Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Science threatened by religious fundamentalism? No way!!.......WAY!

Sometimes it takes someone "outside the box" to see that the box is full of holes.
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Christian conservative didn't used to mean anti-science ideologue.

Welcome to the New America...where killing for God is ok, where creationism is a school subject, and where science is cast aside in favor of dogma, regardless of the facts.

Maybe it's time the Chinese made their move.


[via BBC]

Christian Fundamentalism...good?

If you think loonies like Pat Robertson are "lone nutters"...read this post from the Daily Kos.
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It is becoming an indoctrination, and if it is apologized for, we lose the game altogether. Unfortunately, in America it only takes one or two loonies...and an acquiescent Congress...to change policy.

The Christians who are embarassed by Robertson don't have Pat's VOICE. And how did he get it? The dollars of regular American Christians...thousands of them.

For a Christian to badmouth fundamentalist Islam, and then to issue a "fatwah" on foreign leaders...gee do you smell hypocricy? Well then, why aren't Robertson and the other Fundies castigated in mainstream press? There sure seems to be enough ink to go around about that "activist" mom who was "lucky enough" for her son to die in Iraq..the better to fuel her activism.
How disgusting...

Oh yeah...they "report"...We decide. Riiiiight.


[via The Daily Kos]

Thou shalt not...Uhh, Pat?


Pat Robertson advocated...ON THE AIR...the murder of a human being.
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This is a "man of God" who represents the conservative Christians of this nation?

I am at a complete and utter loss for words.


[via Yahoo News]

Going...Going...Gonzo!



Hunter Thompson...father of Gonzo journalism...was seen off the mortal coil with a bang.
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Thompson, who was found dead Feb. 20, 2005, of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast, had requested that he be cremated, and that his ashes be shot from a cannon...


From Thompson's "Wiki"...
=========================On August 20, 2005, Thompson's ashes were fired from a 150-foot cannon in the shape of a double-thumbed fist, as he wished, to the tune of Bob Dylan's Mr. Tambourine Man. The ashes were fired in a private ceremony and the cannon will remain as a memorial. There is talk of a public party sometime in the summer of 2006. Johnny Depp, who portrayed Thompson in the movie adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, announced he financed the funeral, according to Anita Thompson. Depp told the Associated Press, "all I'm doing is trying to make sure his last wish comes true. I just want to send my pal out the way he wants to go out." [1]

Depp also reportedly owns the gun and ammunition used in Thompson's suicide.

The plans for this monument were initially drawn by Thompson and Ralph Steadman, and were shown as part of an "Omnibus" program on British television (BBC), titled "Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision". It is included as a special feature on the second disc of the Criterion Collection DVD release of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

"If that's what he wanted, we'll see if we can pull it off," said Douglas Brinkley, a friend and now the family's spokesman.4============================

So long Hunter...and check in every now and then. :)

[Photo via CoasttoCoastAM; Wiki via Wikipedia]


Sunday, August 21, 2005

UFO-Planet.net - polite discourse and reasoned debate.


For those who tire of the posting and updating delays at UFO Updates, you might make a stop by the ufo-planet.net forums.
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Posts are updated in real-time, you can get notification when someone posts to a thread to which you've subscribed, and the forums are nicely segregated by subject matter.

With posters ranging from Paul Kimball to Alfred Lehmberg, there's something for everyone.

The folks play nice, and they'll soon begin holding online chat Q&A sessions with UFO researchers.

Tell Marty I sent you! :)


[via my list of interesting sites)

Space Elevator...One step closer!!


Researchers have created nanotube sheets stronger than steel.
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Scientists at the Univ. of Texas at Dallas along with others from Australia, have discovered a technique for making sheets of carbon nanotubes.

Hailed by some as the discovery of the decade, this material could be made so thin that a square KILOMETER would weigh less than 70 pounds! Solar sail anyone?

The applications possible are staggering, both in number and in implication.

SIgnificantly, the strength of this nanotube ribbon is sufficient for the construction of a tether to space...a precursor to the elevator to space concept.

Here, here guys!!!

[via SlashDot]

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