Monthly Archives: November 2009

No terrorist attack during Bush’s term?

Fox and Hannity always surprise me by setting the bar lower and lower. Apparently what I saw on television while on watch in Korea at 10:00 pm on September 11, 2001 was something not a terror attack.

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Another global warming distortion by Fox

From MediaMatters.org:
Quick Fact: Varney claims apparently hacked CRU emails suggest that “scientists are fudging data to make their case for global warming”

I knew it wouldn’t take long for something like Fox to take the “news” of hacked emails from the UK’s Climate Research Unit from scientists apparently on opposite sides of the argument and hack them further themselves to distort the content even more.  Read the link – Media Matters refutes Fox easily, and provides links to other sources that you can check yourself.  NASA’s Gavin Schmidt of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies says the critics “are using language used in science and interpreting it in a completely different way.” and “There’s nothing in the e-mails that shows that global warming is a hoax.”

150th anniversary of Darwin’s “Origin”

So November 24th, 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of what is probably the most influential book of the last two centuries if not more: “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.”  The title was shortened in the sixth edition to the more familiar four words The Origin of Species. I’ve got a paperback edition on my shelf, but have never read it…yet.  But I don’t need to have read it to know how it changed science. Or how it is essentially true.

Ernest Rutherford said “All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it, and then it becomes trivial.”  I apply the same thought to evolution.  I don’t study the mechanics, nor do I understand them, but as one can explain gravity to a layperson without delving into the math, one can explain evolution without getting into the specifics.  So I think I understand evolution.  It certainly makes sense to me.  More sense than conflicting myths.  Stephen Hawking felt biology was too imprecise, and yet much more complicated than theoretical physics.  I am an engineer and also feel that about biology, yet I don’t pretend for a minute that I can understand the various theories’ details.  As academic study is not my profession, I leave the theories, scientific theories, to the experts in their fields.  But even the complexities of evolution can be distilled to a simple understanding that is intuitively obvious to the most casual observer.

Unless that observer is dogmatically blinded by religion.  How Kirk Cameron believes and spouts his ignorance in a modern age baffles me.  The prospect of state Education Boards attempting to insert creationism, or its thinly veiled brother “Intelligent” Design, in science curricula reinforces daily our decision to homeschool our children.  The myths still propagated by religion and clergy, and worse, by media personalities and “news” networks are swallowed by too many gullible sheep for my comfort.

Evolution is a fact.  The mechanisms of natural selection and the specific mutations that link species may be forever under refinement and adjustment, but the evidence supporting evolution is incontrovertible – unless one chooses to deliberately ignore it.  I just might pull the great work off my shelf and add it to my pile of “to read soon”!

Hannity “suggests” President Obama at fault for Ft Hood

Sean Hannity has really crossed the line this time. Check out:

http://mediamatters.org/iphone/research/200911090045