You may recall that a few years ago, there was a certain degree of excitement in some religious circles over the imminent publication of research findings regarding the effect of “intercessory prayer” (prayer at a distance) on health. The God Hypothesis, popular in a number of religious communities, predicts that people praying at a distance [...]
This week the expedition, out of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, reported the results of its observations. In the meantime, the Plastiki has not yet made it out of port. [...]
If Obama is seeking to create a base of political support using America’s churches, institutions that he used as campaign tools in 2008, then he can solidify that base by acting in support of torture. [...]
These results discredit the notion that some religious preachers put forward that “atheism” is really some kind of religion. [...]
That 176 million dollars being spent on abstinence-only education could be spent much better in other places – such as the proposed research into the problem of ocean acidification. [...]
Take the 200 million tax dollars spent on ineffective abstinence-only education, and reinvest it in comprehensive sex education programs that will encourage teenagers to use birth control when they do have sex, and our economy will benefit significantly from reduced levels of teenage pregnancy and parenthood. [...]
America’s children cannot afford to have a person a step away from being President of the United States who believes that she can put on the identity of a scientific expert like a Halloween costume, or like an outfit bought for her at Saks Fifth Avenue. [...]
John McCain, recycling an old campaign line, just complained about earmarks to fund research on the DNA of Grizzly Bears.
John McCain voted in favor of funding that research.
McCain against McCain.
Three of we who write for Irregular Times met last week near Trumansburg, New York and recorded this podcast under the stars. I feel confident in stating that this is the first podcast in the history of the Universe to incorporate discussion of Seneca Falls, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, South Carolina, populism, American aristocracy, the [...]
People are indeed in danger, but mostly we’re not in danger because of terrorism. Far greater are the threats that come from the way that our lives have been redesigned in order to support a large population through technology. Many more lives would be saved, and much more suffering would be eliminated, if our federal government spent less time worrying about Homeland Security, and more time considering how to make our homes more secure from the dangers of day-to-day exposure to the dangerous artifacts of our technological society. [...]
If Walter Piergorsch actually based his research on historical facts of what bioterrorism has been in the United States, he wouldn’t have ever said that railroads, natural environment or critical industries in a city would be a factor. Think about it: When has a bioterrorist attack in the United States targeted a railroad or used a railroad as a means of pathogen dispersal? [...]