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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2015 at 12:11pm

Loren, I remember standing on a balcony watching a Foucault Pendulum making its arch in an ever changing pattern. It was probably the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. The motion fascinated me. I was only about 14 years old at the time and my cousin and I concentrated so hard, my uncle and aunt moved on from the exhibit. They realized we were not with them and frantically looked for us, finding us hanging over the rail, watching the pendulum swing to and fro. Uncle John was furious with us and gave us a thorough tongue lashing. I rose up in all my 14-year-old height and told him we were engrossed in science and he should be proud of us. He didn't buy my version. 

Thanks for sparking that memory, Loren. 

Foucault Pendulum 

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 6, 2015 at 12:10pm

On a more modern political note:

Health officials warn that you could die playing GOP debate drinking games: ‘It’s just a formula for disaster’ (Raw Story)

"[Surgeon General Vivek] Murthy suggested that people play a safer variation of the traditional debate drinking game by only consuming alcohol when one of the candidates says something reasonable.

“We’re not saying that people shouldn’t have fun participating in the rotting vestiges of our once-great democracy,” he said. “Just do it responsibly. Instead of, say, shotgunning a beer when Ben Carson compares abortion to a planet-killing meteor wiping out humanity, consider taking a shot if Jeb Bush acknowledges that human activity is contributing to climate change,” he said. “And that drink might even have some therapeutic value when he goes on to argue that we shouldn’t do a damn thing about it.”"

"... A study conducted by researchers at the Tufts University School of Medicine estimated that there were 70,000 additional hospitalizations ... following each of the 104 “clown car” debates during [the 2012] election cycle. “That just counts alcohol poisoning and other drug overdoses... The numbers don’t include injuries from motor vehicle accidents or people’s misguided attempts to wash their brains out with bleach.”"

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 6, 2015 at 12:02pm

Pat, I remember very clearly the day, October 31, 1992, when the Roman Catholic hierarchy admitted its mistake of condemning Galileo to their punishment. How many other mistakes had the RCC made over the years; how many mistakes had the Puritans and Pilgrims made? What mistakes were my religious community making in regard to the sick council to battered women by preaching and teaching the "Passive Gospel"? It was a liberating day for me. The message of the subordination of women to men that resulted in the imposed helplessness on women of faith fell under the weight of its errors. 

Old ideas, old dogmas, old gospels cannot withstand the stresses and strains of errors of religious thought. We see that, today, especially in the war against women by the fundamentalist Right wing of the Republican party, and the Islamic fundamentalists. 

I don't expect to see a female pope or priest of the RRC, nor the gender role dominance of men in all religions end during my lifetime. However, I have six beautiful great-grandchildren who grow in an environment of equality of opportunity for both men and women. Their mother and grandmother are strong women married to strong men. That is where real power resides. 

October 31, 1992

Comment by Loren Miller on August 6, 2015 at 7:44am

Ya know ... if the earth is fixed and cannot be moved, why is it that a Foucault Pendulum works?  Try THAT one on for size, Bellarmine, you specious toad!

Comment by Pat on August 6, 2015 at 7:15am

Thanks Spud.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2015 at 6:44am

Very good poser Pat.

Comment by Pat on August 5, 2015 at 7:53pm

My pleasure, Joan. I'm reminded of when the Catholic Church finally admitted Galileo was right; October 31, 1992. Twenty three years after Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Nothing like keeping abreast of the times.

Comment by Daniel W on August 5, 2015 at 7:50pm

Spud, that makes me SO wish my house was on a precipice!

Pat,  one would think so!  But God works in mysterious ways :-)

Joan, once on his death bed, Galileo was finally free from catholic persecution.  So sad.

Comment by Pat on August 5, 2015 at 7:44pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 5, 2015 at 7:11pm

Pat, each time I see or read anything by the Cardinal Bellarmine, I am reminded how it takes religion for good men to do terrible things. Bellarmine wrote during the Inquisition of Galileo:

"To assert that the Earth revolves around the Sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin." 

The Cardinal also believed the bible statement:
"The Earth is firmly fixed; it shall not be moved." 

-Psalms 104:5

    "The bible verse shackled the minds of men for thousands of years, and held back the advance of science.  It was this verse that was used as evidence against Galileo, who argued for the theory of Copernicus, that the earth is not immovable, but rotates around the sun.  It was for teaching this that he was called to Rome in 1633, and tried for the crime of heresy.  The aged Galileo, in his 70's, was taken down into the dungeons of the church and shown the instruments of torture that were going to be used on him if he did not recant.  Fearing the torture, and fearing that he might share the fate of Giordano Bruno, whom the church burned at the stake a generation earlier for the same crime, Galileo recanted the truth.  He was confined to his home under house arrest, neither allowed to leave or to receive visitors, for the last seven years of his life." 

~ The Persecution of Galileo


Galileo at first responded:

"The doctrine of the movements of the earth and the fixity of the sun is condemned on the ground that the Scriptures speak in many places of the sun moving and the earth standing still... I think that in the discussion of natural problems we ought to begin not with the Scriptures, but with experiments and demonstrations."

Then Galileo recanted because of threats of torture, stating: 

"Because I have been enjoined, by this Holy Office, to abandon the false opinion that the Sun is the center and immovable, ...I abjure, curse, and detest the said errors and heresies...contrary to the said Holy Church."

Upon his death bed, it is written that he declared of the Earth in relation to the sun: 

"Eppur si muove," still it moves, 

~ And yet it moves, Wikipedia® 

Thanks, Pat; I enjoy these excursions into the historical records. 


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