Creationists who believe God created the entire universe in six days about 6,000 years ago have been aghast at the reboot of Carl Sagan’s legendary “Cosmos” series.
Some creationists have demanded their views receive equal airtime on the show to provide balance. Others have complained that astrophysicist and host Neil deGrasse Tyson was promoting “blind faith” in science. Evangelist Ray Comfort was particularly upset that Tyson believed the theory of evolution was scientific, but the Bible was not.
“[The Bible] gives us the basis for all creation, and it passes the scientific method,” Comfort explained. “It’s observable - Genesis - and testable. Evolution is not. You can’t observe something 60 million years old, but you can observe what Genesis says.”
The comedy website Funny Or Die on Monday delivered what creationists have been asking for, a Bible-based alternative to “Cosmos.”
Alaska Republicans Propose a Law That Lets Alaska Republicans Tell Doctors What Counts as a Medical Emergency
Lawmakers in the Alaska state Legislature think they know better than doctors when it comes to defining a medical emergency, and have introduced a proposal that could tie doctors’ hands when it comes to determining what’s best for their patients in need of abortion care.
The measure would restrict state funding for abortion by restricting the definition of “medically necessary.” Low-income women can access abortion services through the state Medicaid program if the procedure is deemed medically necessary, and it’s these women that lawmakers are targeting with the proposal.
As Lisa Demer at the Anchorage Daily News reports, Republican state Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, the sponsor of the House version of the bill, denies that the measure is aimed at limiting people’s access to abortion. “This bill has nothing to do with restricting a women’s right to an abortion,” she said.
When Democratic opponents of the measure raised concern that the medical necessity of other procedures is not determined by state lawmakers, LeDoux said that there wasn’t an issue with other procedures being performed when they weren’t medically necessary. (It does not appear she had anything else to say in support of that conclusion.)
A Manhattan woman is suing Chipotle Mexican Grill saying she was callously fired by bosses at the fast food chain after being choked and pummeled by her ex-boyfriend and then having to miss work due to her injuries.
Natasha Velez socked Chipotle with the Manhattan federal court civil-rights suit, alleging she was fired last year from her food-preparer job at an Upper East Side branch on Third Avenue four weeks after returning to work following the alleged domestic violence attack.
The suit claims that her ex-boyfriend — who isn’t named — choked her and fractured her left index finger during a confrontation on New Year’s Day 2013.
Days later, she showed her bosses the police report for the incident and other related paperwork. The suit also says she showed them her injured finger in a splint and informed them she couldn’t work until it healed.
The issue isn’t being discussed at all by Washington prognosticators these days. But you can bet that some of the most hard fought Senate races this fall will feature big fights over “Personhood” measures, which have declared that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization.
A number of GOP Senate candidates are on record supporting Personhood in some form. Once primary season is over, and the Senate general elections get underway in earnest, you are likely to see Democrats attack Republicans over the issue — broadening the battle for female voters beyond issues such as pay equity to include an emotionally fraught cultural argument that Dems have used to their advantage in the past.
This has already appeared in the Colorado Senate race, but it will likely become an issue in other races, too. In Colorado, the Republican candidate, GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, renounced his previous support for Personhood after entering the contest, admitting it would “restrict contraception,” but Dems seized on the reversal to argue that Gardner only supports protecting women’s health when politically necessary.
Gardner co-sponsored the “Life at Conception Act,” which provides for Constitutional protection of the right to life of each “preborn human person,” defined as existing from the “moment of fertilization.” The Pro-Life Alliance describes this as a “Personhood” measure.
All I can say to pioneering drone pilots is land on request. period.
There are two sides to every story, but in the case of Ohio copy machine repairman and aerial videography hobbyist Kele Stanley, his side is drastically different from that of the police who arrested him for flying his camera drone over the site of a car crash.
To hear the police tell it, Stanley was told several times to bring his quadcopter down so that a medical helicopter could land and help the injured persons. But Stanley combats that claim with a very straightforward statement of his own, “I’m not an idiot.”
According to The Columbus Dispatch, Stanley claims he would have brought down the copter right away had he been told why. As it was, he says he was only told about the Care Flight helicopter after he had already brought down his drone not once, but twice, and he didn’t fly it again after that.
New Mexico governor Susana Martinez has made it very clear that she holds all opposition and dissent in absolute contempt.
In the words of Valcav Havel, “They cannot tell the difference between dissent and naked terrorism.”
It’s Spring, time to take play outside, and what child or adult doesn’t like bubbles? If you are a photographer and need longer lasting bubbles, then use the formula further down the page with more glycerin.
Here at the Exploratorium, we’ve found the bubble formula below to work fairly well in our exhibits.
2/3 cup Dawn dishwashing soap
1 gallon water
2 to 3 tablespoons of glycerine (available at the pharmacy or chemical supply house.)
More: Bubble Formulae
Øyvind Strømmen’s article covers the entire history of Miller along with the infamy of his associates and groups.
On April 13, the eve of Passover, three people were killed in two separate shootings in Overland Park, Kansas - one at a Jewish community center, one at a nearby Jewish assisted-living home called Village Shalom. William Lewis Corporon, a retired physician, and his 14-year old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, died after being shot at the community centre. Terri LaManno was killed in the Village Shalom parking lot.
The police soon arrested a suspect, a man in his seventies. A TV crew caught him yelling “Heil Hitler!” from the back of a police car. Although none of the victims was in fact Jewish - LaManno was a Catholic, the other two Methodists - the attack bears the hallmarks of an anti-Semitic hate crime.
On Sunday night, the authorities identified the suspect as Frazier Glenn Miller, a 73-year old living in the small town of Aurora, Missouri. While Miller appears to have acted alone, and is already being described as a “lone wolf”, he has had a long career in the American white-supremacist movement. He has been an activist, a leader, a publisher and distributor of racist newspapers and a perennial candidate in elections, having run in both Democratic and Republican primaries, as well as an independent.
Stop-motion animation already requires saintly amounts of patience, but it’s especially tricky when you’re working with a medium as messy as water.
In the making-of video below (folks who don’t speak Portuguese should turn on the translation captions), animator Rodrigo EBA! explains how he put Cachoeira together—and it wasn’t easy. He was hoping to use larger areas of water, but found that with his surface, droplets worked best. Coffee, on the other hand, left scratches on the surface, adding an unexpected texture to his film.
Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own.
“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. ” ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grandkids and your great-grandkids. And we’re never going to stop.’ “
He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”