Thursday, February 09, 2006

Why Does NASA Hate the Bible?

How dare they!
Astronomers said Wednesday they have spotted evidence of two mega solar systems — giant stars enveloped by what appear to be huge disks of planet-forming dust.

Cloudy disks around stars are believed to represent current or future planetary systems. Our sun is surrounded by the Kuiper Belt, a disk containing dust, comets and other bodies.
LIES! Everyone knows that "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." And this was only about 10,000 years ago, so there will have NO talk of 'Mega Solar Systems'! (although they do sound pretty neat and the graphic is really cool) It makes God angry and makes him allow terrorists to kill Americans and send hurricaines to destroy us! Don't you know anything?
"Our data suggest that the planet-forming process may be hardier than previously believed, occurring around even the most massive stars," Joel Kastner, of the Rochester Institute of Technology, said in a statement.

[snip]

The new stars were measured to be 30 to 70 times more massive than the sun. Because of the stars' size, scientists said the surrounding debris disks are larger versions of the Kuiper Belt and probably contain about 10 times more mass.
Your data suggest only one thing: only God can create planets! So we'll have more of your devil-spawn Sciency-type reasoning! It's in the Bible people!

Why am I posting this? Because the danger is much, much closer than you think so let's meet the folks that want a new Dark Ages. "Christian Patriot missles"? You can't make this stuff up...

Teach the Controversy: Storktelligent Design!


Ok, so this was published a few months ago, but I just came across it. You have to see the graphic showing how the stork actually delivers the baby. Hilarious.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Tom Paine

Get thee to Tom Paine for a must read article by Robert Dreyfuss on the Neo-Con plan to create the new Cold-War...against an enemy that is "a few hundred strong."
The Pentagon’s latest Quadrennial Defense Review, the fancy name for the Defense Department’s “big think” strategy that is supposed to come out every four years, has to be seen as the Bush administration’s ultimate Plan for Empire.

It lays out a Thirty Years' War-type battle plan for an expanding U.S. military presence worldwide, to fight a war against an enemy which is, at most, a few hundred strong.

Officially, Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld calls it “The Long War,” a propaganda term designed to echo “the Cold War,” and the Pentagon intends to brainwash Americans into supporting a generation-long struggle that will lay the groundwork for an American hegemony in the 21st century.

It is, indeed, the Project for a New American Century.

According to The New York Times, alongside the QDR, the Pentagon has developed its own (classified) counterterrorism strategy. It is this mission, designed to combat an enemy that the Bush administration describes as equal in magnitude to the threat posed by German Nazism or Soviet communism, which is driving both the QDR and the huge expansion of the budget for the Defense Department and the U.S. intelligence community over the next few years.

The QDR is the neoconservatives’ mythical World War IV, in line-item form.
Remember...if you're in the business of war?

"You need war for business!"

More later...

Infographic: Wiretapping Intelligence


Infographic Fun!
Once again the Onion comes through and tells us what the government has learned through its Domestic Surveillance program. Good times, good times.

Bush Co.: Cronyism At All Levels

Wow. You just can't make up thje following story, so I'll just give you some bullets:

Young George Deutsch goes and works for Bush as a "war room" campaign staffer (they love war, these folks) and gets rewarded with a position as a presidential appointee at NASA.

NASA!!! Can you f@#king believe that?!?

Anyways, Deutsch just can't help himself and starts messing in areas he shouldn't. Like limiting reporters' access to a top climate scientist, threatening that same scientist, and forcing NASA webmasters to add the word "theory" at every mention of the Big Bang.

Plus, as I recall, he asked scientists to only speak of the Big Bang "theory" in their documents and talks.

Well it seems the little schmuck was more than just some wacky zealot (just like those folks rioting in the middle east); he was also a liar and a fraud.

Turns out he didn't graduate from Texas A&M like his resume says he did.

Hilarious.

The real question here is one that Nick, the Scientific Activist asks:
Instead of the story being about a 24-year-old lying, it should be about this: How did this guy, who already had dubious qualifications, make it into NASA with such an obvious lie on his resume? To work for a federal agency, including NASA, extensive background checks are usually required.
Oh, Nick, don't you know? All that matters is loyalty to Bush Co.

If you give them checks? You're automatically in...no questions asked!

More details on this little jackass over at TalkingPointsMemo.com

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Exxon: You Can't Quit Us

These guys have us by the short hairs and they know it...
Exxon: America will always rely on foreign oil

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The United States will always rely on foreign imports of oil to feed its energy needs and should stop trying to become energy independent, a top Exxon Mobil Corp. executive said on Tuesday.

"Realistically, it is simply not feasible in any time period relevant to our discussion today," Exxon Mobil Senior Vice President Stuart McGill said, referring to what he called the "misperception" that the United States can achieve energy independence.

The comments, in a speech at an energy conference in Houston, come a few days after U.S. President George W. Bush declared America was addicted to Middle Eastern oil and promised to help the country kick the habit.

Many in the United States believe America should wean itself off oil imports from the Middle East, fearing it makes the country dangerously dependent on an unstable region.

The world's largest publicly traded oil company, however, says hoping to end foreign oil imports is not only a bad idea, but also impossible.

"Americans depend upon imports to fill the gap," McGill said. "No combination of conservation measures, alternative energy sources and technological advances could realistically and economically provide a way to completely replace those imports in the short or medium term."


Instead of trying to achieve energy independence, importing nations like the U.S. should be promoting energy interdependence, McGill said.
Nice. We should try to prove this bastard wrong.

Why We Fight -- Continued

Truly amazing.
The Pentagon has unveiled a record budget request of $439.3 billion for the coming year, a 7 percent increase over last year's budget and the fifth year in a row the defense budget has increased. The increase will help fund new fighter jets, destroyers, hundreds of unmanned aircraft, as well as 14,000 additional Special Forces personnel seen as vital in fighting the war on terror. This year's budget seeks $84.2 billion for weapons programs, about an $8 billion increase.
Despite the big price tag, the budget request does not include funding for the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which the White House usually seeks from Congress in separate budget requests. Recently, the White House said it anticipates it will need an additional $120 billion to fund the war on terror for this calendar year — $70 billion of that amount will be requested in two weeks time. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the Pentagon calculates it has spent $251 billion on the war on terror.

If you haven't seen "Why We Fight" yet, please do so ASAP.