Archive for November, 2009

What if the Earth had Rings?

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Daily Show, Fox News Footage

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[via Yahoo News]

About the clip, Sean Hannity replied: “Although it pains me to say this, Jon Stewart, Comedy Central, he was right… It was an inadvertent mistake but a mistake nonetheless.”

Then, a week later, FOX repeats the same mistake. This time involving Sarah Palin’s book-signing:

As footage rolled of a smiling and waving Palin amidst a throng of fans, Jarrett noted that the former Republican vice-presidential candidate is “continuing to draw huge crowds while she’s promoting her brand-new book,” adding that the images being shown were “some of the pictures just coming in to us…. The lines earlier had formed this morning.”

Actually, they used footage of a 2008 McCain/Palin campaign rally, suggesting that it was footage of people turning-out for her book-signing in Grand Rapids, MI.

Had this been a democrat and another news-media outlet, FOX news would decry it as obvious political manipulation by the media to build-up public perception of a democrat.

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South Park mocks Ghost Hunters

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The Ghost Hunters play a pretty small role in the story, but you can watch the full episode at SouthPark’s website.

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Ukraine Flu!!!

I just thought this was an odd bit of media scaremongering.

Wow. 189 dead and one million infected. That’s a mortality rate of 0.019% (as compared to the morality rate of normal flu: 0.1%.) Yeah, yeah, I know – mortality trails infection rates.

And just to clear things up:

GENEVA — The World Health Organization says tests on swine flu samples from Ukraine show no significant mutation of the virus.

WHO had sent an expert team to Ukraine last week after reports of an unusual flu outbreak.

AP: WHO says swine flu samples from Ukraine showed no significant mutation

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To me, seals look like dogs that have evolved to live in the oceans.

On a related note, this is a very cool National Geographic documentary on Dolphins. They talk about dolphin society and pack hunting. (55 minutes long)

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Quote of the Day

My ex-girlfriend truly believes 2012 is the end of the world. She bet me 50 dollars that the world would end in 2012. I explained to her if the world is going to end, then there’s no way I could pay her. I either win the bet, or we’re all dead. With a frustrated look on her face, she doubled the bet to 100 dollars.
-Thomas, UCSD


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Bus ride through a forest fire

Nothing to do with anything, just a cool video of a bus ride through a forest fire in Australia.

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Blog the Religions

I’ve been listening to John Hummel’s 52 Weeks, 52 Religions podcast lately. He’s a former Mormon who’s out doing interviews with religious groups around Tampa Florida. About half of his interviews are with various Christian denominations, but he includes Muslims, Jews, Satanists, Pagans, etc in his podcast. It’s interesting stuff if you like hearing people talk about their religious beliefs.

One of the questions that he asks people during the interview is: “do you think the world is getting better, worse, or is it just as it’s always been?” One thing that’s struck me is that virtually every Christian group says that the world is getting worse. Most non-Christian groups seem to pick “better” or “same as always”. It’s remarkably pessimistic of Christians. Afterall, the human condition – in terms of education, health, lifespan, free-time, entertainment, etc – is far better in modern times than it has ever been in history. It seems that the Christian groups don’t really care about those things so much as being completely focused on people following their conservative version of morality and belief in Christianity. I suppose it could also have to do with Christian eschatology – since they believe the world will go to shit before Jesus returns.

His website is available here. The podcast only contains the last 10 episodes, but they’re all available on his blog.

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Sadly, I don’t think this is too far from reality:

WASHINGTON—Claiming that the president was preying on the public’s fear of contracting a fatal disease last week when he declared the H1N1 virus a national emergency, Republican leaders announced Wednesday that they were officially endorsing the swine flu. “Thousands of Americans—hardworking ordinary Americans like you and me—already have H1N1,” Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said during a press conference. “Now Obama wants to take that away from us. Ask yourself: Do you want the federal government making these kinds of health care decisions for you and your family?” Other prominent Republicans opposing Obama’s declaration of emergency include Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, who urged residents of his state to continue not washing their hands, and radio host Rush Limbaugh, who made a point of dying of the virus during his show on Wednesday.

Source: The Onion

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Medical Marijuana

Years ago, Colorado was one of fourteen states that had voted to legalize medical marijuana. The problem was that the federal government still said it was illegal, leaving it in a legal limbo. With Obama’s recent comment about letting state laws stand, there’s been a kind of gold rush. I don’t know how it’s been in other parts of the country, but the free newspapers have been filled with medical marijuana advertisements. I’ve even seen advertisements taped to newspaper machines. You know — just like other respectable medical treatments.

Personally, I don’t care if marijuana is legalized. But, I think it’s rather amusing to see all these places spring up. It seems like most of them are being run by subscribers to ‘High Times’ magazine. A friend of mine saw one place named “Dr. Reefer”. Here’s a few images from a real ad I spotted in The Onion. They’re obviously not going out of their way to seem like a respectable medical treatment.


Medical Marijuana for Asthma, ADD, ADHD, or PMS? And, if you don’t have any of those 23 problems, maybe they can find an illness that does require it.

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