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?

Good Science backs up the Bible, says Xristian Xrazie

Here we go again. Smarmy David Rives of World Nut Daily is dividing good and bad science based upon whether it backs up the Bible:

“Now, today we have a lot of atheistic scientists who are telling us, ‘You can’t believe the Bible,’ that everything is the result of an explosion 14 billion years ago, and I believe that is bad science. It doesn’t line up with the Bible, and it has a lot of problems that those scientists don’t want to tell you. You can study astronomy no problem at all, as long as you stick to the facts of astronomy. The scientific, empirical data that can be seen and demonstrated.

[snip]

I believe in six literal days God created everything, that on day four he created the stars, that’s what the Bible says, and the information that we are being told that a lot of universities are teaching us about astronomy is nothing but bad science.

If you look at NASA, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, they have a lot of questions about the Big Bang Theory and they have no answers for it.”

Xristians Xrazies have no unanswered questions regarding the creation of the universe because they question nothing about the Bible?

(Raw Story)

Let’s take a trip on a rocket ship…

This is video taken from one of the booster rockets on the Space Shuttle. From the description:

From the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle DVD/BluRay by NASA/Glenn a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the folks at Skywalker Sound. The sound is all from the camera microphones and not fake or replaced with foley artist sound. The Skywalker sound folks just helped bring it out and make it more audible.

Oh, man, that’s as great as it gets.

Finally, Science For My Generation

This ain’t your grandpa’s science! What do you get if you cross TMZ with a college alumni newsletter? Business Insider’s 50 Sexy Scientists! Because remember kids, you have to be the hawts to do the science. I’m a little saddened that Dr. Jenny McCarthy didn’t make the list.

Never mind that the author also claimed to have contacted and gotten permission from the people on the list, then people on the list contacted the author saying they weren’t contacted and wanted to be removed.

Bad science blogs are bad.

The Kenyan Strikes Back

In a galaxy far away… The White House responds to the We The People petition to build a Death Star:

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO
Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.
This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For
By Paul Shawcross

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets. [TG: This is a shift in the Force from the previous administration.]
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon, crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Skinny-D)