Archives for February, 2007

Why, oh why, are we ruled by this hack?

Via ThinkProgress, Dick Cheney tells ABCNews: I think there?s an emerging consensus that we do have global warming. You can look at the data on that, and I think clearly we?re in a period of warming. Where there does not appear to be a consensus, where it begins to break down, is the extent to…

So much for a free press

The Wichita Eagle reports that a proposed state law would allow censorship of letters from sex offenders at a state medical hospital. The bill follows an Eagle report on dangerous conditions at the hotel which was based on a tip from an inmate. I understand the rationale for censoring communications to past or potential victims.…

Where they stand

The Wall Street Journal surveys where the major oil companies stand on Global Warming.

Identify the crazed hippie

In today’s Washington Post, what loonie leftist wrote: The real “inconvenient truth” about climate change is that some people are losing their rights and freedoms because of the actions of others — in either the quality of the air they breathe, the geography they hold dear, the insurance costs they bear or the future environment…

Ohio ID Network boss Roddy Bullock claims: Kansas (of all places) became the first state to officially impose on public school students an atheistic definition of science This is either false or meaningless. The Kansas standards do not promote atheism, and if that is the sense of the term, then this is false. If, on…

Blocked by Conservapedia

Following an idea that occurred to me while being interviewed for an article on the Conservapedia, I tried replacing the inadequate page on the ACLU with the comprehensive Wikipedia entry. Before I had a chance to create an entry for Christianity by the same means, my account was blocked. Alas, the Conservapedia does not yet…

I ? Threadless and Threadless ? me

Threadless is a great site where people submit shirt designs, and highly rated designs are printed and sold. Brilliant, beautiful shirts are readily available there. To their great credit, our Seed overlords have partnered with Threadless. Submit up to three designs on the theme “Science is Culture.” The deadline is March 19. The winner gets…

Contingency in biology

One of the late Stephen Jay Gould’s regular observations was that the evolution of life on Earth has been highly contingent. Minor, often random, events in life’s history have reverberated throughout the eons. One of the many fatal flaws of the “specified complexity,” Billy Dembski’s idea for proving design, is that it circularly assumes that…

First it was anti-wilderness advocate Gail Norton leading the Interior Department, authoritarian hacks Alberto “Bind, Torture, Kill” Gonzales and John Ashcroft as Attorneys General, Spencer “Abolish the Energy Department” as Secretary of Energy, as well as mine industry officials running mine safety program, and who could forget Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown. Now, President Bush plans…

Fun with the Conservapedia

The gang has been examining Conservapedia, “the conservative encyclopedia you can trust” (unlike Wikipedia). There’s much fun to be had, like the debate over: “Crusades ? Good or Bad?,” featuring Conservapedia creator Andrew Schlafly (son of Phyllis Schlafly) arguing: I don’t see anything wrong with having a Christian holy war. Making Jerusalaem [sic] safe for…