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Off-Topic / RIP Robin Williams
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:00:53 PM »
Dead of apparent suicide at age 63.

Off-Topic / Columbia Gorge Fire
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:00:36 AM »
Photo of Rowena fire in the Gorge.

Off-Topic / Finally Science is Cool
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:23:54 PM »
Neil deGrasse Tyson and his remake of Cosmos is big time cool.

Off-Topic / Coach Sparky's atheism thread.
« on: July 04, 2014, 01:58:17 PM »

I'm calling an audible.  Apologies to Ray and V if they hate the idea.  Sparky, all of your atheism links can go here.  Other posters who think he's just antagonizing, you now only have one thread to deal with.  It won't clutter the board, and should be easy to avoid if you don't want to deal with it.  -Fuhr

Christian PHD Student Interview an Athiest as Part of his Dissertation

Very Interesting

Off-Topic / If Only
« on: June 29, 2014, 08:26:46 PM »
I had figured out how to communicate as this young lady has, we may have avoided a lot of hostility and with luck some of you may have migrated over to the light.

Off-Topic / Inspiring Story About Science
« on: June 27, 2014, 02:27:43 PM »

Off-Topic / Not One Word
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:00:19 PM »
About politics in the article I posted that Ray moved.n it only discussed religion.

Off-Topic / Casey Kasem
« on: June 15, 2014, 01:10:08 PM »

Off-Topic / Maya Angelou
« on: May 28, 2014, 09:37:21 AM »
A great lady has breathed her last.  RIP

Off-Topic / ‘Star Trek’ actress supports idea that sun revolves
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:47:18 PM »
I wonder if she could really believe this idiocy.

I wonder about the claim that 1/4 of US citizens believe this nonsense.  Are there truly that many idiots in the US?

A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth.

“Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong,” says actress Kate Mulgrew as she narrates the trailer for “The Principle.”

The film, which is set to be released sometime this spring, was bankrolled in part by the ultra-conservative and anti-Semitic Robert Sungenis, who maintains the blog “Galileo Was Wrong.”

In addition to Mulgrew, who played Capt. Kathryn Janeway in “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Nemeis,” the film features several scientists, including Michio Kaku, Lawrence Krauss, and Max Tegmart.

In the trailer, the scientists discuss how the Earth’s unique characteristics make it well-suited for life, in comparison to other planets.

But Sungenis himself offers the only real bombshell in the two-minute, 20-second trailer.

“You can go on some websites of NASA to see that they’ve started to take down stuff that might hint to a geocentric universe,” Sungenis says.

About one in four Americans believe in geocentrism, which places the Earth at the center of the universe and the sun, planets, and stars revolving around it.

Sungenis is a controversial figure, having argued that no one has proven 6 million Jews died during the Holocaust and that Jews conspired with Satan to rule the world.

His local bishop asked him to stop writing about Jews and ordered him to stop calling his organization a Catholic one after he criticized a catechism related to Judaism.


A high school science teacher in Indiana is under fire after admitting that he used videos from a creationism museum to teach biology class.

Last week, Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) attorney Patrick C. Elliott sent a letter to Concord Community Schools Superintendent Wayne Stubbs after learning that Concord High School biology teacher Ryan Culp had been showing videos produced by Kent Hovind, a radical young Earth creationist.

Hovind is currently serving 10 years in prison after he refused to pay taxes on his Creation Science Evangelism business, saying that everything he owned belonged to God. He was also fined for refusing to obey zoning regulations at his Dinosaur Adventure Land creationism theme park in Florida, which was forced to close in 2009.

According to FFRF, parents had said that Stubbs showed children one of Hovind’s 2-hour videos, titled “Lies in the Textbooks.”

Culp allegedly told parents that he could teach creationism in the classroom as long as it was not more than “like, half of what the information is.” He also claimed that he could not teach either creationism or evolution as the truth.

“Federal courts have consistently rejected the promotion of creationism and its ilk in public schools,” the FFRF attorney pointed out to the school system.

The FFRF also called on the school district to investigate Culp and to discipline him if the charges were true.


One of the most talked-about ads during the Super Bowl was a seemingly innocuous commercial for Coca-Cola, in which American immigrants sang "America the Beautiful" in their native tongue. And by "talked about," we mean that the ad was pounced on by conservatives who believe the commercial was somehow un-American.

Jon Stewart devoted a segment on Thursday's "Daily Show" to how disappointed he was disappointed in the reaction. "Really, people? This is the Super Bowl ad you're going to get upset about?" he asked. "When you had an ad celebrating the unnatural love between a dog and a horse?"

He pointed to several people on Twitter, and even sympathetic news anchors, who took issue with the ad's message of unity. Stewart found one Twitter user particularly amusing, who claimed that the "national anthem" should only be sung in English.

Said one CNN pundit: "I think the biggest issue here is that there are a lot of people that are unfortunately coming to America and they're not assimilating."

"Not assimilating?!" Stewart said with exasperation. "They're singing 'America the Beautiful' while drinking Coca-Cola! How much more American assimilation can they have?"

He answered his own question: "Maybe if they were open-carrying a gun shaped like Jesus, while using a bald eagle strap-on to f**k an apple pie."

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