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Remember the House Republican who humiliated himself in front of the entire nation when he asked the scientist, how could melting ice cause the oceans to rise since an ice cube melting in a glass of water ... doesn't raise the water level? Remember that guy?
Well, here to remind you is Jon Stewart (10:25)
Okay, now that you've had a chance to get up off the floor and stop laughing ...
Here is something that is not so funny
The Conservatives on the Supreme Court no longer even bother to make a pretense of upholding their oaths. They simply defecate on our Constitution and on our Democratic principles with impunity.
Their 5-4 decision this time, proves that the Conservative justices will continue to use their power to defeat Democracy whenever it rears its ugly head.
They are "judges" in name only ...
in the same way that North Korea is a "Democratic People's Republic."
Early voting in Ohio blocked by Republicans and Conservative justices
Until the thinking half of the country can convince the non-thinking half of the country ... to start thinking; we will continue to slide further into the abyss.
Do I support International Blasphemy Day?
Every day of the year
Jesus's Gay Marriage sing-a-long (2:06)
This week's show was:
"Law student tries to defend actress Danielle Watts"
Featuring: Frank Vyan Walton
The Science Segment was:
Read (11 pages)
To participate in the live debate, go to:
"Talkshoe.com" on any Saturday night at 9pm (Eastern time)
and click "join a call" - then select "The Skeptic Arena" (ID#45435)
You may just listen, type in comments, or you can debate by phone (724-444-7444)
Oxygen anomaly in earliest rocks leads to the discovery of how they formed.
Genesis 3:16 - To the woman He said,
"I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you will bring forth children ...."
I think a Hyena must have stolen fruit from God's favorite tree
Scientists were surprised by the degree of variation
found among genomes of individual neurons ...
from the same brain
Classic Emails (2 pages)
The District Attorney of Bedford County Pennsylvania
is filing charges against a 14-year-old boy for what he did in the picture below.
Can you believe it - I didn't receive a single reply today ...
Is this microphone on?
Classic Emails (1 page)
YUC's (Yechy Ultra Conservatives) were passing around an old dishonest email
about Obama not attending D-Day ceremonies.
(it's a good thing we've got Snopes now)
I sent this back in response
(as you have probably guessed by now,
not one, out of more than 5 dozen Ghost Worshipers
had the courage to stand up and defend their invisible ghost)
John Fugelsang on Jesus (2:23)
If you liked it, you can watch the whole show (41:35) by clicking it near the end.
New drug uses a new method for stopping the flu virus
Terrence McKenna on Relativism (5:43)
The pile of evidence for the "Out of Africa" theory
just keeps getting bigger and bigger
Classic Emails (1 page)
I was feeling a little lonely the other day
since I can't seem to find anyone who wants to play with me anymore.
So I sent this email to my old buddy, Flip Benham, over at Operation Save America
Even though we don't see "eye to eye" on that whole abortion thingy,
I still get the feeling that Flip really appreciates the work that I do,
because he has yet to complain about, or even reply to, a single one of my emails.
To be a Christian - this is what you have to believe.
God's checklist (9:47)
Altruism in Meerkats
What an embarrassment for Objectivists: even lowly Meerkats ... get it.
"In God We Trust"
This video will explain why religions thrive in smaller towns (2:06:03)
But the internet is bringing a degree of safety, never before available,
even to those in small towns.
Animals don't feel pain?
If you don't believe animals feel pain, start twisting your dog's paw and see what happens. It's hard to imagine how anyone could be that stupid. But you have to remember - we are talking about William Lane Craig here; a man who regularly takes the meaning of the word "stupid" to a whole new level.
Why Chief Justice John Roberts allowed the ACA to stand
"Dusty" thanks Christians for showing everyone
just how disgusting their religion really is (4:13)
The aftermath of Robin Williams' suicide in the eyes of some Christians
Jenny McCarthy's child didn't develop autism because of a vaccine - that has been conclusively ruled out by scientific research. The evidence indicates that, in most cases, autism is inherited.
However, parents do not have to be helpless bystanders. They can have a dramatic impact on the severity of their child's autism. But this requires a huge investment of time and love; something that not all parents are willing, or able, to provide.
Helping kids with autism
McCarthy tried desperately to put the blame for her son's condition on the medical profession. But the evidence implicates, not the medical profession, but the parent's genetics; and the study you just read heaps more blame, not on the medical field, but on McCarthy herself, who could have done so much more, but chose instead, to invest her time in a glamorous career. So maybe the real motivation behind McCarthy's crusade ... is guilt?
So how much death and misery have been brought to Americans
as a result of the ignorance and influence of Jenny "Body Bags" McCarthy?
About twice as much, as brought by ... the 9/11 terrorists
(but the difference is, her carnage is still ongoing ... with no end in sight)
We've all heard the phrase "Correlation doesn't imply causation."
But that depends on which definition of "imply" one is using.
From Dictionary.com, imply:
1. to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated:
"His words implied a lack of faith."
3. to involve as a necessary circumstance:
"Speech implies a speaker."
Definition #3 is the one used in logic. The statement "Correlation doesn't imply causation" is true when this definition of imply is used. But the statement is not necessarily true if definition #1 is applied. In that case, correlation often does imply (suggest or indicate) causation. If it didn't, humans would have almost nothing to go on, as to where to focus their scientific efforts.
New discovery turns human history on its head
But I think calling Homo Erectus "the first global human species"
is stretching the meaning of the word "global"
considering they missed the entire Western hemisphere.
Classic emails (2 pages)
The "About" page of Christian bigot, Matt Barber
For some odd reason, Matt never did respond to my email.
Nor did any of the dozen or so Ghost Worshipers that I included on the CC list.
Oh well, I guess my lonely quest to make new friends will just have continue elsewhere.
Light's journey: from the Big Bang - to striking our telescopes.
It didn't take the shortest path
How dishonest are "The Daily KOS" writers willing to be
in order to promote their ideology?
Well ... let's find out
Nearly a dozen of KOS' top writers humiliate themselves
And here is one example of the dishonest, illogical, herd mentality
representative of many of those who write for "The Daily KOS"
If I were black in America
there's a decent chance I'd already be dead
"Overcoming ideological thinking,
whether Liberal or Conservative,
is the equivalent of giving your brain an enema."
Schrodinger's cat slowly being revealed to physicists
This work was expected, as a direct follow-up on this ...
The 2012 Nobel Prize In Physics
Why are so many Brits fighting for ISIS? (2:22)
This story adds powerful evidence to the claim that many British mosques are teaching hate and violence. If these "warriors" (killers) had not gone to the Middle East, then Britain itself would have borne the brunt of their hatred. But before passing judgment on Muslims, make sure you understand that this is what many Christians were like for almost 2,000 years. Fundamentalist religion is a cancer that must be eradicated if our civilization is to survive.
Scientists close in on virus' ability to defeat the immune system
So what is income inequality's toll on the Middle Class?
About $18,000 a year
The Koch brothers thank you for your support
According to two of the hosts of "The Atheist Experience" cable TV show,
religion is "not" a mental disorder.
Let's see what Mr. Webster has to say about that (5 pages)
How do tall trees get water up to the top?
Tree biology (7:23)
Christian Anti-Abortion protesters
confronted by verses from their own bible,
leave quietly in disgrace (2:48)
I agree with everything the Atheist said, so obviousIy I disagree with the position of the Christians. But these Christians were peacefully protesting. If this Atheist wants to bring about change in society, he would do better to focus on violent bigots like those who bomb clinics and murder doctors and staff workers (like "Operation Save America") rather than peaceful Americans simply exercising the First Amendment rights that we all demand for ourselves.
In fact, I am currently visiting Planned Parenthood clinics in the Los Angeles area, searching for protesters like the ones I have read about; protesters who threaten women and scream obscenities at them. So far I have found none. I may have to travel to where they are ... but I will find them.
I've reported Alzheimer's breakthroughs before ...
but nothing like this one
This incident proves that we need to require standards
for people intending to run for Congress
Climate change denier attacks scientist (2 pages)
"Dust That Sings" by philhellenes (12:37)
In his video, Aron Ra asks "What is the meaning of the word 'life'?"
So where is the boundary between life and non-life?
One of the biggest discoveries to come from the Miller-Urey experiments
was that the supposed boundary between life and non-life is non-existent ...
the existence of matter is best described as a continuum.
The boundary has been arbitrarily assigned by humans, creating a false dichotomy for our convenience. That is one reason why scientists have such a difficult time agreeing on exactly what constitutes "a living thing."
Stars evolve over time and eventually begin to produce heavier elements. Matter sometimes evolves in a way that leads to the existence of living things. The Miller experiments proved that, given the right conditions, chemical elements can evolve into organic molecules: the building blocks of what we call "living things."
Invoking Occam's razor, there is simply no necessity to create an arbitrary boundary that does not exist in nature, but only in the minds of humans.
An analogy is human evolution from ape-like mammals. At no point did an ape-like mammal suddenly become a human. Only when one looks back over great distances of time can one see that evolution has occurred.
Therefore the term "abiogenesis" should be discarded.
There is simply ... evolution.
(Yes, for those of you who read my book, it's true that I made the same mistake.
When I get around to rewriting it, I will have a lot of editing to do)
Classic Emails (2 pages)
I Sent this email to Flip Benham of Operation Save America
Response to your "About" page
Yes, this is the same group of misfits who used to be called "Operation Rescue." After all the murders and bombings, they thought they could give themselves a makeover by changing their name to something really patriotic like "Operation Save America."
But no matter how fancy you dress up a pig ... it's still a pig.
Let's take a break and watch some standup with Jim Jefferies (9:52)
Scientists achieve a milestone in the race to harness nuclear fusion
Sam Harris on the morality of God (3:45)
Should you take vitamin supplements?
With 2/3's of Americans classified as either fat or obese,
vitamin deficiencies are extremely rare.
That means that fat folks (the middle 1/3) ... are the norm.
The scientific connection between religion and brain damage (4:21)
After reading the story, now you can ...
watch this snake in action (5:00)
The old TV game show "Let's Make A Deal" hosted by Monty Hall, presented a contestant with 3 doors. Behind one door was a fabulous prize. Behind the other two doors were worthless consolation prizes. After a contestant selected a door (say #1), Monty would then reveal what was behind one of the two unchosen doors (say #2). The door Monty opened would always contain a worthless consolation prize. Monty would then ask the contestant "Before I open the door you selected (#1), do you want to switch your door for the one remaining door (#3), or do you want to keep your door?" The contestant would then either switch doors (#1 for #3) or keep their door, and then Monty would open the door that the contestant had chosen.
Should the contestant switch doors or keep the original one? Intuition convinces most people that, regardless of the removal of one door, you now have a choice between 2 doors, giving them a 50% chance of winning. Most contestants will keep the original door to avoid the regret, in case they lose, that would result from mistrusting their original intuition.
The truth is that the odds are 2-1 in favor of switching doors!
If the explanations you have read for the "Monty Hall" problem seem confusing,
try this one that I designed:
1) The only way to win if you keep your door is if you chose the winning door initially:
this happens 1/3 of the time.
2) The only way to win if you switch doors is if you chose a losing door initially:
this happens 2/3 of the time.
So you double your chances of winning ... by switching doors.
(This is an excellent example of
, which, when translated into English, states that prior events must be taken into consideration when computing future probabilities)
Bart Ehrman discusses "Is the Bible reliable?" (14:47)
First ever evidence of a comet striking Earth
Betty Bowers on Abortion in the Bible (4:06)
One reason behind the Christian anti-vax movement in the U.S. (1 page)
The Arkansas state constitution says:
“No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office
in the civil departments of the state; nor be competent to stand trial.”
So, only if you have invisible, imaginary friends
are you considered sane enough to stand trial?
I think we've found that planet described in old Superman comic books,
called Bizzaro World, where everything was completely ass backwards.
It's called Earth; and it's capital is located in Arkansas.
I swear to all that's visible, if aliens visited Earth right now ...
they would institutionalize the vast majority of Earth's inhabitants.
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