Something In The Water

Jonathan Kay Canadian Journalist

BCL on the chutzpah of Jonathan Kay, junk science enabler debunker:

[T]here’s a real lack of self-awareness here.  Jonathon [sic], after all,  is comment pages editor at the National Post, and under his watch it has for years entertained  junk science from Global Warming deniers.  Sometimes this nonsense has been confined to the OpEd pages; sometimes its made the news, and sometimes the claims have been so egregiously false that defamation suits have been the result.

And as I have written on several occasions, you can’t open the floodgates a little way.  You can’t set teh crazy just a little bit free. When you start smearing a particular scientific field, you get mud over the whole edifice.

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Physicist Leonard Susskind Rejects Intelligent Design

by matttbastard

Fora.tv:

Stanford University theoretical physicist Leonard Susskind rejects the idea of “intelligent design” as a theory for the origins of the universe.

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Noam vs. The Good Doctor

by matttbastard

Noam Chomsky on Ron Paul:

He is proposing a form of ultra-nationalism, in which we are concerned solely with our preserving our own wealth and extraordinary advantages, getting out of the UN, rejecting any international prosecution of US criminals (for aggressive war, for example), etc. Apart from being next to meaningless, the idea is morally unacceptable, in my view.

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[H]is form of libertarianism would be a nightmare, in my opinion — on the dubious assumption that it could even survive for more than a brief period without imploding.

As they say, read the whole damn thing

h/t Dandelion Salad

Related: Ron Paul: Evoloution is “a theory, and I don’t accept it”.

Fuck it–the “most sane” Republican is now officially “none of the above”.

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PSA: Sign The Petition

by matttbastard

Via ACR:

Pass it on. If there’s enough signatures, we can mail the petition to the media of the other Commonwealth countries, and the Canadian media as well.

To all the people in the Commonwealth,

RE: The Commonwealth leaders meeting in Uganda, November 2007.

We the undersigned, apologize profusely for the utter stupidity and arrogance of the Minority Conservative Government of Canada.

We apologize for Stephen Harper’s uneducated, stubborn, small minded and heavily subsidized denial of the climate crisis.

36% of the Canadian population voted for the Harper Conservatives, but the rest of us are well aware that Mr. Harper’s actions are very destructive to humanity, and only help out the world’s large corporate polluters such as big oil, etc.

We the undersigned promise to do everything in our power to elect a better more responsible government in the future, for all our sakes.
In the meanwhile, please know that we are as horrified and disgusted as many of our fellow citizens in the Commonwealth, and we hope that you don’t completely lose faith in us.

Sign it now!

I can make a PDF version to take out in meatspace, (stores, meetings, schools etc.) Let me know if you are interested.
pale (dot) cold (at) gmail (dot) com

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The Tampon Police

Ok, this is taking the fetish to absurd, Onion-esque extremes:

The Colorado Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for an anti-abortion group to collect signatures for a ballot measure that would define a fertilized egg as a person.

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“It doesn’t outlaw abortion, it doesn’t regulate birth control,” said Kristi Burton, 20, of Colorado for Equal Rights. “It’s just a constitutional principle. We’re laying a foundation that every life deserves protection.

Burton said the initiative would simply define a human.

“It’s very clearly a single subject,” Burton said. “If it’s a human being, it’s a person, and hey, they deserve equal rights under our law.”

It’s a fucking egg, you dumb ass. As Katha Pollitt said, “[a] potential person is not a person, any more than an acorn is an oak tree.” Yeesh, how long before the Kleenex Kops begin investigating the wastebaskets of wank-happy teenage boys? (MASS SPERMICIDE BY JERK OFF JANJAWEEDS!!!11 CONVENE TEH UN SECURITY COUNCIL!!!1)

h/t Stormy Days Of March

Update: fern-with-one-eff-hill is full of WIN.

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