Month: November 2014
Fundamentalist Christian Tries To Wrap Her Head Around Evolution
The woman, Megan Fox (no relation to the actress), takes evolution-denial to a new level. At the Chicago natural history museum, she disputes cell division at an information board. She doesn’t understand how fins developed into feet (around the 11 minute mark) and equates evolution to the creation of a coke can (at 13.10).
Ms Fox, who describes herself as a ‘homeschooling, Tea Partying, conservative mother of two’, has posted several videos about ‘subversive elements in children’s books and teen literature’.
Warning: video is 30 minutes.
He Hasn’t Taken Your Guns Yet: Ammo Catching Up With Demand, Firearms Dealers Say
According to the AP, a year after a national shortage of firearms ammunition was being felt at sporting-goods stores, Pennsylvania firearms dealers say supply is catching up with demand.
Pennsylvania newspapers report that retailers have most of the popular deer calibers in stock, and the availability of handgun ammunition is improving.
There are a couple of exceptions.
Dealers say the .243 family of rifle cartridges and the .35 Remington are in short supply as hunters load up.
George Evanisko of Doogie’s Gun Shop in Johnstown, PA says manufacturers have produced a lot of ammunition the past two years.
Last year, western Pennsylvania firearms dealers were hit by ammunition shortages for smaller .22-caliber, 9 mm and .380-caliber firearms.
Kelly Thomas’ Dad, Ron Thomas Pokes Fun at Michael Brown’s Death
Re-blog. Ron Thomas, former police officer and the father of police-brutality victim Kelly Thomas, makes light of the murder of Michael Brown on Facebook. Graphic video.
Thank you “DOG JUSTICE” by Mary Neal
Ron Thomas, the father of police victim Kelly Thomas, is making fun of the murder of Michael Brown on Facebook. I am sure Ron, a former police officer, showed the same lack of human compassion to his dead son, which is probably why Kelly was homeless and left to be murdered as a “useless eater.” People who disregard the right to life for minorities generally feel that handicapped people don’t deserve to breathe, either. Read the history of Nazi Germany, which started its genocide by killing over 300,000 people with mental and physical disabilities BEFORE starting on Jews and Blacks. The same hatred that killed Kelly Thomas killed Michael Brown. Thank you, La Mesha Irizarry for pointing out Ron Thomas’s very insensitive post about Brown wherein he actually made fun of Brown’s murder. Thomas showed the video from the store (said…
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Adult Cigarette Smoking Is At An All-Time Low
According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the percentage of adults who smoke in the U.S. dropped from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 17.8 percent in 2013.
This information comes from new data published by Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
That is the lowest prevalence of adult smoking since the CDC’s Nation Health Interview Survey (NHIS) began keeping such records in 1965.
The report also shows the number of cigarette smokers dropped from 45.1 million in 2005 to 42.1 million in 2013, despite the increasing population in the U.S., the CDC said in a press release.
“There is encouraging news in this study, but we still have much more work to do to help people quit,” said Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.
“We can bring down cigarette smoking rates much further, much faster, if strategies proven to work are put in place like funding tobacco control programs at the CDC-recommended levels, increasing prices of tobacco products, implementing and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free laws, and sustaining hard-hitting media campaigns,” he said.
Are ‘Global Warming’ And ‘Climate Change’ The Same?
At some point the U.S. media switched from using the term “global warming” to the term “climate change.” The was likely done to put the emphasis on the change in climate rather than an increase in temperature.
Global warming is very slow and it is about average temperatures. It doesn’t mean there is no fluctuation in temperatures. For example, the average winter temperature might go down one degree from last year – but the average summer temperature went up two degrees. You still have a net increase in average yearly temperature – even though the winter temperature was actually COLDER than last year! That’s because the summer was warmer than last year…
Scientists and science journalists like to say that one of the best ways to tell that climate change is real is to take a look at the changes we can already see: This year is on track to be the hottest ever recorded, and glaciers, corn, and even grizzly bears are responding to the warming.
However, all those changes won’t be enough to convince most conservative climate skeptics, a new study in Nature Climate Change finds.
A growing body of recent research suggests a person’s political ideology, economic philosophy, and religious beliefs cloud a person’s judgement about global warming. The study, which was released Monday, put that hypothesis to the test by analyzing Gallup polls taken just after the unusually warm winter of 2012.
It found that both Democrats’ and Republicans’ perceptions of the warmer weather in their state tracked fairly well with actual satellite temperature data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
However, “for people who said their local winter was warming, the observed temperature anomalies had no effect on the tendency to attribute that to global warming,” says Aaron McCright, a sociologist at Michigan State University who authored the study.
In other words, the actual temperature had no bearing on whether people believed in climate change. Instead, McCright says, “one of the strongest predictors” is party affiliation: Republicans were far less likely to attribute the warming they felt to man-made climate change than were Democrats. Other variables, such as gender, age, and level of education, were far less reliable as predictors of a person’s global warming beliefs.”
Corruption: Keystone YES Votes Received 6X More Money Than NO Votes
According to OpenSecrets.org, those who voted in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline received six times more money from donors than those who voted against it.
The 59 senators who voted for the pipeline have received, on average, significantly more money from the oil and gas industry than those who voted against construction.
Over the course of their careers, those 59 took in over $33 million in campaign donations from the industry, compared to the approximately $4.2 million received by the 41 who successfully blocked the bill’s approval. On average, those voting for Keystone have received $572,000 from oil and gas interests, compared with just $103,900 for those voting against it.
Among Democrats, the 39 “nay” votes received $4.2 million from oil and gas, while the 14 who voted with the Republicans received just under $4 million. On average, those voting no received about $108,000, while the Democratic supporters — who disproportionately represent states with strong oil and gas industry presence – received more than twice as much, about $284,000.
David Pakman video.
Not Much Market For ‘Survivalists’ House
According to the AP, there isn’t much of a market for a $250,000-plus, 100-acre property that may also be booby-trapped.
The sale of the compound owned by a now-jailed pair of tax evaders who held off police during a nine-month armed standoff is beset by problems. High bidders have only seven days to come up with the financing for the property they have to buy largely sight-unseen because it could be filled with hidden explosives.
No bidders showed up at an Aug. 15 auction at federal court in Concord, N.H., where Deputy Chief U.S. Marshal Brenda Mikelson went through the motions of soliciting a minimum bid of $250,000 on the Plainfield compound where “survivalist” fugitives Ed and Elaine Brown holed up in 2007.
The Browns were ultimately captured by U.S. marshals posing as two of the supporters who thronged the compound.
An auction is also being held for a commercial property owned by the Browns in Lebanon, N.H., where Elaine Brown had her dental office. The minimum bid on that property is set at $507,500.
Efforts to sell the two properties have been in the planning stages since 2013. As of this week, Lebanon is owed $286,242 in back taxes for the property; Plainfield is owed $198,908.
Plainfield town administrator Steve Halleran is frustrated by the delays, saying the taxes owed by the Browns’ property far exceed any other in town.
“We’ve been given assurances we’re getting our money,” Halleran said. “Nothing would speak to that more than an actual check.”
Mikelson said talks are underway to possibly hire a professional auctioneer and change the conditions of the sale to give high bidders more time to arrange financing.
“That time frame of seven days is really tight for average people,” she said.
Another obstacle: Concerns that booby traps and explosives may be buried on the densely wooded property mean federal officials still won’t let interested bidders tour it. Buyers who are prepared to ante up a hefty bid on the Plainfield property have to do it with little access.
During his trial in 2009, Ed Brown testified that explosives in the woods around their home were there to scare intruders, not hurt them. But in a radio interview during the standoff, he said if authorities came to kill him or arrest him, “the chief of police in this town, the sheriff, the sheriff himself will die. This is war now, folks.”
Elaine and Ed Brown are in their 70s. Elaine Brown is serving 35 years in prison; Ed Brown is serving 37 years.
Foreigners ‘like seeing our children die’, can’t help with Mid-East, says Erdogan
Re-blog. “Muslim countries are able to solve their problems on their own, the Turkish president believes. He says far from offering help, the West is actually exploiting “conflicts in the Middle East” and only cares about the region’s riches.”
Was William Shakespeare Gay?
According to The Times of India and other sources, the sexuality of William Shakespeare has again been called into question by leading scholars, it has been reported.
Sir Brian Vickers, a visiting professor at University College London, started the academic debate by claiming that a “Times Literary Supplement” book review was wrong to state that Shakespeare’s sonnet 116 was written in a “primarily homosexual context,” Daily Star reported.
The British academic asserted that the sonnet did not give any indication about his love life and argued that Shakespeare was talking about a type of love that had nothing to do with sexual attraction.
However, scholar Arthur Freeman stated that no “responsible editor” would dismiss the possibility “of homosexual, as well as heterosexual passion” being behind the sonnets.
Prof Stanley Wells, honorary president of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, also took issue with Sir Brian writing and mentioned that when a poet whose name is William writes poems of painful and unabashed sexual frankness which pun on the word “will” 13 times in Sonnet No 135, it was not unreasonable to conclude that he might be writing from the depths of his own experience.
However, it has been widely acknowledged that Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway when he was 18 and that he had three children.