Conservapedia goes too far…again

August 18, 2010

Here’s a look at Conservapedia’s featured article of the day:

As far as I can tell this is describing something that has never happened and yet it’s quite blatantly suggesting that is what we should expect to see happen regularly when atheists attack Christianity. This goes so far beyond the bounds of acceptable discourse, it blows my mind. This is exactly the kind of psychotic behavior so easily justified in the name of religion.

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News From Around The Blogosphere 8.10.10

August 10, 2010

1. Einsteinian physics an evil liberal plot? – That is according to Andy Schlafly of Conservapædia. I suspect this is all part of a Jewish plot. Step 1: Kill Jesus and save the world. Step 2: Fool otherwise good Christians into accepting demonic Relativity. Step 4:  Profit. Muhahaha!

2. Anne Rice’s departure from the Catholic Church may signal the beginning of the end – Former Christian William Lobdell looks at the statistics and it’s looking more and more like Anne Rice is just part of a growing number of Christians growing disillusioned with organized religion.

3. Wiccans offer low, low price for booty-enhancement spell casting – Now I know there’s no such thing as magic, but for only $8.95, how can I afford not to pay someone to chant magic spells to increase the size of my ass. This one is full of win.I just don’t want to know where the magic wand goes.

4. Thought-controlled artificial arm reaches human testing phase – DARPA may have successfully produced an artificial arm as good as the one Anakin had in the Star Wars prequels.

5. Another Catholic child abuse case determined to be ‘credible’

A review board for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has found allegations of child sexual abuse against the Rev. David Dzermejko “credible,” and Bishop David Zubik has sent the case to Rome.

Vatican officials will decide if he should have a church trial or if the evidence is strong enough to permanently remove him from ministry without further hearings.

Wow, that’s some justice system they got going on there.

6. Pastor arrested for anti-demon protest – Pastor Donald Crosby of Kingdom Builders Church of Jesus Christ decided to protest outside Warner Robins High School because of the school’s “”Demon” nickname and mascot.” The mascot honors a World War II fighter squadron nicknamed the “Screamin’ Demons.” Yes, he’s protesting a celebration of World War II American heroes.

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Conservapedia redact the Bible to remove liberalism

October 6, 2009

The psychotics over at Conservapedia have decided that the Bible is too liberal and that “God’s” perfect book needs to be rewritten to get rid of all that liberal stuff like having to free you slave after poking his eye out.


Proof Obama is a secret Muslim? Not really.

March 11, 2009

Here is an amusing look at what the allegedly non-biased Conservapedia has to say about Obama’s religious affiliation. This is their “evidence” that Obama really is a secret Muslim:

–Obama’s background, education, and outlook are Muslim, and fewer than 1% of Muslims convert to Christianity.

–Obama’s middle name (Hussein) references Husayn, who was the grandson of Muhammad, which most Christians would not retain.

–Obama uses the Muslim Pakistani pronunciation for “Pakistan” rather than the common American one.

–Obama has chosen the Secret Service code name “Renegade”. “Renegade” conventionally describes someone who goes against normal conventions of behavior, but its first usage was to describe someone who has turned from their religion. It is a word derived from the Spanish renegado, meaning “Christian turned Muslim.”

And here’s their “evidence” for Obama being a secret atheist:

–When he initially took the oath of office on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, Obama misspoke (possibly due to Chief Justice Roberts not being prepared) and out of an “abundance of caution” the oath was retaken the next day. CNN.com noted, “Though a Bible was used in Tuesday’s oath, one was not used for Wednesday’s.”

–Since assuming office Obama has not attended a single church function.

NOOOOOO! Can’t he just be a secret child molester instead? Anything but an atheist or Muslim! LOL!


News From Around The Blogosphere 01.06.09

January 6, 2009

Orac’s blog Respectful Insolence nominated again for Medical Blog Awards – Please vote for it. I can’t express enough how great this blog is. Orac has been one the most important critics of anti-vaccination quackery and more people should know what he has to say. Plus, when I co-founded Stop Jenny McCarthy a few months ago, he supported me (Note: unfortunately, since that blog entry, our URL changed to just http://www.stopjenny.com, which is why his link doesn’t work). The blog Science-Based Medicine, which he also writes for along with Steve Novella, Val Jones, and other awesome bloggers is nominated as well. As is Val Jones’ regular blog, Better Health.

And another of my favorite science bloggers, Phil Plait, gets a favorable book review from the Washington Post.

thank-god-im-an-atheistConservapedia reveals atheism has many causes though they don’t reveal the cure – Though I think the real cause of atheism is The Bible. I mean have you ever sat down and actually read the thing? How could you not become an atheist after that?

The Gideon Bible reaches the Big 100 – Yup, it’s been a whole 100 hundred years since a bunch of giant douches came up with the idea to populate almost all the hotels in America with Gideon Bibles.

It’s a ghost! An Irish Ghost! – Everyone hide your Guiness!

How to bend a spoon with just your mind

AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

scientist-use-in-case-of-emergencyEinstein’s Relativity: Fundamental Abnormality? – “Physicists at Indiana University have developed a promising new way to identify a possible abnormality in a fundamental building block of Einstein’s theory of relativity known as “Lorentz invariance.” If confirmed, the abnormality would disprove the basic tenet that the laws of physics remain the same for any two objects traveling at a constant speed or rotated relative to one another.”

THE FUNNIES:

In the future, vaccines will turn kids into brats


News From Around The Blogosphere 9.18.08

September 19, 2008

The new brilliantly titled TV show “The Doctors” at least deserves some credit – A show they filmed and were going to air about vaccine safety that featured anti-vaccinationist Julia Berle of Generation Rescue (who gained her medical knowledge from the Internet and who MIGHT be a $cientologist) has been seemingly postponed indefinitely. I can only guess that the producers discovered this show would be inappropriate because Berle’s a total quack (correction: I didn’t mean to insult the quacks out there. Quacks at least have medical degrees). Of course, like every other anti-vaccinationist when they don’t get their way, Berle’s first and last conclusion is that it must be because of an evil Big Pharma conspiracy. Duh! What else? Obviously Big Pharma has nothing better to do but put pressure on the producers of an insipid daytime talk show to not air an episode that probably cost tens of thousands of dollars.

The case of Woo vs. Woo is over. Ramtha has spoken!A few days ago I blogged about JZ Knight, a New Age charlatan who claims to “channel” a 35,000 year old Atlantean warrior named Ramtha is suing a former student because she dared to cut in on Knight’s action. The trial is over and Knight won. I think the following advice to the jury from Knight’s attorney says it all:

“In closing arguments, Creatura asked the jury to set aside personal skepticism about Knight or her claim to channel Ramtha, a 35,000-year-old male warrior spirit, and to decide the case solely on legal issues.”

CREATIONIST NEWS:

Virginia Tech just can’t catch a break – A Creation “Science” seminar is coming. This might be the worst thing to happen to Virginia Tech ever!

Finally, creationism proves useful in the classroom – A lesson on homology in evolution led 1 college professor to Conservapedia, ironically subtitled “The Trustworthy Encyclopedia.” I know what you’re thinking: only a really reliable source would feel the need to remind you how reliable it is. But anyway, the professor found a section on the page labeled “Invalidity of the Homology Argument,” which was a little odd considering homology is a method of comparing and reasoning rather than an assertion of truth. (It’s worth reading the professor’s whole blog entry on this here). This all led to a great lesson in class:

“We discussed in class a critical difference between a scientist and a creationist. Creationists think they have THE answer from the beginning, whereas a scientist has only a question in the beginning. While a creationist may accept absurd dogma and simplistic dismissals of rational ideas, a scientist looks for a way to test ideas. That willingness to test and to infer from the results of those tests the best explanations distinguishes the scientific method from the creationist method. [A great untruth of the Conservapedia’s entry on homology was its claim that there are creation ‘scientists’—creationists offer religious explanations and dismiss the results of repeatable scientific studies rather than using a scientific method.]”

And here’s another choice quote from the professor:

“The Conservapedia entry on homology seems more concerned with acceptance of “custom and tradition” as a basis for “truth of religious matters” than with possible comparisons we might make among organisms. Indeed, it seems that the Conservapedia aims to dismiss important scientific approaches through superficial allusions. Perhaps we should be wary of trusting the Conservapedia, despite its subtitle. “

Crows make monkeys out of chimps in mental test – Oh, can’t you 2 crazy kids get along?

FDA & FTC finally going after quacks? – Maybe 1 day I actually might not have to do their jobs for them.

This is what Richard Dawkins’ hate mail looks like:

Sarah Palin wins Rubber Dodo Award (yeah, I misread that headline the first time too):

How To Read People’s Minds:

I can only hope my wedding will one day reunite the cast of Star Trek:

AND NOW FOR A MOMENT OF SCIENCE:

No Such Thing As A ‘Safe’ Suntan? – “The authors of the three review papers – leading researchers in the fields of cell biology, dermatology and epidemiology – have examined the effects on skin of UV radiation, including that from indoor tanning beds. As well as highlighting the need for greater research into this area, they have called for the use of such beds by under-18s to be banned, along with any publicity that claims that tanning beds are safe.

Exposure to UV radiation — for example, from sunbathing or using an indoor tanning bed — affects the skin in a number of ways, including causing DNA damage, photoaging (damage to the skin from chronic exposure to sunlight) and skin cancer. UV radiation is the most ubiquitous carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) for humans, in whom skin is the organ most commonly affected by cancer.”

Early Whales Used Back Legs For Swimming – “The crashing of the enormous fluked tail on the surface of the ocean is a “calling card” of modern whales. Living whales have no back legs, and their front legs take the form of flippers that allow them to steer. Their special tails provide the powerful thrust necessary to move their huge bulk. Yet this has not always been the case.

Reporting in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, paleontologist Mark D. Uhen of the Alabama Museum of Natural History describes new fossils from Alabama and Mississippi that pinpoint where tail flukes developed in the evolution of whales.”

Skin Cells Turned Into Insulin-producing Cells – “Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have transformed cells from human skin into cells that produce insulin, the hormone used to treat diabetes.”

Researchers Suppress ‘Hunger Hormone’ In Pigs – “Johns Hopkins scientists report success in significantly suppressing levels of the “hunger hormone” ghrelin in pigs using a minimally invasive means of chemically vaporizing the main vessel carrying blood to the top section, or fundus, of the stomach. An estimated 90 percent of the body’s ghrelin originates in the fundus, which can’t make the hormone without a good blood supply.”