Saturday, June 30, 2007

Wal-Mart Adopts New Dress Code

Sources deep inside the Wal-Mart network (I'm in tight with a guy in produce!) have informed me that Wal-Mart has begun phasing in a new dress code, consisting of a blue/dark blue polo shirt and khakis. I asked one worker if wearing the clothes will help employees have a better attitude about work. She said she thought it would, and already has.

I did an online search to see if this is news, and found some sort of press release from last year stating Wal-Mart's intentions for a dress code, and also turned up new articles covering the change.

Evidentally, Wal-Mart is expanding the code to newer stores.

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Harry Potter Mania Just Beginning?

I've never been a big fan of the Harry Potter series. I am the first to acknowledge that this is an "uninformed" opinion, because I have not read it. I have never subscribed to the belief that all things must be tried once, and that before holding an opinion on something, you must experience it.

I'm equally unsure that it is poisoning our children into witchcraft. There seems to be a far more distinctive line of witchcraft drawn in Harry Pothead than in other fanciful works such as Lord of the Rings.

But when I read that there will be a Harry Potter themepark, I knew this had gone too far. Lord of the Rings has far more culture, lore, heritage and history than dumb 'ol Harry Potter. If anything deserves its own theme park, Lord of the Rings does. Not that sorry little punk wizard.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Hovind's Wife to be Sentenced

Evangelist's wife sentenced in Pensacola tax fraud case

She won some sort of injunction or sentence postponement, even though her husband, Kent Hovind, was sentenced to 10 years.

**Update**

Creationist theme park owner's wife sentenced

The wife of a Pensacola evangelist was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison Friday on federal tax charges.

Creationist In-fighting

Inside the Creationist dispute

It's all detailed in a 40-page report by Clarrie Briese, a former chief state magistrate in Australia, and a member of CMI.

The report is a must read if you want a behind-the-scenes look at the foremost proponents of the idea that God created the universe from nothing in six days, 6,000 years ago.

Briese chaired a committee that CMI formed to investigate allegations that AIG had made. AIG didn't cooperate with the investigation.

After looking over about 700 pages of evidence, Briese found no wrongdoing by CMI, but lots on the part of AIG.

In his view, the dispute began in August 2004, when officers of both groups asked Answers to reorganize, in part to make the ministry less dependent on its founder, Ken Ham.

The reformers also wanted to address the problem of low staff morale at Answers.

According to Briese, in a letter to the Answers board, then-Answers COO Brandon Vallorani wrote, "Ken's track record with staff has been To Put It Mildly less than desirable. He is perceived to be harsh and unforgiving .... There is an unhealthy fear of Ken."

Until the reform attempt, the two ministries had excellent relations. They had common board members, they shared articles, they even shared the Answers in Genesis name and the same Web site.

But that all changed quickly.

AIG in America fired Vallorani, its second-in-command, and gave him a payout on condition of silence, according to Briese.

When Ham sees a threat to his dominant position in the worldwide creationism movement, he retaliates, Briese wrote, and that's what he proceeded to do to CMI.

I don't have a huge amount of personal experience with Ken Ham, but what first and secondhand experience I do have lines up with these accounts.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

ABC Releases 6-Month Old News

Lucy Fossil Approved for US Tour

Unless this was released simply to gin up publicity for the tour, I don't understand why this is new. Fox News reported on this story back in December of 2006.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Global Warming Solution: Giant Mirrors?

In the midst of the hand-wringing and insomnia brought on by fears of global warming, some scientific minds have decided to get together and come with some....rather unorthodox solutions.

In Case We Can't Give Up the Cars - Try 16 Trillion Mirrors

Space sunshade might be feasible in global warming emergency

How to Cool a Planet (Maybe)

Going to extremes to fight global warming (The kind of extreme that includes 55,000 mirrors, each as big as Manhatten. Partialy archived version of article here.)

To Cool the Earth, Plan Would Pull a Shade


These kooky ideas seem to vary between one mirror, 55,000 and 16 trillion. As one Freeper quipped, if this plan is successful, it would be an ideal time to buy stock in Windex and Bounty.

First concern: This plan would cost millions of dollars to solve a problem that is primarily natural. Sounds like a waste to me.

Second concern: What happens when we get global cooling?

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Creation Museum Receives More Visitors Than Expected


'Museum' beating estimates?

Creation Museum officials expected thousands of visitors to come through their gates during their first month in operation.

But they didn't expect this many people.

Since its opening May 28, 31,711 visitors have come to the $27 million Creation Museum, according to museum officials and its consulting firm, A. Larry Ross Communications of Carrollton, Texas.

The exact number of people who came through the museum on opening day was 4,003, according to Aaron Campbell, who works with the consulting firm.

Mark Looy, vice president for outreach for the Answers in Genesis ministry, previously said the ministry's goal for the year would be "at least 250,000 visitors."

This would allow the museum to break even.

But if it keeps at this pace, the museum could top more than 549,000 visitors during its first year.

Let's just hope Creation Ministries International doesn't sue AiG and cause them to have to shut down prematurely. But from all accounts, AiG is the one to blame.

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Lincoln's Body Nearly Kidnapped for Ransom

A Plot to Steal Lincoln's Body - A posthumous kidnapping attempt shaped the Secret Service

On the night Swegles accompanied Mullen and Hughes to Oak Ridge Cemetery, Tyrrell and his agents were lying in wait for them at Lincoln's tomb, witnesses for the comedy of errors that soon began. Although Mullen and Hughes were career criminals, they couldn't pick a lock, so they had to cut through the padlock with a file. Once inside the tomb chamber, they found they could not lift Lincoln's 500-pound cedar-and-lead coffin. The inept grave robbers were considering their options when a detective's pistol accidentally went off outside. Mullen and Hughes bolted, but it wasn't much of a getaway—they headed straight back to their saloon in Chicago where Tyrrell arrested them a couple days later.

In addition to being a very interesting story, there was a very interesting advertisement on the site for the sleep aid Roserem:

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Friday, June 22, 2007

When Catholics Speed



















A little late-night irreverant humor.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Lasseter Cleaning House - Disney is Through With Cheap Sequels

Say "So Long !" to direct-to-video sequels : DisneyToon Studios tunes out Sharon Morrill

I can't imagine why folks would think original movies would have their legacy ruined just by having cheap sequels put out! I mean, they only made Jungle Book 2, Peter Pan 2, Bambi 2, Cinderella 2 (and 3!), Lady and the Tramp 2, The Fox and the Hound 2, Beauty and the Beast 2, The Little Mermaid 2, Pocahontas 2, Aladdin 2 (and 3), The Lion King 2 (and 3, alias "1 1/2"), Mulan 2, Tarzan 2, Atlantis 2 and Brother Bear 2! What seems to be the problem?

John Lasseter may yet preserve and revive the original creative legacy of Walt Disney.

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Media Whines "R-Rated 'Knocked Up' Should Have Pitched Abortion"

Movie Scolded For Not Espousing Abortion

This R-rated "comedy" is poking "light-hearted fun" at careless fornication, and yet the media has the nerve to be on-edge because abortion is not considered or shown.

Who says Hollywood doesn't have values?

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Yahoo - A Fine How-Do-You-Do For Paying Customers


At the beginning of the year, I signed up for Yahoo! mail premium services, which included no ads, twice the storage space and other bonus features not available for free accounts.

A week or two ago, I heard from my sister that Yahoo! mail was making the jump to unlimited e-mail storage capacity, but wasn't sure I believed it.

Just days ago, I logged in to my account, and immediately notice something strange is going on. My e-mail storage capacity icon (always very low as a rule) had gone from 2% of 2GB storage to 35% of 1GB storage. Then a lit fuse animation appears, blowing the icon to bits and announcing "You now have unlimited storage!"

This is a fine development. I don't anticipate actually needing unlimited e-mail storage, but great. Bigger is better.

One problem. I paid for extra storage space.

I've sent Yahoo! an inquiry to find out what they will do in terms of refunding part of the service bill used towards storage, if even free accounts are getting unlimited space. No word back yet, but we'll see.

***Update***

Yahoo responded and explained that if I'd like to cancel the paying service, that would be just fine with THEM, and I'd still have the unlimited space. Worded a bit more courteously perhaps, but that's the jist.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Gay Liberal Goes Shooting -- And Likes It!

The Way Of The Gun - A Gay Liberal Explores Ohio Gun Culture By Taking Matters - And Weapons - Into His Own Hands

I've got my hands wrapped around a piece, finger on the trigger. When I awoke this morning, my irrational anxieties led me to dress as heterosexually as possible. After all, what do you wear to your first time at the range? I've chosen jeans, an orange ringer T and a green zip-up sweatshirt, a combination seemingly straight enough to pull off this charade.

To my right, in the next stall, a weapon fires powerfully, a sound that pierces through both my headphones and earplugs. I have no idea if the comically small revolver I'm gripping will create the same blast, but I'm about to find out. With my feet spread wide and arms rigidly stretched forward, I — a show tune-loving, Democrat-voting homosexual — am mere seconds from pulling the trigger on this instrument of death, something I vowed I would never do.

Yet here I am. The gun's hammer is cocked back, my eyes are fixed on the target downrange, instructor Jim is standing expectantly over my left shoulder, and the time has come for me to fire this .22.

...

I load nine inch-long bullets into the revolver, snapping the cylinder closed. Jim steps back, and I stand alone in the stall — feet spread shoulder-width, both hands clutching the piece, arms locked forward creating a triangle. I need considerable thumb strength to pull back the hammer, which pulls back the trigger as well. And then, with just slight pressure from the second finger on my right hand — "POP."

The strange little explosion doesn't even feel as if it came from the weapon in my hands. And I score an "8" on the target. Another pull on the hammer and press on the trigger. "9." Again. "10." Six shots later, I am destroying the target.

"You're actually a good shot for a beginner," Jim says from behind me.

Two more rounds of nine shots blasting the center of the target, and I'm beginning to tingle with a sense of euphoria. I turn to Jim, grinning like a proud kid. "Can I try the bigger gun?"

...

As I drive home, my hands are shaking slightly and I can feel my heart beating. There's exhilaration from what I've done, excitement in learning I'm an excellent shot.

...

But a couple of hours later, my high is fading, and I have a minor freak-out. I remember a moment in the stall when I saw a moving target's shadow enter the periphery of my vision. What if that had been a person running into my line of sight? What if my target was a human instead of a piece of waxy paper? There are 39 holes in the bull's-eye — dead center of where a chest would be.

I could have killed someone several times that morning. Despite how pleased I am with my shooting prowess, how proud I am for overcoming my fears, I don't think I could ever hold a gun again. I could never kill another human.

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IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT, and I'm driving downtown toward Cleveland to meet friends for drinks. I send a text message to one to find out where he is. His boyfriend responds: "Dan and I were attacked. I'm at Lutheran. I'm OK. Just getting checked out."

Through text messages and phone calls, I learn that my friends were attacked by a group of teenagers as they tried to get into their car. Eddie has pains in his ribs and a scrape on his leg. Dan is just shaken up. Eddie's wallet is gone.

As I drive, I am suddenly overcome with a mix of anger, fear and frustration — emotions that again make me reevaluate my position. More friends affected by crime, and no way to protect ourselves.

But there is a way we could protect ourselves, something Jim helped me learn just weeks before: We could all start carrying guns.

It seems irrational, but fear is irrational. And I begin to understand how that fear could drive people to arm themselves. I'm not on either "side" [...] I, like so many Ohioans, fall somewhere in the middle. Guns still feel like the ultimate solution, something I'm not ready to embrace yet.

But if the police won't or can't protect me and my friends, taking matters into my own hands doesn't seem irrational anymore.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

WTC Photos: Disturbing Results From Across the Web

I've been working on finding images, video and audio for the September 11 memorial project I'm working on. So far, major sites do not turn up a lot of fruitful results. CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX all do not have substantial galleries of footage or photos from September 11th. I posted a thread in Free Republic asking for help, and didn't get a lot of response.

I've been searching on Google, MetaCafe and YouTube. I've been on Time Magazine's website, as well as National Geographic. Some good stuff from Time, but not a lot. Wikipedia has some good stuff; I'm still in the process of combing through those galleries.

I've been going back over old archived threads, including one very promising one entitled "AMERICA ATTACKED: Online FReeper library - Post your links to memorial sites, photos, videos, etc." There are a great many links to memorials, galleries and tributes, and I'm finding that most of them don't work anymore. There are a great many photos from that thread that I'm able to save, but the mind tires of seeing just photos; I need VIDEO to carry this project off.

Alas, I fear that while many are saying "Never Forget," others around us are already forgetting.

I'm constantly inundated with ideas such as this, but it occurs to me that we need one comprehensive website that deals with images from 9/11. Oh, there are some already out there.September-11th.us is a good one. September11news.com is good, as well as Rememberthe11th.com. But we need something bigger, better and more comprehensive. If I weren't so short on time and money, maybe I'd try to do something about it.

Anyway, if you have good video, audio or picture links, please send them to me.

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Hiccup Girl Runs Away, Is Found

Runaway 'Hiccup Girl' Found Safe in Florida

The 15-year-old girl whose marathon case of hiccups brought her worldwide attention this year ran away from home Monday but was found safe that night, her mother said.

Jennifer Mee's struggles with chronic hiccups — up to 50 times a minute for months — made her an Internet sensation and darling of morning television news shows, which aggressively fought to book the ninth-grader for interviews.

Jennifer Mee was found walking about two miles from her home at 9:30 p.m., about 14 hours after she was reported missing, said her mother, Rachel Robidoux.

"She had been at a friend's house at one point," Robidoux said. "She had also been walking the streets aimlessly, not knowing where to go."

Robidoux said she had not yet discussed with her daughter why she ran away.

"I think she just wants her freedom, and she has to realize there's going to be boundaries at that age," Robidoux said.


I can't imagine the huge pressures that must have been on this girl and the whole family. In addition to suffering from unending hiccups (they're bad enough when they set in for a few short minutes!), she was made a spectacle by media hounds. Hopefully none of that fuss had anything to do with the runaway (the Fox News article mentions a family quarrel over a MySpace account), but let's hope everything -- EVERYTHING -- returns to normal for that family.

Kind of makes you appreciate being normal sometimes.

Liquid DNA Used to Deter Burglars?

Residents Helped to Make Their Mark

Over the coming weeks Pudsey/ Weetwood Police officers will be visiting residents in the Fairfields, Calverley and Adel areas, offering to mark their belongings and household property with liquid DNA to deter burglars.

Armed with liquid DNA -that has been funded by the local council- officers from the local Neighbourhood Police Teams will quickly be able to apply the solution which is encoded with a unique DNA code, that is then registered to the owner of the valuables.

The solution is virtually impossible to remove and doesn't deteriorate with time. The marking is only visible under ultra-violet light but can be easily found by officers who will be carrying UV torch-lights.

When an item has been stolen, it can easily be traced back to a particular burglary and gives the police valuable evidence in bringing burglars to justice - as well as helping victims to get their belongings back.

As well as visiting local residents to mark belongings, officers will place signs in some of the participating houses and will also be placing signs on the streets, to make it clear to any would be burglar that local residents are protecting their belongings with liquid DNA.


I don't know what to think of a story like this. I admit I'm intrigued; just smear some DNA on something, and forget about needing a serial number on a valued possession? Sounds kind of creepy, yet kind of ingenuous.

I'm trying to dismiss revolting mental images of how cheapskates might improvise on this method.

Memory Stored in Living Cells

Data stored in live neurons

A couple of uninformed extrapolations on what this could mean. First, I've always wondered if technology would permit us to put certain "knowledge chips" into our brains. As in:

Customer: "I'm going to Mexico next month. Can I get a Spanish language chip imbedded in my head?"

Surgeon: "Certainly! Will next Tuesday at 10 work?"

Dispense with three years of school; just implant the knowledge in your brain.

Of course, the drawback is this. When your computer has a virus...it wouldn't be malicious technical programming. It would actually be a physical ailment!

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Creationist Inventor Honored

IPO Education Foundation Honors Top Inventor of 2007 - Upright(TM) MRI Inventor Recognized for Patented Innovation on Capitol Hill
Professor Raymond Damadian, M.D. is currently President and Chairman of FONAR Corporation (NASDAQ: FONR) , Melville, New York. Dr. Damadian is being recognized for his development of Upright(TM) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology. This invention allows physicians to image patients in various weight-bearing positions in order to view tissues or analyze the spine, joints, or bones for fractures under the strain of normal use rather than in a prone position. The device also allows doctors to image the cardiovascular system when the body is upright and blood is being propelled against gravity.
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"We are delighted to honor Dr. Damadian with this award," said IPO Foundation President Harry J. Gwinnell. "His contributions to the field of magnetic resonance imaging, particularly with the Upright(TM) MRI technology for which we salute him today, have been critical in advancing modern medicine's diagnostic and treatment capabilities."

Currently, Dr. Damadian has patents pending on a 360 degree or "room size" MRI, which allows surgeons complete access to a patient in the operating room during MRI scans, providing immediate diagnostic analysis of the surgery and allowing a surgeon to see images of the tissues as surgery is being performed. In this fashion, surgeons will be able to adapt operational procedures and techniques and can view lesions such as tumors in detail to be certain that they have removed 100% of the diseased tissue.


Damadian, of course, is the creationist inventor/researcher who helped develop the original MRI and was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame. He made headlines when he was snubbed for a Nobel prize for no given reason, likely because of his creationist views.

So much for "creationists aren't scientists."

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Monday, June 11, 2007

September 11 Tribute Promo



I began work on this project about a week ago, and then decided to go ahead and test my mettle with a promotional video. I surprised myself by finishing this video in just one afternoon. You know it's going to be good when your own promo kind of cuts you to the quick.

I plan to have the project finished well in advance of September 11, but to release it about that time. I've seen some good videos on YouTube and elsewhere, but so far, none of them looks as good as what I hope mine will be. I have certain ideas and musical cues and so forth, but I can't be giving away too many details at this point. Stay tuned.

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

True Royalty

On her recent visit to the United States, it happened that the Queen stayed within a few miles of where I live. Although America is far more accustomed to "Let Freedom Ring" than "God Save the Queen," the royal visit excited many hundreds of people who turned out to welcome and hail her majesty's visit. I wasn't one of them, but the visit set me little head to thinking.

When the Queen visited, she spent a lot of time with President Bush. Likewise, in other countries, the Queen visits with the country's leader(s). In diplomatic terms, that's what figures of state do. Important people meet with other important people. That's just the human way of looking at things. And from the perspective of international relations, it makes good sense. But at the same time, this seems to set "unimportant" people at a disadvantage. They look up to, respect and admire "important people."

Whether it's fans turning out by the thousands hoping for a chance to touch a singer's hand as he or she strides about the stage, standing in line for hours to meet-and-greet a dignitary, or shelling out hundreds of dollars for a photo opportunity with someone who won't remember your name in ten minutes, "unimportant" people like to meet with these important people. Even if only for a brief and relatively insignificant moment in time, that kind of meeting becomes a highlight of the day, week or even a life. It becomes a bragging point forever after. (Yes, even I am guilty of that.)

Contrast this to the only true sovereign upon His visit to this earth. The "important" people (the religious leaders) were actually miffed that Jesus did not come to meet with them. (Matthew 9:11-12) The thick-headed disciples continued to think Jesus was here to set up an earthly kingdom, and, while puzzled by Jesus' meeting and healing with "unimportant" people, tried to keep the even less important people (the children) away. (Matthew 19:13-14)

Isn't it great that the only true King of the world spends His time with the unimportant people like you and me?

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Firstfruits of Homeschooling

Colleges, universities more welcoming of homeschooled students

The U.S. Department of Education reports that 1.1 million, or 2.2 percent of all students in the nation, are homeschooled.

And where colleges and universities once questioned how to accommodate homeschooled students -- and sometimes even shunned them -- institutions of higher learning now are increasingly more welcoming when their admission applications arrive.

In 2000, 52 percent of all colleges in the country had a formal evaluation policy for applications from homeschoolers, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Four years later, the number jumped to 83 percent. During that time, 45 percent of colleges reported receiving more applications from homeschoolers.


Homeschooling didn't really start taking off until the 80's. And like the firstfruits of a crop at the beginning of harvest, homeschooling talent is flooding the marketplace, and short-sighted institutions are not only having to adjust academic standards, but are also actively courting these star students to boost their academic performance statistics!

I note that the Department of Education keeps on estimating around 1.1 million students, and that estimate never rises or falls. I am guessing that there is an increase in numbers, but as more homeschoolers graduate, there might be an ebb in the numbers because of less homeschooling. It would only be short-term, though. Likely, these graduates will build successful careers and families, and raise up more homeschoolers, boosting the numbers once again. One thing's for sure; the homeschooling can't be ignored any longer.

It's a good feeling to be a part of that first homeschooling generation, and to see my fellow homeschooled graduates entering the world alongside. Here's hoping they start moving into high-ranking positions. Mayhap we can affect not a small change in the downward spiral of culture and civilization.

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Friday, June 08, 2007

Global Warming Traveling the Galaxy

Climate change hits Mars

Mars is being hit by rapid climate change and it is happening so fast that the red planet could lose its southern ice cap, writes Jonathan Leake.

Scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s. This is similar to the warming experienced on Earth over approximately the same period.

Since there is no known life on Mars it suggests rapid changes in planetary climates could be natural phenomena.

The mechanism at work on Mars appears, however, to be different from that on Earth. One of the researchers, Lori Fenton, believes variations in radiation and temperature across the surface of the Red Planet are generating strong winds.

In a paper published in the journal Nature, she suggests that such winds can stir up giant dust storms, trapping heat and raising the planet’s temperature.


How have they determined that the causes are different, anyway? The sun's activity has been shown to be at an all-time high already. Could it be that the SUN is responsible for global warming?

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Creation Museum: In Front of the Scenes



So it turns out that I can make video montages too. This video is a first test of my skills, and after seeing how this one turned out, I plan to make more.

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Answers Museum Hires Porn Man As 'Adam'

Creation Museum's 'Adam' shared sexual exploits online

The man picked by the Creation Museum to play Adam leads quite a different life outside the Garden of Eden.

Records show that [the actor] owns a pornographic web site [...].

He's been pictured there in a T-shirt brandishing the site's sexually suggestive logo.
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The 27-year-old appears as Adam in one of 55 videos featured on visitor tours at the Petersburg, Kentucky museum.

The museum -- which opened last month -- tells the Bible's version of how Earth was created.

Museum officials today stopped airing the 40-second video after learning from The Associated Press of Linden's online appearances.

Linden tells the Associated Press that he is no longer affiliated with the site.

The AP must be crawling all over that place trying to find some hypocrisy, error or fault. How else would they have dug so deep as to uncover such an obscure fact as this?

AiG should be more careful who they hire, but as I've mentioned before, the personal beliefs of an actor rarely mirror those of the noble character they're portraying.

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Disney Making Adam and Eve Movie? (Don't get your hopes up)

Disney nabs 'All About Adam'

Disney has made a preemptive six-figure purchase of "All About Adam," a spec script by Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons. Scott Rudin will produce the project.

Spec follows the biblical Adam as he trails Eve to modern-day Gotham after they have a lover's quarrel. Adam discovers Satan was behind the breakup.

Deal marks the second significant spec sale for the writers; DreamWorks Animation previously snatched up "Mastermind." That project has Ben Stiller attached to produce, with Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson to direct. They helmed the DreamWorks Animation 3-D short "First Flight."


I won't be getting my hopes up.

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

That Whole "Human Evolution" Thing Needs More Work

Study suggests early upright apes had Darwin fooled

In other words, if this is true, then the very icon of human evolution needs more than a little tweaking!

Answers in Genesis further points out:

[W]alking on thin tree limbs is substantially different than traversing even the spongiest soil; thin tree limbs will not support weight in the same manner. Unsurprisingly, then, the orangutans don’t actually walk “independently” upright; rather, they cling to surrounding branches and tree trunks as they move along.

*Sigh* Pass those textbooks forward again, class! *Snip snip snip*

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A Paradox of Life?

In an article entitled Adam and Eve in the Land of the Dinosaurs, author Edward Rothstein proposes this seeming paradox regarding origins, miracles and the very beginning of life.
But one problem is that scientific activity presumes that the material world is organized according to unchanging laws, while biblical fundamentalism presumes that those laws are themselves subject to disruption and miracle. Is not that a slippery slope as well, even affecting these analyses?

I encounter this argument frequently in my creation/evolution debates online. Individuals arguing for evolution insist that creationists are "anti-science" because they propose a supernatural force (God) who superceded the known scientific constraints in creating the world.

I have not yet received an adequate response when I point out that the paradox exists independent of creationism. Whether you accept creation or evolution, the question "where did it all start?" still exists.

For evolution, the origin of life proposes an even greater problem. It is scientifically impossible for living matter to originate from non-living matter. If common sense doesn't tell you that, Pasteur's spontaneous generation experiment should.

So what do evolutionists say when I propose this significant problem?

"Evolution doesn't cover that."

I kid you not! I likened it to that annoying telephone service person who, when asked a question they cannot answer, replies "that's not my department, let me transfer you." Despite Berkeley's own tutorial on evolution stating otherwise, these evolutionists conveniently duck out of answering the question altogether by saying evolution doesn't cover the origins of life.

Supposing for a moment that this were true, evolution still makes the assumption that life somehow spontaneously generated. The claim is not testable in science because evolution operates within the confines of naturalism, which is basically a philosophically humanist belief that there is no supernatural.

So whether evolution "covers" it or not, sooner or later, evolutionists must somehow concoct a response to the paradox proposed by Mr. Rothstein. Sooner or later, they smack into a wall not of scientific improbability, but of scientific impossibility. Naught can save them but some act that reaches outside the confines of known scientific restraints -- a supernatural act.

It is here that creationism is stronger than evolutionism. Creationists do not shy away from stating it took a supernatural act from a supernatural being to overcome these restraints.

So what then, of Mr. Rothstein's suggestion that this is a "slippery slope"? C.S. Lewis once summed up the functionality of miracles in the natural world. He likened it to a game of chess. There are established rules of chess agreed upon beforehand. But every now and again, you may allow an opponent to take back a move, and your opponent may permit the same for you. These acts may be considered the "miracles"; by doing so, you are actually violating the rules of chess. No one thinks the less of you for this, of course. In a friendly game of chess, moves can be taken back without consequence. But no game can be played if every single move can be taken back. Absolute anarchy would result, and the game would be worthless. Likewise, Jesus Himself performed miracles (little acts defying the natural rules of the universe set in place by God) but did not fly about defying natural laws as a rule.

For the life of me, I cannot discover to which book or passage of Lewis's the quote comes from, but there it is.

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Homeschoolers Sweep the Bees

14-year-old wins National Geographic Bee

Home-Schooled Student Wins Spelling Bee

Surprise! Even better, homeschoolers were disproportionately well-represented at both events. Considering that roughly one million of America's students are homeschooled, it was quite a showing.

Disney to bring the Lone Ranger to the Big Screen?

Will the Lone Ranger ride again for Walt Disney Pictures in 2010?

I just recently uncovered rumors from other sites about how the 'famed' Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer may have some plans to bring the masked man to the silver screen within a few years. The strongest evidence comes from the above link, which states:
Walt Disney Company purchased the following domain names:

* LONERANGER-MOVIE.COM
* THELONERANGER-MOVIE.COM
* THELONERANGER-THEMOVIE.COM
Sounds like a pretty definite answer, at least to whether or not the Lone Ranger will be made into a movie.

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Argument: Creationism Will Plunge Us Into Dark Ages

It is an argument I've come up against on multiple occasions when debating creation vs. evolution, and is sourced in so many different places that I don't even need to bother linking to them.

The argument is essentially, "If Ken Ham and his creationist cohorts succeed in pushing creationism in our schools, it will be the end of scientific progress. America, and quite possibly the world, will plunge into the depths of another Dark Age." There are various incarnations of the argument, but they all boil down to "creationism will cause a scientific and intellectual famine."

First problem: Answers in Genesis does not support mandatory teaching of creationism or intelligent design in the classroom!

AiG actually opposes mandating that students be taught intelligent design or biblical creation in the classroom. We believe it would be just as counterproductive to force atheist, Darwinist science teachers to teach creation in the classroom as it would be to force Ken Ham to to give lectures praising Darwinism!

Answers in Genesis, What Really Happened in Kansas, August 10, 2006

Answers in Genesis doesn't even oppose teaching evolution!
Answers in Genesis knows of no schools where the teaching of evolution has been banned. Indeed, AiG would not support such a move. We want pupils to be taught about evolution. How else will they be able to analyse it critically?

Second problem: Evolution has been the dominant theory taught in science classes almost without exception for the past 50 years. Yet the state of our school systems and nationwide literacy is spiraling downward.1, 2, 3

A recent patron of the YouTube video on Ken Ham answering questions in the Creation Museum blamed the state of education on creationist nonsense. Curiously, he/she was unable to respond when I inquired how a theory successfully expelled and quarantined outside public schools could still be so powerful as to afflict science literacy in America.

Though it would never occur to them to look at themselves as the problem, it would seem that evolutionists are having trouble persuading students that evolution is true, whether because they have trouble believing it or because they are not doing a good job of broadcasting their information.

Curiously, the statistics show that homeschoolers such as myself excel academically.4 Homeschoolers score higher than average on ACT tests, are becoming a legislative force to be reckoned with, and are being favored more and more by military recruiters and public universities alike.

Most homeschoolers are homeschooled because parents want to give better instruction to their children, and do not want the exposure to public schools to ruin their children.5 Consequently, most homeschoolers are taught creation and evolution, usually with favor given to creation on religious and scientific grounds.

So public-schooled children are taught evolution, and not doing well academically. Homeschooled children excel academically and are usually taught creationism.

Not only is the claim "creationism would doom us to the Dark Ages again" dead wrong, it would seem that statistics suggest the opposite is true!

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