankly shocking considering the magnitude of the consequences)

Coal lobby:  a measure opposed by the governors of TN & KY,(as well as the EPA) that will allow waste from coal mining to be dumped into local valleys and streams.

Agriculture: (in disregard of the Clean Water Act,) allows waste from factory farms to seep unregulated into the public waterways.

Chemical: exempts over 100 primary polluters from monitering emisions.

Labor: limits the amount of time workers are able to take off under FMLA.

Health care: limits health benifits and raises co-payments which will cause many impoverished on Medicaid to pay %10 of their doctor visits and pharmaceuticals costs.

Security: overturns the laws that prevent state law enforcement from spying on Americans and shares the information with Federal intelligence agencies.

These are a small sample of the current “midnight regulations.”

*The Rolling Stone article goes much deeper into the issue.

Images of images in your mind December 17, 2008

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MRI scans read images off the visual cortex

 

This is somewhat “mind blowing” (pun intended), because these  researchers have actually imaged images in the subjects brains.

*P.Z. Myers wrote a nice blog about this in the link above.

My global warming ‘letter to the editor’ December 16, 2008

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Link to my letter on global warming
Link to my letter on global warming

 

 

This is a link to my ‘letter to the editor’ in my hometown newspaper the Montgomery Advertiser. Many people have left comments in regard to my critique of global warming deniers, and some of them contain good examples of logical fallacies.
Many bring up Al Gore in an attempt to discredit the scientific consensus, but this argument would qualify as an: Ad Hominem and Non-Sequitur.

1. Ad Hominem  Attacking the arguer instead of the arguement 

2. Non-Sequitur  Arguing a point that has no relevance to proving ones position

* Can anyone point out other logical fallacies?

High-temperature superconductors December 14, 2008

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High temperature superconductors?

High temperature superconductors?

Photo/article courtesy of physorg.com
The international team of physicists, led by Professor Nigel Hussey from the University’s Physics Department, publish their results today in Science Express, a rapid online access service for important new publications in the journal Science.
Superconductivity is when a pair of electrons are traveling in opposite directions, become attracted to one another and loose their electrical resistance, and thus creates a current (energy). (A paraphrase from the article)
Physicists have been working with low temperature superconductors for years, but if this advancement remains viable then the possiblity of room temperature superconductors could emerge,
“This holy grail of superconductivity research holds the promise of loss-free energy transmission, cheap, fast, levitated transport and a whole host of other revolutionary technological innovations.”

Jon Stewart exposes Huckabee’s ignorance December 11, 2008

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Huckabee on The Daily Show

 

This interview is of Jon Stewart trying to understand Mike Huckabee’s position on gay marriage.  Huckabee shows his ignorance in his defense of his anit-gay marriage position, by saying that marriage has been a defined institution for over 5000 years! What!?!?  He should stay out of politics and read his Bible more or something, because the Bible is cram full of polygomy, incest, and the like. But, gay marriage in the 21st century, we are to holy for that.

PrayerMax 5000 December 11, 2008

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PrayerMax 5000

 

Click this link to find out how to get your prayers answered faster than ever before!

Justice and Nisour Square December 10, 2008

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5 Blackwater Guards charged

5 Blackwater Guards charged

 The Nisour Square massacre occured on September 16, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. The American “security” company Blackwater Worldwide was patroling the area and suddenly began firing on innocent civilians. This is obviously the cliff notes, so I hope everyone will read the story.

Prop 8 ‘The Musical’ is sublime December 10, 2008

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Prop 8 ‘The Musical’

 

This video blew me away.  Jack Black, John C. Reilly and others made this satire mocking the passage of Proposition 8, the ballot measure that passed on November 4, 2008 to ban homosexual marriage.

This video is potent in the fact that there are many popular celebrities speaking out against this measure, and I believe that this could actually influence “middle America.”

Enjoy!