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Franken appears to be winning

Although very slowly…

When I went out of town recently I’d assumed this Minnesota recount business was going to be resolved by now. Seriously, how long does it take to hand-count ballots? Weeks? Really?

I suspect it would have been finished by now, if the GOP would just shut up and stop trying to challenge and suppress every ballot in sight. I always find it humorous how the GOP won’t shut up about the sanctity of the democratic process, until it comes time to actually… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 23, 2008 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments


This time of year floods me with people who suddenly want to pray. If I hear another conjugation of the word pray, I definitely will explode. That word is grating on me like fingernails across a chalkboard. Prayer, to me, is actively doing nothing yet giving the false illusion of doing something. When someone says they will pray for me, I feel insulted. Why can't the person take action and do something rather than copping-out, passing the buck, and hoping someone else takes… Continue

Added by sjtoupin on December 23, 2008 at 2:45pm — 6 Comments

Primordial Haze: a new vision of the early Earth

For people who study the Archean Earth - our world as it was from about 4.0 billion to 2.5 billion years ago - the Sun has always been a problem. More specifically, the young and dimmer Sun that shone down on our planet during the Archean. Three billion years ago the Sun was about 80% as bright as it is now, meaning that Earth received only 80% as much energy and should have been a lot colder... cold enough for more or less non-stop global glaciation. But Earth wasn't frozen, then. Earth in the… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 23, 2008 at 2:40pm — 1 Comment

Festivus Contest

Enter my blog's Festivus Contest and win a t-shirt! All you have to do is post your greatest feat of strength and if it is decided your feat of strength out-does the other contestants' you could win a shirt with 'Made of Star Stuff' across the chest! As for my feat of strength? I can drink two martinis at the same time using only two hands!…


Added by Kate Holden on December 23, 2008 at 1:30pm — 7 Comments

Pants-on-fire parenting

pants43099 Give me the fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections. You can keep your sterile truth for yourself.

Economist VILFREDO PARETO, referring to the errors of Kepler


In 1847, around the time Pareto was conceived, an obstetrician by the name of Ignaz Semmelweis noticed that pregnant women in his hospital were much more likely to die if their babies were delivered by doctors than by… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on December 23, 2008 at 9:28am — No Comments

You're a sinner!

Taken from my blog:

Earlier tonight I turned on the tv while getting a snack and landed on the history channel. For those of you who haven’t watched the history channel for years, they have slowly devolved from focusing on history to focusing on either the apocalypse, aliens, or the bible. A commercial flashed across the screen that made my cereal loose it’s tasty sugary goodness. The commerical: “Do you like to eat? Are you desirous of a… Continue

Added by Dustin Sanders on December 23, 2008 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

Fight Club...

So i just recently got finished reading Fight Club. Great book!! What inspired me was the Tyler Durden myspace page. Which is now no longer there. Ask me if that totally pissed me off. Huh Yes!!So a few people who don't believe in god come together and want to share a few opinions. Isn't this America Huh! FREEDOM OF SPEECH. A friend of mine who is an all out Atheist Activist told me about this site. Please give me anything. I need debates, arguements, opinions. Somebody who is not afraid of a… Continue

Added by melissa long on December 23, 2008 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Accurate Psychic Predictions from 1994

Added by Jennifer W on December 22, 2008 at 9:05pm — 4 Comments

So the Pope goes to heaven...

You may have seen this but its new to me.


The Pope arrives in heaven, where St. Peter awaites him. St. Peter asks the Pope who he is.

The Pope : I am the Pope.

St. Peter: Who? There's no such name in my book.

The Pope : I'm the representative of God on Earth.

St. Peter: Does God have a representative? He didn't tell me...

The Pope : But I am the leader of the Catholic… Continue

Added by Fr33think3r on December 22, 2008 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

A Special Solstice

It's really special this time of year. Day and night will match in length, and even though the days will get longer, it will get colder because of the delay.

The ground and water cool slower than the changes in radiant energy from the sun, so weather will become worse during a short period following the solstice.

in certain areas, the differences in temperature between the air and the ground are the most extreme during this period.

Today it was exactly zero… Continue

Added by Atheist Insurgency on December 22, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The National Academy of Sciences needs YOU

To help it understand what scientific issues the public cares most about. Please take a minute - literally, it only takes a minute - to fill out this online form for the National Academy of Sciences. And don’t hesitate to add your own suggestions for topics they didn’t include. I suggested they add “evolution of life” as a topic…. better understanding of that is sorely needed in the… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 22, 2008 at 10:32am — No Comments

"How Evolution Flunked the Science Test"

"Recently I talked to a man with a fantastic amount of faith. Not one shade of doubt crept into his animated description of man's origin and destiny. He was an evolutionist I met on an airplane. With incredible confidence he bridged the eons of prehistoric time to explain the… Continue

Added by j on December 21, 2008 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Intelligent Design’s Place? (reposted but not improved on)

"Why not teach an alternative to Evolution in the class room, why not teach Intelligent Design?" They ask....Turn this around, 'Why should alternatives to Evolution be taught, why teach Intelligent Design?' Just because it is the opinion of any scientists that Intelligent Design could be true does not make IDH a scientific idea. "Show me the evidence" is what Science is saying. "Prove the Creator" otherwise the universe is just a stack of fantastic probability. The mechanical nature of the… Continue

Added by j on December 21, 2008 at 11:26pm — 2 Comments

An Unconventional Coming Out Story

Just today I was reading about two things: what it was like for others to find atheism, and a recent music discussion under the forum. And because of this I noticed something about myself that others might find interesting. My family had no problems with me being an atheist, in fact I was brought up without a religion and grew into atheism, quite natural and my parents were supportive. The thing they couldn't understand is why I liked metal.

To understand this, you need to… Continue

Added by D. E. Hall on December 21, 2008 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

hey kalissa

its been snowing here for a week every day , and now the temperature is -21with the wind chill its -31,hahaha dam its cold out side .

Added by michelliberty on December 21, 2008 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Ok, so maybe saying it went viral is a bit extreme, but now the survey has over 7000 responses

Hey Folks,

Last week the survey got a major plug on another site (well, probably NOT just another site...) and the numbers have been crazy: as of 2:00PM today (the Solstice!) the count is just over 7000, with nearly 92% of the people completing the survey. I am stunned and more than a little humbled by this response and now have enough cases to do some serious cross-cultural analysis as well as the regional analysis that was the original impetus for the research.

Bottom… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on December 21, 2008 at 1:40pm — 2 Comments

It's Too Cold in Michigan

Oh, bloody hell it's cold outside! Right now it's 9 degrees with a wind chill factor of -12 degrees. We got almost a foot of snow yesterday and may get as much as eight inches today with gusting winds up to 40 miles per hour.

I've got to move out of this frelling frigid place! Cold weather does not mix well with fibromyalgia, arthritis, or lupus. My aches and pains have aches and pains.

Added by Kylyssa Shay on December 21, 2008 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

CNN attempts to discuss carbon trading

But, as one might expect, they do a poor job. Why is science reporting always so bad in the mainstream media?

The CNN article suffers from two flaws: 1) artificial two-sidedness, and 2) lack of context. In the first instance, the article attempts to present the issue of an institutionalized carbon trading market in the US as another “teach both sides” issue, where proponents and opponents get equal time. Fair enough, you might say, except that without a skeptical examination both… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 21, 2008 at 11:51am — 3 Comments


ORIGIN OF CHRISTMAS — A True Christmas Story

Long ago, country peoples from the Neolithic onwards celebrated the winter and summer solstices as the prime celestial events of significance to agriculturists in need of a simple calendar. 21st December is the year’s shortest day. For some days about then in the northern-hemisphere, the day length between sunrise and sunset hardly changes, and the point of sunrise on the far horizon scarcely changes either between any of the days from… Continue

Added by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 21, 2008 at 10:46am — 5 Comments

Another invention from space science

For those who like to keep score when NASA research produces something of major practical benefit, here is NASA’s choice for their Invention of the Year for 2007: Polyimide foam. NASA picked this winner from a long list of candidates, apparently. Polyimide foam is a kind of high-efficiency insulator, capable of resisting sound, heat and cold, and was developed for applications in space. Now that polyimide… Continue

Added by Planetologist on December 21, 2008 at 10:44am — No Comments

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