Saturday, January 29, 2011

What Stupid Looks Like: A Creationist Argument Against Evolution

Creationist kook Thomas J. Ritter has filed a nutbar lawsuit against the Blue Mountain School District in Pennsylvania, USA because - Oh My God! - they're teaching evolution instead of creationism in school classrooms there.

Here's the astoundingly stupid chicken-scratch Mr. Ritter filed with the court (what's really sad is that millions of Americans agree with this stupidity):

There are not always two equal sides to every issue. Some ideas are indeed better than others. Some ideas are just plain stupid and wrong. This is certainly the case regarding Mr. Ritter and his ridiculous crayon-style rantings in the great state of Pennsylvania, where the state fossil is the 400-million-year-old trilobite Phacops rana.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell on Bill Maher Show

Kim Campbell was the first and only female Prime Minister of Canada for 132 days during 1993. Since then, she's pursued a highly impressive post-political career.

Here she is on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, supporting science, reason and critical thinking about climate change and evolution:

UPDATE HBO has pulled the clip. Stay tuned for a new one soon.

I can't believe how dumb the Republican is. Bullshit comes out of his mouth every time he speaks. And people really elected this ass?

Friday, January 28, 2011

People of Egypt Revolt En Masse to Demand Revolution

30 years of brutal oppression under Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak might hopefully be coming to an end for Egypt's 83 million citizens.

In a last ditch effort to cling to power, Mubarak cut off Egypt's internet and text-messaging services and ordered protesters to be shot.

The people of Egypt are making their voices heard:

Learn more about this story and follow live coverage and news:

Al Jazeera English: Live Stream
CNN Press Room News Blog
Vancouver residents are encouraged to eschew The Province and The Vancouver Sun newspaper in favor of the more professional news sources listed above.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

GEEKS/GENIUSES ONLY: Bad Ideas Nth Annual Python Bee

A computer programming contest where the contestant must orally dictate flawless code:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Note to Anonymous Commenters

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your disclosure … you are, after all, anonymous.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sarah Palin's Breaths of Inanity on YouTube

There's a creepy viral video making it's rounds on the internet, featuring Sarah Palin's every breath during her "blood libel" video edited into one clip:

Stay tuned for the ridiculous Republican response soon. It will be a video of Obama breathing, with a Tea Party racist twist!

Sarah Palin will never be elected to any public office, ever.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Nailin' Sarah Palin Over Claims of Jewish Blood Libel

On June 4, 2010, Sarah Palin said this:

On Jan. 12, 2011, Sarah Palin demonstrated her own misunderstanding of Jewish history by comparing herself to a victim of Blood libel:
"Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred that they purport to condemn." (@3:25 in video below)
Did Palin know that Rep. Giffords is Jewish, and what blood libel really means? Apparently not.

Witness Sarah Palin's latest self-inflicted gunshot wound via wooden teleprompter narration and fake emotional response:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Jordan Bower is Walking to Mexico and Loving It

Vancouver man Jordan Bower left his home on September 1st, 2009 to begin a 2900km (1800 mile) walk down the west coast of North America from Vancouver, Canada to the Mexican border.

"I'm walking to get away from the need for speed."

I ran into Bower two days before he embarked on his journey while he was buying sunglasses and last-minute supplies at Mountain Equipment Co-op on Broadway in Vancouver. Later, over e-mail, we tried but failed to arrange a last-minute on camera interview before he had to leave. Ever since, I've been following Bower's Walking to Mexico blog.

"When I walk, I feel connected to the world around me – and to myself"

As Bower slowly walked,
his blog slowly grew.
With pictures and narrative,
of places passed through.

From WA to CA,
down the west coast by shoe.
A quick stop in Eureka,
for a beautiful girl.

"How can it be playful?"

Bower's Dec. 7, 2010 blog post from Eureka, California

For some reason, Bower stayed in Eureka for a few more days before moving on.  He is now past the halfway point of his journey; you can follow his ongoing adventures at

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sarah Palin Hit List Really Kills

Last year, Sarah Palin published a political hit list featuring a US map with gun sights indicating the locations of her political enemies underneath a signed statement telling supporters "It's time to take a stand.":

Palin also published a message on Twitter featuring a similarly veiled metaphor advocating that citizens should use firearms to solve political differences:

Today, after an Arizona man obeyed Palin's marching orders - killing 6 and wounding 12 - Palin's "" hit list website was taken offline:

(Same result in Google Chrome)

Political rhetoric with violent overtones is inflaming the American public to dangerous levels.

Stay tuned for more.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Night Cat Bike

There is no charge for this service. Please enjoy.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Andrew Wakefield's Severed Head Keeps Talking After Death

Medical fraudster Andrew Wakefield was rightly and justly beheaded by the British Medical Journal yesterday. As his chopped noggin rolled around in the guillotine bucket, it remained alive long enough to tell a few more lies to the news media and cause more harm to his vulnerable victims:

Following Wakefield's public execution, it remains clear that he purposefully falsified data and lied in his discredited and retracted 1998 "study" linking vaccines to autism. No such link exists, despite doctors and scientists around the world trying to duplicate Wakefield's research using larger populations.

According to the BMJ article linked above, Wakefield was paid almost a million dollars by a law firm engaged in suing health authorities for imaginary vaccine injuries at the same time he published his fraudulent paper.

The final nail in Wakefield's coffin is this: why isn't he suing for libel or defamation of character - in England of all places, the easiest place in the world to do that? Because he can't. The allegations are 100% true. Andrew Wakefield is a liar, a fraud, a proxy murderer of children and babies.

Vaccines do not cause autism. Autism is not caused by vaccines. There is no such link. To believe otherwise is to wear a tinfoil hat.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What Happened to Discovery Channel?

Earthlings Fight ABC's Alien V Invasion Using 17" Macbook Pro

The ABC science fiction TV series V continues this year, and as the people of Earth conspire to foil the space invaders' plan, they're using Apple computers!

V Episode 1 screen cap: Chad Decker (Scott Wolf) shows Father Jack Landry (Joel Gretsch) computer video evidence of Visitors' bad acts using his 17" MacBook Pro.

V Fifth Column Computer Close-Up: MacBook Pro indeed. Apple logo stickered over.

Perhaps it's easy for the Visitors to track and trace Windows programs and users, so the rebellion has turned to Apple and Mac products to save the world?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Gold Rush Alaska on Discovery Channel: Behind the Scenes

Gold Rush Alaska is Discovery Channel's latest foray into Reality TV. It's a show about gold fever infecting a group of down-on-their-luck naively religious people who think they can accomplish anything with prayer and hard work. North to Alaska with heavy machinery, let's git that gold!

The show was filmed last summer and is now airing on Discovery Channel through early 2011. I recently mined the Internet and dug up these behind-the-scenes Internuggets:

The Glory Hole - Miner Jimmy Dorsey blogs about his experience on the show with brutal honesty:
Beaver (not Gold) Fever at the mine…(episode 4)

"Filming was cumbersome as the crew’s morale continued to sink. Leadership could not be expected from the production company as the camera crew was experiencing the same treatment as I was from Todd. My relationship to Todd was deteriorating at a incredible pace and tension was peaking with Greg Remsberg. I ended up staying away from Greg as he kept slapping my ass and saying inappropriate statements to me. All of us were getting sick. I started building an outhouse.

The days consisted of reading scripts written by someone back at the editing suite and cutting new scenes to help the first two episodes. More power plays between all of the men for camera time and who gets to use the tools or who drives what truck was getting old. Lunches mainly consisted of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or leftover bear surprise accompanied with Giardia infested Tang."


Heather Lende is a resident writer and blogger from Haines, Alaska, nearest town to the filming location. Lende reviews each episode with friends and family, including juicy local flavor from those in the know:
Gold Rush Alaska, Episode III

"Overall, the men tend to think the show is entertaining, but the women are not as amused. There were fewer man hugs this time. Tensions were high especially between Jimmy Dorsey and Todd Hoffman. (There is a fight coming that we know about because that was in the paper this summer after they called Trooper Josh, who suspected it was staged for the show, and wouldn't let them film him talking to them. Roger thinks the fight is real, but that's leaping ahead to a future episode, no doubt."

Gold Rush Alaska II

"We all agreed that 90 year-old gold miner John Schnabel (the neighbor) stole the show, that the scenery was great, and the bear phobia was kind of funny. A few times (okay, a lot) I questioned reality, especially the whole grab the guns and chase the bears out of camp part. (They did not seem to know a black bear from a brown bear, which they called grizzly bears, something we don't do here. Coastal grizzlies are brown bears.) But then Chip reminded me that it is television. It's a show. It is entertainment not a documentary."

Gold Rush Alaska, A Local Review

"Last summer the Discovery Channel filmed the Hoffman family and friends from Sandy, Oregon attempting to gold mine in Haines, up near the former (and long gone) gold rush town of Porcupine, about thirty miles out the road from Main Street on the Porcupine River. They set up camp on a claim across the creek from 90-year-old John Schnabel 's Big Nugget mine with, it seems, more hope of striking media gold than the real thing. We watched the show with his son Roger and Roger's wife Nancy, (who are our daughter JJ's godparents) Krista, a reporter for the Chilkat Valley News, Pizza Joe, and Kim, a longtime resident who runs a daycare. It was about 10 degrees and blowing snow, but my husband grilled moose burgers on the back porch."

Made-for-TV miners make debut Friday
- Tom Morphet provides this spoiler in the Chilkat Valley News:
John Schnabel, a Porcupine miner for 25 years, said he heard the Hoffmans’ crew found 16 ounces of gold, or about $20,000 worth.

"They were more interested in making a movie than they were in finding gold," Schnabel said. "They didn’t get their machinery going until afternoon and sometimes not until evening. They had cameras going all over the place."
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - Made-for-TV Alaska mining venture promotes gold rush mentality
"The marketing plan for the show plays up gold fever, which is not good for the image of the mining industry in Alaska...

...The mining took place on property where there is some gold, but probably not enough to support seven families and a big investment, according to a veteran placer miner quoted in the Haines newspaper in July."