If Only They Would Legalize It

We’re reaching the point in this country where we need to legalize science. At first, maybe only legalize science for medicinal purposes. After that, maybe tax science heavily and allow recreational use of science. But until science is legal, the black market will own science.

This will be the latest cover of National Geographic:

If Gary Larson was still making comic strips he would have a field day.

One Lump of Stupid or Two?

Easter at the Ham's

Easter at the Ham’s

Answers in Genesis’s embarrassing Creation Museum/Zip-line minister and would-be Ark Park entrepreneur (grifter) Ken Ham is agitating to not have February 12 declared Darwin Day (as proposed), but instead to have it declared Darwin Was Wrong Day:

Secularists are becoming increasingly aggressive and intolerant in promoting their anti-God philosophy. Evolutionary ideas provide the foundation for this worldview because they seemingly allow mankind the ability to explain the existence of life and the universe without God. As Christians, we need to be bold in proclaiming the truth of God’s Word to a hurting (groaning, Romans 8:22) world. This year, on February 12, instead of celebrating Darwin’s anti-God religion, we can take this opportunity to show the world that Darwin’s ideas about our supposed evolutionary origins were wrong, and that God’s Word is true, from the very beginning. Let’s make February 12 Darwin Was Wrong Day and point people to the truth of God’s Word.

The subheadings on this longish rant include, No Life from Non-Life, No Mechanism for Evolution, and Evolution Is Bad Science. You know, just incase you wondered if Ham thought it might be good science.

And because the cardinal rule is to fleece the rubes whenever possible (Grifters Gotta Grift), the bottom of his post has links to all the anti-Darwin, anti-Evolution materials to buy, each reasonably priced at $12.99.

Nerdgasm

Watching the Orion coverage… here’s the vid from the beginning.

UPDATE: it was a bullseye of a splashdown. The whole mission from launch to landing was a textbook success. Looks like we might be on our way to space again!

Here’s Your Eggs With a Side of Stupid

“You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation,” he explained. “Jesus did not become the ‘GodKlingon’ or the ‘GodMartian’! Only descendants of Adam can be saved. God’s Son remains the ‘Godman’ as our Savior.”

–Theocrat Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis pride and joy, explaining to us that space Aliens are going to Hell, and that’s why we should defund NASA.

(More proof that the War on Women is driven by Xristian Xrazie fundamentalism. They will never, Never, NEVER stop blaming women for Original Sin.)

8-Year Old Smarter Than SC Legislature (D’Uh)

Jeebus on a dino

Alert readers may recall a news brief back in December about 8-year-old Olivia McConnell who wrote to the South Carolina state government (motto: Seething Hotbed of Unbridled Lust) asking that the Columbian Mammoth be named the state’s official fossil. It seems the long-extinct beast once roamed the neighborhood that Senatorette Huckleberry Closetcase calls his pied-à-terre, and that being an above average 8-year old, Olivia was into science.

Hilarity ensued when Xristian Xrazie nutters in the Government demanded that equal time be given to Baby Jeebus, the 6-thousand year old earth theory, and of course the Great Flood that deposited the fossils there in the form of the Book of Genesis chapter and verses. Here is our South Carolina state Fossil that We Don’t Believe In!

And so the bill stalled.

Good news, Scissorheads: Science prevailed, the conservative lawmakers have agreed to remove the Bible stuff! Now let’s see if it makes it to Nikki Haley’s desk and what she will do with it.

Calling All Citizen Scientists

The University of California is asking Californians to ‘Be a Scientist’ for a day and to record information on one or more of three topics: pollinators, water usage, or growing food. You choose a topic, answer a few questions, and can even upload photos if you want.

Science is everywhere. Take a walk, visit a park or garden, and help us paint a picture of California’s food and water resources. Your answers will help us build a more secure future for you and your community.

The University of California is conducting three science projects on May 8, 2014 and we need your help collecting data. Pick one of the projects below to learn more about how you can participate.

In years gone by, I’ve sat in my garden and counted pollinators, and it is astonishing the number you see when you take the time to actually look at the natural world around you, just sitting and observing. Even if you don’t live in California, this is just a fun project to do. You’ll be glad you did it.

If you live in California, please help UC gather this data to create a snapshot of Cali on these topics.

You Can’t Explain That, cont.

Ugh:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and the scientific community at large are expressing serious alarm at a House Republican bill that they argue would dramatically undermine way research is conducted in America.

Titled the “Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2014,” the bill would put a variety of new restrictions on how funds are doled out by the National Science Foundation. The goal, per its Republican supporters on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, would be to weed out projects whose cost can’t be justified or whose sociological purpose is not apparent.

For Democrats and advocates, however, the FIRST Act represents a dangerous injection of politics into science and a direct assault on the much-cherished peer-review process by which grants are awarded.

As my esteemed colleague Dr. J. Attaturk said:

Yeah, who needs Peer Review…let’s leave science funding up to the typical FoxNews viewer. It will be all billions for boner pills and finding Noah’s Ark.

Get off the cross we need the wood, part infinity

Jeebus in his younger, happier days.

Jeebus in his younger, happier days.

The Answers in Genesis crowd is upset that the science program Cosmos is not including them in the program as an alternative to evolution:

“Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them, they wouldn’t even consider us plausible at all,” said Danny Falkner, of Answers In Genesis, which has previously complained about the show.

That’s because what you are hocking is not science, it is faith. Do go on.

“Boy, but when you have so many scientists who simply do not accept Darwinian evolution, it seems to me that that might be something to throw in there, you know, the old, ‘some scientists say this, others disagree and think this,’ but that’s not even allowed,” [Janet Mefford] said.

We’ve gone over this before, Janet. Creation Scientists are not scientists. They are cherry-picking correlations to support a conclusion that they have already established.

“I was struck in the first episode where he talked about science and how, you know, all ideas are discussed, you know, everything is up for discussion – it’s all on the table – and I thought to myself, ‘No, consideration of special creation is definitely not open for discussion, it would seem,’” Falkner said.

Well, let’s let Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson answer that:

“You don’t talk about the spherical Earth with NASA, and then say let’s give equal time to the flat Earthers,” Tyson told CNN. “Plus, science is not there for you to cherry pick.”

(Right Wing Watch)

Anyone watch ‘Cosmos’ last night? The Fundies did…

Curated by The Daily Banter

Yikes! The Daily Banter has the reaction on Twitter from some of the Cosmos-watching god-botherers.

It sort of amazes me how Science is perceived as an existential threat to the Xristian Xrazies. It seems to me that Science has a suffered more at the hands of Faith than Faith ever has or will suffer at the hands of Science. I think the Dark Ages and Galileo would back me up on that assertion.

Isn’t there enough room in our minds, hearts and souls for facts and faith?