Archive for October 20th, 2009

Amazon Accidentally Increases Internet Disinformation

| October 20, 2009 | 2 Replies
Amazon Accidentally Increases Internet Disinformation

We have previously posted regarding the latest reprint of Darwin’s “The Origin of Species”, by Ray Comfort. If you don’t know about it, it has a 50 page forward full of untruths, confusion, and misdirection in an attempt to discredit the original text that follows. Yes, he’s trying to use Darwin to discredit 200 years of thoroughly tested evolutionary biology.

Unfortunately, Amazon.com reviews and ratings confuse it with another (reputable) reprint by the same name, as discussed in detail here:

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The unspoken reality of “Peak Oil”

| October 20, 2009 | 14 Replies
The unspoken reality of “Peak Oil”

THE world will have to find four Saudi Arabias by 2030 if it wants to maintain its oil dependency, the International Energy Agency says.

The reality of peak oil is fast approaching, and more must be done to develop and encourage the use of alternatives including solar and nuclear, the agency’s chief economist has warned.

“My main motto never changes, the era of low oil prices is over,” Dr Fatih Birol said.

That’s the verdict reported today in The Australian. I thought I’d check to see what other sources had to say about Birol’s assertion, but I cannot find a single U.S.- based source reporting it, other than blogs that are dedicated to peak-oil issues. This is rapidly becoming a crisis, and almost nobody is discussing it in America. Not just here, of course– study groups in Britain have been trying to get their government to begin planning for the reality of peak oil for years, and now they are saying it’s simply too late. (see this also).

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Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye sing that there is much to be learned

| October 20, 2009 | 4 Replies
Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye sing that there is much to be learned

Impressive technology and creativity were used to present the wise words of these four scientists in a brand new way:

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Lots of other planets

| October 20, 2009 | Reply
Lots of other planets

Scientists now have evidence of about 400 planets outside of the solar system, including 32 new ones:

European astronomers have found 32 new planets outside our solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many places where life could develop. Scientists using the European Southern Observatory telescope didn’t find any planets quite the size of Earth or any that seemed habitable or even unusual.

And this is the tip of the iceberg. Though not yet established, any reasonable extrapolation would suggest that there are many billions of other planets out there, and that at least some of them would be hospitable to life. Which makes it all the more amazing that out of all of those available planets God chose to send his “only begotten Son” toour planet: Earth. Or is that the point that Carl Sagan was opposing in this video?

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How to worship a loving God away from female priests and gays

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How to worship a loving God away from female priests and gays

Are you tired of worshiping the God of Love under the same roof as uppity women priests and gay people? Look no further, says the Vatican, because the Roman Catholic Church wants you. Come let us give you a safe place to worship, says the Church famous for harboring at least 4,000 pedophile priests.

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