Happy New Year to all of our readers! Here’s an open thread to start off 2014, with a classic episode of Mystery Science Theater because why not?
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As our warming planet starts another trip around the sun, happy New Year from me, Stinky Beaumont, and the lizard monitors!
Here’s an open thread to kick off 2012…
It’s the time of year when it becomes mandatory to make predictions about what will occur in the next year, so here’s mine.
Despite right wing bloggers and Fox News concocting at least one minor fake outrage per day, and at least two ridiculously overblown fake outrages per week, Barack Obama will easily win the Presidential election against Mitt Romney, 54% to 46%.
Here’s an open thread as 1/1/11 begins to dawn across America…
The ball dropped in Times Square about an hour ago, and the new decade is now marauding across the country, heading for the west coast like a stolen car full of dollies drinking Dom Perignon. Best wishes to all LGF readers for the new year!
Well, evolution is a theory. It is also a fact. And facts and theories are different things, not rungs in a hierarchy of increasing certainty. Facts are the world’s data. Theories are structures of ideas that explain and interpret facts. Facts do not go away while scientists debate rival theories for explaining them. Einstein’s theory of gravitation replaced Newton’s, but apples did not suspend themselves in mid-air pending the outcome. And human beings evolved from apelike ancestors whether they did so by Darwin’s proposed mechanism or by some other, yet to be discovered. […] Evolutionists make no claim for perpetual truth, though creationists often do (and then attack us for a style of argument that they themselves favor). In science, “fact” can only mean “confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.” I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.
— Stephen Jay Gould, “Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes”
Earth has circled around the sun again, so here’s an open thread to celebrate humanity’s imposition of significance on this celestial event…
Happy New Year to all our Jewish readers, who are celebrating Rosh Hashana, the day of remembrance.
Well, what’s gotten into Reuters this New Year’s Eve? In a safer Baghdad, Iraqis party for 2008.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - On New Year’s Eve Ridaa al-Azzawi squeezed into his pointy snakeskin boots, his tight black sweater and his snazzy corduroy flared jeans, hustled down to a Baghdad hotel ballroom and partied for peace.
2008 arrived in a less-violent Baghdad, and residents said it was the first real party they had seen in years.