Archives for August, 2006

My copy of the paperback of the Republican War on Science is en route, and until it arrives, I’ll let you ponder a much shorter version. Thanks to KS RINO for bringing it to my attention.

If there’s no water

The Wichita Eagle editorializes on drought, a topic we’ve discussed before: This summer, Kansas streams had “less volume of water than at any time since records have been kept,” including the Dust Bowl years, said Steve Adams, natural resource coordinator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Moreover, many state reservoirs are 10 to…

Name the creationist

Answers in Genesis or Hitler? One said: In spite of all the variation that we find within the human race, they are all descendants of Adam and bear his resemblance. God also created other kinds of creatures, such as apes, which display significant variation within their kind. But there is an impassable gulf between the…

When I visited the emptied hole that dominates America’s leading city several years ago, a policeman seemed unable to keep himself from describing how people had cast themselves from the upper floors to avoid being trapped and then burning. Though no one needed to be told the consequences, the officer was driven to remind us…

Choose life

Via DefCon Blog and the 9th floor project comes this video of the fate of one embryo that could have been used for life-saving research. This is the choice: to destroy embryos (or as we’ve recently learned, not destroying them) in research, or to destroy them in the trash when there’s no longer a need…

Kansas Guild of Bloggers

Last week the weekly carnival of the best Kansasish blogging got one submission. Yers truly was moving between sites, but I don’t know what anyone else’s excuse is. Kansans, Kansas Citians or anyone who has ever been to Kansas or seen it on a map should submit their entries now, now, now.

Rainforests

Ask A ScienceBlogger: The destruction of the rainforest was a hot-button topic in the early ’90s, but I haven’t heard anything about it in ages. Are the rainforests still being destroyed wholesale? Are they all gone? Is it still important? Is the coffee I drink making it worse, and is “free trade” and/or “shade grown”…

Via the Salt Lake Tribune, we learn that Utah’s “divine design” advocate has been watching too much HGTV, and not enough History Channel: “I don’t think there’s a racial [sic] bone in my body,” Buttars said in an interview on radio station KCPW Tuesday. “I don’t see black and white. I see people. I always…

An end to Austenism

I know that true Sciencebloggers don’t link to Billy D’s blog, but there’s just too much amusement to be had there. His latest shows that not only did he clearly fail biology (and math), but literature isn’t his thing either. Billy explains: The Nazi emphasis on proper breeding, racial purity, and weeding out defectives come…

What’s that in the river?

The world is full of beautiful and strange things. Indonesian insects with eyes on stalks, African mole rats, Amazonian parrots and Chinese snakehead fish. We can get so caught up in the exotic world of other places that we forget the strange and fascinating right under our own noses. As fortune has it Gary Bichelmeyer…