History of Man and Nature

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Frequencies

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15thC-XKCD has up an interesting graphic, not really a comic, showing the Frequencies of many things. Click on any of the images to see the full effect of the original. A small sampling:

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Sophisticated Ham on Nye

Buddy Jesus roaming The Middle East according to Ken Ham - actually from page 8 of the Beginner's Bible Coloring Book - with coloring hints for the wee bairns

Ken Ham’s history of the Middle East

15thC Recently there was a televised debate between Bill Nye, The Science Guy and Creationist Museum founder Ken Ham over, what else, evolution. Watch it at the bottom if you dare. Ham The Man makes me want to throw things at the TV so I haven’t bothered. I know the schtick of his con. There are varying reviews out there, such as an evolutionary biologist or from someone tone trolling both sides or here in comic form.

The other day, a Sophisticated Theologian, soon to be adorned with a PhD, wrote into the Toronto Star taking both debaters to task for “ignoring all the more nuanced positions between these two polar opposites”. Here’s the nascent Doctor of Tall Tales explaining that the guys just weren’t doing proper theology (my comments in bold):

It’s Science Guy vs. creationist, Feb. 4

“Despite the debate’s hype, it failed to deliver. Although Bill Nye is a gifted science educator for children and Ken Ham a well-meaning Christian, the debate seemed to be more counter-productive than anything.

Let’s be clear, the debate failed to deliver the answer Ventureyra wanted – doG did it on the sly.

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Bill Nye – closed minded?

The media thrives on pinning polar opposites against one another, as is seen between the views of Nye and Ham. They pit Christian fundamentalism on one side and atheistic materialism on the other, while ignoring all the more nuanced positions that exist in between these two polar opposites.

The media was not involved in setting up this event, they merely report on it. It was arranged by Ham at his Ark Park because Nye said teaching children Creationism is harmful to them and society as a whole.

It should be pointed out that, in order to be a Christian, one need not accept a literal interpretation of the book of Genesis nor a young earth. However, the debate was fixated on the age of the earth and universe.

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Ken Ham – open minded?

This fella doesn’t seem to realize Ham just knows in his heart that the earth is aboot 6000 years old – a YEC who most certainly does take the BuyBull literally as do 42% of Americans as of 2005. Add another 18% with a more nuanced view that involves life evolving “over time through a process guided by a Supreme Being” and, of course, the timeline becomes a major sticking point.

Nye provided some good arguments for accepting a universe and earth of billions of years, whereas Ham missed his opportunity to discuss and provide evidence for the various signposts to the design of the universe itself, the laws of physics and chemistry, the first self-replicating system, consciousness and other such indicators.

Ventureyra glosses over anything Nye may have said and shows, again, his ignorance of what Ham is about. It isn’t the laws of physics and chemistry or any scientific indicators of any kind – these are anathema. Ham is all Biblical authority, nothing else. Authority which our Catholic scribe is here attempting to describe as scientific signposts.

Ironically, it was Nye defending big bang cosmology, one of the most compelling arguments for design and creation. Mr. Ham did make a couple of valid points though, namely that one need not necessarily be an evolutionist to be a good scientist and that the term evolution (there are at least six viable different meaning to the term) is often conflated.

Ah yes, the God of the Final Gap anally coughing up creation, re branded all science-like as let there be light The Big Bang. With this argument, Ventureyra reveals himself to be an Old Earth Creationist, like very many liberal Christian cultists who bleat a very similar non-literal reading of the BuyBull. Unlike most Christians Ventureyra has probably read the whole Bibble. Since he is a Sophisticated Theologian, he likely applies the Augustinian “get outta jail free card” – all nice things in the Buybull are true, while all the hatred, violence & genocide are metaphorical.

Ham’s “valid points”, neither of which offer any evidence for Creationism, are almost nonsense. Being a good scientist depends on being able to say “I don’t know” and, when evidence mounts, “Hmmm, seems my idea is wrong”. Good scientists don’t assign supernatural agency to things they don’t understand, regardless of their field of study. While the various meanings of evolution may be conflated, I’ll bet quatloos to doughnuts it isn’t good scientists doing the conflating.

In my humble opinion, these two represent extremely narrow views in terms of the science-religion debates. According to their presentations neither of them seem to have been keeping up with advancements in science, philosophy, nor developments in the science-theology dialogue.” – Scott Ventureyra, PhD Theology (candidate), Dominican University College, Ottawa

What we have here is someone playing bagpipes while attempting to appear wise and open minded by adopting a middle position regardless of the evidence either speaker may have supporting their argument. Truth be told, the good Doctoral Candidate has no more sophisticated evidence than the Creationist. It is quite possible Ham wouldn’t even consider the fledgling Papist a Christian.

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In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Tostus, rAmen

Celtic-Apparently as cheaply made as the myth it’s based on. Someone at Why Evolution is True found this on Amazon where commenters have been having some fun. Here’s what Carl had to say:

This toaster was working okay until I had a bunch of people show up suddenly at my house. I did not know what to do. Even if I had 200 days wages, I could not have fed everyone. Then, a boy offered me two small loaves. I put them in the Jesus toaster, and it was amazing. The Jesus toast just kept coming out. We ended up feeding like 5000 people that day. We collected the leftovers and filled 12 baskets.

After seeing the success of the Jesus toaster, I encourage the manufacturer to consider Jesus eyeglasses to cure blindness, Jesus hearing aids to heal the deaf, Jesus skin lotion for those suffering with leprosy.

This blasphemy will only anger His Divine Noodlyness.

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Merry Christmyth

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A fitting song for Pope Frank, Time’s Person of the Year

Copyright Universal Uclick.

Copyright Universal Uclick.

Illumi_Pope Franco is also hiding Cardinal Law from prosecution for his role in aiding and abetting child rapists in Massachusetts. This Holey Man of the One True Faith, not only knew of the rapes, he helped cover up the crimes while giving the rapists fresh victims in new hunting grounds.

“The evidence speaks for itself: Last spring, Law admitted in a deposition that he was aware that John Geoghan had reportedly raped at least seven young boys in 1984 yet nevertheless approved the transfer of Geoghan to another parish, working with other boys. Other documents revealed that Law similarly knew of and ignored decades of reported child abuse by Paul Shanley, placing Shanley in ministries with access to other children. Shanley is currently facing trial on 10 charges of child rape and six counts of indecent assault and battery. Law is jetting back and forth to Rome.”

Then there’s Pope Frank’s role in the Argentine Dirty War from ’76 to ’83. There’s lots of talk that he fingered dissidents for the military… while other professional Catholics were fingering children for fun. There’s a grapevine in every corporation, even those that sell salvation.

Humble? More like PR savvy.

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Sylvia Browne dies, as she foresaw, @ 77

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Old N2ope. Wrong again Sylvia. In May 2003, the woman with great psychic powers told Larry King she’d join The Great Celestial Bully after her 88th birthday. I’m sure her marks fans will take this miss as a hit by glomming on to the numerical pairs 77 v 88. Incredibly gifted, eh?

Sylvia’s great power was in conning people, like Montel Williams, while often being spectacularly wrong despite her claimed 85% accuracy. Along with her prognostifail aboot her own demise, we have the following tiny sampling of her BS:

  • “Of the 115 [criminal] cases reviewed with LexisNexis and newspaper sources, Browne was wrong in twenty-five, and the remaining ninety either have no available details outside of the transcript or the crime is unsolved, leaving no way to confirm Browne’s claims.”
  • “During the Sago Mining Disaster, she claimed the miners were alive when they were actually dead. She also said Richard Kneebone was alive in Canada, but his decomposed body was discovered a few days later in California. More recently, she predicted that a 9/11 firefighter was alive, but his body was found in the World Trade Center rubble two weeks later.”
  • “In 1999, Browne did a reading for Opal Jo Jennings’ grandmother, who wanted to know what happened to Jennings, a six-year-old abducted from her front yard in Texas. Browne told the grandmother, “She’s . . . not . . . dead. But what bothers me—now I’ve never heard of this before, but for some reason, she was taken and put into some kind of a slavery thing and taken into Japan. The place is Kukouro. Or Kukoura.

    Browne was wrong. Child molester Richard Lee Franks was charged with the kidnapping that same year and convicted the following year. Jennings’ remains were discovered in 2003. Medical examiners concluded that Opal was killed by trauma to the head with[in] several hours of her abduction.

She preyed on grief-stricken people in mourning @ $2400 per hour. The witch deserved a dunking as per Exodus 22:18.

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Call the OSPCA

our Large Intoxicated Mayor has plenty at home

and our Large Intoxicated Mayor has plenty at home

F_capollow Ford’s follies by clicking on the pic to read a nice, sad overview @ NOW. I almost fell for his populist rants, but ended up voting for one of the “unknown unknowns” type of candidates we get with every election. Ford reminded me of Mike Harris and I said to Mrs. K. “Watch Ford turn out to be like Mike Harris on crack.” Who knew? A coupla days ago, we heard a helicopter cruising the neighbourhood and Mrs. K. quips “They’re chasing Ford through the Creek.” The Etobicoke Creek, and the maggots were at it again the next morning.

I dropped by a local bar (now closed) one night 10 years ago and ran into some people I knew with a stranger at the table. He was drunk when I got there and had three beers in 45 minutes before wobbling off in a drunken stupor to drive home. A detective on the force. My brother once sold car insurance. “Don’t bring me cops”, he says, “they don’t get busted for DUIs”…

So, covering for our Large Intoxicated Mayor isn’t much of a stretch.

A city employee at Etobicoke City Hall a coupla years ago told me His Wooziness spends a lot of time at his office there, FWIW.

Toronto's Highest Magistrate in so many ways

Sideshow Rob, Toronto’s Highest Magistrate in so many ways

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Wisdom of Mother Gaia

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US Shutdown

via XKCD

via XKCD

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