Archive for March, 2014

March 31, 2014

To make something ‘seem’ to be older than it is.. well, that’s called a lie

Dropping all Pretense

So your god lied.  Wouldn’t be the first time.

This idea that while the stars may be thousands, millions and billions of light-years away has given cause for Christians and Theists of many stripes to, yet again, make shit up to fit their fore-gone conclusion; the earth is only 6-10 thousand years old.   Again, they start with a conclusion and bend any observation by any means necessary to make it fit.   When it still won’t fit, they just make shit up and cry when their opinions aren’t given equal time at the podium of rationalization and scientific inquiry.

One way is to say that the light was created already in transit in order to have the appearance of having traveled thousands, millions or billions of light years when, indeed, it did not.  That’s a lie.  A more recent fabrication is that light is moving slower than it used…

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March 31, 2014

Japan can no longer legally hunt whales

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And about damn time, too!  I knew that this case was pending at the International Court of Justice, the judicial arm of the United Nations, but five minutes ago I got a notice there’s just been a ruling. No more slaughter of whales! From CNN alerts:

The International Court of Justice ruled today that Japan can no longer continue its annual whale hunt, rejecting the country’s argument that it was for scientific purposes.

“Japan shall revoke any extant authorization, permit or license granted in relation to JARPA II, and refrain from granting any further permits in pursuance of that program,” the court said, referring to the research program.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Sydney Morning Herald, the suit was initiated by Australia, as a breach of the International Whaling Convention’s moratorium on hunting, which has been in force since 1986. In the past 27 years, the Japanese have slaughtered…

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March 31, 2014

De-Extinction Brings Dead Species Back to Life

 

De-Extinction Brings Dead Species Back to Life.

March 30, 2014

The world’s oldest living organisms

Why Evolution Is True

Today’s Fun Biology Facts come from PuffHo, which gives a list (it’s been replicated elsewhere) of the world’s oldest individual organisms (or, in some cases, clones). These come from a book by artist Rachel Sussman to be published by the University of Chicago Press on April 14: The Oldest Living Things in the World. (the spruce in the fourth picture below graces the cover).

Sussman notes that it took her five years to travel the world and photograph these amazing organisms. The book’s foreword is by Carl Zimmer.

Here are five examples and one eucalyptus that isn’t pictured because it’s too rare.

I can understand the omission of the eucalyptus. When I visited the bristlecone pine forest in the White Mountains of California, which are said to include the oldest single individuals of any species, I inquired about the oldest pine—”Pine alpha”—and was told that it was a secret…

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March 30, 2014

Climate Change Already Impacting ‘All Continents’ According To New International Report | NationofChange

Climate Change Already Impacting ‘All Continents’ According To New International Report | NationofChange.

March 30, 2014

House Passes ‘No New Parks’ Bill | NationofChange

 

House Passes ‘No New Parks’ Bill | NationofChange.

March 30, 2014

Police Killing Inflames San Francisco Community, Revealing Further Divides | NationofChange

 

Police Killing Inflames San Francisco Community, Revealing Further Divides | NationofChange.

March 30, 2014

Two Republican creationists block South Carolina’s adoption of the Wooly Mammoth as the state fossil

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Nothing surprises me any more when it involves Republicans and evolution (or science, or abortion, or immigration, or health care—the list is a long one). Yet this story, bizarre as it is, shows how truly benighted the members of that party are when it comes to science—and pandering to creationists.

From Americans Against the Tea Party comes a sad report: sad because it involves a little girl’s attempt to put some science into the state of South Carolina—an attempt stymied by two damn Republican politicians. The report:

Earlier this year eight-year-old Olivia McConnell wrote her state representatives to suggest that since South Carolina doesn’t currently have a state fossil, it should be given one! Olivia decided that she needed a legitimate reason to suggest this besides liking fossils, so she came up with three:

1. One of the first discoveries of a vertebrae [sic] fossil in North America was on an S.C. plantation…

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March 30, 2014

Judge finds Georgia militia leader guilty of murdering pregnant wife – Salon.com

 

Judge finds Georgia militia leader guilty of murdering pregnant wife – Salon.com.

March 30, 2014

Plutocracy without end: Why the 1 percent always defeats the middle class – Salon.com

 

Plutocracy without end: Why the 1 percent always defeats the middle class – Salon.com.