Archives for October 20, 2009

Pseudoscience, quackery, and the swine flu. An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All

Back in the 1990s, Khristian Oliver (that’s an interesting name) was robbing a man’s home. That man had a rifle to defend his home from robbers, but Khristian took the rifle from him, shot him in the face, and then used the rifle to beat him to death. In this way, the murdered man became…

Consisting of the many and varied robotic spacecraft exploring our Solar System and parts beyond, the IREL soldiers on tirelessly, often in obscurity and in conditions that would make even the most hardy of human beings question their resolve, all to provide us with the data necessary to enhance our understanding of the Universe. They…

If the Mormons did it like this ….

… I’d still slam the door on their faces. Hat tip: Atheist Media Blog

Threats Against Obama

Continuing on with our theme of anti-Obama wackaloonery, including the inherent racism involved in that, there is not additional evidence that there are indeed more death threats against our President than usual. From the Boston Globe:

It was YOU who hired Nietzsche to kill me????

Minneapolis Skeptics: Upcoming Talk

How the Perception of an Intact Body Can Go Awry Twin Cities Skeptics and Minneapolis Skeptics present: “Phantom limbs, alien hand syndrome, the rubber hand illusion…How the Perception of an Intact Body Can Go Awry…” Details here.

A sexually explicit illustrated Book of Genesis by controversial artist Robert Crumb, which features Bible characters having intercourse, has been condemned by religious groups.

Bees Make Elephants Beat It

I took this photograph not using a telephoto lens, and not using angry bees for protection. But there was a 5 meter high electrified concrete and steel fence. But for how long? Consider this report on PhysOrg: Elephants? fear of angry bees could help to protect them from PhysOrg.com At a time when encroaching human…

How Young is the Grand Canyon?

To answer that question briefly, it is really really old if you mean “how old are the oldest rocks that are exposed by the Grand Canyon,” and it is probably just a few million years old (5 or 6 by some estimates) if you mean “how long did the canyon itself take to form.” An…