Archives for February 22, 2011

Steven Newton, Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education: … Why is “neutrality” toward evolution such a disaster for college-bound kids? Evolution is the foundation of biology. Just as geologists cannot decipher the earth’s features without plate tectonics, and physicists cannot understand the interaction of light and matter without quantum electrodynamics,…

The Biggest Loser Backfires

The Biggest Loser is a TV reality show on which people who really do weigh a lot more than is healthy compete to lose weight. They do this on teams. There are various challenges. There are charismatic trainers. And, of course, because it is a TV reality show, individuals can get tossed off the show…

And other matters, including a summary of what happened in Texas. The Tennessee Senate has introduced a second anti- evolution bill and the debate over teaching intelligent design in schools continues. Dr. Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education updates us on the debate. Click here. More on Tennessee here, regarding…

Sarah Palin Hates Lactation

Or is it just that she does whatever Mistress Bachmann tells her to do? My friend Aseem recently said to me that John McCain may be the USA’s greatest villain for unleashing Sarah Palin. My response: Perhaps, and Michele Bachmann is a great villian for leashing Sarah Palin. I do find it interesting that Palin…

Two Decades of Christian Nationalist Education Paved Way for Today’s War on Labor While some religious leaders have come together to voice support for public employees in Wisconsin, others view the attack on the public sector and unions as a holy war. Fundamentalist textbooks and other media have been used for indoctrination into a worldview…

UPDATE: Was Gordon Hintz recently placed under arrest on sex-crime related charges? (see below) And, did news of this arrest become disseminated only moments ago because of his speech in Madison? Whoa … Citizens of Wisconsin: If you are not all as mad as this guy, you don’t really get what’s going on.

Which of these stories is fake?

The First Openly Gay Horse to run in a major race will be at the post today: Teachers Must Die:   You can make an Angry Birds birthday cake:

Or do people just say that this happens with insufficient evidence? In one study it was shown that local governments were using inadequate data to “justify marginalizing sex-related businesses…” a position they felt worthy of supporting even if it could be supported only by twisting the evidence. Have a look at Sex, Science, and Social…

A 6.3 earthquake has just struck the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, killing dozens and leaving dozens more buried in rubble with rescue workers trying to dig them out. On the TV this morning, the mayor of Christchurch told his story: Having just left a series of meetings, he was sitting on a balcony outside…