News From Around The Blogosphere 8.24.08

Teaching Evolution to Creationists – This is a very cool human interest story about the state of Evolution education in Florida since the Intelligent Design Movement’s recent defeat.

The Crazy Rainbow Lady turns out to, well, crazy – Check out what appears to be her YouTube channel. I got to learn about a whole new pseudoscience I’d never heard of before: HAARPists.

On Battlestar Galactica, the derogatory name the humans use for the Cylons is “Toasters.” – Well now they really are toasters. Much better than Jesus toast:

Oh, don’t worry, Jesus toast; I still love you.

Needed medical services–Love it or Leavitt – Unlike many other science bloggers, I haven’t gotten around to posting any stories about the ongoing Mike Leavitt debacle in Washington. But for now I’ll just say I’m with PalMD of Denialism blog on this issue.

Who knew theological arguments could be so hot? -Commercial for Geoff Henley’s self-published book Beyond Reasonable Doubt: A Lawyer’s Case for Disbelief in God

Age of Autism instructing their minions on how to best spread their propaganda – Their strategy: one-on-one grassroots effort, emotional appeals by playing up how your a mother (which somehow makes you an authority on everything), use handpicked facts that taken on their own superficially seem to support their argument which also means lie by claiming the FDA never tested thimerosal while ignoring the studies by other medical institutions in the country who HAVE done studies (and I can quote 5 top medical institutions in the country who have analyzed such studies), write personal letters to again appeal to emotion with anecdotal evidence but present no actual evidence, speak in public with more appeal to emotion by anecdotal evidence with no actual evidence, and of course:

“Make sure in your sharing with people that you have your facts absolutely straight.  Give all the references you can so people can read for themselves.  I am no David Kirby, Dan Olmsted, Kim Stagliano, Ginger Taylor, Lyn Redwood (and all the others I’m leaving out). “

Yeah, definitely make sure to only use “facts” supplied by those few fringe figures who happen to agree with you.

Unintentionally apt placement on the quote marks:

” “Their” junk science can never take away what we have actually seen with our own eyes.”

And by “their” Allison Byrd clearly means “our.” And another very telling line from the blog:

“Our community needs to have a grass-roots movement that will culminate into more people refusing vaccination until it is proven to be safe. “

Thanks for the measles, guys. Oh, and one last quote about Allison Byrd:

She was graduated with honors from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in History.

Not only does she hold a B.S. in History but she has a history of B.S.

The oddball things you run across in upstate New York – It’s funny. This weekend I was in upstate New York and picked up what I thought was an Aquafina Water then did a double take and discovered it wasn’t Aquafina but a brand called Dowser. Apparently, this guy (see link) had the exact same reaction. Unfortunately they don’t seem to have a website, so I can’t locate the exact text printed on the back-end of the label but it did explain that they did indeed take the name from ancient water dowsers and seemed to play up the mystique of it. Of course all bottled water is woo anyway (See: here).

And now for a moment of science:

Packing DNA: How Did Genetic Storage Evolve? – “Human cells somehow squeeze two meters of double-stranded DNA into the space of a typical chromosome, a package 10,000 times smaller than the volume of genetic material it contains.” So how do they cram all that graham?

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